The National Association for Uniformed Services has criticized top Defense Department officials who “continue to charge ahead with wrongheaded plans to study ‘variable pricing’ in commissaries.” NAUS says that the study, which is underway despite objections by many military associations and the Defense Commissary Agency, will cost $500,000. The association asserts that variable pricing, where less is charged for selected items but made up on others, will lead to increased commissary pricing and a degradation of the commissary benefit. Under current law, items are sold in DeCA commissaries at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge that is slated for renovating stores and constructing replacements.