The Scan Man came across this interesting video that shows how military service records are stored and how they are retrieved when a service member or veteran needs to get their records.
The records are stored at the National Military Personnel Records Center (NPRC), located in St. Louis, MO. The record center is operated by the US National Archives and contains 80 million records, mostly in paper format. The center receives 5,000 requests per day, which requires someone to physically locate the paper records and then scan them. The process is supposed to take 10 days or less, and it does for 75% of the records. In 1975, the building housing the records experienced a large fire and many records were lost. The video depicts how burned records are carefully pieced together. Enjoy the video!