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Guard, Reserve get unlimited commissary
The Department of Defense announced today that with the
president’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
2004, effective immediately, the following members and their dependents will be
permitted unlimited access to commissary stores:
- Members of the Ready Reserve (which includes members
of the Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve and Inactive National Guard)
and members of the Retired Reserve who possess a Uniformed Services
- Former members eligible for retired pay at age 60 but
who have not yet attained the age of 60 and who possess a Department of
Defense Civilian Identification Card.
- Dependents of the members described above who have a
Uniformed Services Identification Card or who have a distinct identification
card used as an authorization card for benefits and privileges administered by
the Uniformed Services.
“Instructions have gone out to all continental U.S.
stores informing them that reservists now have unlimited shopping and telling
store managers how to welcome members of the National Guard and Reserve to the
full use of the commissary benefit,” said Patrick Nixon, deputy director of the
Defense Commissary Agency. “Commissary shoppers will begin to see banners saying
‘Welcome Guard and Reserve to Full Time Savings,’ along with other events
recognizing these new full-time shoppers.”
Guard and Reserve members were authorized only 24 commissary shopping days
per calendar year until today when the president signed the National Defense
Authorization Act, which contained provisions eliminating the restrictions.
Commissaries have immediately adopted the new provisions, which means Guard and
Reserve members will no longer have to present a Commissary Privilege Card when
“I want to thank Congress and the Department of Defense for their efforts
in bringing the commissary shopping privilege to the total force,” said Patrick
Nixon, deputy director of the Defense Commissary Agency. “The Congress included
unlimited commissary benefits in the National Defense Authorization Act thus
making full time shopping possible for the men and women who serve their nation
in the National Guard and Reserve.”
Nixon noted that special thanks should go to Charles Abell, principal
deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Abell acted
decisively and immediately in providing interim authority for the Reserve
component to have full-time commissary shopping just in time to take advantage
of holiday savings.
For more information about the Defense Commissary Agency, see their Web
site at http://www.commissaries.com/.
Friday November 28, 2003