Important Retiree and Survivor Information

Updated Information On Obtaining Military Records

The Coast guard Personnel Services Center has issued updated instructions for retirees, veterans, and surviving family members to use when seeking to obtain military records:

For those who separated or retired from the Coast Guard prior to October 01, 2006:

Make requests to obtain copies of DD-214's, Personnel Records, Medical & Dental Records, and Service Medals, etc., to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC).

Veterans and next of kin may make requests online (

All others should complete Standard Form 180 (SF 180) and send the completed form to:

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138

 Additional information can be obtained by telephone at (314) 801-0800.

For those who separated or retired from the Coast Guard on or after October 01, 2006:

Contact the Military Records Section at CG Personnel Service Center by:


Telephone: 703-872-6665


Commander CG Personnel Service Center
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7200

 The Standard Form 180 (SF 180) is required for all document copy requests.  Send the completed form to the address above.

Note for VA Claims:

If you separated from the service and plan on filing a claim for medical benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you do not need to request a copy of your military records from the NPRC or CGPSC.  The VA regional office handling your case will petition the NPRC, CGPSC, and the VA Records Management Center for needed service and medical records to adjudicate your claim.


Medical Documentation Of Asbestos and Lead Exposures on Coast Guard Cutters

The Coast Guard continues to refine and improve its medical documentation associated with potential exposure to asbsestos and lead for those members who have served on a cutter constructed prior to 1991.  Coast Guard veterans and retirees who separated in 2018 or after will have had this new documentation automatically entered into their health record.  Coast Guard veterans and retirees who separated prior to 2018 should see for more information.


Links to the CG Pay & Personnel Service Information pages.
PPC Retirement and Annuitant Services:

PPC Survivor Guide  (REVISED 6 May 2014):