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SF-180: What is It?

SF-180 (also referred to as Standard Form 180) is a U.S. military single-page authorization document that additionally features two pages of guidelines and is used for obtaining a person’s military record.

What You Need Standard Form 180 For

SF-180 is often used by veterans or their surviving family members for the purpose of viewing or revealing an individual’s military record. Standard Form 180 can be utilized for an array of reasons, including:

  • Finding evidence of one’s military activity;
  • Obtaining legal and/or medical evidence;
  • Keeping track of and/or disclosing one’s ancestral information.

So, if you’re searching for your family member’s military record, you can request it online, by fax, or by mail by making the most of the SF-180. Submit the form to the National Archives, and you might discover something that will make you proud of your hero family member even more.

How to Fill out SF-180

For the facilitation of your request, it is important to submit all the necessary data on your Standard Form 180 in an error-free and thorough manner.

First and foremost, general information about the service member should be indicated. That includes:

  • Their name used during service;
  • Social security number;
  • Date and place of birth;
  • Details about their service, both past and present;
  • Details on whether this person has deceased or retired from military service.

Then, when filling out the second part of the Standard Form 180, specify the kind of information you’re requesting, as well as the purpose of your request.

Finally, in the third section of the SF-180, provide your (requester’s) name, address, and signature. 

Organizations that Work with SF-180

National Personnel Records Center

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