USING THE ARMY WEBMAIL OWA REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE A CAC READER TO ACCESS THE SERVICE. HERE IS THE INFORMATION THAT MIGHT BE NECESSARY FOR YOU TO KNOW.
Connecting to the Army webmail OWA is not that easy. Even though there are links to the site on publicly accessible web pages, you cannot use the service without having a few things. Before getting into the details, let’s learn a few things first.
What is OWA?
OWA is short for Outlook Web Access; it is a web-based email that has the look and feel of a full-featured Microsoft Outlook. Users of this service can access their mailbox by using any computer, whether it has Outlook installed or not, and also from any internet connection. However, that is not the case for the Army Webmail OWA. You can type the web address on any browser, but you will not be able to access it without a few requirements.
What Do You Need to Access the Army OWA?
Not everyone can access the OWA owned by the army due to the location of the servers, which are in a DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) on a government computer network. Therefore, even if the links of the OWA can be seen publicly, the users must have the following to access it:
CAC is short for Common Access Card. If you do not have one, you need to finish the registration process and get one, because you will need to associate your CAC with your work email.
2. CAC Reader
Once you get your CAC, you need to acquire a CAC reader. Install the CAC reader to your computer along with the drivers and certificates needed. You will need a DoD (Department of Defence) certificate to bypass the government network firewall.
3. Dedicated Email Account
Lastly, an email account that is dedicated to that particular network that you want to access, and that is why you need a CAC with an associated work email.
How to Access Army OWA
Once you have acquired the things needed above, you can proceed to access the Army OWA by following these steps:
- You must have your CAC and CAC reader installed.
- Plugin your CAC before accessing the OWA website.
- If you already installed the DoD (Department of Defense) certificates and configured your browser, you can skip step 5, if you haven’t, you can get the certificates here.
- Configure your browser to make it work with government websites, you can view the full tutorial here.
- Go to https://web.mail.mil/owa/.
- Access your OWA email server and then select the email certificate available on your CAC that you are using in that network.
- If you are Dual Persona, select which PIV certificate you want to use.
That concludes the guide on how to access Army webmail OWA. Keep in mind that you must have a CAC and a dedicated email to access it. That is why even though the links can be viewed publicly, only those who are authorized can land on the site.