Marine checks ID at at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. (Photo: Cpl. Daniel Redding, U.S. Marines)

After years of consideration, the Marine Corps is joining the other military services in eliminating vehicle decals used to access bases.

The decals, which identify vehicles with access to military installations, were once used broadly throughout the Defense Department. But amid heightened security protocols, the stickers have become at best irrelevant and at worst a liability for troops and family members.

In an administrative message published Tuesday, Maj. Gen. James Laster, director of Marine Corps Staff, said the issue of vehicle decals would stop immediately. In their place, the message said, base commanders will order vehicle spot checks by law enforcement to ensure cars comply with registration requirements.

In light of 2015 policy updates requiring 100-percent ID card checks at all Marine Corps base gates, Laster said in the message, “vehicle decals no longer serve a useful purpose.”

The Marine Corps continued its use of vehicle decals years after the other services did away with them. The Air Force eliminated the decal requirement in 2007, and the Army and Navy followed suit in 2011.

In materials released in 2007 with its policy change, Air Force officials explained that the DD Form 2220 military decal system was costly and outdated, providing little information to security officials and potentially…

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