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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

ATTN: Military Families

I saw this on Military Wives Savings and thought it was important information to pass on to my Military Wife readers as well!

The DoD has finally removed the nine digit number from ID cards (issued after 6/1/11) … while on most ID’s before this date “x” out the dependent’s SSN, the sponsor’s number is still in its’ full nine-digit form.  Which, I’ve always thought, was absolutely silly … why exclude one but not the other?  Well, now they have!

Authorized Exchange shoppers who receive the new ID will notice some changes when writing a check, putting something on layaway or making a return at an Army & Air Force Exchange Service facility.
The absence of the Social Security number, the only number used by DoD for financial transactions to recover lost funds, means that cashiers will scan the new IDs to facilitate certain financial transactions.
“We’ve spent a great deal of time upgrading our systems to recognize the new IDs and provide these services without interruption,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief MSgt. Jeffry Helm. “The scanning process not only is more convenient, but also helps protect service members’ personal data. So whether the ID is old or new, authorized shoppers have the proper ‘security clearance’ to exercise their Exchange benefit and shop with peace of mind.”
While not a new process, scanning for the DoD ID number to complete select transactions assists in guarding the investment authorized shoppers make in their communities. A military command with a retail mission, two-thirds of Exchange earnings are paid to morale, welfare and recreation programs. Procedures that protect assets helped the Exchange to contribute more than $2.4 billion to quality-of-life improvements over the past decade in support of youth services, Armed Forces Recreation Centers, arts and crafts, aquatic centers, golf courses and more.

You can read more about the DoD’s new Smart Card at this link.

Thanks Military Wives Saving!

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