The Privacy Act allows individuals to access records about themselves, while the FOIA allows the public to access government information.

If you want to make a request for your own records under the Privacy Act, please contact for further information.


The Freedom of Information Act establishes a presumption that records in the possession of agencies and departments of the executive branch of the U.S. Government are accessible to the people.

Military Records                                Civilian Records
Military Personnel Records Center   National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Avenue                           111 Winnebago Street
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100                St. Louis, MO 63118

"A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives." -- James Madison, President of the United States

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