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Military Records

Where to Find Records

The National Archives holds Federal military service records from the Revolutionary War to 1912 in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. See details of holdings.

Military records from WWI - present are held in the National Military Personnel Records Center (NPRC), in St. Louis, Missouri, See details of holdings.

The National Archives does not hold state militia records. For these records, you will need to contact the appropriate State Archives.

WWI Draft Registration Cards


A World War I era draft card
Draft cards are listed in alphabetical order by the registrant's last name.

It’s important to note that there was a different registration card used for each of the three registration dates, so some of the information required on each card does vary.

The basic information provided on draft registration cards includes: Full name of registrant, home address, birth date, birth location, whether native born, naturalized citizen, alien, declared intention, non-citizen or citizen Indian, race, occupation, physical description, and in many cases father's birthplace and nearest relative.