Benefits & Entitlements
for Family Members of the Guard

Your ID card is your key to military benefits
You and your family need to have ID cards in order to get all your entitled benefits. The Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (ID) gives you access to the benefits of being in the National Guard. All uniformed service members and their dependents are eligible for ID cards, this includes:

Spouses – unmarried widows/widowers
Children between the ages of 10 and 21 (unmarried)
Children under 10 if they are not living with the Guard Member
Unmarried children over 21 who are mentally or physically disabled, unable to support themselves and the sponsor must has legal guardianship
Unmarried children between the ages of 21 and 23 who are full-time college students
Parents or in-laws for whom the Guard Member provides more than half of their income and has legal guardianship

Register your family in DEERS.
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Systems (DEERS) is an automated information system that contains detailed personnel information for benefits and entitlements distributed to uniformed services members, eligible family members, retirees, and other personnel as directed by the DoD. All service members are listed automatically, but their dependents must be added when they apply for an ID card. Military members will be required to prove eligibility with the necessary documentation. This may include: photocopies of marriage certificates and birth certificates, copies of adoption papers, paternity paperwork, divorce and death papers, certificate of full time enrollment in college/university. Eligibility is determined by the uniformed services. Contact your nearest DEERS office for eligibility questions. To find your local DEERS office please visit

Once registered in DEERS it is important to keep your DEERS records updated when personal eligibility information changes. This includes, but not limited to: changes in military career status, moves/changes address, marriage/divorce, death, birth, adoption, or child over 21 enrolls as a full-time student. The quickest and easiest way to update DEERS is by visiting the Web site at

Benefits during Inactive duty for training (drill)

Dental Insurance Program (United Concordia)
(full premium plan with no government cost sharing)

Exchange privileges
Commissary privileges
Recreational facilities (MWR)
Military discounts

Other benefits of the military
After 30 consecutive days or more of active duty, Guard members generally get
the same benefits as active duty service members. These benefits include:

Legal Assistance

Educational Benefits
Military Pay and Allowances
• Inactive Duty Training (IDT) Pay “Drill Pay”
• Basic Pay “active duty”
• Incentive or Special Pays (based on special skills or duties)
• Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)
• Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
Relief/Emergency Financial Assistance
Survivor Benefits
Retirement Benefits
Civilian Job Rights and Protections (under the law USERRA)
Space Available Travel
Veterans Administration Benefits

For additional information, please visit the useful websites listed to help further research and understand eligibility based upon the Guard Member’s service:

Useful Websites

Massachusetts Air National Guard:

Massachusetts Army National Guard:

National Guard Almanac:


Rapids Site Locator:

Tricare - medical care:

United Concordia Dental:

Post Exchanges PX/BX:

Commissary :

MWR (Morale, Welfare & Recreation):



Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Indianapolis:

Army Emergency Relief:

Air Force Aid Society:

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors):
(Grief support and services for survivors of military line-of-duty deaths)

Retirement Benefits:

ESGR (Employer Support Guard and Reserves):

DOL (Department of Labor):

Space Available Travel:

Veterans Affairs (VA):
(Information on VA benefits, programs, facilities, and more)



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