OK, off subject a bit, but when I was in the Navy, our military ID # was our SSN and we stenciled it on everything
, I've been out for 34 yrs now. With the electronic world we live in today and all the identity theft, has the military changed their policy on using SSN's?
Just last year I was going through some of my records and came across a sheet of paper that had the full names and SSN's of every person that went in the same day I did from the Detroit area, and wondered how many guys still have that same paper with my name and numbers.
As far as I know, they have. I worked with USAF (contractor employee) for 17 years up until a year ago. They are very "sensitive personal information" cognizant nowadays.
I flew C-130s for most of my 23 years in the USAF. When you land in a foreign country, you undergo "border clearance", which could be very casual or very rigorous, depending on whose sovereign territory you've entered. Immigration, customs, agriculture, quarantine, etc.
For immigration, you provide a crew list, passenger manifest, and in some cases, passports. Our crew list was the "Flight Authorization" a printed military order. On this order appeared your SSAN. I still have a copy of my last one dated August 1992. There they are:Full names, SSANs, etc. for each crewmember. So our info got passed out a lot; such nice places as Iquitos, Peru; U-Tapao, Thailand (Pattaya Beach, very nice); Maracaibo, Venzuela; etc. etc. etc. I've never lost any sleep over it.
Yes, I printed my ID (SSAN) on the duffel bag we were issued during incoming clothing issue. Didn't think much about that kind of stuff back int the day. It went with the all the rest of the treasures that disappeared while my stuff was in post-retirement storage for one year (courtesy of Uncle Sam). Probably dopers got it, but never had any ID theft issues...so far.