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ID Badges for the Armed Forces

In the United States military, ID badges play an important security role by identifying Armed Forces members and dependents such as children and spouses, as well as veterans. Much more than simple photo ID badges, most military IDs now come in the form of a Military Dependent Card, an advanced smartcard that serves a number of unique purposes. New ID card technology has allowed the military to add sophisticated functionality ID badges. Military members receive Common Access Card, which includes several types of technology; a barcode, magnetic stripe, and embedded smart chip.

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How Does the Military use ID Cards?

Military IdentificationProper identification in the military – no matter the branch – is a key component of maintaining secure operations, particularly visual identification. ID cards can be worn by nonprofit employees at all times as well as by temp workers. Typically, ID cards are worn on badge reels or lanyards by the employee and should be highly visible to program directors and building security personnel.
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Dependent ID CardsIt’s not only soldiers and troops who depend on military identification cards, but also their spouses and family members. The military offers dependent ID cards to ensure that troops’ family members receive all the necessary benefits and amenities. Other benefits include commissary exchange and certain morale, welfare and recreation privileges.
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Visitor BadgesEvery person who enters a military facility should be armed with proper identification, most importantly visitors, or non-military employees.. Visitor badges are usually obtained at the front desk of a building and require that the person signs in and leaves their license upon checking in. They then receive a visitor badge that they can either wear on a lanyard or badge clip to ensure their visitor status is visible and recognized to onlookers.
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Time and AttendanceFor time management of hourly military employees or contractors, AlphaCard highly recommends the use of time & attendance ID cards. These kinds of cards keep track of when the person clocks in and clocks out for accurate weekly hour reports. Time and attendance often use magnetic stripes or barcodes that are scanned by a reader and integrated with tracking software.
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Multifunctional & Smart CardsMilitary identification cards serve a much greater purpose other than simple photo identification. The armed forces are now utilizing data storage technologies (e.g. barcodes & magnetic stripe cards) to keep important data of soldiers such as their status, position, and the date they joined the military. Additionally, Smart cards can be used as access control cards.
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Access ControlThe military relies on access control cards to ensure only authorized individuals have the ability to enter certain areas of a building or zone. These are usually troops, administrative staff, commanders, and other military personnel. An access control card is a sure-fire way to prevent unauthorized persons such as intruders from gaining access to restricted areas and compromising security.
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Learn More About Military ID Badges

The Military Common Access Card is now the standard form of identification for active members of the military, reserve personnel, members of the National Guard, civilian military employees, as well as eligible contractors.

Along with general identification, the cards provide secure access control for military buildings and restricted areas, as well as computer networks. Many government Web sites require the use of Common Access Cards for authentication. Additionally, the cards can be used for securely encrypting email messages, and signing documents electronically.

AlphaCard is a trusted provider of photo ID systems for a long list of military ID programs. We specialize in secure card-printing solutions perfectly suited for these critical card applications. Give us a call at (800) 717-8080 to learn more.