* Corrects an administrative editing error to reflect new Army and Air Force Exchange Service internal management (para 1-9b).
* Makes administrative changes (throughout).
* Consolidates Army and Air Force Exchange Service funding policies (chap 3).
* Adds additional patronage categories for unlimited exchange privileges (table 7-1).
* Implements appropriated funding and support rules from DODI 1015.15, DODI 1330.09, DODI 1330.21, and Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) policy memorandum, subject: Funding Sources for Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI) Facilities, dated 4 December 2007 (throughout).
* Incorporates policy changes set forth in Army Directive 2012-15 and GO 2012-10 (throughout).
* Prescribes policies for providing Army and Air Force exchange services to the Army and the Air Force worldwide (throughout).
* Makes administrative changes (throughout).
This regulation contains the operating policy of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). If inconsistencies exist between this regulation and other departmental regulations governing nonappropriated fund (NAF) activities, military exchanges, or the military resale system, this regulation will prevail with regard to AAFES operations, pending resolution by the appropriate official, if necessary.
Required and related publications and prescribed and referenced forms are listed in appendix A .
Abbreviations and special terms used in this regulation are explained in the glossary .
Responsibilities are listed in chapter 2 .
The Secretary of Defense has vested in the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force all functions, powers, and duties relating to exchange activities within their respective military departments. This authority is held jointly and equally.
AAFES has a dual and enduring mission of providing quality merchandise and services to its customers at competitively low prices and of generating earnings which provide a dividend to support morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) programs.
The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force will
a. Establish a centrally directed and jointly operated, worldwide, exchange system.
b. Establish uniform standards of service that meet the needs of the Army and the Air Force.
c. Use all available resources (facilities, funds, and personnel) to achieve an economical and efficient operation with a sound capital structure.
d. Use accepted business methods and uniform practices to meet mission requirements.
The AAFES Board of Directors (BOD) will declare dividends based on earnings, available funds, and required capital to the Army and the Air Force in support of their military MWR programs. Dividends are based on Army and Air Force distribution formulas. Any distributions to garrisons and installations are meant for an officially established and recognized military MWR nonappropriated fund instrumentality (NAFI).
a. AAFES is established as a Joint NAFI.
b. As a Joint NAFI, AAFES has a governing council known as a BOD. The composition of the AAFES BOD is detailed in AR 15-110/ AFI 34-203(I) . The AAFES director and chief executive officer, on behalf of the AAFES BOD, has primary interdepartmental responsibility for the worldwide administration and operation of AAFES activities. The director and chief executive officer will appoint the executive secretary for the AAFES BOD.
c. AAFES is categorized by DODI 1015.15 as a Program Group II, NAFI, Category C, revenue-generating program.
a. AAFES is a Joint NAFI of the Army and the Air Force and is under the jurisdiction of the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. AAFES consists of all activities, personnel, property, and NAF activities that provide exchange services to the Army and the Air Force and other governmental agencies identified in this regulation.
b. The AAFES BOD directs AAFES and is responsible to the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force through their respective Chiefs of Staff.
c. The departmental staffs of the Services develop general policy governing AAFES. This policy is published in Joint Army regulations and Air Force instructions. The Army is responsible for developing, staffing, and administering publication of AAFES policy. The AAFES director and chief executive officer issues exchange operating procedures (EOPs) and exchange service regulations.
a. AAFES is an instrumentality of the United States. It is entitled to the immunities and privileges enjoyed by the Federal Government under the Constitution, federal statutes, federal legal precedents, established principles of international law, and international treaties and agreements.
b. AAFES is immune from direct state taxation and state laws and regulations that would interfere with its performance of its federal functions. Pursuant to Section 104, Title 4, United States Code (4 USC 104), Congress specifically permits the collection of state taxes on gasoline and other fuels sold through exchanges on U.S. military or other reservations, when such fuels are not for the exclusive use of the United States.
c. Suits by or against AAFES, or its individual activities, in tort or in contract, are suits by or against the United States. Claims, judgments, and compromise settlements of court actions against the United States, arising out of AAFES activities and sounding in tort, are payable solely out of AAFES funds. Judgments and compromise settlements of court actions against the United States, arising out of AAFES activities sounding in contract, will be obligated out of appropriated funds (APFs) of the United States, and AAFES will reimburse the United States.
d. As an instrumentality of the Federal Government, AAFES (and its employees) is bound by DOD 5500.07-R .
