The Defense Department has extended in-store and online shopping privileges in its military exchange stores to all DoD and Coast Guard appropriated fund and nonappropriated fund civilian employees assigned in the United States and U.S. territories and possessions.

A memo further extends online, but not in-store, shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans and all DoD and Coast Guard civilian retirees, in both cases to be effective within six months.


DoD and Coast Guard civilian employee access “is not directly linked to the employees’ work assignments” and “excludes the purchase of tobacco products, alcoholic beverage products, or military uniform items,” it says. They will be required to present proof of employment such as a DoD-issued common access card.

It further has loosened policies on allowing commissary and exchange shopping by non-DoD federal employees serving in the U.S. territories and possessions.

Prices for goods at military exchanges generally are considered competitive with, if not lower than, commercial prices for the same items through stores or online shopping, and further do not require payment of sales taxes.

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