The Pentagon’s new policy for carrying firearms on base is intended for uniformed service members and civilians working for the U.S. military — not for retirees, Defense Department officials maintain.
“Arming and the Use of Force,” a Nov. 18 Department of Defense Directive approved by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, provides detailed guidance to the services for permitting soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel to carry privately owned firearms on DoD property, according to the document.
The directive is a broad DoD policy that each of the service chiefs will enforce as they see fit, according to Pentagon spokesman Maj. Jamie Davis.
The policy, however, does not apply to retirees, he said.
“This policy only covers active service members, DoD civilian employees, and DoD contractors — when applicable,” Davis said. “Guidance for retirees, dependents and other members of the public will be addressed in a separate instruction at a later date.”