What is FOIA?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.
Military Records Requests
If you are requesting a military record for yourself, contact:
DCSPER/State Archives Branch
P.O. Box 1008, St. Augustine, FL 32085
Or by phone at (904) 823-0342.
If you are requesting military records for anyone other than yourself, please submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to:
P.O. Box 1008
St. Augustine, FL 32085
All Other FOIA Requests
In order to obtain Florida Army National Guard records, your request must be processed in accordance with The Freedom of Information Act (5 USC 552) and The Privacy Act (5 USC 552a). The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) requires that all requests for military/personnel records be submitted in writing. A Standard (SF) Form 180 must be completed and signed and dated by the veteran or next of kin of a deceased veteran. Others requesting information from military personnel/health records must have the release authorization in Section III of the SF 180 signed by the member or legal guardian. These forms can be found online at the
National Archives & Records Administration site. Employers and others needing proof of military service are expected to accept the information shown on documents issued by the military service departments at the time a service member is separated.
Written requests for military records will be mailed to:
P.O. Box 1008
St Augustine, FL 32085