A Navy dependent is a spouse, natural child or legally adopted child of an active duty Naval officer, enlisted personnel, reservist on extended duty or retiree. Dependents with a valid military identification card have access to Navy health care, dental care, housing, shopping, recreation, education opportunities, and other services intended to help keep Navy families supported and strong.
TRICARE, a Military Health System component, coordinates medical, dental, vision and pharmacy providers to ensure health care and coverage for Navy dependents around the world. Plan options, care options, services provided and provider locations are available on the TRICARE website.
Relocation and Housing
The families of active duty Navy personnel and their belongings are relocated free of charge to each Navy assignment. Full information on housing for Navy dependents -- including temporary dependent housing at a Navy lodge, reserving base housing, renting housing near a base, or questions on housing allowances or mortgage loan programs -- is available at the Commander Navy Installations Command website.
Navy dependents are offered a wide variety of educational services. On Navy bases large enough to offer primary education, the Department of Defense runs base schools for children from kindergarten through elementary school age. DoD schools located on large bases overseas provide education for all minor dependent children. College, trade school, online training and scholarship programs are available to eligible Navy dependents. Specific educational information is available online through the Navy Personnel Command family resource education web page.
Shopping, Recreation and Discounts
Navy spouses and dependents who are old enough to carry a dependent identification card are allowed access to military-run grocery, department, package, gas and convenience stores located on Navy bases. Military-owned recreation centers, swimming pools, campgrounds, beaches, pleasure boat launches, golf courses and clubs are also available for use by dependents. Rules and regulations for use vary by facility. Access to package stores and clubs is age restricted.
Discounts are additionally available for Navy dependents exhibiting a valid identification card. Hotels, rental car agencies, dining establishments and theme parks around the world are typical businesses that offer a discount to members of the military and their dependents.
In addition to the benefits listed above, the Navy supports its personnel and their families by offering access to additional services. The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center website offers dependents up-to-date information and resources for family member employment, clinical counseling, personal financial management services, new parent support, life skills education and other programs.
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