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for AAFES documents must be submitted in writing to the AAFES headquarters (HQ) at HQ, AAFES, General Counsel (FOIA), P.O. Box 650060, Dallas, TX 75265-0060. Requests will be processed in accordance with applicable federal laws and regulations. The servicing general counsel, or designee, is the Initial Denial Authority for FOIA requests.
The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force have oversight responsibility of the AAFES BOD and exchange operations.
The following administrative agent responsibilities rests with the ACSIM (Army). The ACSIM, in coordination with the AF/A1 (Director of Services (AF/A1S)), will
a. Oversee policy development and interpretation of AAFES operations.
b. Revise and update this regulation with necessary coordination among the Army, Air Force, and AAFES.
Army region directors of IMCOMs and commanders of Air Force major commands (MAJCOMs) will
a. Designate an appropriate staff element to act as liaison with the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
b. Authorize the establishment of exchanges at installations under their command, providing exchange service at locations other than military installations when doing so is consistent with departmental operational requirements.
c. Evaluate the responsiveness of services to customer needs and command requirements and adequacy of patronage controls.
d. Enforce departmental resale policy, including acting on disagreements between garrison and installation commanders and exchange general managers (GMs) that involve local MWR versus AAFES operation of resale and service outlets.
e. Provide logistical and administrative support, including
(1) Granting proprietary approval for AAFES work on real property. (This authority may be delegated to a subordinate command.)
(2) Ensuring that AAFES-funded projects involving work on real property are reviewed for technical sufficiency.
f. Provide port handling and transportation for the movement of AAFES merchandise, supplies, and equipment from continental United States (CONUS) ports to overseas ports and return, and between overseas ports. (This will be provided on a non-reimbursable basis per applicable departmental regulations.)
g. Provide support services, such as transportation, facilities, operating personnel, security, medical, and finance support for exchange operations in contingency and wartime operations or emergencies. Develop contingency plans, in conjunction with the AAFES director and chief executive officer for exchange support, during emergencies, mobilizations, and wartime operations.
h. In addition to the above, overseas Army IMCOM region directors and Air Force MAJCOM commanders will
(1) Coordinate with the AAFES regional commander to ensure that exchange merchandise and services are included in agreements with the host country for reduced freight rates, customs clearances, and tax exemptions.
(2) Set hours of work, rates of pay, and employment benefits for non-U.S. citizens employed at AAFES activities (when they have the responsibility for those purposes), according to treaties, agreements, and laws of the host country and in consultation with designated AAFES representatives.
(3) Implement and enforce ration controls where needed or required.
In command organizations where the term garrison/installation commander is not applicable, Army commands, Army service component commands, direct reporting units, and Air Force MAJCOMs will assign the following responsibilities to the most appropriate command element. Garrison and installation commanders will
a. Provide AAFES activities adequate and suitable buildings and facilities, and applicable services. Buildings may be provided from existing structures or construction of facilities (see chap 4 ). At remote and isolated locations, APF support is afforded the same level of support provided to category B, military MWR programs, as outlined in AR 215-1 and AFI 65-106 .
b. Provide facilities and services on a non-reimbursable basis (see app B which outlines the APF support to various elements of expense).
c. Initiate installation support agreements. For administrative purposes only, DODI 4000.19 will be referenced for this process.
d. Include AAFES activities in command information programs and other community information services.
e. Provide the same logistical support for AAFES civilian personnel as is provided to other NAF employees, including DD Form 2574 (Armed Forces Exchange Services Identification and Privilege Card) and other appropriate forms of identification. This support will not differ materially from that enjoyed by civilian personnel of the classified federal service.
f. Provide essential logistical and administrative support for military personnel assigned to AAFES, including the administration of military justice.
g. Evaluate the responsiveness of AAFES to command requirements, convey results to exchange management and the GM, and recommend changes as appropriate.
h. Enforce local rules for dress, appearance, and uniform regulations for patrons using exchange facilities, consistent with applicable departmental regulations.
i. Liaise with exchange personnel.
j. Ensure that decisions based on needs, mission readiness, and community requirements (including recommended hours of operation) are coordinated with exchange management and the GM.
k. Enforce departmental resale policy (see chap 6 and applicable departmental regulations).
