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AAFES/ DECA ConsolidationPrint

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AAFES

The exchanges and commissaries are an earned benefit treasured by military families and an important contributor to their quality of life. The modest cost of providing military families with inexpensive but essential goods and services is almost invisible in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) overall budget.

Nevertheless, the Army and Air Force Exchange System (AAFES) is under attack. A blue-ribbon commission has recommended to the Congress that AAFES be combined with the Defense Commissaries Agency (DeCA). Such a merger could reduce the AAFES workforce by several thousand employees, eliminating good jobs for military spouses and other hard-working Americans as well as closing exchanges that are highly valued by military families.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon wants to slash funding for DeCA, which could significantly reduce AAFES revenues since 20-30% of patronage at the exchanges is because they are located near the commissaries.

The exchanges and commissaries are used by almost the entire military community and they are considered to be vital forms of compensation by military families. However, the cost of these earned benefits is less than 00.3% of the entire DoD budget. No programs provide more bang for the buck than the exchanges and commissaries.

Contact your Representatives and Senators NOW and urge them to oppose any additional funding cuts to exchanges and commissaries as well as a merger of the two successfully independent systems.


DECA

The commissaries and exchanges are an earned benefit treasured by military families and an important contributor to their quality of life. The modest cost of providing military families with inexpensive but essential goods and services is almost invisible in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) overall budget.

Nevertheless, the Defense Commissaries Agency (DeCA) is under attack. The Pentagon demands that the Congress slash funding for DeCA by $300 million next year, as a down-payment on a $1 billion cut. (In comparison, DoD spent more than $150 billion on service contractors last year alone!) The cut is a badly-disguised attempt to put the commissaries into a death spiral. Such a cut would force commissaries to reduce their hours and days of operation and increase costs for important goods and services, particularly at more remote locations. Commissaries would no longer be a convenient bargain for military families.

Meanwhile, a blue-ribbon commission has recommended to the Congress that DeCA be combined with the Army and Air Force Exchange System (AAFES). Such a merger could reduce the DeCA workforce by several thousand employees, eliminating good jobs for military spouses and other hard-working Americans and closing exchanges that are highly valued by military families. Moreover, arbitrarily converting DeCA employees to non-appropriated fund (NAF) status will cut our pay, increase our health insurance costs, undermine our retirement benefits, and allow management to slash our hours and privatize our jobs.

The exchanges and commissaries are used by almost the entire military community and they are considered to be vital forms of compensation by military families. However, the cost of these earned benefits is less than 00.3% of the entire DoD budget. No programs provide more bang for the buck than the exchanges and commissaries.

Contact your Representatives and Senators NOW and urge them to oppose any additional funding cuts to commissaries and exchanges as well as a merger of the two successfully independent systems.



Darlene A. Webb
Darlene A. Webb
Defcon Co Chair-AAFES

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