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Commissary privileges extended to some RC families



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Commissary privileges extended to some RC families
[11/9/2004]

Source: Army Family Publication

Families of Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve personnel mobilized for active duty can enjoy full time shopping privileges at commissaries. This authorized extended grocery shopping privilege will provide a financial boost for eligible military family members who have someone on active duty.

This policy is not new, but many reserve component families are probably unaware of this valuable benefit. According to the law, when Guard and Reserve soldiers are called to active duty, they and their eligible family members have unlimited shopping privileges at commissaries.

Eligible family members can shop at the commissary by showing their ID card and a set of their sponsor’s orders verifying active duty status. Currently RC personnel who are not on active duty may shop 12 times each year at a commissary.* Full time commissary privileges will provide a non-pay benefit that will ease the financial strain of family breadwinners called to active duty.

Patrons enjoy savings ranging from 25 to 30 percent on their purchases. A typical family of four regularly shopping at the commissary can save more than $2,000 per year. These savings enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families.

The Defense Commissary Agency is committed to offering maximum savings with caring service to enhance the quality of life for military families. DeCA also encourages active duty Guard and Reservists to use the commissary privilege and enjoy this most valued benefit.

(Editor's note: At press time the House passed the Fiscal Year 1999 Defense Authorization Bill with a section expanding discretionary shopping days from 12 to 24 days annually for Ready Reserve members. The Senate version does not contain a similar provision. Therefore, this will become an issue for the Authorization conference scheduled the week of September 14).

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