l. Act on proposals for garrison and installation entities and NAFIs to open resale and service outlets; and review periodically or as required by Army IMCOM, G-9 (Family and MWR Programs)/Air Force Services the continued need for these outlets (see para 6-14 e of this regulation for guidance on AAFES operation of MWR sales operations on a management fee basis).
m. Review the need for new exchange concession, agency, and vending services, and review source lists per paragraph 9-1 d of this regulation.
n. Advise the GM of all claim matters that affect exchange operations.
o. Issue identification documents, per applicable departmental regulations and criteria outlined in chapter 7 , to persons authorized to purchase at exchanges, to enter exchanges for official business without the privilege of purchase, or to act as an agent of an authorized patron.
p. Ensure disciplinary actions, when appropriate, are taken against persons who violate patron privileges (see para 7-6 ). If abuse of privileges is found after appropriate review, garrison and installation commanders or other informed officials will take appropriate action, to include revoking or suspending exchange privileges.
q. Ensure the identification card issuing office maintains a current listing of locally reported lost and stolen identification cards and provides this to exchange management.
The AAFES director and chief executive officer's position is filled by an NF-6. The civilian director and chief executive officer, AAFES will
a. Manage all AAFES activities and issue EOPs and exchange service regulations to fulfill policies in this regulation and to establish new policies. Authority vested in the AAFES director and chief executive officer by this regulation may be delegated, unless stated otherwise.
b. Supervise AAFES personnel, property, and funds worldwide.
c. Operate, manage, and supervise exchange activities worldwide.
d. Submit an annual report, through the AAFES BOD, to the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force. This report will include
(1) An annual audit statement issued by a certified public accountant (CPA).
(2) A summary of exchange operations for the prior fiscal year.
e. Provide clearance for personnel within a specific area of control for access to classified Department of Defense (DOD) information, according to applicable departmental regulations.
f. Plan for and support Army and Air Force mobilization, contingency, and wartime operations or other emergency situations within the capabilities and limitations of AAFES.
g. Prescribe uniform check cashing procedures and controls, procedures for enforcing patronage eligibility and identification control, and establish stock assortment criteria for all categories of retail merchandise.
h. Act on requests or appeals from military commanders to open exchange activities when GMs and region senior vice presidents or overseas region commanders have declined requested services.
i. Administer the AAFES capital expenditure program as directed by the AAFES BOD.
j. Report, annually, to DOD on the customer satisfaction index and the results of standardized market basket price survey.
k. Under authority granted, suspend or remove privileges from patrons who abuse catalog and Internet ordering systems controlled and managed by AAFES (see para 7-6 e ).
The deputy director's position is filled by a general officer alternating between the Army and the Air Force. The deputy director and chief executive officer will assist the director and chief executive officer, AAFES in the overall operation of AAFES.
The chief operating officer, AAFES, will
a. Assist the director and chief executive officer, AAFES in directing the overall operation of AAFES.
b. Supervise operational elements.
c. Directly support all AAFES operations worldwide.
Overseas region commanders will direct all operational aspects of AAFES activities assigned to their area of responsibility.
Region senior vice presidents will direct overall operations of AAFES facilities within their assigned geographical areas.
The AAFES HQ staff will formulate and execute procedures to implement the operating policy in this regulation and EOPs and exchange service regulations as issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer. The AAFES HQ staff includes senior vice presidents, vice presidents, division directors, AAFES chief of staff, and special staff directors (for example, inspector general (IG), general counsel, Audit Agency, and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)).
GMs, AAFES will
a. Manage all exchange operations and administrative support activities for exchanges in their assigned geographical areas.
b. Ensure the primacy of AAFES as the source of all non-food merchandise and patron services on military installations, except where military and civilian MWR, lodging, and other NAFIs (for example, museums, veterinary offices, and prisons) engage in resale that is directly related to their programs.
c. Enter into agreements with garrison and installation commanders to manage designated sales operations.
d. Set hours of operation in coordination with the garrison and installation commanders.
e. Ensure alleged crimes are reported to loss prevention personnel for coordination with the appropriate law enforcement agency; provost marshal; U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command element; or Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
As a Program Group II, NAFI, Category C, revenue-generating activity, AAFES will use its revenue-generating capability to fund ongoing operations and capital improvement projects. Within the limits established by law and DODI 1015.15 , AAFES can be provided limited APF support as outlined below and in appendix B of this regulation.
a. The basic financial standard for AAFES programs is to use APFs to fund 100 percent of costs for which it is authorized. Appropriated funding will be used to the maximum extent possible to fund those elements of expense authorized by DODI 1015.15 , paragraphs 6.2 and 6.3 and enclosures 4 and 5; and Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) memorandum, subject: Funding Sources for Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI) Facilities, dated 4 December 2007 (until it is incorporated into the DODI 1015.15). Details are summarized in appendix B of this regulation.
b. AAFES facility construction funding.
