For Official Use Only (FOUO)

FOUO is not a classification but a designation applied to unclassified information to identify material which may not be appropriate for public release. To be considered FOUO, this type of information must be exempt from mandatory release to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA specifies nine categories of information which can be withheld from release if requested by a member of the public.

Although not classified, FOUO information should be handled in a manner that provides reasonable assurance that unauthorized persons do not gain access.

Handling, storage and destruction standards can be found in AR 380-5 and AR 25-55, The Department of the Army Freedom of Information Act Program.

* ALL DA personnel should begin applying marking standards covered in DoDM 5200.01, Volume 2 and 4 which covers FOUO and classified marking standards. The next update to AR 380-5 will reflect these new standards.

DISCLAIMER: The appearance of non-government information does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army.
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