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Green ID cards for Guard/Reserve soldiers on the way



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Green ID cards for Guard/Reserve soldiers on the way
[11/9/2004]

Source: Army Family Publication

Army officials took one step closer to a seamless, Total Force in June 1998 when a ceremony formally recognized the demise of the red identification card for members of the National Guard and Army Reserve.

Reserve component soldiers, effective June 1, 1998, now receive a green ID card as they enter the service or have a change in status. The new cards are exactly the same as those issued to the active component, except they have U.S. Army Reserve printed in the upper right-hand corner, where active component soldiers have U.S. Army Active.

Soldiers can obtain the new cards at their Guard or Reserve center when they re-enlist, are promoted or their cards otherwise expire. It is anticipated the complete phase-in of the program will take about five years.

According to U.S. Total Army Personnel Command officials, only Guard and Reserve retirees who have not reached age 60 and dependents will continue to receive the red card.

Reserve component soldiers who come on active duty for more than 30 days will still receive an Active card, as they have in the past.

This is a step toward achieving integration of the active and reserve military components. However, there will be no associated changes to current service benefits, privileges and entitlements, unless a change in status occurs.

The change responds to a pledge made by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen in a policy memorandum to eliminate "all residual barriers - structural and cultural" to effective integration of the Reserve and active components into a "seamless, Total Force." (Based on reports filed by ARNEWS)

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