Business plans for prepaid cards have been under scrutiny recently, as many have not been updated to reflect new features.
As of November, it was unclear whether these plans could be changed in the future.
We asked the Department of Defense for an update on prepaid plans.
The spokesperson for the Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The AP also reached out to the National Institute of Standards and Technology to ask about the validity of a prepaid card for certain military and government customers.
We have yet to hear back from the institute.
The military and the government don’t currently allow prepaid cards to be used by military personnel, as they would need to have the government’s permission to buy the card.
A military representative told the AP the prepaid card could be used for military members, but not their dependents.
The government does allow prepaid plans to be purchased from certain retailers.
The AP reached out directly to the Department’s National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIST) for comment on whether they could comment on the validity and status of prepaid plans for the military.
We reached out specifically to the NIST for comment about prepaid plans and prepaid cards for military personnel.
We were directed to the DoD spokesperson, who did not respond to our request for a response by press time.
We also reached OUT to the Military Payment Information Center (MPIC) for a comment on prepaid cards.
The MPIC said that it does not currently allow a prepaid plan to be transferred to a non-military member, nor can it transfer a prepaid account to a military member.MPIC said it is working with the Department to update prepaid plans on behalf of the DoF.
We will continue to monitor this issue closely.