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Our research specialists are on site daily at the U.S. National Archives public research centers which hold the official military service records of your veteran (often referred to as the ‘Official Military Personnel File’ or OMPF). We scan complete, official military service records in high resolution so you can see the personnel records of your veteran as if you were sitting in the research room at the National Archives viewing the original military records yourself. We can have most military service records ready for you within a few weeks. Let us put our expertise to work for you and help you to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the military service of your soldier, sailor, airman or marine.

How much do Military Service Records Cost?

Marine Corps military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) are between $100 and $175 depending on the size of the record. 

Navy military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) are between $100 and $175 depending on the size of the record.

Coast Guard military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) are between $100 and $175 depending on the size of the record

Merchant Mariner military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) are between $100 and $175 depending on the size of the record

Army/Air Corps military service records (Pre-WWI, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam) are $65, plus copies. Because the 1973 National Archives fire destroyed most Army/Air Corps official military service records, the Army personnel records available today typically consist of auxiliary material such as pay vouchers and medical extracts and are only a few pages in length. About twenty-percent of the Army official military service records did survive the 1973 fire. The only way to find out if your Army veteran’s service record has pages that survived the fire is to order their Army service records.

What kinds of documents are found in official military service records?

  • Photographs (USN, USMC & USCG only)
  • Enlistment Papers & Applications
  • Military Discharge or dd214
  • Assigned Unit, Ship or Station
  • Ranks, Duties & Service Numbers
  • Military Campaigns & Battle Participation
  • Casualty, Burial  & Death Reports
  • Wounds Received in Battle
  • Medals, Citations & Commendations
  • Medical & Dental (Availability Varies)
  • Court Martial & Disciplinary Records
  • Military Training & Qualifications
  • Payroll Records
  • Civilian Occupations & Hobbies
  • Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriage
  • Correspondence, Addresses & Names

(Please note that some military officers also have a separate enlisted personnel service record. This means that there may be two separate military service records)

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