Contact Us Learn About Military ID Cards Military ID cards are important to servicemembers and ex-servicemembers because they allow holders to access government benefits such as welfare, legal assistance, Tricare, education benefits , commissaries and course discounts, among many others. Those who are eligible for these benefits include active-duty service members, dependents of service members, retirees, reserves and select veterans. Read the details below to learn about the types of military ID cards that are used by uniformed servicemembers and their dependents. Guard and Reserve Family Member ID Card, DD Form Red This type of military ID card is issued to dependents of former service members who are not on retired pay, as well as reserve members who are not on active duty or retired pay. It is also issued to dependents of reserve service members who passed away after receiving NOE. Family member cardholders have access to federal privileges, but they are not eligible for medical benefits.
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The Department of Defense issues eligible dependents and other eligible individuals a distinct identification card ID authorizing them to receive Uniformed Services benefits and privileges. The tan ID cards authorize access to commissary exchange and certain morale, welfare and recreation privileges. Are you a new military family member trying to get a new military ID card for the first time? Use this guide. These cards do not authorize eligibility for medical benefits. The cards do authorize access to exchange and certain morale, welfare and recreation privileges.
This is an important first step in obtaining family member and dependent medical treatment when the servicemember is called to active duty for 31 consecutive days or more.
Want to know more about shopping at the commissary? Go here. When the RC servicemember is called to active duty for more than 30 days, part of the processing for entry on active duty should be the completion of DD Form Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card.
This application, along with the DD Form , will allow family members and dependents to receive the DD Form tan. Sign up for a free Military.
DD Form 1173 "Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card"
DD FORM 1173-1 PDF
Learn About Military ID Cards