On Sept 3rd, all legally married military spouses, regardless of gender, will finally be recognized and should be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Take a moment to read more about DEERS and what you should know in this article. As you plan for recognition day and enrollment in DEERS, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Don’t forget your required documentation. Check with your DEERS enrollment office to confirm which documents you will need to enroll. They typically include:
- Original Marriage Certificate (or certified copy)
- Birth Certificate
- Photo Identification
- Social Security Card
2. It is possible that some staff may not be educated on changes. If you anticipate problems, consider printing off the relevant memos and administrative guidance for your branch and taking it with you. If you run into any trouble at the DEERS enrollment office, remember to stay calm. After years of exclusion, your emotions will be running high. If you and your service member do run into problems, rather than getting upset and only making the situation more difficult, ask to speak to a manager, Staff NCOIC (non-commisioned officer in charge), or OIC (officer in charge) if appropriate. If you are still unable to resolve the situation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a detailed description and your contact information.
3. Title 18, US Code, Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701 prohibits you from making photocopies or taking pictures of your new Department of Defense (DoD) identification card (ID). While you may be excited to post a photo on Facebook or other social media site of your new ID card, remember it is illegal to do so. Instead, consider printing out this document and taking a photo with it to celebrate your recognition day. Post the photo in our Private Online Support Network so we can share it! If you haven’t been added there, message us now to be added.