December 2, 2009
Approximately 177,000 official military personnel files from the Air Force were transferred recently to the National Archives and Records Administration. This transfer makes the historical documents part of the public record.
As Air Force personnel files continue to reach maturity at 62 years, they will be transferred to national archives ownership.
The ownership of these records by the National Archives now makes them open to the public. While the Privacy Act no longer applies to archival records, exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act continue to protect the personal privacy of the members and their families and Social Security numbers are redacted before release.
For more information and to request copies of records from the National Archives, visit the National Archives' eVetRecs Web site at www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html