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Deserter Processing



Navy Absentee Collection and Information Center

is a PERS-00D detachment whose mission is to operate the Navy Deserter Information Point (NDIP) which investigates, causes the apprehension of, and escorts military personnel administratively declared deserters back to their command or military jurisdiction.

Our Deserter Information Point is operational 24 hours a day:

Call toll free:  877-663-6772
DSN: 882-2522
Comm: (901) 874-2522
Fax: (901) 874-2061




Officer In Charge
Navy Personnel Command
Detachment Navy Absentee Collection and Information Center
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38054

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I declare a deserter?

MILPERSMAN Article 1600-060 outlines the procedures for declaring a servicemember a deserter.

How do I turn myself in if I am a deserter?

If you would like to turn yourself in, you should contact our office at 1-877-663-6772.  We will assist you in returning to the Navy..

How do I provide information on a possible deserter?

If you would like to provide information on a possible deserter, use the Tip and Contact Information Link.  Your information will remain confidential and you can provide information anonymously. 

Where can I find if a service member is an active deserter?

You can contact our office to inquire if a person is on the active Navy desertion list.

Where can I find the closest place to turn myself in?

Contact our office and we will assist you back to military control.

Why doesn’t a deserter immediately reflect on the command’s EDVR?

IAW MILPERSMAN ART 1600-060 a deserter will be transferred into the Deserter UIC when NACIC is in receipt of all records and the member has either:

1) been UA for > 120 days or,

2) is attached to an overseas shore activity, home-ported overseas, or a deployed unit (absent from homeport > 90 days) and has been UA > 30 days.

Allow 180 days for the transaction to reflect on the command's EDVR.

Who is responsible for declaring a deserter?

The parent command is responsible for declaring a deserter unless the member is in PCS status and then the receiving command must declare the member a deserter based on the fail to report.

What is the time frame that a person must be UA before being declared a deserter?

IAW MILPERSMAN ART 1600-010 a person may be declared a deserter if

1) the facts and circumstances of the member’s absence, without regard to the length, indicate the member committed the offense of desertion, as defined in Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ); or

2) if the member has been absent without authority for 30 consecutive days; or

3) immediately, if member is absent without authority, without regard to length of absence, and has gone to, or shown intention of going to any foreign country, or remains in any foreign country and requests or accepts any type of asylum or residence from that country or its governmental agencies.

What is the procedure once a member is declared a deserter?

Once a declaration of desertion message and DD 553 (Deserter/Absentee Wanted by the Armed Forces Form) is received (IAW MILPERSMAN ART 1600-060) at NACIC, the member is entered into the Navy deserter database.  A federal warrant is issued for his/her arrest and will remain active until the deserter is arrested, returns to military control, or a confirmation of death is obtained.

When will the warrant for my arrest be lifted?

The federal warrant for a deserter will remain active until you are arrested, return to military control, or a confirmation of death is obtained.

When will you stop calling me?

We will stop investigating when the warrant for desertion is cleared.  If you think you are already discharged from the Navy a certified copy of your DD 214 will need to be mailed to NACIC.