Learn About Military ID Cards

Military ID cards are important to servicemembers and ex-servicemembers because they allow holders to access government benefits such as welfare, legal assistance, Tricare, education benefits, commissaries and course discounts, among many others. Those who are eligible for these benefits include active-duty service members, dependents of service members, retirees, reserves and select veterans. There are, however, specific conditions that veterans must meet in order to qualify for a veteran’s card, which entitles them to all the military benefits and discounts. Read the details below to learn about the types of military ID cards that are used by uniformed servicemembers and their dependents.

Guard and Reserve Family Member ID Card, DD Form 1173-1 (Red)

This type of military ID card is issued to dependents of former service members who are not on retired pay, as well as reserve members who are not on active duty or retired pay. It is also issued to dependents of reserve service members who passed away after receiving NOE. Family member cardholders have access to federal privileges, but they are not eligible for medical benefits. In order for service to be provided to the cardholder, he or she must also submit the servicemember’s orders to active duty or a commissary privilege card.

DD Form 1173 (Tan)

This card is issued to dependents of active-duty servicemembers, 100-percent disabled veterans (DAV), former members receiving retired pay, Medal of Honor recipients, retirees, reserve-component service members who have been on active duty for at least 30 days, transitional health care members (TAMP), crewmembers and ship officers of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessels, and dependents of the foreign military who are eligible. After an active-duty servicemember’s family receives DD Form 1173, the members are authorized to access medical services and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) benefits or privileges for a period specified by the active-duty member.

Former Military Member/No Longer Serving, Not Retired ID Card, DD Form 2765 (Tan)

The tan military ID card is issued to any of the following ex-military members: permanently, 100-percent disabled veterans, Medal of Honor recipients, area executives, USO assistant directors (OCONUS), transitional health care members, center directors and former servicemembers receiving retired pay. Additionally, officers and crews of MSC vessels deployed to foreign countries, United Seaman’s Service (USS) Personnel OCONUS and Select Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) personnel are also eligible.

Retired Military ID Card, DD Form 2 (Blue)

This ID card is issued to former servicemembers receiving retired pay, members on the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL) and members on the Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL).

Reserve Military ID Card, DD Form 2 (Green)

The reserve military ID card is issued to members of the Individual Ready Reserves and the Inactive National Guard.

Reserve Retired Military ID Card, DD Form 2 (Red)

The reserve retired military ID card is issued to retired members of the reserves and the National Guard who are under the age of 60.

Military Dependent ID Card

The military dependent ID card is issued to close relatives of active-duty members/veterans who meet Department of Defense eligibility criteria. These cards may be issued to lawful spouses, un-remarried surviving spouses and unmarried children, as long as they meet required conditions.