Soldiers’ Social Security numbers will no longer be part of their dog tags, the Army announced Tuesday.The change, which some have argued is long overdue, is the first update to the ubiquitous identification tags in more than 40 years.A soldier’s Social Security number will be replaced by a 10-digit, randomly-generated number. The change will be implemented on an as-needed basis, Michael Klemowski, Soldiers Programs branch chief at Army Human Resources Command, said in a statement released by the Army.
Source: Army to stop putting Social Security numbers on dog tagsFinally!
It’s long been an annoyance that, while everyone tells you to keep your Social Security Account Number secure, the Army has, pretty much since 1973, I think, used it as your service number. It’s on your ID card, your dog tags, your service records, training records, rifle qualification score sheet, and pretty much every other document that touches on your Army career. And let’s be blunt, while that information is in fact Personally Identifying Information (PII) and supposed to be subject to safeguard, very often, the paperwork is absolutely unsecured.
Guys, how many of you recall being asked “Last four?”