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Military Spouse Information

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As the wife or husband of a service member, you are eligible for many benefits, including health care, shopping privileges on base, and access to base facilities and programs. Once you arrive at a military installation, visit the Fleet & Family Support Center to find useful information on benefits and services. You’ll find it helpful to attend orientations for military spouses and to read all the information available to you. In the meantime, here is a quick checklist to get you started.

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The Basics

Ask your spouse to enroll you in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). All service member and their dependents must be enrolled in DEERS to receive medical benefits. It is up to your spouse to enroll you. Check the website for information:

Obtain a military identification card from the ID card facility. To receive benefits as a military spouse, you will need an identification card. All family members, including children ages 10 and older, will need their own ID cards. Your card will allow you access to military bases, exchanges, and commissaries, and will make you eligible to receive a medical card. You will need your marriage license, birth certificate, photo identification, and Department of Defense Form 1172 (application form) to apply for an ID card. Click here to find the nearest office.

Register your car on base. You can do this through the Security Office on base. Check with them to see what documents you’ll need, but expect to bring your driver’s license, Department of Motor Vehicles registration, and proof of car insurance.

Determine whether you should change your state and federal income tax status to reflect your marital status. Check with the legal office or the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) on base to ensure you are doing what is right for your situation.

Memorize your spouse’s Social Security number. You will need it for all sorts of paperwork and forms.

Know your Sailor’s rate, rank, department or division, email, mailing address and full command name. Make sure your whole family has this information.

Know who your Command Ombudsman is. The Ombudsman is a spouse of a member of the command who voluntarily serves as the official liaison between the command and its families. Ombudsmen provide resource and referral, assistance during times of emergency and rapid communication between the families and the command. Ask your spouse for the name and phone number of your Ombudsman.

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Spouse Employment & Education

Base Services

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
 The NMCRS programs include grants and loans to families in need, education, food lockers, free layettes, Thrift Shops, and visiting nurses. Visit the NMCRS website to learn more about these programs as well as the location of the NMCRS offices around the world.

Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Division (MWR)
 The mission of the MWR Division programs is to provide active duty, reserve, retired Navy personnel and their families with sports and physical fitness activities, child and youth programs, and a variety of food and beverage services. Visit the MWR website and learn about the wide range of programs that contribute to the retention; readiness; and mental, physical, and emotional well-being of our Sailors and their families.

 Naval Legal Service Offices is a customer-service organization providing legal services to active duty Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard service members and their dependents, reservists on active duty for 30 days or more, and to retirees as resources permit.

 Chaplains serve all service members and their families, not just individuals or groups belonging to specific religious denominations. Chaplains are authorized representatives of a broad range of religious faith groups. They conduct divine worship services and officiate at special ceremonies, such as baptisms, bar mitzvahs, weddings and funerals. They also offer programs that enable personal spiritual growth and development, and promote camaraderie and a sense of community. They can help you establish contact with almost any religious institution or clergy.
            Pastoral counseling is provided to all who ask for assistance. Chaplains work at base chapels and are qualified to help Navy families find solutions to personal, family, marital, and spiritual dilemmas.

 Sailors and families who shop the Navy commissaries save over 30% per year on the cost of their groceries. Visit the commissary website and discover information on store locations, promotions and special savings, recipes, commissary employment opportunities, and more. Please note baggers work for tips only.

Navy Exchange (NEX)
 The prices at your Navy Exchange average 20% below the competition and are tax exempt. On the NEX website you can view the online catalogue, locate stores and mini-marts, learn about NEX employment opportunities, and more.

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Additional Resources

Official Navy Website
 Stay up to date on the latest Navy news.

Navy Reserve Force
 For complete information about the Navy Reserve Force, log onto their website. Click on CNRFC Families for family readiness information.

Military OneSource
 Military OneSource provides you with information and resources that can help improve many areas of your life, from personal to professional. This confidential service is available 24/7.

            New to the Navy? Nervous about what to expect from a deployment? Need help figuring out how to plan your move? Join a Compass Class! You will meet new friends, hear valuable insights and funny storied from seasoned spouses and learn more about the Navy than you ever thought you needed to know! Compass is a 12-hour, 3 session course that links spouses with resources. COMPASS is free and babysitting is provided.

            The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to men and women in uniform. The USO currently operates more than 135 centers worldwide.

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Last updated: July 13th, 2018

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