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If you want to find out more about your father/grandfather’s military records and have your father/grandfather’s name, you may wish to print off and complete a Search Information Sheet with the information you already know and post it to the NPRC together with a covering letter. The covering letter is essential as the NPRC must have a written request and signature from you.

Your envelope should be addressed to:

National Personnel Records Center

ATTN: Dr. Zussblatt, Room 360

1 Archives Drive

St. Louis MO



clearly marked: 'Do NOT open in mailroom

Subsequently, if the NPRC are helpful in providing the information you have been searching for, please write to the Director of the Center, to let him know.

Since October 1st 2002, NPRC has performed its work on a reimbursable basis (this applies only to the military service departments, not to individual private requests from people seeking their fathers.)  So, when NPRC provides a replacement document or copies of records the average cost is charged to the Army for soldiers, the Air Force for airmen, the Navy for sailors, etc.  The work that is carried out is an ‘overhead’ and must be covered from the built in cost of their ‘regular’ work.  Letters to the Director help justify that expense.  Consider that in some cases, hours (or even days) are spent checking microfilms, texts, actual records, databases, etc. and still they do not find the person.  They cannot charge the military department for that type of work, and they do not charge the person seeking their father.  Right now (and for the past few years), Niels Zussblatt has been the only person that has worked on these types of cases.  He manages to get 50-70 completed each month (2-4 per day) plus his other work.  The average technician there completes 18 cases per day.  They don't have the time to do all the searching that Niels Zussblatt does.  He spent 10 years with the Army in the world of Personnel Records at various levels before joining NPRC, so he likes to think that he knows a small bit about military records. He does understand how important this work is and he takes each request personally. He searches each request as if he were looking for his own father.  He always regrets having to write a letter when he does not find the right person.