The U.S. Army has decided to extend it smart card pilot program for Army spouses and retirees. The pilot, which began in October 2011, now runs through September.
The smart card pilot is seen as an alternative means of identification to a username and password for logging into many Army and Department of Defense Web sites that contain personally identifiable information.
Spouses and retirees living near Fort Belvoi, Va.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Fort Jackson, S.C., may renew or register for the smartcard pilot through the Army Knowledge Online Web site.
During the original pilot period that ran from October 2011 to March 2012, the Army issued over 700 smart cards to Army spouses and active-duty, Reserve and National Guard retirees. Surveys showed overwhelming support for the smart card alternative.
The Army will continue to collect feedback from users as the pilot continues. It is also considering other login options for these user groups.
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