Frequently Asked Questions - Locating and Upgrading Military Records
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- How do I change, correct, or modify my discharge or dismissal?
- How do I locate my military records or those of a relative?
1. How do I change, correct, or modify my discharge or dismissal?
You can apply for a review of your discharge by contacting the appropriate Service Review Board:
- Air Force: Air Force Discharge Review Board
- Army Army Review Board Agency (ARBA)
Note: The Army now accepts online applications for changes using the ACTSOnline system.
- Coast Guard Board for Correction of Military Records of the Coast Guard
- Navy and Marine Corps:
- The Board for Correction of Naval Records
- Secretary of the Navy — Council of Review Boards (SECNAVCORB)including Naval Discharge Review Board (NDRB)
2. How do I locate my military records or those of a relative?
To obtain copies of your military records and/or “Report of Separation from Active Military Service” (DD Form 214 or equivalent), you must submit a “Request Pertaining to Military Records” (SF 180) to the records custodian of your branch of service. Addresses for each service’s records custodian are found on page 2 of the SF 180. The SF 180 requires a signature and must be submitted either by mail or fax. Contact the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100, or fax requests to 314-801-9195. Visit the National Archives website for more information.
If you or your relative has filed a claim with the VA, the VA claims file which may contain Service Treatment Records (STRs), Military personnel file, and DD Form 214. You may submit a request in writing to the nearest VA Benefits Office or call 1-800-827-1000 for assistance with obtaining these records.
You may also visit eBenefits to verify, review, and print documents from your official Military Personnel File, including your DD 214.