Military ID cards are required to enter a military installation, access health care services at the Military Treatment Facility (MTF) hospital or clinic, while shopping at the BX/PX and to take care of other kinds of business. What are some ways to guard your military ID card?
Place ID Card Back Inside Your Purse or Wallet After Entering the Installation
It is easy to lose track of where you have placed your military ID card soon after entering the military installation. Once you have presented your ID card to the gate guard, make sure you replace it right away back inside your purse or wallet, rather than inside your coat pocket or another location where you will forget about it and possibly even lose it.
Treat Your ID Card as You Would Your Credit Card or Passport
Military ID cards are government property, but they are issued to active duty personnel, retirees, dependents, and civilians to help them get on base and access the services on the military installation. Always treat your ID card as you would your credit card or passport, that is, as an important document you would never want to fall into the wrong hands.
What to Do If You Lose Your ID Card
If you lose your ID card, do not panic. In all likelihood, you have simply misplaced it and your card will turn up inside your coat pocket or in your car. However, after retracing your steps, if you still cannot locate your ID card, you should call the BX/PX, commissary or any other location you have visited, if you lost your ID card on base. If you still cannot locate your ID card, call the gate where you entered the base and leave your contact details in case someone comes across your ID card and turns it in. After a thorough search, the only other option is to stop by your local ID card issuing facility to receive a new ID card. The sponsor should be present when you receive your new ID card.
Guard your military ID card by always replacing it inside your purse or wallet after entering the installation, treating your ID card as you would your credit card, passport or other important document and making a thorough search for your ID card if you have lost it.