The Latest Threat to Commissaries

October 24, 2012 | Terry Howell

Tom Philpott recently wrote about the latest threat to curtail commissaries posed by the looming sequestration issue. Philpott explained that funding for DeCA stores could fall by $130 million, or 9.4 percent, if Congress fails to reach a debt-reduction deal by Jan. 2.

Tom Gordy, president of Armed Forces Marketing Council, told Philpott that a cut of that size “would be devastating.” Gordy further explained that commissary shoppers likely would see store hours and staff services cut by next spring, and might even see some stores closed in areas where two or more bases are co-located. Federal funding for commissaries is used almost entirely for wages and benefits of its 18,000 employees.

Read Tom Philpott’s ‘Military Update’ to get the full story.

You can also read about the efforts to protect commissaries.

Contact your elected officials to let them know how you feel about the sequestration.

About Terry Howell

Before becoming the Managing Editor for Military.com, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.

Comments

  1. George Degard says:

    What the, let Wally-World (WALMART) take over. Hmm, maybe their prices will be cheaper.

  2. Due to the distance from our home, my wife and I have not been consistent users of the commissary. Last month we decided to venture on post and to our surprise, the prices were not much (if any) better than that of the commercial choices. Furthermore, the condition of the facility was very run-down and dingy. Having been retired now for 7 years and reading about all of the money that has been infused into the post, I would have expected that the condition of the facility would have been much better

  3. With the price of gas using the Commissary if you live far away is not always a good fiscal choice, however, My family has used the commissary privilege to keep our costs down, now not every price is better there than other places, so it pays to shop around but if it wasn't there our household food budget would increase easily by 40%.

    • Hi Mike,
      I can see the savings and selection particularly in the meats and the dairy sections. When I speak of distance it is not ridiculous, I just don't particularly care for Ft Bragg since I retired. I remember when the south post commissary was new, it was amazing it now looks like the original north post commissary before it got it's facelift/rebuild. With the amount of "doers" that live on and deploy from Ft Bragg, I thought that the place would be a bit better tended for the folks in their day to day.