Pentagon Considering Closing Commissaries in Order to Save Money
The Pentagon is considering closing all U.S. commissaries, the stores that provide low-cost groceries and supplies for card-holding troops and veterans.
There are 178 commissaries in the U.S. and 70 commissaries overseas. They receive $1.4 billion in subsidies.
The Defense Commissary Agency released a statement reading, “Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices –savings that amount to thousands of dollars annually.”
Additionally, 30 percent of the commissary employees are military spouses, so unemployment would be associated with such a move.
Other military services on the chopping block include the Pentagon Channel, American Forces Radio and Television, and Stars and Stripes Newspaper.