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 PERS-31D

Toll Free Number 1-866-827-5672
Fax: (901) 874-2766 DSN: 882-2766

Benefits and Eligibility Section, determines sponsor and family member eligibility for ID Card authorized military benefits. This includes determining authorization for ID Cards for the Incapacitated Dependent Program (INCAP) for dependents over the age of 21.  Additionally, this section provides eligibility and sole authorization authority for ID Cards for former spouses under the Former Spouses Protection Act. 

Navy Former Spouse

Navy Former Spouse Protection Act Coordinator

Commercial:  (901) 874-3362
DSN:  882-3362

Spousal ID Card: Privileges terminate as of the final date of divorce, regardless of the expiration date on the card. If you still possess an ID card issued before your divorce, it must be turned in. If the Navy Personnel Command (PERS-31D) determines you are eligible for ID Card privileges under the Former Spouse Protection Act (Public Law 97-252, amended by Public Law 98-525, Public Law 101-510 and Public Law 104-201), the privileges to which you are entitled will be reinstated. The following documents and information are required to make this determination:

  • Sponsor's Name, Social Security Number, Rank/Grade, Branch of Service, Status of Sponsor (Retired/Active/Deceased), Sponsor's Date of Retirement, Sponsor's Address and Phone Numbers (Home and Work)
  • Original or state certified copy of Marriage Certificate (all marriage certificates)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Death Certificate (if applicable)
  • Final Divorce Decree (all divorce decrees)
  • Notarized statement stating whether you have or have not remarried since your divorce
  • Notarized statement whether you have employee sponsored health care insurance
  • Statement of Service (DD 214) (if available)
  • Applicant's Name, Address, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Phone Numbers (Home and Work)

Former Spouse Eligibility Requirements

(20/20/20) (Expanded)

  • Marriage lasted at least 20 years
  • Military member had at least 20 years of creditable military service toward retirement
  • At least 20 years of this creditable military service was performed during the marriage

The former spouse who meets these requirements is entitled to commissary, theater, exchange, and medical benefits until remarriage. (If covered by an employer-sponsored health care plan, medical benefits cannot be granted. This includes civil service employees who carried their employer-sponsored health care into retirement.)

(20/20/15) (Basic)

Marriage lasted at least 20 years

Military member had at least 20 years of creditable service which was performed toward retirement

At least 15 years of this creditable military service was performed during the marriage

The former spouse who meets these requirements and who is not covered under any employer sponsored health care plan is entitled to medical benefits only (TRICARE).  If final divorce was granted before April 1, 1985, these benefits will continue until remarriage. If the final divorce was granted on or after September 30, 1988, these benefits will extend for a period of one year from date of final divorce.

The information above must be forwarded by certified mail to our mailing address:
Commander
Navy Personnel Command (PERS-31D)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN  38055-3520

Sponsor Not Providing ID Card Application

Dependents enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS):

  • Contact the nearest ID Card issuing facility to obtain the ID Card.  Locate the nearest ID Card issuing facility at the RAPIDS SITE LOCATOR

Dependents not currently enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) need the following:

  • Proof of a parental relationship
  • Provide a certified copy of the birth certificate
  • Copy of court document showing paternity was judicially determined
  • Statement if child is residing in Sponsor's household
  • Statement if Sponsor is paying any child support

The information above must be forwarded by certified mail to our mailing addres:
Commander
Navy Personnel Command (PERS-31D)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN  38055-3520

Incapacitated Dependent Program

Incapacitated Dependent Coordinator
Commercial:  (901) 874-3360
DSN:  882-3360

Eligibility Criteria

  • The child must be incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical incapacity that existed before the child's 21st birthday, or 23rd birthday if enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited institution of higher learning, and/or the condition occurred after 23 October 1992.
  • The child must be dependent on the sponsor for over half of his or her support, or have been at the time of the sponsor's death.

Medical and other benefits may be extended to an incapacitated dependent child over age twenty-one that meets the following criteria established by federal law:

  • The military sponsor must currently provide at least 50% financial support, or, have been providing 50% support at the time of his/her death.
  • The dependent child must be unmarried. If married and divorced a copy of the marriage certificate and final divorce decree must accompany the application.
  • The dependent child must be incapable of self-support.
  • The incapacitating condition must have been continuous.
  • If the condition improves or stabilizes so that the dependent is capable of self-support, he/she becomes ineligible for benefits.

Navy Personnel Command, grants extension of benefits to incapacitated children of Navy sponsors. The decision to authorize an ID Card in such cases is based upon the degree of incapacity as determined by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and whether or not the dependent meets the criteria established by Federal law. The need for medical care, alone, does not qualify a dependent for this program.

