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A United States Uniformed Services Privilege and Identification Card
(also known as U.S. military ID
, Geneva Conventions Identification Card
, or less commonly abbreviated USPIC
) is an identity document
issued by the United States Department of Defense
to identify a person as a member of the Armed Forces or a member's dependent, such as a child or spouse.
The card is used to control access to military bases, exclusive stores (such as AAFES
outlets and commissaries
), Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities, and high-security areas. It also serves as proof of eligibilty for medical care delivered either directly within the military health system
or outside via TRICARE
. The modern identification card is called a Common Access Card
(CAC) because it is also a smart card
that is used with specialized card readers for automatic building access control systems, communications encryption, and computer access.
The primary types of U.S. military ID cards being issued today are the CAC for active duty and Reserve members, the Department of Defense (DD) Form 2 for retirees, and DD Form 1173 for dependents. Until the CAC was phased in starting in late 2003, the DD Form 2 in branch-specific variants served as active duty members' ID. Prior to the October 1993 revision, the DD Form 2 form number was appended with one of five variant codes denoting branch of service (A, AF, N,... Read More