It looks like the days of good deals at the commissary are numbered:
Defense officials will take a “candid look” at whether commissaries should operate without taxpayer subsidies, said Jessica dWright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.
Eliminating the $1.4 billion annual taxpayer subsidy for commissaries was one potential cost-cutting measure outlined in the Pentagon’s new strategic review, released July 31. That would mean marking up the price of groceries, similar to the way military exchanges mark up their products to pay for operating costs.
The taxpayer subsidy now pays for those costs, such as cashiers’ salaries. That allows commissaries to sell items at cost — and provide a steep discount, generally about 30 percent, compared with average off-base grocery prices. The military community consistently ranks commissaries as a top valued benefit. [Army Times]
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