Access to military exchanges expanding to include civilian Department of Defense employees

The Navy Exchange at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach. (Philip Holman/TNS)
April 25, 2021

The Department of Defense is expanding access to military exchanges, allowing civilian DoD employees in the United States access to the sales tax-free stores.

The expanded access is to take effect by May 12 in stores and by October 8 for online services, according to a directive from acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness Virginia Penrod.

The expanded access is for DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees who have a valid DoD-issued common access card.

In addition, Penrod’s directive extends limited online access to military exchanges to all honorably discharged veterans of the uniformed services and retired DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees, This access is to take effect by Oct. 8.

Military exchanges had been open to DoD civilians stationed outside the U.S. and to honorably discharged veterans when certified 100% disabled.

Their main customers are intended to be active-duty or reserve uniformed personnel and retired uniformed personnel.


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