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How to Locate U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans

It’s not easy to find military members or get their contact information. There’s no database to search. And privacy laws and military rules don’t allow the services to share this information.

Contact a Service Member in an Emergency

If you can’t reach a family member on active duty in an emergency, contact the American Red Cross. Their Hero Care Center will get information from you and relay it to the service member. You can reach the Red Cross:

Get Help Contacting Navy, Marine, and Air Force Service Members

Three service branches provide military personnel locator services:

You may need to provide the military member's Social Security number for the locator to help you. If they find the member, they'll forward your request to them. Each locator has its requirements.

The U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard no longer provide military locator services. 

Verify Military Service

You may be able to verify a person's active duty status on a given date. You will need their Social Security number and/or date of birth. 

Watch Out for Romance Scammers

Beware of people pretending to be military members on social media and dating websites. These scammers will try to get in an online relationship with you. Then they’ll ask for money for fake service-related needs, like travel costs or medical fees. Learn how to avoid military romance scams.

Get Help Contacting a Veteran

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be able to put you in touch with a veteran. The VA will forward your written message to the vet if they have their current address on file.

  • Draft your message to your friend and place it in an unsealed, stamped envelope.

  • Include a note to the VA explaining who you’re trying to reach. Add as much identifying information as you have.

  • Enclose all this in another envelope and address it to the nearest VA Regional Office

You can also find a list of other resources that may help you find a veteran

Find a Military Base

Find military bases and contact information for Department of Defense units, service branches, and sub-agencies. Find U.S. Coast Guard bases and contact information.

Department of Defense (DOD) Units

Find U.S. military bases and posts using the Military Installations site. The site lists units under the:

  • Air Force

  • Army

  • Defense Logistics Agency

  • Marine Corps

  • National Guard Bureau

  • Navy

DOD Service Branches

Find contacts for the DOD service branches:

DOD Sub-Agencies

Check this Department of Defense listing to find information about DOD sub-agencies, including the:

U.S. Coast Guard

Find contact information for the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is a branch of the armed forces but falls under the Department of Homeland Security.

Find Coast Guard stations and units.

Military Academies and Colleges

Find locations and information for the military academies and military colleges.

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Last Updated: November 10, 2022