Military IDs and Your Social Security Number
This may be old news to some, but it was news to me last week.
My husband and I went to a wedding two weeks ago for one of his Recruiter friends. After the happy couple got back from their honeymoon they did all the wonderful running around to add her to Tricare, and to get her ID and all the other wonderful things you need to do when you become a military spouse. I got a text message from the wife asking if my full Social Security Number was on my Military ID. I got married last year and indeed my full Social Security Number is on my card. She was afraid that the person that processed her card didnt do it properly and that she would have to go again to get it re-done. Of course it’s not a super fun process of sitting at the ID office for two hours waiting your turn, so my friend did not want to have to do that again.
After a Google search I came across an article on the Army Times site. Apparently the DoD is phasing out the use of Social Security Numbers on Military ID cards in 2009. This is to help protect people from identity theft.
By the end of the year all newly issued Military ID cards should only have the last four digits of the Social Security number, with the rest X’ed out.
So, when your card expires and you go get your new one, and you notice the change… don’t worry. It’s not a mistake 🙂