How to Find Someone Serving in the Military and Armed Forces

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The quickest way to search for active duty military personnel is to visit the official Servicemembers Civil Relief Act website at https://scra.dmdc.osd.mil/scra/#/single-record. The form can be used to request a certificate that verifies active duty status on a specified date. To submit a request, you’ll need the following information:

  • First Name, Middle Name, Last Name
  • The specific date for which you wish to verify service
  • Date of birth and/or social security number. You can search using a date of birth, without an SSN, but without the SSN, the DMDC cannot verify that this is the same individual that your query refers to. Name and date of birth alone do not uniquely identify an individual.
  • Check all of the data before clicking submit
  • Response may take up to 15 seconds after clicking “Submit”.

You are not required to create an account for single record requests. To submit requests for multiple individuals, users must create an account. Creating an account allows a user to upload request files with multiple names, download result files and download certificates.

Other Military Search and Locate Services

Following is are military locator services for both active duty and retired military personnel. Use these contacts to find people in the military. You can also search for military personnel online at Intelius now.

It is important to note that the Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits Federal agencies from providing the home addresses or telephone numbers of individuals without their written permission. Keep this in mind before beginning your search. In most cases, the agency or organization will only agree to let the person know you are trying to locate them. They may also agree to forward a letter written by you to the person that you are trying to locate.

The following list of Federal agencies and private organizations assist individuals in locating persons of unknown whereabouts. Be sure to include the appropriate first class postage with the letter to the locator service. It will be up to the individual to respond. If you suspect the person you are unable to locate has been the victim of a crime, you should immediately contact your closest law enforcement agency.

This information can help you to locate active, reserve, and retired Department of Defense (DOD) military personnel.

Each of the five branches of the military has separate procedures for contacting active or past service members. In cases of emergency, immediate family members should contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross. The telephone number and address are available from your local telephone directory, directory assistance, or by calling our National Contact Center toll-free at 1 (800) FED INFO, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., eastern time.

Provide 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 Federal and State government officials. Other family members, civilian friends, businesses, or any others must pay a non-refundable fee of $3.50 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the U.S. Treasury.


Army Locator

The Army locator has been suspended.
Navy Locator
To locate an active-duty member at the U.S. Navy:

Navy World Wide Locator
Navy Personnel Command
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055


Air Force Locator

The Air Force Worldwide Locator can locate active duty personnel, as well as retirees, reservists, and guardsmen. Parents, spouses, and government officials may call 210/565-2478. Letters requesting locator service should be mailed to:

HQ AFPC/MSMIDL
550 C Street, West, Suite 50
Randolph AFB, Texas 78150-4752

Voice: 210/565-2660 (Live assistance – Monday – Friday 7:30a.m. – 4:30p.m., central time)

This service will not help in locating Air Force separatees or Air Force retirees. You may write to the National Personnel Records Center below or contact one of the various veterans’ service organizations to help in locating these persons.

Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63132-1500


Marine Corps Locator

The Marine Corps Locator Service can provide the duty station for active duty personnel and reservists. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., eastern time. The telephone number is 703/784-3942. Your written request should be mailed to:

Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps
Personnel Management Support Branch (MMSB-17)
2008 Elliot Road
Quantico, Virginia 22134-5030

Voice: 703/784-3941/3942/3943


Coast Guard Locator

To locate an Active Duty Member at the U.S. Coast Guard:

The Coast Guard World Wide Locator has duty stations for active duty personnel. To locate Active Duty Personnel Only: The telephone number is (202) 493-1697 or send e-mail with the person’s full name to [email protected] Coast Guard Personnel Command does not have custody of crew lists or current addresses for former Coast Guard service members.

To locate Coast Guard separatees:
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. You will need to fill-in Standard Form 180 to request military records information.

The address is:
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Ave
St. Louis, Missouri 63132

Individuals have also had success locating former and retired military personnel by placing advertisements or reunion notices in Coast Guard periodicals. These magazines have a combined circulation of several hundred thousand. Please contact the individual editors for assistance.

Other Locator Sources from the Coast Guard:
Fred’s Place offers an online E-Mail Directory of Active Duty, Reserve, Retired, Auxiliary and Civilian co-workers of the U. S. Coast Guard. This Directory is a listing of individuals that have voluntarily registered at Fred’s Place and is not a complete listing of Coast Guard Personnel.

4 COMMENTS

  1. am looking to locate my father whom I have never met. The information I have on him is that his full name is Howard Kenneth Harris and he was an E5 @ Ft.Lee Virginia w/ the MP corp in 1979. Any information you have will be appreciated. Thank you.

  2. I am curious if you all have have a service member by the name of Robert Jeffery .. He has stated to me that he I in the Army and that he is a surgeon, and that he is in Afghanistan…please email me back to let me know if this I true thanks…

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