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Old 07-10-2017, 10:52 AM
 
Location: USA
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Was not aware of this DoD AAFES policy change eligibility.
This will be for online shopping only. Effective Veteran's Day - 2017.

https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Re...ivileges-to-v/

The veterans online shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11.


Department of Defense Extends Online Military Exchange Shopping Privileges to Veterans


Press Operations
Release No: NR-010-17
Jan. 13, 2017

The Department of Defense announced a policy change that will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military.

The veterans online shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11.While shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol and tobacco products, it includes the Exchange Services’ dynamic online retail environment known so well to service members and their families. This policy change follows careful analysis, coordination and strong public support.

“We are excited to provide these benefits to honorably discharged veterans to recognize their service and welcome them home to their military family,” said Peter Levine, performing the duties for the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

“In addition, this initiative represents a low-risk, low-cost opportunity to help fund Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs in support of service members’ and their families’ quality of life. And it’s just the right thing to do,” Levine added.

The online benefit will also strengthen the exchanges’ online businesses to better serve current patrons. Inclusion of honorably discharged veterans would conservatively double the exchanges’ online presence, thereby improving the experience for all patrons through improved vendor terms, more competitive merchandise assortments, and improved efficiencies, according to DoD officials.

“As a nation, we are grateful for the contributions of our service members. Offering this lifetime online benefit is one small, tangible way the nation can say, ‘Thank you’ to those who served with honor,” Levine said.

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Old 07-10-2017, 11:55 AM
 
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when will we get online commissary?
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Old 07-10-2017, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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The BX is not very competitive with Amazon, Walmart and the like. Their prices are easily beaten by others. The commissary is where you can save some serious money, especially in Alaska.
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:01 AM
 
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The BX is not very competitive with Amazon, Walmart and the like. Their prices are easily beaten by others. The commissary is where you can save some serious money, especially in Alaska.
That is true.

I think the general idea after (quote): "careful analysis, coordination and strong public support" is to generate funds for activities such as MWR.

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Old 07-11-2017, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I have used the EXCHANGE website many times since I retired. It is good for getting replacement uniform items.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:52 PM
 
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The BX is not very competitive with Amazon, Walmart and the like. Their prices are easily beaten by others. The commissary is where you can save some serious money, especially in Alaska.
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That is true.

I think the general idea after (quote): "careful analysis, coordination and strong public support" is to generate funds for activities such as MWR.

Good and well, but none of the veterans who will now get to use the online BX are able to use MWR facilities, equipment and services. So they probably won't be to excited about paying more at the online BX so MWR gets more money.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I have used the EXCHANGE website many times since I retired. It is good for getting replacement uniform items.
How many replacement uniform items can you possibly need in retirement?
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:22 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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How many replacement uniform items can you possibly need in retirement?
Depends on how many functions you go to, and how many pounds you gained after retirement!
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:40 AM
 
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The BX is not very competitive with Amazon, Walmart and the like. Their prices are easily beaten by others. The commissary is where you can save some serious money, especially in Alaska.

They most certainly are not. And the items that are competitive with civilian stores - alcohol and tobacco - are not eligible for online purchasing (totally understandable).

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I have used the EXCHANGE website many times since I retired. It is good for getting replacement uniform items.
Uniform items are not allowed under this program.
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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Was not aware of this DoD AAFES policy change eligibility.
This will be for online shopping only. Effective Veteran's Day - 2017.

https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Re...ivileges-to-v/

The veterans online shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11.


Department of Defense Extends Online Military Exchange Shopping Privileges to Veterans

Press Operations
Release No: NR-010-17
Jan. 13, 2017

The Department of Defense announced a policy change that will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military.

The veterans online shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11.While shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol and tobacco products, it includes the Exchange Services’ dynamic online retail environment known so well to service members and their families. This policy change follows careful analysis, coordination and strong public support.

“We are excited to provide these benefits to honorably discharged veterans to recognize their service and welcome them home to their military family,” said Peter Levine, performing the duties for the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

“In addition, this initiative represents a low-risk, low-cost opportunity to help fund Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs in support of service members’ and their families’ quality of life. And it’s just the right thing to do,” Levine added.

The online benefit will also strengthen the exchanges’ online businesses to better serve current patrons. Inclusion of honorably discharged veterans would conservatively double the exchanges’ online presence, thereby improving the experience for all patrons through improved vendor terms, more competitive merchandise assortments, and improved efficiencies, according to DoD officials.

“As a nation, we are grateful for the contributions of our service members. Offering this lifetime online benefit is one small, tangible way the nation can say, ‘Thank you’ to those who served with honor,” Levine said.


2nd paragraph specifically excludes uniforms so I wonder why posters are even mentioning uniforms.
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