The Air Force is urging civilian retirees to get a secure Defense Department Civilian Retiree Card — if they haven't already. (Air Force)
Retired Air Force civilians and their dependents must ensure they have up-to-date identification cards by January if they want to continue to use base morale, welfare and recreation facilities.
In early 2014, installations will no longer accept AF354 — Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card — for access. Instead, retired civilians must have a Defense Department Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.
“The [AF354] card doesn’t meet the stringent security requirements established by the Department of Homeland Security,” said Ed Yoder, Air Force Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System/Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System project office.
“Installation access requires a secure card with identity vetting and online capabilities, such as bar code scanning,” he said in a news release.
The DoD Civilian Retiree Card has been active since 2008, but with AF354 coming to a close sometime in January, the Air Force is encouraging retirees to receive the DoD card as soon as possible.
Retired civilians and dependents are able to obtain the DoD card from one of the 1,500 RAPIDS facilities worldwide, according to a DoD memorandum.
Should a member or dependent family member not have an ID card, they will need to contact the local civilian personnel office, Force Support Squadron, to determine their eligibility for DEERS, said AFPC spokesman Mike Dickerson said.
The retired civilian will need to present SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action, for DEERS enrollment verification.
Installation commanders retain authority to deny access to base installations.
An alternative credential may be the Defense Biometric Identification System card for installation access. The DBIDS credential is made available to populations who do not qualify for an ID card from DEERS but have a need to access base facilities.
However, DBIDS can only be used for one installation. The DoD Civilian Retiree ID card is not limited to a single installation.
Contact FSS ID Card Customer Services to begin the DBIDS approval process.
DD Form 2 — used by military retirees — also remains a valid credential for accessing DoD installations, Dickerson said.
Once the AF354 is officially rescinded, installation security will confiscate the cards presented for access sometime in early 2014.
Visit myPers and enter “AF 354” in the search window for more information. Individuals may also call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102 for locating the nearest RAPIDS office and additional assistance for DEERS enrollment and eligibility questions.