Top 10 Things All New Navy Spouses Should Do

Lt. Kelly Lanning and his new wife, Megan O’Brien

1. Ask your spouse to enroll you into the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

  • All spouses of services members are eligible for TRICARE, the military healthcare system, but they must be enrolled in DEERS to qualify.
  • Locate your local ID Card Office.
  • Bring a copy of your marriage certificate.

2. Obtain a military identification from your local ID Card Office.

  • This is necessary in order to receive the benefits of a military spouse. The identification card will allow you access to the base, military exchanges, commissaries and it is your medical card.
  • Locate your local ID Card Office.
  • Bring your birth certificate, marriage license, photo identification and Department of Defense Form (DD) 1172, filled out by your spouse.
  • All family members age 10 and older must have a military identification card.

3. Register your car on base.

  • Locate your base Security Office
  • Expect to bring your driver’s license, car registration and proof of insurance.
  • Check to see if you are expected to bring any additional papers.

4. Ask your spouse to list you as a beneficiary on their Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI).

  • This is done by your spouse updating his or her DD Form 93

5. Memorize your spouse’s social security or military identification number.

  • Your spouse’s number will be used as your insurance number and allow you to receive other military benefits.

6. Know your sailors rank, rate, the department or division they work in, along with their email address, mailing address and the name of their command.

7. Know who your command ombudsman is and how to contact them.

8. Find out if COMPASS classes are offered in your area.

9. Familiarize yourself with the information and resources Naval Services FamilyLine has to offer.

10. Don’t hesitate to ask questions!