The National Archives and Records Administration - or NARA for short - is the main storing place for the nation's documents and forms created by the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense. NARA stores the bulk of all military service records, discharge paperwork and other administrative documentation pertaining to the military service of U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard personnel. The agency also holds a portion of the most important legal and historical documents created in the course of business done by the U.S. Federal government.
The National Archives headquarters is located in Washington, DC. Request Army Records online by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing the General Reference Branch (NNRG-P) National Archives Records Administration on 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20408.
The forms issued by NARA are used for accessing and requesting federal population census records, military service records and other documents from the agency. National archives forms in PDF format are available for download through the links below.
National Archives military records are the physical and electronic personnel files of soldiers discharged from military duties. The agency holds military service records in two separate archives:
- All records from the Revolutionary War to 1912 are kept in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.
- All records from WWI to the present day are stored at the National Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Recent military medical records and service records are not available online.