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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Feb. 1, 2021) – The Garrison Directorate of Human Resources Military Personnel Division on Redstone Arsenal wants to inform the community about the Next Generation Uniformed Services ID cards.

These will replace the current identification cards issued to retired and reserve members, family members of uniformed service members, and other eligible individuals in accordance with Department of Defense policy to facilitate access to benefits, privileges and DOD bases.

Patrons will receive the Next Generation ID when their ID card expires. The Department of Defense is transitioning from its paper-based Uniformed Services Identification card to a more secure, next generation USID card. The Next Generation card will incorporate an updated design and security features to deter counterfeiting and fraud, and it will be printed on a plastic cardstock.

“Our ID card section services a large number of individuals, so we have to get the word out,” Edward Adams, human resources supervisor, said. “Initial issuance of the Next Generation USID card began in July 2020 at select DOD ID card facilities and was implemented at Redstone a few months ago. Many of our patrons are not aware of the change so we want to raise awareness on this.”

The Next Generation card does not change the populations who are eligible to receive the current card. USID cards are issued to retired and reserve members, family members of uniformed service members, and other eligible individuals in accordance with DOD policy to facilitate access to benefits, privileges and defense bases.

“Currently-issued USID cards remain valid through their expiration date,” Ross Gagliano, chief of Military Personnel Division, said. “In an effort to limit the impact on the ID card issuance facilities, cards will not be reissued solely for the purpose of obtaining the Next Generation USID card. Individuals with an indefinite expiration date on their current USID card should wait until summer 2021 to have their Next Generation USID card issued. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the DOD extended the majority of expiring ID cards allowing them to remain valid from March 2020 through June 30, 2021. This does not supersede requirements for benefit eligibility. We encourage patrons with questions to please contact us directly regarding specific questions.”

“Individuals requesting more information regarding the rollout of the new Next Generation USID on Redstone are directed to contact the One Stop ID Card Section at 842-2413 or go to https://home.army.mil/Redstone to get to the ID card page or for information on ID cards in general. The only way to schedule an appointment to get an ID card is through this website.”