Transition Benefits: Some Separating Sailors May Still Use Commissary, Exchange

Story Number: NNS111214-21Release Date: 12/14/2011 3:03:00 PM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Some Sailors involuntarily separated from active duty may retain commissary and exchange privileges during their transition from the Navy, officials said Dec. 15.

According to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2008, any member of the Armed Forces involuntarily separated under other than adverse conditions from active duty through Dec. 31, 2012 may continue to use commissary and exchange privileges for a two-year period beginning on the date of the member's involuntary separation, said Kathy Wardlaw, director, Navy Personnel Command, records management and benefits division.

This means Sailors separated from the Navy due to the Enlisted Retention Board, and some Perform to Serve separations may qualify for this benefit.

Navy will forward separating Sailors' information to the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS) for issuance of a Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card for eligible former active duty and selected Reserve Sailors.

Former Sailors can visit the Defense Commissary Agency website at and use the locator to find the nearest location. The card will also allow them access to Navy Exchange, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Marine Corps Exchange and Coast Guard Exchange facilities.

Eligible veterans may obtain their Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card at any ID-card site. They must present their DD-214 and two forms of identification.

For questions concerning eligibility and to learn more about this benefit, separating Sailors should speak with their transition assistance counselor when completing their pre-separation counseling checklist.

Continued exchange and commissary privileges are just one of many transition benefits available to Sailors including those affected by the enlisted retention board.

For more information about ERB and other transition benefits, visit the NPC ERB Web Page at, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672) or email

Sailors and Marines man-the-rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while entering Pearl Harbor for a port visit.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
August 31, 2011
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