News courtesy of reader Charles that DoD has made a huge addition to Pre-Check eligibility by including all 800,000 DoD and Coast Guard civilians starting 15 April.  News release here.  Here is their main blurb:

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 – Beginning April 15, Defense Department and Coast Guard civilian employees will be able to take advantage of the TSA Pre-check expedited screening program at more than 115 airports across the country.

“We’ve worked closely with TSA over the past few months to expand the Pre-check program to include the department’s 800,000 civilian employees,” said Mary Snavely-Dixon, director of the Defense Manpower Data Center. “Our civilian employees play vital roles in our nation’s defense each and every day. Expanding TSA’s program to include them is great news.”

As always, you need to have a CAC card to use the service.  Travelers should enter their CAC card ID number in the “Known Traveler” field when they make their reservations.  Note that you can use this for business or personal travel.

For the civilians, there is one additional step they need to do.  They need to “Opt-in” to the program.  Visit the “milConnect” at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect.  Select the “My Profile” menu tab after logging in and follow the instructions to Opt-in.  Note that all military members are pre-enrolled so no need to worry about this step.  Good luck and enjoy something good happening on 15 April!

Posted by glenn | 6 Comments

6 responses to “Pre-Check Expands to Include DoD Civilians on 15 April”

  1. anita says:

    what if you have a cac and your spouse doesn’t? can your spouse go to pre check with you?

    • glenn says:

      @ Anita – Sorry, only children 12 years and younger can go through with you. You could sign your spouse up for Pre-Check with the TSA for the $85 fee good for five years and then you can go through together. Or get your spouse Gold status in an airline’s FF Program.

      • Wendy says:

        You get global entry free if you have nexus. Which is fifty dollars. Some credit cards will reimburse the cost of global entry or nexus. If you sign your kids up for nexus there is no charge.

  2. Erik says:

    That’s great! I wonder if this might role out to other federal agencies at some point for civilian employees that have background checks performed on a regular basis.

  3. mcdullhk88 says:

    I actually love this idea. DoD and military employees, as well as veterans, deserve this benefit IMHO. But I still don’t like the part where random travelers are put into the PreCheck lines, especially since they often don’t know what to do.

  4. Jake says:

    Anyone else having trouble with getting pre check? It worked the frist time I entered my known traveler number but hasn’t worked the last 3 or so times I have flown.

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