Veterans

July 26, 2013

DS Logon offers convenience, practicality – a ‘must’ for retirees

(The following is provided as a public service from the Fort Huachuca Retiree Council and was compiled by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Roberts.)

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense Self-Service Logon, or DS Logon, is a relatively new, secure, self-service logon ID that allows Department of Defense, or DoD, and Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, members and affiliates to access numerous government websites using a single username and password.
Besides the convenience of needing only one username and password to access these websites, DS Logon provides a high level of authentication that goes beyond simple username and passwords used by most websites. This allows government agencies to provide real-time, personalized information to users. A DS Logon is also useful in situations where Common Access Card, or CAC, authentication is not available or the member does not have a CAC like most retirees.

Currently, the following groups of people can obtain a DS Logon:

  • Service members including active duty, Guard or Reservists, retirees
  • Veterans
  • Spouses, including surviving spouses
  • Eligible Family members 18 and over

Users must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, to obtain a DS Logon account.

There are two types of DS Logon accounts: a basic account and a premium account.

A basic account can be obtained online without verification of a person’s identity, but it does not provide access to personal information in VA or DoD systems. The main advantage of a basic account is that it enables users to upgrade more quickly to a premium account when retirees go in person to a VA Regional Office or military healthcare insurance service center.

A premium account allows users to access websites that contain their personal information.

This logon can be used across DOD and VA applications such as the eBenefits portal; Beneficiary Web Enrollment; MilConnect: Transferability of Education Benefits; Health Net Federal Services; and Humana Military, to name a few. It will be the primary method of single sign-on for all DoD and VA web authentication in the not-too-distant future, and for the Army, will replace the Army Knowledge Online login.

There are several ways to obtain a DS Logon account.

First, visit the “DS Logon – My Access Center,” https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/dsaccess/. A basic account can be established immediately on this site. Upgrading to a premium account may also be accomplished at this site. The quickest and most convenient method of obtaining a premium account is to complete the “remote proofing process” which involves using a secure identification that users may already have, such as a Social Security number, and answering three basic, personal questions. CAC holders may upgrade their accounts immediately using their CAC.

Individuals who do not have a CAC and who cannot complete the remote proofing process for some reason may request an activation code from the Defense Manpower Data Center if they have a myPay account established at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

Users who cannot complete any of these preferred processes may obtain a DS Logon premium account by visiting a VA Regional Office. Locations can be found on the “DS Logon – My Access Center” website. Many RAPIDS [military ID card] offices can also provide DS Logon accounts. Check in advance with whatever office you’re visiting to ensure they have the capability.

(Above article from “Army Echoes”)

The Fort Huachuca Retiree Council meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October. The next meeting will be held Oct. 11, 10 a.m. in the SFAC Conference Room, Murr Community Center.

The current members of the Fort Huachuca Retiree Council are retired Col. James Harper, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jackie Moore, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Roberts, retired Lt. Col. Al Robles, retired Lt. Col. Stuart Carter, retired Lt. Col. Dennis Ehrenberger, and retired Staff Sgt. Thomas Taggart. Those interested in joining the council or for more information, contact mi33csm@icloud.com.




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