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Retirees: Are You Having Difficulty Gaining Access to Exchange Facilities?

One of the benefits for Exchange retirees is that they are able to shop the Exchange. DD form 2574 (retiree Exchange card) documents shopping privileges. While DD form 2574 is a Defense Department ID card, it is not an ID card recognized to grant access to the installations. Exchange retirees who need access to an installation need to obtain a “chipless” common access card (CAC). Your local HR office can provide instructions on how to contact the installation to obtain the card. For retirees located near the Exchange HQ, they may obtain their card through the headquarters HR office.

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4 Comments

  1. Mark Romero on November 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I was told yesterday that my ID card was no longer valid to access Fort Hood. He let me on anyway.

    • Steve Smith on November 25, 2019 at 6:43 pm

      Mr. Romero:

      Thank you for writing to your Exchange Post. I’ve forwarded your comments to the proper folks.

      Steve Smith
      Editor, The Exchange Post

      • Matt Mennona on November 26, 2019 at 2:30 am

        I have been asking for a resolution since I retired at the end of 2009. This subject has fallen on deaf ears with no light at the end of the tunnel. As a retiree I have a CAC card but my spouse doesn’t. What happens when I die? I firmly believe our spouses have earned the privilege of shopping the exchange for the many sacrifices they have made during our careers.

        • Steve Smith on November 26, 2019 at 7:10 pm

          Mr. Mennona:

          Thanks for writing to your Exchange Post. I’m sorry you’ve had a problem getting an answer to your question. I’ve sent your comments to the proper folks who WILL get in touch with you.

          Steve Smith
          Editor, The Exchange Post

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