Via the Fort Huachuca Scout:
On Sept. 20, the Army published its plan to modernize Army Knowledge Online, or AKO. The plan transitions business users to a suite of more secure, interoperable Department of Defense, or DoD, services. The improved security requires users to have Common Access Cards, or CACs, embedded with users’ personal digital certificates.
The Army will close all accounts for military and civilian retirees and Family members, who do not have CACs. The Army plans to close inactive retiree and Family member AKO accounts on Dec. 31. These are accounts that have not had a password change in over 90 days and are not set to automatically forward email to another government account. The Army will also remove email storage for active retiree and Family member accounts on this date.
On March 31, 2014, the Army will close all remaining retiree and family member AKO accounts. To ease the transition, the Army G-6 recently approved an exception to policy that allows retirees and Family members to automatically forward their AKO email to a civilian email address until Dec. 31, 2014.
To learn more about how to complete this transition, learn more here.