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Press release: Veterans to retain military ID, allowing easier access to services

MoD_RSS

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The move will allow veterans to maintain their emotional connection with the armed forces, allowing them to keep the card they have carried on them throughout their career. Retaining their ID card, known as the MOD Form 90, will also allow service leavers to be identified as veterans quickly and easily, aiding their transition into civilian life.

Charities, Veterans UK, which manages armed forces pensions and compensation payments, local authorities and GPs will all benefit from the change, as they will not have to conduct time-consuming checks to identify individual veterans.

The Prime Minister last year also announced plans to provide the 2.5 million former armed forces personnel cards which identify them as veterans, in recognition of their service to the nation.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:


Our armed forces give their all to keep this country safe and leaving the military can be an emotional time.

That’s why I’m delighted that people leaving the armed forces will be able to retain that emotional connection with their service by keeping their ID card. Retaining their ID card will also make it easier for veterans to access the many public services which prioritise veterans under the Armed Forces Covenant.

So this is a small change that I know will make a big difference.

Handing back the Service ID card has regularly been identified as something that members of the armed forces would like to change.

Instead of handing back their card to be destroyed on the day of discharge, the corners will now be cut off to show the card is no longer valid. This will ensure that security is maintained at bases and other sensitive sites.

Chief of Defence People Lieutenant General Richard Nugee said:


Time and time again, I have heard from service leavers that handing back their ID card is one of the hardest things to do as they leave the forces.

Leaving the military is an emotionally charged moment and I hope that this change will ease some of those feelings by reinforcing the message to our veterans that they remain a valued member of the armed forces community.

The MOD is conducting a major cross-government review of veterans policy and provision, which will inform a new veterans strategy and will be released in the autumn.

Part of this involves ensuring greater recognition of veterans so they can efficiently access government and third sector support and allowing retention of the MOD Form 90 ID is the beginning of this. The Ministry of Defence is reviewing a range of other identification options and will make a further announcement later this year.

Service leaver Col David Madden said:


My ID card is more than just a piece of plastic with my photo on, it signifies my service and marks my time in the Armed Forces. Whilst it might seem like something small, keeping my card will make a practical difference by allowing me to verify my service to my GP surgery and local authority.

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Sumo

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will have to watch this space for those of us that have already left and handed back our ID cards
 

Seadog

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Moderator
You mean 'Handed back and watched some baby writer cut it up in front of you' .

Why not keep it until your terminal date and cut it up yourself - with due deference - and post it to some baby writer in the OHMS envelope provided?
 

Ninja_Stoker

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ID cards have expiry dates on them. I imagine over time they'll be re-issued with a big red V (for Veteran) emblazoned across them. An ID card with the corner chopped-off is completely invalid.

..and then we can standby for loads of drips from veterans complaining that they are not accepted as for official verification purposes, much the same as "normal" service ID cards.
 

Sumo

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ID cards have expiry dates on them. I imagine over time they'll be re-issued with a big red V (for Veteran) emblazoned across them. An ID card with the corner chopped-off is completely invalid.

..and then we can standby for loads of drips from veterans complaining that they are not accepted as for official verification purposes, much the same as "normal" service ID cards.
The old one I found in my loft a few years back, didn't have an expiry date, there again it as a young skin chap on it?
 
The old one I found in my loft a few years back, didn't have an expiry date, there again it as a young skin chap on it?

Yes they do have an expiry date. Not that it makes much difference when your last ID card showed a full head of hair, now nothing but a distant memory!

Good idea about the veterans ID card with a big V or something on it.

Do Ryanair now accept ID cards as proof of identity for travel? I heard that in the past they would not, however student union cards were good enough.
 

Sumo

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Yes they do have an expiry date. Not that it makes much difference when your last ID card showed a full head of hair, now nothing but a distant memory!

Good idea about the veterans ID card with a big V or something on it.

Do Ryanair now accept ID cards as proof of identity for travel? I heard that in the past they would not, however student union cards were good enough.
That's cus student cards are all vetted for a security clearance by MoD UK, init
 

Sumo

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If the one that Sumo refers to is a pre 1990 something one, hand written, rubber stamped and laminated by the Reg Office or UPO , that model didn’t have an expiry date.
it was one of the early plastic credit card type, if I find it again, ill look?
 

pompeyexpat

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No they didn’t originally, and a few people got caught out when they did. I had to sign the other REA in as a guest in Bahrain because the US guard was the first person to notice his ID card had an expiry date.

Nobody in Devonport had noticed it had expired 2 years before.
 
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