If you work or a family member works in the armed forces, then you will be affected by the changes the changes to security rules, aimed at making Army, Air Force and Naval Bases within the USA safer!
You maybe wondering what is the link between having a decal on your windscreen and national security.
Well Effective July 1, all bases that fall under Navy Installations Command no longer required auto’s or vehicle decals to be displayed.
The Army and Air Force have already executed this order with the Navy and Marine Corps the last defence force to implement the changes. (the Marine Corps are still working out what there approach will be)
Officials say that the decals have become a security threat and a liability,
Unfortunately in the post 9/11 era in the U.S., decals present problems for base security.
I was wondering how this was a security threat until I read the following in the navy times.
“The decals can easily be counterfeited and sometimes sailors sell their cars to civilians and the decals are not removed properly…”
said Ray Salamy, deputy program director for anti-terrorism at Navy Installations Command.
Ray Salamy went on to say that “Decals posed a Trojan horse for us,” he said. An upside of cutting out the decals is an expected $0.75 million dollar saving per year ($750,000)
When investigating the real purpose of the car stickers and decals, officials said they were to ensure compliance with state requirements such as registration and insurance.
So with no car decals to identify naval personnal vehicles, how will the security checks be completed?
Random checks will be undertaken, similar to drunken-driving checkpoints.
Command-authorized inspections are not new, and there will be likely an increase in them as the decals on car are eliminated.
The Navy recommends sailors remove decals on July 1 2013 to reduce the chances their vehicles will be targeted by a criminal or terrorist attack.
Since 9.11 the military has implemented procedures that require 100% ID-card checks, and having a Decal on your car, was never intended to be a security clearance tool.
The navy car decals aren’t intended to be used to determine who may have gate entry, so removing the car decals will not increase or result in longer waits at the gate, Salamy said.
The military has required 100 percent ID-card checks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the decal is not a substitute.
If you have seen Navy guards (sentries) letting through a lot of cars, based on the navy auto’s decal being displayed, that’s a violation of policy and can be reporting, as it compromises the naval security base.
FYI – the Sailor’s stationed at the gates will continue to salute commissioned officers under the new policy.
By July 2013, the Navy expects to implement some new operational efficiencies with several automatic gates installed at Northwest Navy installations.
The new gates are not intended to eliminate sentries and will free up Naval sentries still to focus on other matters other than ID cards, such as scrutinizing passengers or vehicle contents.
Chief “Decal Removal” Officer
P.S – if you work in an Navy base, let us know your thoughts. Tell me if you are located in Florida, Texas, California or one of the other big bases