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Yes, if you have a CG license or document, you must get a TWIC. I went to get mine almost a year ago when the TWIC office opened in my area. I pre-enrolled on line and made an appointment online. I waited for about 10 minutes at the site. My enrollment took about 45 minutes because the computer crashed after inputting all the data! I had my card about two weeks later. I again waited about 10 or 15 minutes to get it activated.

I was really lucky, however, in that there was a TWIC office within 12 miles of my home. If you have to travel far to get to an office, that is a pain.

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Unfortunately, the TSA tends to screw up almost everything it touches... I doubt that the TWIC program will be immune from this.
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In a related vein....

There is a Presidential Executive Order that was signed.. I think in 2001 or 2002 requiring ALL government facilities, military installations and government buildings to all require, and go to a standard Common Access Card.

I bring this up, while you might think it unrelated, it's not. The CACs are already in use in many places (I have one here) and in a short time - within two more years probably all military bases and other facilities (including the USCG!) will be using them.

I'm not sure whether the card you're talking about is similar (but I bet it is)....

Anyway - this is based on rules and regulations (various and sundry) to cover the security of government places.

My current CAC gets me on ANY installation - and certain RAs (restricted areas) based on my job and other things I won't detail here.

I'd like to note that there was a thread some time back about "Licensing" boaters - this is the precursor to the future. And it ain't pretty.
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Ok, I just went to the site. That TWIC card is EXACTLY what I was talking about. They are also known as CACs or Common Access Cards.

All military personnel are carrying them now. Most retired personnel still have their green or pink cards (active or retired, respectively) but many are getting CACs as well.

My wife has a CAC for her job (accessing the USAF Academy).

I have more than one card based on my job and places I must visit - but that will change in the near future (so I only have to have one).

In fact, to even USE the computer I'm on THIS MOMENT, I have to plug my card into the computer.

How totally COOL is that? LOL
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Oh yeah, ONE last thing.

Several years back everyone was "pushing" for a "Government ID card".

Those days have ARRIVED my friends.

Welcome to "Big Brother" and the rest of what this entails.

Finally - NO, it will NOT stop terrorists, it won't prevent someone from stealing planes, it won't prevent attacks on malls, schools and neighborhood buildings, it won't even keep the bad guys out of the country.

What it will do, like many other things they want to 'take away' is prevent HONEST folks from going about their normal, daily business without jumping through many, many hoops. And of course, if you piss someone off, you can and will be easily found.
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CAC's were being discussed as early as 1990 when I was stationed at ComNavComTelCom in Washington.

Technology eventually catches up with ideas.

My TWIC and CAC don't get used much, thankfully.
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CAC's were being discussed as early as 1990 when I was stationed at ComNavComTelCom in Washington.

Technology eventually catches up with ideas.

My TWIC and CAC don't get used much, thankfully.
Well... They didn't start coming "into being" until places like "Direct TV" started using them on satellite receivers.

In 2001 right before the attacks on 9-11 they started to issue those cards to military personnel. Since then I've noted most, if not all military personnel I personally know have one (that means all services, INCLUDING the USCG).

They are a required item to get access to most installations - in lieu of other forms of ID. I need to have mine (or my military ID) to get into the bases around here. But, my card works on most places.

Mine would likely get me into areas like Federal buildings as well ( I think they are going to start requiring that shortly).

So - basically, this card you're discussing isn't something different from the other cards. It is exactly the same card, just has a different name but the use is the same.
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Don't you use them as drink coasters???
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CAC's were being discussed as early as 1990 when I was stationed at ComNavComTelCom in Washington.

Technology eventually catches up with ideas.

My TWIC and CAC don't get used much, thankfully.
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Mobile TWIC enrollment centers

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...I was really lucky, however, in that there was a TWIC office within 12 miles of my home. If you have to travel far to get to an office, that is a pain.

Gerhard
Yes you where very lucky. Others have had a heck of a time.

There are 370 mobile enrollment centers available presently. List of all enrollment centers, operating days, and hours: (sorry I'm not allowed to link yet. Copy and paste to your browser and add html: to the address.) //twicinformation.tsa.dhs.gov/twicinfo/schedule.jsp

I heard that it will take a bit longer to get your TWICs card if your using a mobile enrollment center. I heard one Master had to wait about a month for the mobile center to return to get his card. He almost missed his appointment because of work. So one should weigh convenience vs time when choosing a center to apply to.
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Don't you use them as drink coasters???
Actually, I hang them around my neck on a strap.

I don't need drink coasters I use Tervis cups that don't sweat, don't need cup holders 'cus my boat doesn't heel (much).

Seeing as I'm not working for the military industrial complex at the moment and my security clearance is expiring in 18 months I only need my TWIC when I visit the port in Baltimore on my current job, and my CAC card I turned in when I quit my USAF contract.
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