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How Do I Get My Military Medical Records? – Detailed Guide

how do i get my military medical records

You may need to request military medical records to apply for disability compensation. But this can be a tricky process if you head into it uninformed.

Understanding this, we have put together this step-by-step guide answering, “How do I get my military medical records?” By the time you finish reading, you should be able to get a copy of your military medical records with ease.

The summarized steps for requesting medical records from the military are as follows:

Continue reading to get the details of each of these steps!

How Can I Get My Medical Records From the Military?

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What You Will Need

As with acquiring other military records (i.e., the DD 214), before you can obtain your military medical records, you will need to have the following information ready:

  • Full name used in service
  • Place of birth and birthday
  • Service number
  • Social security number
  • Branch of service
  • Date of service

 

The later steps will be a lot more convenient if you have this prepared beforehand.

Once you have all this information, proceed with the next steps.

Step 1: Choose your submission method

There are a few methods to request your records.

  • You can file a request for it through the eVetRecs, which is the online platform for the National Archives. Fill out the form online and be sure to provide as much information as you can in the given comments section to get your military medical records online.
  • You can submit a request with a Standard Form 180 (SF180). Simply download, print, and complete the form. Here is a PDF of the form.
  • You can write to the National Personnel Records Center at 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63138 to order a form. Once you get it, fill it out. Then, send it back to the same address or fax it to 314-801-9195.

Step 2: Wait for your request to be processed

The processing time for requests varies because almost 20,000 requests are processed weekly. Still, typically, you will have to give it 10 days. Nearly 92% of military medical record requests are processed within 10 days, though a few specific health record types might involve delays.

If you were discharged from the beginning of the 90s through 2014, your record location may be as follows:

  • The U.S Army from 16, October 1992 to 31, December 2013 is at the Department of VA, Records Management Center
  • The U.S Army on or after 1, January 2014 is at the AMEDD Record Processing Center
  • The U.S Navy from 31, January 1994 to 31, December 2013 is at the Department of VA, Records Management Center
  • The U.S Navy on or after 1, January 2014 is at the AF STR Record Processing Center
  • The U.S Air Force from 11, May 1994 to 31, December 2013 is at the Department of VA, Records Management Center
  • The U.S Air Force on or after 1, January 2014 is at the AF STR Record Processing Center
  • The U.S Marine Corps from 1, May 1994 to 31, December 2013 is at the Department of VA, Records Management Center
  • The U.S Marine Corps on or after 1, January 2014 is at the BUMED Medicine Records Activity
  • The U.S Coast Guard from 11, April 1998 to 30, September 2014 is at the Department of VA, Records Management Center

If you are under TRICARE and are requesting military medical records, you can obtain a DoD electronic health record.

Note that you must tick the following to view and download health information from your DoD electronic record:

  • You receive medical care at military clinics and hospitals
  • You are registered on the TOL Patient Portal or MHS GENESIS Patient Portal

 

If you retired or separated from the military after January 1, 2014, your paper copies of Service Treatment Records (STRs) should be digitized following your retirement or separation. If they do not contain sensitive information, then you can find them through your Patient Portal on TRICARE Online or MHS GENESIS.

You can also request a full copy of your health record in person at your home military hospital or clinic.

For the TOL Patient Portal, follow these instructions:

  • Navigate to the TOL Patient Portal
  • Login to the portal
  • Click the Health Record Button
  • View your personal health information
  • Click save PDF or TXT to obtain a copy of your personal health information

Note: Personal health information can include medication profile, allergy profile, problem lists, lab results, etc.

For the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal, follow these instructions:

  • Navigate to the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal
  • Login to the portal with a DS Premium Level 2 Account
  • Click the Health Record Button
  • View your personal health information
  • Click download to obtain a copy of your personal health information

Note: If you do not already have a DS Premium Level 2 Account, visit the DS Logon Help Center to sign up for one. Keep in mind that you will have to provide personal and financial information to verify your identity.

If you are not sure about whether your military clinic or hospital uses TOL or MHS GENESIS, click here to browse for clarification.

After you leave the military, the DoD may send your health information to the VA — Department of Veterans Affairs. Therefore, your military medical records may be kept at the Department of Veterans Affairs Records Management Center in St. Louis, MO.

It is best to request paper copies of your medical record before you leave the military. However, if you would like someone else to have access to your health information, you can do so by filing the DD Form 2870 (Authorization for Disclosure of Medical or Dental Information).

To Request Archived Medical Records

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You can get copies of inpatient records, which are related to hospitalizations, fetal tracings, and ambulance services from the military hospital or clinic you received the care.

You will need to provide your full name, your sponsor’s social security number, DoD ID number, and your most recent treatment’s place and date(s).

If this does not work, consider the following:

For active duty service members:

  • Download the DD Form 2870
  • Fill out the form
  • Submit the form to the required military clinic or hospital

For veterans or next-of-kin:

  • Download the Standard Form 180 (SF180)
  • Fill out the form
  • Submit the veteran medical record request online

For active duty or former active duty family member, retiree, or retiree family member eligible to receive medical care at military clinics or hospitals:

  • Download the DD Form 2870
  • Fill out the form
  • Submit the form to the required military clinic or hospital

For active duty or former active duty family member, retiree, or retiree family member no longer eligible to receive medical care at military clinics or hospitals:

  • Download the NA Form 13042
  • Fill out the form
  • Mail the form to the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

Conclusion

Now that you have finished reading this article on, “How do I get my military medical records?” requesting records, regardless of whether it is Navy medical records or Army medical records, is no longer a problem.

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