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AfriGeneas Military Research Forum Archive

Military Personnel Records Repositories

The two main repositories for records relating to military service are the National Archives and the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC).

The National Archives Building, Washington, D.C., holds records relating to

* Volunteer enlisted men and officers whose military service was performed during an emergency and whose service was considered to be in the federal interest, 1775 to 1902
* Regular Army enlisted personnel, serving 1789-October 31, 1912
* Regular Army officers, serving 1789-June 30, 1917
* U.S. Navy enlisted personnel, serving 1798-1885
* U.S. Navy officers, serving 1798-1902
* U.S. Marine Corps enlisted personnel, serving 1798-1904
* Some U.S. Marine Corps officers, serving 1798-1895
* Those who served in predecessor agencies to the U.S. Coast Guard (i.e., the Revenue Cutter Service [Revenue Marine], the Life-Saving Service, and the Lighthouse Service, 1791-1919)

The National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, Missouri, holds military personnel files of

* U.S. Army officers separated after June 30, 1917, and enlisted personnel separated after October 31, 1912
* U.S. Air Force officers and enlisted personnel separated after September 1947
* U.S. Navy officers separated after 1902 and enlisted personnel separated after 1885
* U.S. Marine Corps officers separated after 1895 and enlisted personnel separated after 1904
* U.S. Coast Guard officers separated after 1928 and enlisted personnel separated after 1914; civilian employees of Coast Guard predecessor agencies such as Revenue Cutter Service, Lifesaving Service, and Lighthouse Service, 1864?1919

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