Unlike Visa, military ID is not accepted everywhere I want to be. Case in point, in California I want to be in a bar and apparently California doesn’t recognize military ID as a valid proof of ones’ age to be served alcohol. This is a bit odd to me being that not only does military ID include a picture of you and your birthday, it also includes your social security number, a crazy blacked out picture of your face on the back, various scanable barcodes, Matrix Reloaded type holograms, oh and did I mention the computer chip in it? Big Brother’s watching!
However, one man, California State Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (Republican) is working to change this. He has proposed legislation in California that will make military ID an accepted form of proving one is above the state’s legal drinking age of 21. The legislation stemmed from an incident in which several U.S. Marines were denied being served alcohol at a military ball when all they had was their military issued ID cards.
Personally, I’ve only had one issue with my military ID and that was at the Imperial Palace in Vegas. Apparently it wasn’t good enough and I wasn’t able to obtain a Player’s Card. Damn… But the numerous times I’ve been to California, Washington, Vegas, and all up and down the eastern seaboard, I haven’t had an issue using my military ID, which I tend to use more often than not.
As I said before, military ID is not accepted everywhere I want to be, but trust me when I say that it will get you everywhere that you DON’T want to be!