The Freedom of information Act (FOIA) 5 USC § 552
allows an individual, a private organization or company, or a local, state, or foreign government to seek access to Executive Branch agency records, such as those held by the Marine Corps. As a component of the Department of the Navy, Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42F, Department of the Navy FOIA Program, governs the Marine Corps FOIA program and is codified at 32 CFR, part 701.
How to Make a FOIA Request
All Freedom of information Act requests are processed through FOIA Online.
To submit a FOIA request, go to Freedom of Information Act Online and select Make a FOIA Request.
When submitting your request, ensure that you describe the specific record(s) you are seeking with enough detail so that a knowledgeable official of the activity may locate the record with a reasonable amount of effort. Such detail should include descriptive information, timeframe to be searched, et cetera. Due to the fact that most Navy records are not retained permanently, the more information provided, would better assist us in determining if the records(s) exist and where. The FOIA clearly states that records must exist at the time the request is submitted to be considered.
State your willingness to pay all fees or those up to a specified amount or provide a justification to support a fee waiver. Agreements to pay fees are considered to be up to $250, unless another amount is specified. Currently we charge search, review (for commercial requesters only), and duplication costs. (The fee schedule is provided at enclosure (3) of Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42F).
If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact our office at (928) 269-3433.