How to Obtain Personnel Records
There are 3 types of records predominantly requested and 3 ways to obtain them:
- Active Duty Service Records.
- Records for New York National Guard members discharged within the past 60 years.
- New York National Guard Discharges over 60 years old.
Active Duty Service Records
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63132-5100
or visit the National Archives and Records Administration website.
NOTE: A major fire at the National Personnel Records Center in 1973 destroyed nearly 80% of Army records 1912-1960, and 75% of Air Force records 1947-1964. Alternate Sources are avaliable for finding personnel information from these time periods.
Records for NY Army or Air National Guard members dischaged within the past 60 years
Department of the Army
ATTN: MNP, Building 25
New York Army National Guard
1 Buffington Street
Watervliet, NY 12189-4000
Mr. Steven Essex, (518) 272-6438
You may also use form SF180, avaliable from the National Archive website.
Although it is possible, use of the FOIA/FOIL request form to request military records is discouraged due to personal information (such as SSN) being transferred over an unsecured email network.
Records for NY Army or Air National Guard Soldiers dischaged more than 60 years ago
NYS Archives and Records Administration (SARA)
Cultural Education Center, Room 11D40
Albany, NY 12230
NOTE: Personnel records over 60 years old are routinely destroyed. Some records and unit musters, etc., are avaliable here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.