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Old 06-06-2014, 04:07 PM   #1
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I have been out of the Navy since 2000. I was an Aviation Electronics Technician for 4 years. I have my DD214, but not much else to show I was in the military (USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union member, but that won't count for ID). I have seen a few military campgrounds in California that I would like to visit with my wife and kids. What kind of ID would I need to visit the military campgrounds and can someone show me a link on where to get it? I have done some simple google web searches in the past, but have not really seen anything I think would work. I did not retire from the military, but was honorably discharged. Thanks for any help.
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Not really sure but I believe you need to be active duty or a military retiree. Just having been active duty in the past doesn't work. Any one else got some better info on this?
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Thanks for your service. As for use of FAMCAMPS, you must have an ID card, active, retired, or 100% service connected disabily. The only other option is be sponsored by an authorized user on a space avability basis. There is a web site www.militarycampgounds.us that has the requirements posted. Again thanks for your service.
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Thanks for your service. As for use of FAMCAMPS, you must have an ID card, active, retired, or 100% service connected disabily. The only other option is be sponsored by an authorized user on a space avability basis. There is a web site www.militarycampgounds.us that has the requirements posted. Again thanks for your service.

Not all bases have a sponsorship allowance.......Jacksonville naval base comes to mind, that allows sponsorship. It also sometimes depends on the time of year, if they have a lot of space, I have been able to sponsor my friend when we visit key west in the summer, but from October thru April, the place is overflowing, I am not sure if they continue with sponsorship at that time.
In Great Falls Malmstrom AFB, the famcamp is off base, they have a drop box payment system.......you drive to a site, put your money in an envelope, and that's it.....but you need I D to get onto the base.
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Each installation sets its own policy. The best thing to do is call the base and ask if they will accommodate you.
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Most farm camps will also allow DOD civilians and even worse....contractors. While it may keep the coffers full it sucks for the folks the fam camps were originally designed to support. I know of some fam camps that are impossible to get into due to contractors "homesteading" for years (yes, YEARS) paying very little while drawing full per diem (pocketing the difference of course). And where does that per diem come from? Why you of course.....your tax dollars.
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Sorry, but AD, Retired, or in a few cases DoD civilian. The famcamps very from base to base. The same generally holds true for RV storage.
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Each installation sets its own policy. The best thing to do is call the base and ask if they will accommodate you.
I think you have the correct response. I'm a vet but not retired military (but am a retired federal employee). While traveling I've called a few FamCamps and some do have space and some do not. It's great if they do have the space but OK if not. I firmly believe the spaces should be given to the active duty, family, and retired and I'm not the least bit upset when they don't have space for me. If they do it's a great perk, if not that's OK. I've been accepted at Fort Bliss and Fort Hood but also have been declined at the same bases because of reactivation or call back of troops, a few years ago. I think they need to get all the income they can to support the camp so some do what they can to fill the spaces to keep income above expenses. Empty space is zero income. Doesn't hurt to ask. Just my thought. Semper Fi
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Thanks for your service. As for use of FAMCAMPS, you must have an ID card, active, retired, or 100% service connected disabily. The only other option is be sponsored by an authorized user on a space avability basis. There is a web site www.militarycampgounds.us that has the requirements posted. Again thanks for your service.

N00b here, making my first post on the forum. Glad to meet you, folks.

no3putt's answer above is correct, except that I'd add Guard and Reserve members to the list. The U.S. Military Campgrounds site is a great resource. The best place to go on that site is at this link. It tells you pretty much everything you'll need to know about eligibility requirements.
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