eVetRecs — Requesting a DD 214 Online

The National Archives pro­vides the abil­ity to request vet­er­ans records (DD 214) for vet­er­ans who served in the US mil­i­tary between WWI and the present, using Stan­dard Form 180 (SF-180).

This can be done either online or entirely on paper. One can also request replace­ment medals and other doc­u­ments. The online form is avail­able at:

http://archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/#evetrecs.

For “online” requests, a paper copy must be printed (or a hand­writ­ten doc­u­ment must be pre­pared) in order to sign the affir­ma­tion that you are enti­tled to this information.

To sub­mit the request, you will need to have a fair amount of infor­ma­tion handy, includ­ing the veteran’s full name, social secu­rity num­ber, ser­vice ID num­ber, birth date and place, and approx­i­mate date of sep­a­ra­tion from service.

A help­ful video on the process is avail­able on the site, as well as embed­ded on this page. 90% of requests are processed within 10 days, accord­ing to NARA.

eVetRecs Online submission form

eVet Recs Popup

You can also sim­ply write for the record. Is so, NARA requests the fol­low­ing information:

  • The veteran’s com­plete name used while in service
  • Ser­vice num­ber or social secu­rity number
  • Branch of service
  • Dates of service
  • Date and place of birth may also be help­ful, espe­cially if the ser­vice num­ber is not known
  • If the request per­tains to a record that may have been involved in the 1973 fire, also include:
  • Place of discharge
  • Last unit of assignment
  • Place of entry into the ser­vice, if known.

The ser­vice is free in most cases, and NARA will con­tact you if your request might have a fee. A fire in 1973 (Wikipedia | NARA) destroyed many records at the National Per­son­nel Records Cen­ter in St. Louis, Mis­souri, notably:

Branch Per­son­nel and Period Affected Esti­mated Loss
Army Per­son­nel dis­charged Novem­ber 1, 1912, to Jan­u­ary 1, 1960 80%
Air Force Per­son­nel dis­charged, Sep­tem­ber 25, 1947, to Jan­u­ary 1, 1964
(with names alpha­bet­i­cally after Hub­bard, James E.)
75%

How­ever, NARA con­tin­ues to recover and restore records, so do not get dis­cour­aged, and con­sider request­ing a cov­eted record again in a cou­ple of years, as it may yet be recovered.

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