Getting Your Military Personnel Records
The most basic record that every Veteran needs is a copy of his or her DD 214, Report of Transfer or Discharge, which gives the VA, government agencies, and employers almost anything they need. (Other documents are acquired using these same directions.)
In addition to your DD 214, it's helpful, informative, and enlightening to get your old military personnel records jacket (MPRJ), which contains copies of orders, evaluation reports, and many of the other documents that were in your active duty personnel file.
The good news is that you can get them from the same place at the same time.
The bad news is that our government has moved this stuff around a lot over the years and there is a lot of outdated information on the Internet about how to go about it.
The better news is:
Some say it can take months to get your records. It took me about three weeks.
In addition to collecting your records for benefits purposes, you can also use them to help clarify those foggy memories. Orders in your MPRJ contain lots of useful information, including: