Fort Benning

U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence


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COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
*UPDATE AUG 2020*

Q: If I have a CAC or Family Member ID card already, can I still use it to get on Fort Benning during COVID-19?

A: Yes, DoD ID cards can still be registered utilizing the "in lane" registration process. All new DoD CAC/Family Member ID/Retired ID cards are automatically registered when initially scanned in lane. When accessing Fort Benning these cards may use any lane and are authorized for use in the lanes marked "CAC-MIL ID ONLY".

Q: If I have a CAC and a Retiree ID card do I have to register both?

A: No, once you are registered in the Automated Installation Entry (AIE) system both of your cards will work at the ACPs. If any issues the Visitor Control Center can assist in troubleshooting the card during COVID-19.

Q: Do I need a pin number for my ID card during COVID?

A: No, only CAC cardholders will need to know their selected pin number. During elevated threats the Installation may raise the Force Protection Condition (FPCON) level and the AIE system shall limit access to only key and essential personnel.

Q: How long does it take to register a DoD ID in the AIE system?

A: In lane, for the first time, 3-5 seconds.

Q: Will my registration expire?

A: Yes, your registration will expire at the same time as your DoD ID card expires. You will have to re-register in the AIE system. This is normally accomplished the next time you scan in lane using your new DoD ID card.

Q: My DoD ID expired and I cannot get an appointment, what do I do?

A: Most expired IDs will be handled by the Guards in lane. You may also stop at the Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center (open 24 hours). You will be verified in the system and issued a temporary extension card to present with your ID. This extension will be good until 30 September 2020 or your scheduled appointment, whichever comes first.

Q: Will I be able escort people on post with my DoD ID during COVID-19?

A: No, effective 20 March 2020 the Trusted Traveler Program along with escort privileges were suspended. Authorized visitors will need a pass.

Q: What is a MIL ID or CAC Card?

A: Military ID, Spouse ID or Retiree ID cards. CAC cards are generally the card issued to Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians as ID and they look like the example below.

CAC-Sample

Q: What is an AIE Card?

A: It is an Automated Installation Entry card that is issued for up to one year for personnel that work on post but do not get issued a CAC card or MIL ID. It looks like the picture below. CAC-Sample

Q: Are Visitors still allowed on Fort Benning during COVID-19?

A: Visitors that DO NOT possess a CAC Card, Military ID Card, AIE Card (Long-term contractors and others), Retiree ID Card, and Family Member ID card that are currently prohibited from entering the installation include:

  1. Personnel visiting trainees.
  2. Personnel coming to Fort Benning to participate in recreational activities (Bowling, Bingo, Hunting, etc.).
  3. People entering the installation to utilize restaurants on post.

Q: Are there examples of Visitor Exceptions?

A: Yes

  • Personnel visiting permanent party residents
  • Babysitters, Nanny or Au pair
  • Deliveries
  • Commercial Truck movements of logistics
  • Personnel entering post upon invite by CPAC to in process as new employees
  • Buses
  • VA Clinic patrons
  • Moving trucks
  • Personal medical services

Q: Is there an online process for the above exceptions to request a pass?

A: Yes, there is a "Contractor", "Medical", "Caregiver" button under the reason for visit in the online link. Additionally some Government Employee Sponsor (GES) have a link for specific contracts that will speed the process for a Contractor Badge (AIE Card). Online pass requests are available using this link https://visit.gvt.us?b=usa&i=benning&t=v or using the Special Event link provided by your GES or soldier. Everyone 18 years or older will need a pass and ONLY U.S. Citizens may use this process. (Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari browser recommended). Internet explorer may be outdated on your PC.

  • Applicants should receive an SMS (text message) within minutes (and no later than 24 hours later) with notification on whether the request for a Fort Benning Pass is approved.
  • Please see the "YouTube" link below showing the kiosk process to retrieve your pass at a Visitor Control Center:
    youtu.be/c_lwd-q1-gA

Q: Can I come for Family Day and Graduation, how do I get a pass?

A: Congratulations on your soldier's accomplishment! All Ceremonies and all Family Day activities are closed to the public and no passes will be issued until further notice. This includes: Turning Green Family Day, Turning Blue Ceremonies and Graduation Ceremonies. Many of these events will be recorded and posted for your viewing pleasure on FaceBook live. Please consult your soldier's specific unit for more information.

Q: I have a special needs family member with services that are provided from an off post organization. Are they still allowed on post?

