What Are the Advantages of Shopping at the Navy Exchange?


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The advantages of shopping at the Navy Exchange are uniform availability for active duty service members, discounts and specials available only to military members and their families, and easy access to necessities for those who live on base. The Navy Exchange also provides "competitive prices and tax-free shopping," according to Military.com.

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The Navy Exchange, like the Air Force and Army Exchange, is a facility comparable to department stores that operates in the United States and overseas to accommodate professional and personal needs of military families. Seventy percent of the profits coming from the Exchange come back to the Navy to support morale and welfare activities on the installation. The remaining profits are used to support the stores and build new ones. The Exchange is considered a base privilege for service members, current and former.

The Exchange was set up by Navy command in 1946 to provide for active duty as well as Guard, Reserve, and retirees and their families. The Exchange also offers employment to 16,000 people in the U.S. and overseas. The program itself consists of several parts: retail stores and services, the Navy lodge, the Navy Uniform program, the Ship Store program and telecommunications. Exchanges also contain barbershops were service members can obtain regulation hair cuts.

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