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FOIA Records

MSC FOIA Guidance


Navy contracts begin with the letter "N" and are followed by 5 digits that represent the Unit Identification Code (UIC) (i.e., activity name).

Home Addresses of Former Employees:

Home addresses cannot be released under FOIA since release would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

Military Personnel Records of Former Members:

To access your military personnel and medical records, download SF 180 from and send it to the Director, National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100.

To access another's military personnel and medical records: If the person is deceased, provide proof, such as death certificate or obituary; if the person is alive, provide signed release authorization to obtain maximum amount of information; if no authorization, only limited information can be made available.

Names and Duty Station Addresses including E-Mail Addresses:

10 U.S.C. 130(b) prohibits the release of names and duty station addresses and e-mail addresses of individuals who are stationed overseas, routinely deployable (i.e., aboard ships/aircraft), or assigned to sensitive units.

Privacy Act Records:

To identify what records this Department may be maintaining on you, visit the Navy's Privacy Act website. Each systems notice identifies how long records are maintained and how to access such records. Please be advised that signatures are required for access to PA systems of records and therefore electronic requests are not acceptable.

Ships Histories:

The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, located in the reference section of most local libraries, is an excellent resource. You may also wish to visit the Naval Historical Center's site at

World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War information:

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