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Are military service records public information?

Public access depends on the discharge date:
Records are accessioned into the National Archives, and become archival, 62 years after the service member's separation from the military. See Access to Military Records by the General Public for more details.

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Correspondingly, are military records public information?

Military personnel records are open to the public 62 years after they leave the military. Records of any veteran who separated from the military 62 (or more) years ago can be ordered by anyone for a copying fee (detailed below under “cost”). See Access to Military Records by the General Public for more details.

Likewise, how can you find out if someone was in the military? Jump To A Military Verification Service

  1. #1 – DFAS.
  2. #2 – Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Request.
  3. #3 – National Personnel Records Center.
  4. #4 – DD 214 or Military ID Card.
  5. #5 – Commendation Medal Search.
  6. #6 – Online Military Background Check.
  7. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Moreover, can you look up military service records?

You can find veterans' military service records from World War I to the present from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). These files can include the Report of Separation (DD Form 214) and show a veteran's service history, which may include: Enlistment or appointment and separation dates.

How can I find out my separation date from the military?

To get copies of DD Form 214, Discharge Papers or Separation Documents:

  1. Use the eVetRecs request system.
  2. Mail or Fax Standard Form SF-180.

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