A: Yes. Many therapists and other specialized providers have already been processed for a pass/card. If your provider has not, they may use the online pass request link (U.S. Citizens only) and select "Other" as reason for visit. Once the pass has been processed they will be able to pick up their pass at the Visitor Control Center kiosk. The pass pick up should take less than 3 minutes. They may use this process for each visit or you may email usarmy.benning.imcom-hq.mbx.des-access-control@mail.mil and request a long term pass. The initial online pass request must be completed favorably prior to requesting the long term pass. All long term pass request required a Government Employee Sponsor (GES) and a favorable background check.

Q: I have a babysitter that takes care of my children so I can work. Will they still be able to get a pass?

A: Yes. Babysitters, Nanny or Au Pairs are still able to obtain a visitor pass. They may use the online pass request link (U.S. Citizens only) and select "Other" as reason for visit. Once the pass has been processed they will be able to pick up their pass at the Visitor Control Center kiosk. The pass pick up should take less than 3 minutes. They may use this process for each visit or you may email usarmy.benning.imcom-hq.mbx.des-access-control@mail.mil and request a long term pass. The initial online pass request must be completed favorably prior to requesting the long term pass. All long term pass request required a Government Employee Sponsor (GES) and a favorable background check.

Q: My wife is pregnant and family/friends were planning to stay with us to help care for her and assist with our children. Can they get a pass?

A: Yes. Residents with guests over 30 days are required to register their guest with housing IAW the Fort Benning Family Communities (FBFC) Resident Responsibility Guide. IAW the guide Residents are allowed to have non-immediate family and unrelated guests in their homes for up to 30 consecutive days. Any guest staying longer than thirty days must have written permission from housing.

  • -If the person(s) staying to assist will be in quarters less than 30 days you may request a short term pass through the online process using "Other", Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center or by emailing usarmy.benning.imcom- hq.mbx.des-access-control@mail.mil and request a pass. When selecting "Other" you will need to provide address and name of the on post resident visiting.
  • If the person(s) staying to assist will be in quarters 30 days or more you will need to gain approval from housing prior to requesting the pass. You may email usarmy.benning.imcom-hq.mbx.des- access-control@mail.mil and request any additional requirements for a long term pass.

Q: I have an Agent Card issued by the ID Section, can I still use it to get on the installation during COVID-19?

A: The Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center can assist you in obtaining a pass You will need to bring your Agent Card and your valid DL/ID when requesting the pass. The Contractor Badge Office (Building 1697) "Walk up window" can exchange the pass for an AIE Card. Please see Contractor Badge Office for hours open.

Q: My dependent is no longer eligible for a DoD ID Card in DEERS but still lives with me. Can they get a longer pass?

A: The Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center can assist you in obtaining an AIE pass. You will need to accompany them when requesting the pass. The Contractor Badge Office (Building 1697) “Walk up window” can exchange the pass for an AIE Card. Please see Contractor Badge Office for hours open.

Q: I have an Contractor Badge (AIE Card) but my spouse does not and they drive me to work, what can I do during COVID-19?

A: The Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center can assist your spouse in obtaining an AIE Pass. You will need to accompany them when requesting the card. The Contractor Badge Office can exchange the pass for an AIE Card.

Q: I am a contractor and have a Military Retiree ID. Why am being sent to the Visitor Center and not allowed to escort my coworkers during COVID-19?

A: IAW AR 190-13 Military Retirees may not use their MIL ID for contract work. You will need to obtain a Contract Badge (AIE Card) for your contractor job.

Q: I work as a contractor and my pass is only good for 1 day, can I get a longer pass during COID-19?

A: Yes, you will need to coordinate with the Government Employee Sponsor (GES) for the contract.

Q: Is there an online process for contractors working on the installation?

A: Yes, there is a "Contractor" button under the reason for visit in the online link. Additionally some GES have a link for specific contracts that will speed the process for a Contractor Badge (AIE Card).

Online pass requests are available using this link https://visit.gvt.us?b=usa&i=benning&t=v or using the Special Event link provided by your GES. Everyone 18 years or older will need a pass and ONLY U.S. Citizens may use this process. (Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari browser recommended). Internet explorer may be outdated on your PC.

  • Applicants should receive an SMS (text message) within minutes (and no later than 24 hours later) with notification on whether the request for a Fort Benning Pass is approved.
  • Please see the "YouTube" link below showing the kiosk process to retrieve your pass at the Harmony Church Contractor Visitor Control Center open Monday to Friday 6 am to 2 pm. youtu.be/c_lwd-q1-gA
  • Q: I have a CAC/MIL ID, why do the Guards ask where I am going on post?

    A: The Guards are asking questions to everyone per guidance from the Commander as related to COVID-19 restrictions.

    Q: I did not see my question here, is there a number I can call?

    A: You may email usarmy.benning.imcom-hq.mbx.des- access-control@mail.mil for any question not covered.