Q. I am having trouble figuring out how to request my father's military records. I went to the foia.gov site and it's a bitch to navigate. Sometimes I'd press on a button and nothing would happen...couldn't understand exactly how to find where I needed to go. I put U.S. Army in a search bar and the Army websites would come up. I was told I could make requests from the FOIA to search for the records, but how?
A. Here is the standard request form for military records: http://www.archives.gov/research/order/standard-form-180.pdf. The instructions on the last page indicate where to submit your request, which depends upon the branch of service and time of service.