R 171816Z JAN 20 MID110000310412U
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC//JAN//
NARR/REF A IS DoDI 6025.19, Individual Medical Readiness (IMR).
RMKS/1. Exposing your genetic information to outside parties creates
personal and operational risks. Navy Sailors and civilians are advised to
avoid direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests. Some genetic testing companies
encourage Department of Defense (DoD) personnel to purchase genetic ancestry
and health information by offering military discounts or other incentives.
2. DTC genetic tests that provide health information have varying levels of
validity, and many are not reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration,
meaning they may be sold without independent analysis to verify the claims of
the seller. Possible inaccuracies pose more risk to military personnel than
the public due to Service Member requirements to disclose medical readiness
information outlined in reference (a). Testing outside the Military Health
System is unlikely to include a clear description of this risk.
3. There is a serious concern that outside parties are exploiting genetic
data for questionable purposes, including mass surveillance and the ability
to track individuals without their authorization or awareness.
4. In addition to security risks, please be aware of potential unintended
consequences that come with learning whom you are related to. Some genetic
tests inform participants of a network of likely siblings and parents. While
in most cases this is good and interesting, in some situations this new
information could negatively affect your family. I recommend that you
discuss this topic with family members who are considering genetic testing.
Thanks to social media and publically available information, even if you dont
participate, when one of your relatives does, unwelcome associations may be
5. Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//