Cutting Commissaries: Approaches to Downsizing a Government Program
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The U.S. military has a long-standing tradition of caring for its own. Since 1879, the Department of Defense (DoD) has supplemented military pay by operating commissaries that provide grocery, meat, and produce items at low cost to military personnel, retirees, and their families. The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), a component of the DoD, runs the commissary system, which serves all branches of the U.S. military. “DeCA’s mission is to deliver a premier commissary benefit to the armed services community that encourages an exciting shopping experience; satisfies customer demand for quality grocery and household products; and delivers exceptional savings while enhancing quality of life; fostering recruitment, retention and readiness, and supporting warfighters’ peace of mind, knowing that their families have secure and affordable access to American products.”
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