6. The commanding officer's recommendation on a member's request or hardship discharge should be confined to the above areas. In no case should this endorsement include a recommendation for a substitute type of discharge; i. e., general, etc. A hardship discharge is intended to be used as an instrument to alleviate personal hardship encountered by enlisted members when such discharge is the only solution. It is not intended to be used as a means to rid the service of undesirables, misfits, or members considered unsuitable for continuation in the naval service. The Chief of Naval Personnel shall be notified by message of any change in the status of a member after a request for hardship discharge has been submitted. This notification applies to such matters as departure on leave, transfer to hospital, unauthorized absence, or temporary additional duty.
7. Any information concerning the private affairs of members of the naval service or of their families is intended "For official use only" and shall not be disclosed to persons other than in connection with their official duties, nor shall the source of such information be disclosed.
8. If deemed appropriate, commanding officers may request information and reports from the American Red Cross or other social service or welfare agencies relative to an enlisted member's home conditions when a member submits or desires to submit a request for separation for dependency. If a report which may have a bearing on the case is received by the commanding officer from the Red Cross or other agency, it should be forwarded to the Chief of Naval Personnel for consideration.
9. Procedures for effecting separation by reason of dependency or hardship of members who have a Military Selective Service (MSS) obligation remaining are:
a. For Regular Navy personnel, enlisted or inducted, when transfer to the Naval Reserve and release to inactive duty are directed by the Chief of Naval Personnel or his designee, the prescribed procedures shall be followed with the exception that such members shall be assigned to the Standby Reserve-Active (USNR-S1) in lieu of the Ready Reserve.
b. For members of the Naval Reserve serving on active duty, when release to inactive duty is authorized, the following action will be taken:
(1) Complete appropriate parts of Page 14, Record of Discharge, Release from Active Duty, or Death, of the service record and make entry under the "Remarks" column to indicate date of release to inactive duty and obligated service as follows:
"Released for reasons of hardship/dependency to inactive duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve to complete the service obligation acquired under the Military Selective Service Act. Upon completion of traveltime to be placed in Standby Reserve-Active (USNR-S1). Obligated to serve in the Naval Reserve until (fill-in) unless sooner discharged."
(2) Issue an Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer or Discharge, DD Form 214N, Page 15 of the service record. Forward service and health records to the Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Personnel Center. A new service record will not be opened. Distribute copies of Page 14 and DD Form 214N in accordance with instructions.
(3) Issue orders covering release to inactive duty. Appropriate distribution of copies shall be made.
(4) Immediately upon receipt of the service record, the Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Personnel Center shall place an entry on the Administrative Remarks, Page 13, showing transfer of the member from the Ready Reserve to the Standby Reserve-Active (USNR-S1).
10. In effecting the separation of a member by reason of dependency or hardship, the character of separation shall be determined solely by the member's military record.