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FAQs: Where can I locate military service records?

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Where can I locate military service records?

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The National Personnel Records Center, is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. The National Archives's National Personnel Records Center (Military Personnel Records) (NPRC-MPR) stores records of individual military service pertaining to former service members who no longer have a service obligation. Included are records of veterans who are completely discharged (with no remaining reserve commitment), or who are retired or have died. Records are usually transferred to NPRC (MPR) within six months after these events. NPRC (MPR) does not have records of members who are still in the active or inactive reserves or in the National Guard. The records of each military service department are on file at NPRC (MPR) and listed under Location of Military Service Records.

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Created at 11/29/2012 10:02 AM by Stephen Delong
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