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How To Locate Active Duty US Military Personnel

Typically, the responsibility for handling military personnel locator and military records requests falls under the responsibility of the military branches. All military locator requests for active duty military personnel need to be sent to the respective service of the person whose location is being requested. US military laws along with the Privacy Act of 1974 do not allow military branches to release a home address or phone number of military personnel. In addition, there is no comprehensive source for e-mail addresses. Current laws do not allow the random release of names and addresses of active duty military personnel. These laws were established to protect service personnel from unwanted solicitations and to protect their right to privacy. Due to the large number of personnel locator requests that each military branch locator receives, you should expect about four weeks of processing time for a written locator request. IMPORTANT: The information below is required for all active duty military personnel locator requests:

  • Provide as much identifying information as you can about the person you want to locate such as: first name, middle name, last name, military rank, last duty assignment/last known military address, military service number, and Social Security number.
  • Military locator services are free only to immediate family members and government officials. Extended family members, friends, businesses and other people must pay $3.50 per locator request. A check or money order in that amount must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. This fee is not refundable.


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