The Department of Defense's (DoD's) Common Access Card is undergoing modification to make it easier for visually color-impaired security officials to identify bearers who are military, government or contractor civilians, or foreign nationals. Beginning in July, only new CACs will be issued with the changes — encircled letters "W" for military and civilian employees, "G" for contractors and "B" for foreign nationals. The encircled letter will appear under the card's expiration date. Security officials will recognize the new format as valid DoD cards on military installations both stateside and overseas. DoD employees with up-to-date CACs do not need to get new cards. The new format will only be issued for new and expiring cards, which can be obtained at the cardholder's Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System ID card office.
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