Defense Enrollment and Eligibility Reporting System


Defense Enrollment and Eligibility Reporting System

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is a computerized database for United States Service members, retirees, dependents, DoD active Contractors, and others worldwide who are entitled to Public Key Infrastructure and TRICARE eligibility.

DEERS is used in the Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS). RAPIDS is United States Department of Defense system to issue the definitive credential within DoD for obtaining Common Access Card tokens in the DoD PKI. Used together, these two systems are referred to as a DEERS/RAPIDS stations, available in 700 locations in the world.

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History

DEERS was created in the late 1970s as a Joint Medical/Personnel Database, and first put into operation in 1982. In 1997, DEERS fielded RAPIDS. In 2001, it implemented the National Enrollment Database, which provided medical portability. The Next Generation of TRICARE Contracts (TNEX), including additional DEERS capabilities, was created in 2004.

Mission

DEERS maintains personnel and benefits information for:

  • Active, retired, and reserve uniformed service personnel
  • Eligible family members of active, retired, and reserve uniformed service personnel
  • DoD civil service personnel
  • DoD contractors requiring logical access

DEERS is also responsible for producing DoD ID Cards (RAPIDS and Common Access Cards). DEERS supports benefit delivery including medical, dental, educational, and life insurance. In addition, DEERS enables DoD e-business, including identity management, and reduces fraud and abuse of government benefits and supports force health protection and medical readiness.

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