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DOD/Army civilans can't shop on Ft. Stewart!
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I have a friend that spent 10 years in the army and is currently employed as a civilian worker on Fort Stewart. Earlier this week she split her pants. Unfortunately,her car was at the shop for repairs so she had no choice but to walk to the Post Exchange (PX) to purchase a pair of pants as the last option. She was turned away and told she could not shop at the PX/denied service. That's horrible! I don't think that policy is fair. Civilians employed by the Department of Defense/DOD/ARMY and "Honorable Discharged"from the military should be able to shop at the PX.

I did some research and found that some installations allow DOD/Army civilians to shop at the PX. However, they can't purchase alcohol or tobacco products-that's understandable.

Does anyone know why Fort Stewart doesn't allow civilian employees to shop at the PX?

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gacpl commented on Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM

civilians have never supposed to been allowed to shop in the PX. they are suppose to scan a military ID card before checking out. some even check for the ID before even letting you in the doors of the PX. it is a privilege for only active duty and retired military. it is earned though military service. and being in the army for 10 years is not retired.

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Well during that 10 years she lost her quality of life; she is rated as 70% disabled according to the Veterans Administration. She lost a large quality of life on the battle field...so she should be able to at least purchase a pair of pants. My heart goes out to veterans like her.

mountain commented on Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 13:25 PM

If your friend is 70% disabled according to the Veterans Administration that means she has a medical retirement and in that case she can shop at the PX and Commissary if she shows her ID card.

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 14:35 PM

I looked into it and you have to be 100percent to get an ID CARD/retirement.

gacpl commented on Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 19:52 PM

being rated 70% from the VA and being rated 70% from the military are two separate things. most civilians wont understand it. if the va rated her that. it was done after she got out of the military. in order to be considered medically retired you have to be put out of the military due to medical causes. and the military will give a rating before leaving the service. if it was lower then the amount to be considered retired she knew it and signed the papers all by herself knowing what she would and wouldn't get.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 13:27 PM

"Does anyone know why Fort Stewart doesn't allow civilian employees to shop at the PX?"

Good info provided by gacpl and mountain above. And you know you're always going to get the "long answer" from me.

First, one has to understand the purpose of the Post/Base Exchange system, which is to provide merchandise/consumer goods for MEMBERS OF THE ACTIVE ARMED SERVICES. That is the primary reason they are in existence, and the money appropriated by Congress to run the military exchange systems is set aside with that main fact in mind. Any "modifications" or additions to allow others to use/purchase items at military exchange facilities have evolved over time from place to place - CONUS and overseas - to facilitate the health, welfare and morale of MEMBERS OF THE ACTIVE ARMED SERVICES. This is especially the case overseas, where "U.S. retail stores" don't exist for use by DOD civilians and other non-active members of the U.S. armed forces who are in-theater specifically to facilitate the mission accomplishment of those MEMBERS OF THE ACTIVE ARMED SERVICES who are stationed overseas. Consequently, those civilians/contractors/other personnel are permitted to make purchases at OCONUS/overseas facilities because it serves the purpose of their support of active armed service personnel.

Second - use of AAFES facilities is a "privilege," and the complete (presumably) all-inclusive list of who qualifies can be found here - broken down by those persons who have "unlimited privileges," "limited privileges," "Europe privileges," and "PACRIM privileges":


It is unfortunate (and may seem unfair) that a lady who works for the government at Fort Stewart; who splits her pants at Fort Stewart; and who doesn't otherwise qualify to make purchases at the Fort Stewart Post Exchange was turned away by those responsible for enforcing the Fort Stewart exchange system restrictions. I'd like to continue receiving my medical care at the Fort Stewart medical facilities after I turn 65 (in less than 2 years), but - due to the existing rules in place - I get to experience the thrills of Medicare and its likely continuing NEGATIVE impact by OBAMACARE and get my medical care on the "outside" (think LRMC). My wife gets to share my pain when I turn 65, since that triggers her getting the boot from the plethora of doctors and health care personnel she has established relationships with. She is not only frightened but also hopping mad at this prospect.

I just tell her: "Them's the breaks, Dearie. Life is not always fair."

bootstrap01 commented on Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 11:58 AM

You know better, and sounds like somebody is jealous, and a cry-baby. You already know that military benefits such as shopping in the post exchange, commissary, healthcare, etc are reserved for active duty military, and those having served an entire career, 20 years plus, and retired from military service. Those serving only a few years, and or civilians with no military service are not supposed to have these benefits. Get over it!

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