The following information must be forwarded by certified mail to our mailing address:
Commander
Navy Personnel Comand (PERS-31D)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN  38055-3520

  • A medical/psychiatric evaluation conducted within the last four months by a physician.  The evaluation must include diagnosis, treatment regimen, and prognosis for employability and self-support.  The evaluation must also indicate how the incapacity precludes the person from being self-supporting now and in the future, and provide detailed information on the incapacity.  Generalized statements are not sufficient.
  • A summary of the history of the condition including age and date of original diagnosis and treatment received or recommended.  The condition must have been present and diagnosed prior to age twenty-one.  A summary of medical records is preferred, and it must be detailed enough for the reviewers at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery to trace the condition from date of onset to the present. When no records are available, a parent or guardian may prepare a medical history.  A professional in the medical or mental health field must review this history.
  • In cases of mental retardation, types and results of any IQ tests administered.  These must include detailed test results and an evaluation by the examiner.  If the child has been in special education, the psychological evaluations in the school records’ are the best source of information.
  • A report of any vocational or rehabilitative training received or recommended.  If the individual is employed, a history of employment and a statement of earnings are required.
  • Either a Notice of Disapproved, Claim from the Social Security Administration for disability benefits, or a Social Security Awards Certificate or Health Insurance Certificate for coverage through TRICARE will be withheld for dependents until documentation is presented which denies or confirms eligibility for Medicare.  To determine eligibility, the dependent must file with the Social Security Administration for disability benefits.  The dependent should request a formal determination, based on the records of the sponsor, the dependent, and any other parent (including natural or stepparent).  If the sponsor is retired or deceased, and the dependent is enrolled in Medicare, Parts A and B, he/she will be eligible for TRICARE as a secondary payee.  Should this be the case, a copy of the Medicare card is acceptable.  Dependents of sponsors on active duty keep their TRICARE coverage as long as the sponsor remains on active duty even though they may be eligible for Medicare.  In such cases, Medicare pays first, TRICARE second.
  • In cases where the dependent was married and subsequently divorced, the marriage certificate and divorce decree must also be presented.
  • A notarized statement signed by the sponsor or guardian, indicating the amount of income or financial support provided.  Include a breakdown of all expenses and sources of financial aid.  In cases of divorce, documentation must be provided that the sponsor is (or was at the time of death) providing 50% support.  Also, indicate whether or not the dependent is living in the household of the sponsor, and if not, why.
  • A financial statement must be submitted for the  Navy Personnel Command to determine the amount of support provided by the military sponsor.  United States Code Title 10, Section 1072, requires that in cases of dependent children over age 21 and incapable of self support, the military sponsor must be providing over 50% support.  If the sponsor is deceased, he/she must have been providing over 50% support at the time of death.  If the child is a ward of the state and the sponsor is providing no support, the ward is not eligible for benefits.  However, if the sponsor was providing over 50% for the child at the time of death, and the child becomes a ward of the state after his/her death, they are still entitled to benefits.  Concern is not for the expenses or income of the sponsor, but the amount the sponsor provides toward meeting the expenses of the child.  Support does not have to be direct financial support, but may consist of services provided for which the dependent or a social agency would have to pay.
  • If the child is living in the household of the military sponsor, determine the child's fair share of the household expenses.  Divide the total monthly household expenses (house payment, rent, taxes, utilities, and food) by the number of individuals in the household.  This will give the child's fair share of living in the household of the sponsor.  If the is living in a facility other than the sponsor's household (institutional care, board and care, group home, supervised apartment), an itemized listing of expenses and how these expenses are met must be obtained from the facility.  If the child is more than 50% dependent upon a federal, state, or local agency for the cost of their maintenance, they are no longer eligible for benefits.  If the sponsor ever resumes 50% support and the incapacity has been continuous, benefits can be reinstated.  In cases where the child is living in a federal, state, or local institution, but the sponsor is providing over 50% support, the child remains eligible for benefits, but commissary is not authorized.  If the child is not residing in the same household of the sponsor, but in a residence owned or leased by the sponsor, commissary privileges are authorized.
  • Dependency Statement - Incapacitated child over age 21. DD Form 137-5 is attached for the used of the Incapacitated Dependent Program. the DD Form 137-5 is required with the Medical Information to the following address: Navy Personnel Command (PERS-31D) 5720 Integrity Drive Millington, TN 38055-3520

Authority to request this information is derived from the United States Annotated Code Title 10, Chapter 55.   While disclosure of the information is voluntary, failure to provide the information will result in denial of benefits.

Parents/Parents-in-Law, Stepparents, and Parents-by-Adoption

Eligibility Criteria

Parents/Parents-in-Law, stepparents, and parents-by-adoption are entitled to ID Cards if certain requirements are met.  Refer to BUPERSINST 1750.10 Series, attachment 2, Table A.2.1 for entitlements.

  • The parent (father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, stepparent, or parent-by-adoption) must be dependent on an authorized sponsor for over half of his or her support or was at the time of the sponsor's death.
  • The parent must also be living in a household with the sponsor or one maintained by the sponsor to qualify for full benefits and privileges.

