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Obtaining a Lost DD214

Military Personnel Records FAQ

1. How can I get a copy of my DD Form 214, Report of Separation (or equivalent form)?

The DD Form 214, Report of Separation, is filed in the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Most veterans and their next-of-kin can request copies of their DD Form 214 and other 20th Century military and medical personnel records online, via eVetRecs.

2. What form do I use to request information from military service records?

Please use the Standard Form (SF) 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records. Although not mandatory, using the SF-180 is the recommended method to send a request for military service information. This form captures all the necessary information to locate a record. Provide as much information on the form as possible and send copies of any service documents that you may have. Most veterans and their next-of-kin can also request copies of their DD Form 214 and other 20th Century military and medical personnel records online, via eVetRecs.

3. What information do I need to include in a request for military service records?

Certain basic information is needed to locate military service and medical records. For example, if you are requesting an Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), you must include:

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