Accession Number:

ADA508071

Title:

DoD Vehicle Decals Should Be Discontinued

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-03-17

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

Department of Defense DoD vehicle decals have served their purpose. Now that every military base in the United States has incorporated a 100 military identification check, DoD decals are no longer necessary. Considering the force protection and operational security issues surrounding the use of the decals, the argument for discontinuing them becomes stronger. The Marine Corps should discontinue the use of DoD vehicle decals because they are obsolete, they pose a serious threat to the operational security and force protection of American DoD personnel, and they are inefficient and costly. Several other reasons exist to support discontinuing DoD stickers. First, the decals are easy to counterfeit. Second, while a glaring security issue, one can find DoD stickers on cars at used car lots. Third, if a person steals a vehicle from a service member, another security breach has occurred. Finally, if a person leaves the service, he or she can easily drive around with an unauthorized sticker on his or her vehicle until the sticker expires. Expiration dates of DoD decals are not related to the expiration of a persons service commitment, and no requirement exists for turning in ones DoD sticker upon leaving the service.

Subject Categories:

  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Target Direction, Range and Position Finding

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE