Locating Military Personnel
Requests For Military Mailing Addresses
Responsibility for military personnel records falls within the jurisdiction of the military departments, not the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Therefore, requests for military addresses should be sent to the respective service of the individual whose address is being sought. There is no comprehensive source for e-mail addresses. Even if there were, military regulations and the Privacy Act of 1974 do not permit the military departments to provide home addresses or telephone numbers of service personnel. Moreover, regulations do not permit random dissemination of listings of names and addresses of service personnel. These regulations have been established to protect individual service men and women from commercial exploitation and to respect their right of privacy. Because of the large volume of requests that each service locator receives, please allow four weeks processing time for written requests.
The following information is needed for all requests for all locator services:
Give as much identifying information as possible about the person you wish to locate such as full name, rank, last duty assignment/last known military address, service number, and Social Security number.
The locator service is free to immediate family members and government officials. Other family members, civilian friends, businesses and others must pay $3.50. The check or money order must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. It is not refundable.
United States Air Force
The Air Force can locate active duty personnel, as well as retirees, reservists and guardsmen. This information is not available for those who have separated from the Air Force or are Army Air Corps retirees. Information on individuals stationed overseas or in a sensitive position will not be released. However, the locator service will forward mail to that person for up to 90 days, as long as the correct postage is on the envelope and any required fee has been paid. Parents, spouses, and government officials may call 1-210-652-5774 for a recorded message or 1-210-652-5775 for non-recorded service. For locator service write to:
550 C Street, West, Suite 50
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4752
United States Army
The Army will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees. The place to start is the Army World Wide Locator. The address is:
U.S. Army Enlisted Records & Evaluation Center
Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN 46249-5301
United States Navy
The Navy's locator service helps locate individuals on active duty and those whose service ended less than a year ago. You can call the locator service at 866-U-ASK-NPC (866-827-5672).
Navy World Wide Locator
Navy Personnel Command
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055
United States Marine Corps
The Marine Corps can provide the duty station for active duty personnel and reservists. For retired individuals, the locator service can provide the city and state, but not an address. The service will provide the service member's current rank and unit address; however, due to the locator's staffing, the office cannot forward mail except in special cases. Telephonic requests to 1-703-640-3942/43 are free of charge to immediate family members and government officials calling on official business. In addition, telephonic service will be provided at no cost to any individual, business or organization, if the Marine locator decides the information would benefit the individual. Send written locator requests to:
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Quantico, VA 22134-5030
United States Coast Guard
The Coast Guard World Wide Locator has duty stations for active duty personnel.
Coast Guard Personnel Command does not have custody of crew lists or current addresses for former Coast Guard service members.
Separated Member Information
The Military Reference Branch, National Archives, Washington, D. C. 20408, holds copies of most deck logs. The Suitland Reference Branch, National Archives, Washington D. C. 20409 has custody of muster rolls.
The National Personal Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri has a repository of records for retired and separate military members.
Other Locator services available on the 'Net
- Americal Division Veterans Assoc.
- American Veterans Confirmation Service
- Army Alumni Organizations
- Cyberspace Association of U.S. Submariners (CAUSS)
- Library of Congress POW Database
- Lost and Found - World Wide Web Vietnam Veteran Location Service. The purpose of this section is to help other Veterans and friends of Vietnam
- Mates' Search
- National Personnel Records Center - The National Personnel Records Center-Military Personnel Records.
- Switchboard: Find a Person - Switchboard contains white pages listings for the United States, plus listings for those people outside the US.
- The Federal Web Locator
- Unit Reunions and other information - List of reunions, newsletters, and points-of-contacts for military and units that served in the Nam
- GIsearch.com - lays claim to be "America's Most Comprehensive Military Search"