DoD set to expand shopping privileges at military service exchanges

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(US Department of Defense)

The Department of Defense has issued a directive expanding and extending limited shopping privileges at military service exchanges.

The DoD directive, dated April 12, 2021, extends in-store and online military service exchange shopping access “to DoD and Coast Guard appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund civilian employees who are assigned in the United States and U.S. territories and possessions.”

Under the directive, all DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees who possess a valid DoD-issued common access card (CAC) and who are assigned in the United States or in the U.S. territories and possessions (not under a valid transportation agreement), are allowed access to in-store military service exchanges within 30 days after the effective date of the April 12 directive and access to online military service exchanges within 180 days after the effective date of the directive.

For the honorably discharged veterans of the uniformed services and all retired DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees, the effectivity is within 180 days of the directive.

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