As an Army wife, your military ID card is one of the most essential documents you will ever have in your possession while your soldier serves in the Army.
It serves as your way to access the post, allows you to shop in the commissary and PX, serves as your insurance card, and can sometimes entitle you to valuable military discounts.
Who is eligible?
- Spouses (wives and husbands)
- Widows who have never remarried
- Unmarried children who are 10-21 (or up to age 23 for college students)
- Disabled unmarried children over the age of 21 who cannot support themselves
- Parents who rely on the soldier for more than half of their monetary support monthly
Your husband likely was instructed by his recruiter to take his marriage certificate, birth certificate, and other pertinent paperwork with him to reception (time before he begins basic training).
While he is in reception, your soldier will enroll each dependent (as stated above) in DEERS (Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System). He will complete DD Form 1172 so that each dependent can obtain an ID.
Your soldier will then mail this form to you. When you receive it (which may take several weeks or longer), proceed to the nearest military base. You do not have to go to an Army post. My ID was made at an Air Force base closest to my home.
It seems that every ID station has different requirements. I only had to have the DD Form 1172 to have my ID made. Others have had to show birth certificates or a power of attorney. Be safe and take all of your documentation with you, or call ahead and ask.
If you are not close to a military installation, you can always wait until you go for your husband’s graduation or until he gets to his first duty station. Just keep in mind that you will not be able to take advantage of any military benefits without your ID.
Find the closest military base to have your military ID made.