The Transportation Security Administration wants military service members and DoD civilians to know they can use the streamlined TSA Precheck program for free.
“Service members are already enrolled in TSA Precheck, but many do not know they are,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a recent interview. Pekoske, a retired Coast Guard vice admiral, wants all those eligible to use this free program, according to a Defense Department release.
All service members from all military departments and students at the U.S. Armed Forces’ service academies are automatically enrolled in TSA Precheck. Their DoD ID numbers – a 10-digit number that is on the back of their Common Access Card – serve as their “Known Traveler Numbers.”
Civilian employees must enter the program using the milConnect website at https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/. Their DoD ID number is also their KTN.
There is no cost for military members or civilians to enroll. The general public must pay $85 to enroll.
It’s a valuable benefit for service members and DoD civilians while also boosting security.
To obtain their positions, service members and DoD civilians undergo background checks, and most have security clearances. “They are trusted to carry weapons in defense of the United States or to safeguard America’s secrets. So the TSA decided that there was no need for them to take off their shoes and belts at a checkpoint to get on an aircraft,” according to the release.
All travelers must add their DoD ID number to their Defense Travel System profiles to access TSA Precheck while on official travel, but eligible service members and civilians can also use it on personal travel, Pekoske said.
When you are making flight reservations on any airline website, there is a box for the KTN and that is where you will enter your DoD number. Once you put the number in – especially if you are a regular flier on that airline – every time you make a reservation, or a reservation is made by the DoD travel service for you, the will automatically populate.
“The effort makes sense from an agency perspective and it is also a way to say thanks to members of the military and the civilian members of DoD and the Department of Homeland Security who sacrifice so much,” Pekoske said. “It’s a really good program and it provides a direct benefit to those who keep us free.”