Commanders, O-5 and above, "may grant permission to DoD personnel requesting to carry a privately owned firearm (concealed or open carry) on DoD property for a personal protection purpose not related to performance of an official duty or status," the document states.
Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, the age many states require an individual to be to own a firearm, according to the document. Proof of compliance may include a concealed handgun license that is valid under federal, state, local or host-nation law where the DoD property is located.
"Written permission will be valid for 90 days or as long as the DoD Component deems appropriate and will include information necessary to facilitate the carrying of the firearm on DoD property consistent with safety and security, such as the individual's name, duration of the permission to carry, type of firearm, etc.," according to the document.
Until now, DoD personnel have not been authorized to carry personal firearms on military installations, a policy that has come under scrutiny in the wake of "active-shooter" attacks at U.S. military bases resulting in the deaths of service members.
Seven years to decide on something as simple as allowing personal carry?Effective Nov. 18, the directive culminates years of work, Davis said.
The effort began after the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood in Texas
You are right, but only to a point. This all predates Trump, who has said that the rules in place are crazy. This move forward, despite it being BS on a practical level for the reasons you state and others, will make the real move forward less of a change and easier in the future for Trump's SecDef.i think the every day real world translation of this will be: no change.
officers at that level are political, and will not accept any unnecessary risks that might tarnish their career. they will view their soldiers carrying personal weapons as liabilities, and therefore will not approve them unless there are some extenuating circumstances.
the short (90 day) expiry, combined with the bureaucracy that will be required for a soldier's application to reach an O-5, and for him to research it, will guarantee it will rarely, if ever, happen.
this is a meaningless platitude of a gesture by whomever was behind it. though, it might be a stepping stone to something better down the road for them.
Plus, all military forms filled out in triplicate and approved by the entire chain of command, sergeant up to general officer.I agree with phaed.
At most, it's a step in the right direction, to accept that SOMETIMES
Under some SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES,
A few SPECIAL PEOPLE can carry for personal protection,
BUT ONLY while obeying every ridiculous gun law on the books in the city, county, state, and Nation where these military personnel are stationed.
The old cards didn't expire and the new ones expire only once...when you hit 65 years old, after that, you get the "INDEF" expiration. I do understand that your spouses card will expire, but now you can allow them to go by themselves to get it renewed (changed that last year on the DEERS website) which to me is AWESOME! I figured I spent 22 years going on and off mil bases and I have no real desire to do so anymore. Since I retired in 2014, I have been on a base once.Left out retirees. Travel to base once every few years for ID card renewal. Have to sanitize car for trip.