i was wondering were i can get a MARS ID CARD
i'm AFMARS MEMBER AFA5VG
i'm tech class lisencse WA1MAR
-State MARS Emergency Coordinator Mississippi
Yes, Army MARS stopped issuing ID cards about a year ago. We had a member improperly use the MARS ID card that was reported to the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID)...that went Army-wide. We chose to stop issuing the ID card so as to not cause other members problems as a result of this incident.
Our intention is to transition to a license similar to your amateur radio license that you can carry in your wallet that simply indicates you are authorized to operate on military channels.
Regarding the member that was turned away from a Red Cross duty...a MARS ID card will not grant anyone access to a red Cross facility...we do not have any agreements with the Red Cross. If a member wants to support a Red Cross facility, they will need to be credentialed by the Red Cross for access.
Chief Army MARS
Thank you for the information about the MARS ID's. The transition to an FCC like license on a database, and an official print out with credentials is a great idea, and would serve the purpose of authorization easily.
State MARS Emergency Coordinator Mississippi