The Department of Defense (DoD) will begin issuing this month two new identification cards for some DoD employees and DoD-sponsored individuals. The new cards, Defense Department (DD) Form 2764 and DD Form 2765, will be issued to eligible individuals instead of DD Form 1173, "United States Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card." The new tan-colored cards will contain information currently found in DD Form 1173's concerning authorization for benefits and privileges but will also indicate Geneva Convention status, as appropriate, and have computer-readable bar codes so that the new cards will be compatible with other DoD identification cards currently in use by active component and reserve component personnel. The first new cards will be issued in Heidelberg, Germany, and will be phased in worldwide over the next five years.
The DD Form 2764, "United States DoD/Uniformed Services Civilian Geneva Conventions Identification Card," will be issued to emergency essential DoD employees such as contractors and other civilian personnel stationed overseas and to civilian personnel authorized to accompany U.S. military forces to regions of conflict, combat, and during contingency operations.
The DD Form 2765, "Department of Defense/Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card," will be issued to sponsors, other than members of the military Services, who because of their current or previous association with the military Services, are entitled to Uniformed Services benefits and privileges. These individuals include Medal of Honor recipients and honorably discharged veterans rated by the Veterans Administration as 100 percent disabled from a Service-connected injury. The replacement card for the DD Form 1173 will also be issued to civilians such as Red Cross personnel assigned to duty with the military Services, contract surgeons, United Service Organizations executives serving in foreign countries, Military Sealift Command civil service marine personnel deployed to foreign countries, and others. The DD Form 2765 will also be issued to some foreign personnel authorized DD Form 1173, to include some active duty and enlisted military members of other nations.
The new cards are generated by the Realtime Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS). A prerequisite to the availability of the cards is the distribution of new software to the RAPIDS sites worldwide, which is scheduled to be completed by September 1999. There are no manually-prepared versions of these cards. The costs associated with these new cards is negligible since the cards are issued on the same color cardstock (tan) as the DD Form 1173 and the only increase in population served are those emergency essential personnel permanently assigned within the continental United States.