Initial and Renewal Application as follows:

  • Military Pay Directorate Dependent Claims Division, PMMACB, verifies dependency status for parents/parents-in-law, stepparents, and parents-by-adoption.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Cleveland Center
ATTN:  Dependent Claims Branch
1240 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH  44199
Toll Free:  1-888-332-7411 or Commercial:   (216) 204-4590

Issuance of ID Cards or other benefits are not authorized prior to DFAS approval of these dependents.

Temporary ID Cards are not authorized.

For more information on applying for secondary dependency, please click on the guide below.

Secondary Dependent User Guide

Wards/Pre-Adoptive Wards

A ward eligible under BUPERSINST 1750.10 Series, Chapter 4, requires a dependency determination.  Determination is made by:

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Cleveland Center
ATTN:  Dependent Claims Branch
1240 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH  44199

1-888-332-7411 or Commercial:  (216) 522-5096

Wards will be issued a DD Form 1173 when basic eligibility criteria for Legal Custody Wards are met:

  • Has not attained age 21.
  • Has not attained age 23 and is enrolled full time in and institution of higher learning approved by the administering Secretary.
  • Is incapable of self-support due to a mental or physical incapacity that occurred while the person was considered a dependent of the member or former member and before attaining the age 21 or 23 if enrolled full time in an institution of higher learning approved by the administering Secretary.
  • Is dependent on the member or former member for over one-half of his or her support.
  • Resides with the member or former member unless separated by the necessity of military service or to receive institutional care as a result of disability or incapacitation.
  • Is not a dependent of a member or former member under any other category.
  • Has been placed in legal custody of a member or former member as a result of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction in the United States (or a territory or possession of the United States) for at least 12 consecutive months.

Wards who have been placed in legal custody of a military member through a placement or by a legal decree with no intent to adopt:

  • Issue a DD Form 1173 to a ward placed in legal custody of a military member through a placement agency or legal decree (see Terms), with no intent to adopt (i.e., foster child), if criteria in chapter 4, BUPERSINST 1750.10 Series are met. This category of ward is entitled to commissary, exchange and theater privileges only. Medical care is not authorized.

Pre Adoptive Wards will be issued a DD Form 1173 to include medical care who on or after 5 October 1994 has been placed in the home of the member or former member by a placement agency (recognized by the Secretary of Defense) in the United States and/or US territories licensed for the purpose of adoption by the state or territory, in which, the adoption procedures will be completed in anticipation of legal adoption of the person and who:

  • Has not attained age 21.
  • Has not attained age 23 and is enrolled full time in an institution of higher learning approved by the administering Secretary and is, or was at the time of the member’s or former member’s death, dependent on the member or former member for over one half of the child’s support or,
  • Is incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical incapacity that occurs while a dependent of a member or former member and before attaining age 21 or 23 if enrolled full time in an institution of higher learning approved by the administering Secretary.

Note:  Children placed in the home of a member or former member by a placement agency in any other location than listed above must submit a request for recognition through the Service issuing activity. Request will be forwarded through appropriate channels and must be approved by the appropriate Assistant Secretary of the Military Department concerned or an appropriate official to whom he or she has delegated approval authority.

Dependents Benefits - Deceased Military Sponsor

The spouse of a deceased military member retains all benefits that were in force upon the military member death. These benefits remain as long as the spouse does not remarry. If she should remarry she loses all benefits upon the date of marriage. If the subsequent marriage ends in divorce or death of the new husband, the spouse may apply for reinstatement of benefits under the sponsorship of the former military member. Medical benefits are never reinstated. The spouse may reapply for Exchange, Commissary and Morale, Welfare and Recreation benefits.

Children of a deceased military member retain the same benefits, which was in force at the time of death. These benefits are good until the dependent reaches the age of 21 or age 23 if enrolled at a university as a full time student.  The student must have a letter from the Register of the university showing the date of graduation and have that information entered into Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

TRICARE Dental Program

TRICARE Dental Program

Sponsors are encouraged to review their end of the month Leave and Earning Statement to ensure their dental Allotment (AI) correctly reflect the type of dental coverage they require or should have. Sponsors are also encouraged to review all family members' DEERS/RAPIDS information to ensure it reflects current and correct benefits information with regard to eligibility for medical and dental coverage. The family members' medical/dental benefit(s) are based upon their ID Card eligibility and enrollment in DEERS.

RAPIDS Site Locator

The Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS SITE LOCATOR) (www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/) provides a listing of the three closest ID Card Issuing facilities.

RAPIDS Self service

RAPIDS Self Service can be utilized to complete multiple RAPIDS/DEERS functions.  Please click on the following link for more information:  https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/self_service.

 

NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND: 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington TN 38055-0000 
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