Service Records application - MOD response timescale

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by DanMorris1989, May 25, 2015.

  1. DanMorris1989

    DanMorris1989 Active Member

    Just a query .... what sort of timescale am I expecting to wait between mailing my request for service records to actually receiving them?

  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Anything from 8 weeks to six months :wink: . When they cash your cheque you will know you've probably got to the top of the pile.

  3. DanMorris1989

    DanMorris1989 Active Member

    Blimey I knew it would be long but didn't think 6 months haha nevermind I just hope it's worth the wait

    Thank You,

  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron


    It has improved lately, back in 2007 I had to wait 10 months for my grandfather's papers.

    Good luck.
  5. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Hi Dan, I applied for my Father's in 2011, it took 3mths. So it must depend on the time of year and the volume of the requests I quess.
    Hope this helps.
  6. bofors

    bofors Senior Member


    Certainly worth the wait!


  7. veronicad

    veronicad Well-Known Member

    I only had a wait of 3 weeks. Year 2014.However, I did have all details.Army number.Regiment. Death certificate.
  8. DanMorris1989

    DanMorris1989 Active Member

    Thanks for all the replies.

    And that is the same as me veronicad.

    I have filled in every box on the form correctly including service number etc. And I've included death and marriage certs as proof of relationship between the serviceman and his next of kin who is applying for the records.
  9. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    I recently received some after a six week wait.
    Good luck with your research.
  10. hutt

    hutt Member

    I think I may still have the record. Application sent recorded delivery on the 30th April 2013. Track and trace recorded it as delivered on the 1st May. Letter confirming receipt of application and including a note warning of potential delays was sent from the records office and dated 8th May.

    A letter with my fathers records enclosed and dated 14th May was received a few days later.

    In an earlier phone call to Glasgow, they had indicated that applications by servicemen's widows would be prioritised.
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  11. Dubman

    Dubman Well-Known Member

    depends on time of year. Last year due to anniversary of WW1 I know they had a lot higher then average requests.
    i get them a lot for people, and it's been between 3 weeks and two months. Average about 6 weeks.
    As mentioned on this forum, if your cheque has been cashed watch out for the post man....
  12. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Sent of for some 17th June 2015 , they arrived in post on 14th July 2015.
    Alot quicker than I expected.
  13. sligoglaswegian

    sligoglaswegian Active Member

    3 weeks for mine.
  14. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Good to see the process speeding up so dramatically.
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  15. dallimore

    dallimore Junior Member

    About 3 weeks for me as well. I got the letter warning of a possible delay a week before it arrived.
  16. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    It is all in the luck of the draw.
    I hope that you are lucky and receive the record soon.
    Good luck with your research.
  17. toki2

    toki2 Junior Member

    Received a letter today with apologies stating that due to a very high volume of urgent welfare requests on behalf of former soldiers, family interest enquiries are taking longer. They will write to me in due course. So the wait begins.
  18. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I recently received two sets of records in less than six weeks. I think they're doing an excellent job lately.
  19. toki2

    toki2 Junior Member

    Astonished to receive my father-in-laws records today especially after the apologies and three weeks after applying.
  20. sjw8

    sjw8 Well-Known Member

    Same here. Very impressed with current turnround times.

    14/09/15 - Application sent, 25/09/15 - usual acknowledgement, 06/10/15 - records posted by MOD, 10/10/10/15 - records received. Therefore 4 weeks turnround - which was a lot less than expected.

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