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Service members and military families should ensure that their personal information is up-to-date in early 2013, Navy officials said recently.

“With all the reporting and record systems that maintain service member information, it can be confusing for Sailors to know where to start when updating their personal information,” said Navy Personnel Command Force Master Chief Jon Port. “But as we’ve seen with earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, floods and storms on the East Coast; disasters strike and maintaining current data may expedite assistance for our Sailors and their families.”

Personnel Specialist 2nd Class DeMario Stackhouse, Naval Support Activity Bethesda administration clerk, said personal information should be updated any time that there is a change of status in the service member’s life.

“There are several good times to update your information,” said Stackhouse. “Any time you report to a new command, it should be updated. If your status should change, such as in the case of a marriage or divorce or when there is a change in your number of dependants, then it needs to be updated.”

Service members and beneficiaries can visit their nearest personnel office or Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) to update their personal information, said Stackhouse.

“PSD is a central hub for anything dealing with a service member’s records, including a change in pay status, updating information on a Page 2 (Record of Emergency Data), or SGLI (Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance).”

Most of a Sailor’s personal information can also be viewed and updated through the following online reporting and record systems:

* Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) - https://nsips.nmci.navy.mil;

* BUPERS Online (BOL) - https://www.bol.navy.mil;

* Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) - https://navyfamily.navy.mil;

* Defense Enrolment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) - http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect.

Keeping your personal information up-to-date will not only allow a service member’s command to respond in the case of an emergency, but also will also allow that member to be prepared for advancement.

“You also want to make sure that your awards, qualification and education are submitted through PSD to reflect your current status, so that it is ready when needed,” said Stackhouse.

For more information on updating service records online, visit the Navy Personnel Command website at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/recordsmanagement/militarypersonnelrecords/Pages/default2.aspx.