NPS students, faculty or staff requiring additional assistance should contact Ask a Librarian using the Quick Link to the left.
Internet Public Library Military FAQ is another useful site for answering military questions.
How Do I Find A Copy Of an NPS Thesis or Report?
NPS Theses Abstracts
How Do I Find Someone’s Military Service Record (DD-214)?
See the Congressional Research Service (CRS) publication "Military Service Records and Unit Histories: a guide to locating sources.(2006)"
Military Service Records are available from NARA, National Archives and Records Administration via Standard Form 180. If you are a veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased former member of the military, you may now use eVetRecs to request copies of military records online, including DD FORM 214, Report of Separation. Please note that you will have to sign and mail, or fax, the form that is generated by an eVetRecs request within 20 days to complete the process. If you are doing genealogical research in military service records, please see NARA's guide Research in Military Records.
In gathering the necessary information to order records, you may find these other web sites helpful:
WWII Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel
State Summary of WWII War Casualties for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel
State-Level Casualty Lists of Fatal Casualties of the Korean War
Including duplicates under certain conditions
Social Security Death Index Interactive Search
Where to Write for Vital Records
How Do I Find Department of Defense Publications and Reports?
Unclassified unlimited Department of Defense publications and reports may be found at the sites listed below. If you are not a Naval Postgraduate School student, faculty or staff member, please request any documents that aren't available online from your own library.
BOSUN (our online catalog)
DoD's Publications webpage
How Do I Find Military History Information?
Military history resources, including insignia and patches and unit histories may be found at the sites listed below.
Subject Guides By Topic (Dudley Knox Library)
Naval Historical Center (U.S. Navy)
Center of Military History (U.S. Army)
Historical Research Agency (U.S. Air Force)
History Division (U.S. Marine Corps)
Historian's Office (U.S. Coast Guard)
How Do I Find Military Regulations, Directives, Instructions, Specifications & Standards?
Military Regulations, Directives, Instructions, Specifications & Standards may be found on our page:
Directives, Instructions, Specifications & Standards (Dudley Knox Library)
How Do I Find an Address For a Member of the Military Services?
Military personnel locators now require that requests for information be submitted in writing.
Military Personnel Locator Services (about.com)
U.S. Navy Bureau of Naval Personnel (DefenseLink)
How Do I Find Maps?
Maps in electronic format may be found on our Maps page :
Map Collection (Dudley Knox Library)
Our Map Collection is located on the first floor, and contains selected single sheet and portfolio maps available from federal depository, military (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) and commercial sources, which may be checked out by NPS students. Some maps are also available on CD's.
How Do I Find Descriptions of Military Occupations?
Descriptions of occupations in the services may be found at:
General Military Careers (Today's Military)