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Information for active Servicemen and Women, Veterans, Reservists,
|US Department of Defense (DoD)|
General Information for all Locator Services/Requests for Military Mailing Adresses:
Addresses for military personnel abroad may be obtained from the Military Postal Service Agency:
|US Air Force (USAF)|
The US 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 US Air Force or are US 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:
Commercial: (210) 565-2660
US Air Force Worldwide Locator:
The US Air Force Worldwide Locator handles requests locating US Air Force personnel (military and civilian) from the general public, families, and official requests from US Department of Defense (DoD) or US Air Force Officials.
Locate Air Force personnel from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc.
The US Air Force Historical Research Agency has a web site with a page devoted to tips on locating military personnel. The site presents many options so be sure to scroll down to find the best one for your circumstance.
|Air National Guard (ANG)|
The US Navy's locator service helps locate individuals on active duty and those whose service ended less than a year ago. In addition, the US Navy will forward letters as long as the correct postage is affixed to the envelope. You can call the locator service at 1-901-874-3388. Unless you are active military, local or federal government, or a family member, the fee for researching an address is US$ 3.50 per address. Fees are retained in cases resulting in an unsuccessful search or for unreleasable addresses. Mail your correspondence with your fee, check or money order payable to United States Treasurer, to the following address:
World Wide Locator
There is also some related information in the "US Navy Frequently Asked Questions" section on:
Bureau of Naval Personnel
|US 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
To locate active duty Marines, contact the Marine Corps World Wide Locator at Quantico, Va.
Their hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For Marines with common lastnames, a Social Security Number may be required.
The Marine Corps has no way to assist individuals looking for former Marines. However, Leatherneck magazine runs a monthly feature called "Mail Call," which is one way to try and contact former Marines. It is a free service and is printed on a space available basis. Send items for this service to:
Mail Call Editor
The Army will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees.
The place to start is the US Army World Wide Locator.
The address is:
LOCATE A FORMER SOLDIER OR BUDDY FROM AN OLD UNIT
The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits releasing the last known address of former Army members without their written consent. However, the agency identified below will assist your search by forwarding your letter to the service member's last known address.
To pursue locating a former Army soldier:
- Write a letter addressed to the National Personnel Records Center requesting their assistance with your search. Be sure to include the service member's name, serial number and/or social security number, and date of birth if available.
- Place your envelope addressed to the service member AND the letter to the National Personnel Records Center in ONE envelope. Address this envelope to:
National Personnel Records Center
Please note current addresses for discharged service members are not maintained at the records center - this center only has the service member's last officially recorded address. Letters to service members the record center can not identify or who are known to be deceased will be returned to you.
US Army Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center (EREC):
US Army World Wide Locator (AKO accounts only!):