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Deserter Processing


Navy Absentee Collection and Information Center

A PERS-00D detachment operates the Navy Deserter Information Point (NDIP) and 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: 1-877-663-6772
DSN: 882-2522
Com: (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 38055

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

You can contact our office at 1-877-663-6772 or email at NACIC-OPS@NAVY.MIL to inquire if a person is on the active Navy desertion list or provide information on an a deserter.

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

Contact our office at 1-877-663-6772 and we will assist you in returning to military control.

How do I declare a deserter?

MILPERSMAN Article 1600-060 outlines the procedures for declaring a service member a deserter.  To submit a DD Form 553, email us at NACIC-OPS@NAVY.MIL with the attachment or send us a fax at 1-901-874-2061.  A follow-up email is strongly recommended.  For a copy of DD Form 553, please use the link at the bottom of this page.

My email certificates do not allow me to send an encrypted email.  How can I send the required documents?

All required documentation can be sent via the AMRDEC SAFE website.  Under "Email Settings", ensure the "Encrypt email message when possible" IS NOT checked.  This encrypts the email that sends the link and password to collect the file(s).  Because it is sent to a group inbox, the encrypted email cannot be opened.  A follow-up email is strongly recommended.

What does the command do if a deserter surrenders or is captured within their jurisdiction?

Reference MILSPERMAN 1600-070. Completion of DD Form 616 is required.  For a copy of DD Form 616, please use the link at the bottom of this page.

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

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 is either:

1) UA for > 120 days or,

2) 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 EDVP.

Who is responsible for declaring a deserter?

The parent command is responsible for declaring a deserter.  If a member is in a PCS statues, the gaining command must declare the member a deserter based on the failure 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 an accurate DD FORM 553 (Deserter/Absentee Wanted by the Armed Forces Form) is received (IAW MILPERSMAN Article 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 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 using the address listed on the top of the page. 


Reference Links:

MILPERSMAN 1600 References (1600-010 to 1600-120)


UCMJ Article. 85



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