Commissary hours, discount cuts under consideration in new proposal


By PHILIP WALZER | The Virginian-Pilot (Tribune News Service) | Published: January 25, 2015

The Defense Department is again considering cutting the hours and days that commissaries are open, the Navy Times reported on its website.

The proposal is in a draft outlining possible budget reductions for fiscal 2016, the Navy Times said. The Defense Department has ordered the Defense Commissary Agency to cut $322 million - or nearly 25 percent - from its $1.4 billion budget, the newspaper said.

Members of Congress torpedoed a similar proposal to cut the commissary budget last year.

Under the proposal, the Navy Times said, days of operation would be reduced at 183 of the 241 commissaries. The number of employees at each store would be reduced by an average of six, to 45.

In another big change, the Navy Times said, the commissaries would no longer be required to sell items "at reduced cost," endangering the deep discounts that military families enjoy.

The proposal also would permit commissaries to sell beer and wine, the Navy Times said.


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