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Unless Your Military ID Has Expired, You Don’t Need a New Card, Pentagon Officials Say

October 16, 2021

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Military retirees and dependents who hold traditional laminated paper military ID cards are not required to upgrade to new IDs until their current cards expire, despite reports of older IDs being rejected, Pentagon officials said this week.

Some military retirees and dependents have reported via social media being turned away at military installation gates by guards and base security personnel who say the old-style cards are no longer valid. Instead, those users report, they are told they must get an upgraded ID to access the installation.

Pentagon officials, however, said old-style ID cards should still be accepted so long as they are not expired.

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