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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A reported increase in Marine Corps commissary goods being sold on the black market has prompted a tightened shopping policy: Now, all guests accompanying shoppers at commissaries on Marine Corps bases in Japan must show a valid visitor identification pass, AF Form 75, issued by the Provost Marshal’s Office.

The policy took effect March 18, said Lt. T.W. Brown, a Marine media officer, to “ensure that commissary facilities are used as intended.”

Formerly, a person with a valid Department of Defense identification card could sign in a guest without having to obtain the pass.

“An investigation into alleged abuses of commissary privileges is currently under way,” Brown said.

Marine Corps commissary patrons may have guests with them as long as the guests have the proper pass, which will be checked with picture identification, such as a passport. However, guests still are not allowed to make commissary purchases, Brown said.

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