In 2004, the U.S. government designated military personnel files as permanent historical records be held in perpetuity by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Military records contain information on enlistment, duty stations, training, qualifications and performance. Other information includes awards and medals, disciplinary actions, and other administrative data.
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration is the governmental body that manages, preserves and stores records that are judged to have continuing value, including all military personnel records. The records date from 1775 to the present.
Veterans, service members and next of kin of deceased service members can request copies of their military records by submitting a requests through the NARA website at Archives.gov. Other individuals can request archival military documents. Veterans' records become available to the public 62 years after their separation from the military or death.