Vets Can Request Some Records Online

April 30, 2013 | Kate Horrell

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) and the National Archives have a website designed to help veterans and next-of-kin access military records more easily.  The website address is  At this website, you can request veterans records, including DD Form214 and SF-180.

Here’s a short video talking about the veterans records services offered:


To see how it worked, I tried to request my father’s records. The website warns that it only works in Internet Explorer and it is true!  I was easily able to navigate the system once I switched to Internet Explorer.

I hope that some of you find this useful.  It is frustrating when you need a particular document and you don’t have months to wait for it to arrive.  According to the website, 92% of DD214 request are being filled within two weeks.  That’s a lot of shorter wait!



  1. guest says:

    Make sure you request your records BEFORE you file a claim with the VA, if that is your intent. Once you file a VA claim, the VA will request your archived record from NPRC or the service department, and it will remain with your claim file until your claim has been adjudicated (perhaps longer if you proceed to the appeals process).

  2. tom says:

    the npprc is worthless, I have ask for certain information several times and they always write back saying they have to have the specific dates to go to, specific information that I want. Heck if i had all that i would not need them. They never answer their phones. I asked for morning reports and told they could not provide them. Asked for enlisted rosters for a time period, still working on that one. Have given them the genersl dates, unit name and locaton but no help yet. Have been told by them that a unit info is stored in a box by month or year if small amount of paperwork. They have a file index system that is supposed to tell them what numbered box a certain item like morning reports would be in. I think it is more being lazy than doing their jobs.

  3. Guest says:

    You need to understand that NPRC means National PERSONNEL Records Center. If you are seeking a hsitorical document that would not normally be found in your PIF, BUPERS file, your 201 file, or your medical records, then you need to look elsewhere. Specifically, you need to explit the Freedom of Information Act and make an appropriate FOIA request with the respective office that would have that record or records. Start with the Service Branch headquarters and work down. Each government office has a FOIA department that handles those requests. Good luck.

  4. John Boland says:

    I've had only good experiences with NPRC!