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RAPIDS ID Card Issuing Sites In NJ:
US Army, Picatinny (973) 724-4315/4700

By Appointment Only:
US Navy, Colts Neck (908) 886-2444/2574
McGuire Air Force Base, Wrightstown (609) 754-2310

US Coast Guard, Cape May (609) 898-6340; US Navy, Lakehurst (732) 532-4694; Fort Dix, (609) 562-2177; New Jersey National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters Ė New Jersey (609) 562-0762 and Fort Monmouth (732) 532-4694.

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Where To Get Family ID Cards
The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Realtime Automated Personnel IDentification System (RAPIDS), issues memberís, eligible dependents and other eligible individuals a distinct identification card (ID) authorizing them to receive Uniformed Servicesí benefits and privileges.

Normally, Guard family members and other dependents receive a DD Form 1173-1, the DoD Guard and Reserve Dependent ID Card (red). While these cards do not authorize memberís eligibility for medical benefits and commissary privileges, they will assist Guard and Reserve family members in accessing these privileges when accompanied by a copy of the service memberís orders to active duty. The cards do authorize access to exchange and certain morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) privileges.

The DD Form 1173-1 also serves as proof that these individuals have been pre-enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS). This is an important first step in obtaining family member and dependent medical treatment when the service member is called to active duty for 31 consecutive days or more.

When the service member is called to active duty for more than 30 days, part of the process for entry on active duty should be the completion of a DD Form 1172, Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card DEERS Enrollment for each eligible family member and legal dependent. This application, along with the surrender of the DD Form 1173-1, will allow family members and dependents to receive the DD Form 1173 (tan) card. These cards will authorize appropriate medical, commissary, exchange and MWR benefits and privileges for the period of active duty specified on the membersí orders.

Family members and eligible dependents are required to report to a RAPIDS ID Card issuing site in order to be issued the appropriate ID Card. Lists of RAPID Sites are included below. Be sure to call ahead to confirm specific requirements, documentation and hours of operation.

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Guard Family Action Plan
GFAP identifies issues of concern to Guard Members, their Families, and Retirees. The Plan also determines actions necessary to resolve issues and determine actions at the State, National Guard Bureau and Department of the Army or Department of the Air Force levels. You can submit an issue by visiting and log in, click Issue Submission, then write and submit your issue. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Durling in the Family Programs office at (609) 562-0739.

DOD Extends Assistance to Severely Injured
The Department of Defense has opened the Military Severely Injured Center, a 24/7 service to help severely injured service members find jobs and answer questions they and their families might have.

The Military Severely Injured Center is a family support service tailored to meet a service memberís unique needs during recovery and rehabilitation.

The Center connects eligible individuals to a multitude of services: financial resources; education, training and job placement; home, transportation and workplace accommodations; and personal, couple and family issues counseling. Its mission is to expedite processes, help families, and alleviate complicated road blocks for severely injured service members. The Center serves military members and veterans who suffer severe physical or mental wounds from war. Soldiers and airmen who contact the center may be referred to other support components such as the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) or the Air Force Palace HART (Helping Airmen Recover Together), respectively.

For more information, call the center at 1-888-774-1361 or e-mail at

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Volume 32 Number 4
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