How to Request Your Military Service Records

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Military service records are a powerful tool for research.

If you are wondering how to request your military service records, you have come to the right place. Requesting your military service records is a simple process that can help you gain insight into your past and connect with people who served alongside you. Our Norfolk military criminal defense attorneys at The Griffin Law Firm explain the seven steps below: 

1. Start by contacting the appropriate military branch or agency responsible for maintaining your military service records. 

2. Provide them with your name, date of birth, social security number, and address. 

3. If possible, provide copies of any documentation that support your request. Keep in mind that some agencies may require additional documentation or proof of identity before releasing your records. 

4. Explain that you want access to your military service records and ask for a specific date range or file number. 

5. Mention what records you want to have (e.g., DD-214).

6. Remember to be patient and be prepared to answer any questions that may be asked about your service. 

7. Finally, be patient - processing your request can take some time. As such, it is often advised to request your records as soon as possible.

You may complete these steps online.

Who Is Eligible To Request Military Service Records?

Veterans and their next of kin can request military service records from the Department of Defense in order to obtain information about their service members, including dates of service, rank, unit, active duty status, discharge status, and medical records. Next of kin should submit a written request to the Military Records Activity Office at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). The request must include name, date of birth, social security number, date of death (if applicable), relationship to the veteran, and mailing address.

What Are Some Common Reasons People Request Their Military Service Records?

People may request their military service records for a variety of reasons. Some common reasons include: 

  • Researching family history
  • Reuniting with old friends
  • Obtaining copies of discharge papers
  • Filing for disability benefits. 

Military service records can be very valuable tools for research, and many people find them to be interesting and interesting to read.

Another common reason for requesting military service records has to do with criminal history checks. For example, a new employer may want to find out if there were any documented incidents that led to a serviceman/servicewoman’s discharge or dismissal from the military. Others may simply want to see what they were doing while serving their country and whether or not it was honorable. 

Additionally, any information on an individual's military service could be used to support a case in a court of law. 

No matter the reason, service members have the right to request their military service records and receive access to them without fear of retribution.

Need To Retrieve Your Military Service Records for a Court Case? Speak to a Military Defense Attorney

If you are in need of retrieving your military service records for a court case, you should speak to a military defense attorney. The attorneys at Griffin Law Defense have years of experience helping clients retrieve their military service records. We will work diligently to ensure that your rights are protected and can also help you build the defense needed to win your court case.

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