FOIA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Am I in the right place?

FOIA requests to Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG) or Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) should relate to those matters or issues under the cognizance of the Judge Advocate General. Requests should be submitted directly to the OJAG division, Defense Service Office (DSO) or Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) having cognizance over the records you are seeking. Contact information for the OJAG, DSOs and RLSOs is under the “Contact Us” tab.

For a list of other types of records with points of contact, please refer to “What are the types of FOIA records and their custodians?” below.

How do I make a FOIA request?

Your request:

  • Must be in writing and signed by the requester;
  • Must state that the request is being made pursuant to the FOIA;
  • Must reasonably describe the records being requested;
  • Must state the category of the requester for fee purposes (i.e., commercial, media, educational or other);
  • Must contain an agreement to pay all fees that might be incurred;
  • Must state whether a copy of the record is desired, or inspection of records only.

How do I Request an OJAG Administrative Investigation?

If you would like to request an administrative investigation, please visit and click the “Create Request” tab. Please include your contact information and describe in detail the records requested, e.g., incident date, name of ship or aircraft number, location where the incident occurred, full names of individuals involved, etc.

Who is the custodian of other types of FOIA records?

The following table lists types of FOIA records and their custodians.


To aid your search for information within the table, the table below has a few key features:

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Records Contact
Command Investigations Conducted Prior to December 1995
Office of the Judge Advocate General
Claims and Tort Litigation Division Code 15
1322 Patterson Ave SE, Suite 3000
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066
Command Investigations Conducted After December 1995 Addresses are listed in the Standard Navy Distribution List (SNDL). Requests should be made to the Navy or Marine Corps General Court Martial Convening Authority for this investigation.
Investigations into the Compromise of Classified Material Flight Regulations
The Department of the Navy
Chief of Naval Operations
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-2000
  • Admiralty Incidents
  • Mishaps involving U.S. Navy ships and civilian ships / property
  • Mishaps involving civilian ships and U.S. Navy property
  • Mishaps involving injuries to civilians on board U.S. Navy ships.
Office of the Judge Advocate General
Admiralty and Maritime Law (Code 11)
1322 Patterson Ave., Suite 3000
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066
The Criminal Law and Military Justice Division (Code 20) processes FOIA requests concerning the military justice system and individual courts-martial; and responds to requests for records of trial.
Office of the Judge Advocate General
Criminal Law Division (Code 20)
Office of the Judge Advocate General
1254 Charles Morris Street SE, Suite B-01
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5124
Questions concerning criminal law and military justice FOIA requests may be directed to Code 20 processing center at
  • Aircraft and Vehicle Accidents Mishap Reports
  • Afloat and Ashore Mishap Reports
  • Aircraft accidents from May 22, 1969 to present.
  • Vehicle accidents from 1993 to present.
  • Afloat or ashore mishaps from May 21, 1969 to present
  • Marine ground mishaps from October 1, 1987 to present.
Commander Naval Safety Center
375 A St.
Norfolk, VA 23511-4399
  • Aircraft mishap reports prior to May 1969
  • Deck logs less than 30 years old
  • Navy Combat Action Reports
  • Shipwreck and Marine Archaeology Reports
  • Cancelled or Superseded OP-Orders
Director, Naval History and Heritage Command
805 Kidder Breese St SE
Washington Navy Yard DC 20374-5060
After action reports and Deck logs more than 30 years old but after 1941
Director, National Archives
Modern Military Branch
8601 Adelphi Rd.
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Deck logs prior to 1941
Old Military and Civil Records
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20408
Marine Corps Investigations pertaining to injuries or death of Marine Corps personnel after June 1995 and unit diaries (unit transaction register)
The Commandant of the Marine Corps
Headquarters United States Marine Corps
2 Navy Annex, room 3134
Washington, DC 20380-1775
Marine Corps Command Chronologies and Daily Activity Reports
Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command
Attn: FOIA Officer B013
3250 Catlin Ave
Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA 22134-5000
Navy Criminal Investigations and Incident Reports
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (Code 00JF)
Attn: FOIA Officer
716 Sicard St., SE Suite 2000
Washington Navy Yard DC 20388-5380
Navy military personnel and nonjudicial punishment records of discharged veterans, 1998 to present
Naval Personnel Command Pers-00J6 FOIA Office
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-0600
Marine Corps Service Records of discharged personnel, 1998 to present
Headquarter Marine Corps
Attn: Manpower Management Support Branch MSB-12
2008 Ellliot Rd.
Quantico VA 22134-5030
Military Personnel and Medical Records (Navy / Marine Corps) of Discharged Veterans prior to 1998
Director, National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Military Personnel and Disability Law, Selection Board Precepts and Article 138 Complaints
Office of the Judge Advocate General
Administrative Law Division (Code 13)
1000 Navy Pentagon (Room 4D641)
Washington, DC 20350-10000
If you are seeking certification that an injury you suffered while on active duty was due to an instrumentality of war send your written request to the address listed above.
Physical Evaluation and Medical Boards
Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards
720 Kennon St, SE, Room 309
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023
Navy contracts, ethics, fiscal law, intellectual property law, civilian personnel law, environmental records other than environmental torts
The Department of the Navy
Office of the General Counsel
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-2000
Asbestos Records
Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Ave, SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-1010
Department of the Army Records
The Department of the Army
Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Office
7701 Telegraph Rd., Suite 144
Alexandria, VA 22315-3905
Department of the Air Force Records
Headquarters Air Force (HAF / ICIOD)
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
U.S. Coast Guard Records
Commandant (CG-611)
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
2100 2nd St., SW
Washington, DC 20593-0001

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