Department of Defense INSTRUCTION NUMBER 1000.13

SUBJECT:  Identification (ID) Cards for Members of the Uniformed Services, Their Dependents, and Other Eligible Individuals

References: (a)  DoD Directive 1000.22, “Uniformed Services’ Identification (ID) Cards,” October 8, 1997
(b)  DoD Instruction 1000.13, subject as above, December 30, 1992 (hereby canceled)
(c)  Chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code, “Medical and Dental Care”
(d)  DoD Directive 1330.9, “Armed Services Exchange Regulations,” December 15, 1986
(e)  through (ff), see enclosure 1

1.  REISSUANCE AND PURPOSE

This Instruction implements policy in reference (a) and reissues reference (b) to update DoD policy, responsibilities, and procedures for the issuance of ID cards to members of
the Uniformed Services of the United States (see enclosure 3, attachments 1 and 2); prescribes ID and privilege cards for issuance to their dependents and other eligible individuals (see enclosure 4, attachments 1, 2, and 3); and incorporates new policies regarding on Selected Reserve Transition Programs, the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, abused dependents receiving transitional compensation, and the machinereadable identification card.  Technical specifications and issuing procedures for ID cards are outlined in enclosure 3, attachment 1.

2.  APPLICABILITY

This Instruction applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Military Departments (including the Coast Guard, when operating as a Military Service in under the Department of the Navy), and the Defense Agencies (hereafter referred to collectively as “the DoD Components”); the Coast Guard, under agreement with the Department of Transportation (DoT), when it is not operating as a Military Service in under the Department of the Navy; and the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), under agreements with the Departments of Health and Human Services and Commerce, respectively (hereafter referred to collectively as “Other Uniformed Services”).  The term “Military Services,” as used herein, refers to the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard; and their respective National Guard and Reserve components; the term “Uniformed Services” refers to the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS, and the Commissioned Corps of the NOAA.

3.  DEFINITIONS

Terms used in this Instruction are defined in enclosure 2.

4.  POLICY

It is DoD policy under DoD Directive 1000.22 reference (a) to provide members of the Uniformed Services with a distinct ID card for use in identifying their status as active duty, Reserve, or retired members and as an authorization card for Uniformed Services’ benefits.  Eligible dependents and other eligible individuals shall also be provided with a distinct ID card to be used as an authorization card for benefits and privileges administered by the Uniformed Services.  Implementation of this Instruction will be consistent with union obligations.

5.  RESPONSIBILITIES

5.1.  The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness shall establish overall policy and procedures for the issuance of ID cards to members of the Uniformed Services, their dependents, and other eligible individuals.

5.2.  The Assistant Secretary of Defense Health Affairs under the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness shall establish overall policy and procedures for providing medical care through the Military Health Services System to authorized beneficiaries and the elimination of eliminate fraud, waste, and abuse in the provision of medical benefits.

5.3.  The Heads of the DoD Components and Other Uniformed Services shall comply with this Instruction.

6.  PROCEDURES

6.1.  The following criteria apply to the use and issuance of the DD Form 2, “U.S. Armed Forces Identification Card (Active/Reserve/Retired)” and “Armed Forces of the United States Geneva Conventions Identification Card (Active/Reserve)”; the DD Form 1173, “Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card” and “United States Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card”; DD Form 1173-1, “DoD Guard and Reserve Family Member Identification Card” and “United States Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card”; and the DD Form 1172, “Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card, DEERS Enrollment”:

6.1.1.  DD Form 2, “U.S. Armed Forces Identification Card (Active),” is the primary ID for active duty Uniformed Services’ members and shall be used to identify the member’s eligibility for benefits and privileges administered by the Uniformed Services in accordance with Chapter 55 of 10 U.S.C., DoD Directive 1330.9, DoD Instruction 1015.10, and DoD 1330.17-R (references (c), (d), (e), and (f)).  The manually prepared card (enclosure 3), is being replaced by the DD Form 2, “Armed Forces of the United States Geneva Conventions Identification Card (Active)” machine-readable card (enclosure 3).  The use of other media shall be restricted to activities and areas where special ID is required.
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