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Getting a Military ID

How may I receive a military photo ID? I served honorably in the National Reserves, always on call for when I would be needed and also had boot camp and summer drills.



By Martha from St. Petersburg, Fl

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April 24, 20120 found this helpful

The only way to have a valid military ID is to be either on active duty, or the legal dependent of someone on active duty

Or a reservist on Ready Reserve with attendance to drills and annual ACDUTRA (Active Duty For Training) but the card is ONLY valid during the weekend drills and two week ACDUTRA period, and is rarely issued, if ever, to dependents

Or a reserve service member on 'mobilisation for active duty' (six months or longer) or legal dependent of same

Or a retired service member, or the spouse of a retired military service member.

If you are no longer in the Reserves of any branch including National Guard, you will not have an ID card because you are not entitled to one. You should have a copy of the DD214 or other release from duty paperwork in your possession; if you don't, contact your former branch as you do need this paper to access any benefits you may be entitled to as a former service member.

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April 24, 20120 found this helpful

Why would you need or want one if you are not active duty? And as frugalsunnie mentioned you are no longer entitled to an ID card unless you are retired (which requires 20 years of qualified service).


From what I understand your original card was required to be surrendered within 30 days of inactive duty. If you think you might be entitled to some sort of benefits contact your former National Reserves office.

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