The Good-The Bad-and-The Ugly About Free DD214’s

First the good news. In general, copies of DD214’s are available free of charge from either the military service branch or the St. Louis National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). Depending on the branch of the military you were in, and the year you were discharged, government processing times are anywhere from a minimum of 4 weeks to 6-9 months or more. If you have absolutely no deadline, and can wait up to several months, then by all means take advantage of the free, government service, which is, after all, made possible by the taxes we all pay to fund the government.

Request Your DD214 Now

On the other hand, if you can’t wait up to 6 months, or if you absolutely have to have your DD214’s as soon as possible, we would advise you to consider our Expedited Service. We can order your records in-person and provide both emailed and certified, paper copies of your DD214’s usually within a matter of days, rather than weeks or months. See our Turnaround Times Page above for specific estimates.

Finally, the bad, and sometimes downright ugly side of the free process. Keep in mind that only one request can be “in the system” at a time. This means that once you order through the government channels you cannot change your mind, and then hire a DD214 expeditor to access the record for you the fast way. Once the military personnel file has been pulled from the shelves, it is essentially “offline” and unavailable to anyone else, no matter how urgently it is needed. If you think you may NEED that record quickly, the time to hire a DD214 expeditor is now. We get contacted every day by folks who have ordered from the government weeks or months ago, and now need that DD214 to close on a loan, apply for a job etc. Sadly, since they have already ordered, we can’t help them, and neither can anyone else. They are stuck in a bureaucratic black hole, unable to get their DD214’s in time, and unable to do anything to expedite things. Again, if you think you may need your record sooner than several months, the time to hire an expeditor is now.

To connect to the National Personnel Records Center please follow this link:

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/index.html

To utilize our expedited service, please click on the button below.

Get A Copy of a DD214

Thank you.

The DD214 Team at Aardvark Research

Customer Reviews

Jason and Susan are great. As a law office specializing in Veterans’ claims, obtaining...

Beth Ehrlich, Bergmann and Moore LLP, Verified Customer

“I just got home this past weekend after being out for a week and in my mailbox was your...

Liz Montoya, Verified Customer , Illinois

My husband and I would just like to say “thank you” again for being so understanding,...

Sharon and Michael O’Neil, Verified Customers

“I can’t thank you enough for your assistance on this…you’ve gotten me out...

Johnny Gonzales, Verified Customer , Texas

“Jason–I have to thank you and just say WOW, your service is amazing. I really...

Don Carrol, Verified Customer , Columbia, Pennsylvania

“Jason, I want to thank you and Susan sincerely for the help you have provided. I was...

Ian Thomas, Verified Customer , Brooklyn, New York

I just wanted to say Thank You again for delivering as promised with my DD214! I saved $3900 on the...

Don Carvill, Verified Customer

Jason…Oh my what a New Years present you gave us! Thank you so much for the replacement...

Kim Keyser, Verified Customer

Jason and Susan…Thank you so much. I got my certified DD214 copies in the mail today and I...

Darren Browning, Verified Customer

I can’t thank you enough for the fast response and service you provide. Happy New...

Michael LeJeune, Verified Customer

Thank you and your DD214 Team for the professional quality service. I received my DD214’s on...

Duane Frey, Verified Customer

My husband received his DD214’s today via email from Eva. We want to both Thank You for the...

Catherine Bryan, Verified Customer

The process for getting the DD214 in my hands could not have been better. The folks there provided...

Linda Palmieri, Verified Customer

Aardvark Research did an outstanding job helping me get my father’s DD214. They were fast,...

Betty Samardja, Verified Customer

All I can say is that these guys are awesome. Had my DD214 within 5 days. I even had a issue with...

Navid Rahman, Verified Customer

Great Service; NO issues; Vietnam Vet from 1967 – misplaced DD214’s…saw their ad...

Ian Freeman, Verified Customer

I am truly grateful to Aardvark Research Group for their excellent service regarding my request for...

Perry Bacon, Verified Customer

I am so very, very pleased with the service I received from Aardvark. I was really amazed to see...

James Harris, Verified Customer

Did exactly as advertised. Even better, they communicated in each step of the process, and were...

Maurice Adams, Verified Customer

This company provides great service to veterans. They are fast and 100 percent reliable. I...

Desbee Williams, Verified Customer

I had all promised documents emailed to me within 24hrs, and hard copies in 72 hours! I would...

Earlyne Rogers, Verified Customer

I sent Aardvark my request on June 3, 2019 and had my DD214 within 6 days. This service is so...

Sondra Ridgeway, Verified Customer

THEY WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISHED IN 3 DAYS WHAT I AM STILL WAITING FOR DOD TO DO AFTER 8 MONTHS? THIS...

Larissa Holloway, Verified Customer

This organization has my complete respect. I received my DD 214 on day 7, just as they indicated....

Kevin Mattingly, Verified Customer
Blog
How Do I Get a Replacement DD214 December 14, 2016

There are several reasons why veterans might need to get a replacement DD214. Maybe they lost the......

How Do I Get a Replacement DD214