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You meet the love of your life. You fall in love and promise to stay together forever. Now it’s time for logistics. Your Military ID.
There is not much you can do without your Military ID. You will need it to gain access to the military base without your significant other. You will need it to shop at the Exchange or Commissary. You will need it to enroll/use Tricare, which are your medical benefits. You will need it to gain access to any and all entitlements or discounts you may be eligible for as a family member to a service member. For all of these reasons, and more, you need to make obtaining your Military ID a priority.
How do you do it? Follow the steps detailed below:
- The first thing that needs to happen is you will be enrolled in DEERS using form DD Form 1172-2. This can be done one of 4 ways.
- Your sponsor can use their CAC card to submit your information via the RAPIDS self-service portal. (This is a website accessible via the Department of Defense (DOD) website)
- Your sponsor can sign into the RAPIDS self-service portal using their login information.
- Your sponsor can fill out a paper form and have it notarized.
- You can use your power of attorney to complete the form in your sponsor’s place.
- You will need to provide documentation of your relationship to your sponsor to prove eligibility. This is your marriage certificate and your birth certificate.
- You will need to provide two forms of identification. Refer to the list of acceptable forms of identification.
Pin the graphic below for an easy reference guide:
This information was pulled directly from http://www.cac.mil/docs/required_docs.pdf .
Military ID’s aren’t all business and no fun though!
You can use your Military ID to access great resources such as the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR). Depending on your location, this could include access to a movie theater, bowling alley, video games, party rentals, kayaks, sailboats, or even couples getaways. Our last duty station offered a couples retreat to do a local high ropes course! You can also utilize your Child Development Center (CDC) for child care (check with your center for availability), and shop at the commissary and Exchange for tax free shopping. There are a lot of benefits to obtaining your military ID, so try not to procrastinate!
If you have special circumstances or additional questions, be sure to click on the link referenced above and refer to additional information there. Also, do not be afraid to reach out to your ID office on base or your service member’s command.