World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938 to 1946

The World War II Army Enlistment Records Index contains 9,038,862 between the years 1938 and 1946. These records were compiled from the National Archives. Individuals who wish to learn more details about the World War II Army Enlistment Records Index can visit the National Archives .

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Individual records in the World War II Army Enlistment Records Index display the full name of the individual, along with date or year of birth, date of enlistment, place of enlistment, residence city and state, marital status, race, military branch and occupation.

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The source records supporting the World War II Army Enlistment Records Index are maintained by the National Archives. Individuals who wish to search or copy these records should use the following information to contact the National Archives.

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The Army Enlistment Records from World War II is massive with over 9 million entries, including women enlisting in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. The individual records were transcribed from the microfilm reels of the original punch cards used by the War Department during World War II. The information included was the full name of the individual, serial number, resident county and state, where the individual enlisted, enlistment date, Army branch, grade, term of enlistment, place and year of birth, race, education, marital status, height and weight if the record dates before 1943, civilian occupation, component, and military occupational specialty for records after 1945. Also included is the reel number where that punch card is located on microfilm. These records are considered public record and are available for searching in person or online.

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