Commissary & Exchange

Tax-free shopping and discount goods and services are great, but that’s not all you'll get when you shop at a commissary or military exchange. Military OneSource highlights the many other benefits and perks, like scholastic rewards for military kids, employment advantages, contest prizes and online shopping.


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How the Status of Forces Agreement Can Affect Your Military Exchange and Commissary Privileges

When you spend time in another country as a service member, the Status of Forces Agreement, or SOFA, between the United States and your host country protects your legal status as military personnel in another nation.

The McGuire Commissary at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., won the Director's Award as DeCA's Best Superstore.
Commissaries and Exchanges

Love paying sales tax and full price? Right. Who does? Fortunately, you’ve got a sweet inside deal — the military exchange system, with tax-free shopping and discount goods and services.

The Annual Air Force Installation and Mission Support Industry Day held at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
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You’re going to PCS or you’ve just arrived. Want to learn about activities on base? Schools in the community? Check-in procedures? Child care? A veterinarian for your pet? Or other useful information?

Service member checks nutritional information on box of crackers.
Commissary On-Site Sales

A great perk for many military personnel is being able to shop and save on groceries at the commissary. But some National Guard or reserve service members who live far from an installation can’t use this discount regularly because of the distance.

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Unlock the Savings and Nutrition Inside Your Commissary

It’s dinnertime again, and you have plenty of choices. Visit the Defense Commissary Agency’s website for tools to whip up something that’s equal parts tasty, healthy and convenient.


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