(1) Appropriations must be used for AAFES facilities modernization and construction (minor or major) for
(a) Exchange facilities required in areas of military conflict, wartime deployments, and in support of contingency, humanitarian, and peacekeeping operations.
(b) Exchange facilities required as integral parts of air terminal, hospital, housing, or other military construction projects.
(c) Exchange-operated laundries, dry cleaning plants, bakeries, dairies, or similar facilities operated by AAFES in support of military conflict, wartime deployments, and in support of contingency, humanitarian, and peacekeeping operations.
(d) Administrative, storage, and maintenance facilities outside the United States.
(2) Appropriations must be used for major and minor facility construction determined by the Army/Air Force to
(a) Establish, activate, or expand a military installation, including base realignment and closures (BRAC) and global restationing requirements. Expansion must be the result of a mission change or influx of new units or systems and result in a 25 percent increase in authorized and assigned personnel strength within a 2-year time span.
(b) Relocate facilities for convenience of the government.
(c) Replace facilities denied by country-to-country agreements.
(d) Restore facilities and improvements destroyed by acts of nature, fire, or terrorism.
(e) Incorporate antiterrorism and force protection measures required under DODI 2000.16 .
(f) Correct deficiencies in life, safety, and force protection measures.
(g) Meet Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requirements.
c. APFs will be used for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems capitalized and transferred as part of a capital improvement, repair, or renovation project that is classified as real property installed and building equipment.
d. APFs may be used to purchase commercially-owned buildings only to the extent authorized by Congress.
e. The policy on the funding of BRAC sites and use of the BRAC reserve account is outlined in DODI 1015.15 , paragraph 6.12.
a. AAFES NAFs will be used in accordance with appendix B of this regulation and DODI 1015.15 , paragraphs 6.2 and 6.3 and enclosures 4 and 5.
b. AAFES NAFs will not be used for authorized APF expenditures unless authorized APFs are not available. Certification of non-availability of APFs must be obtained from the respective Service's responsible resource office. The above will not apply where this regulation prohibits the use of NAFs. NAFs will not be used instead of authorized APF support as a matter of convenience.
c. AAFES funds may be used for
(1) New construction of facilities (including purchase and erection of pre-engineered or portable buildings), subject to prior approval by the AAFES director and chief executive officer or AAFES BOD, as appropriate (see app B for APF and NAF authorizations).
(2) Access roads, curbing, and utilities (when appropriated funds are not available), which serve only AAFES facilities.
(3) Relocation of utility main lines running through the site and the removal of existing improvements below the 6-inch level as negotiated with the garrison and installation.
(4) Alteration, modification, deletion, or extension of existing facilities (including buildings and outside improvements such as parking lots and utility systems) when APFs are not available for utility relocation to make them suitable for exchange use.
(5) Acquisition and installation of exchange operating equipment.
(6) Heating and air conditioning beyond what is provided by the installation facility and base engineer, in accordance with appendix B . Heating and air conditioning purchased with NAFs will normally consist of only those systems which are not classified as real property installed and building equipment (self-contained, pre-packaged, window-installed, and like-type units).
(7) Work within the interiors of buildings, if that work is required solely for purposes peculiar to exchange operations.
(8) The sustainment, restoration, and modernization of AAFES structures to which AAFES holds title is funded with exchange funds. This includes interior finish, such as paint, floors, ceilings, special lighting, and building modifications and alterations solely for purposes directly applicable to exchange operations.
(9) Leasing of facilities on an exception basis only.
(a) The AAFES director and chief executive officer approves exceptions up to $199,999 annually.
(b) With AAFES BOD approval, AAFES may request a review and approval by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) or the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) concerned before contract award for lease amounts with an annual cost of $200,000 to $500,000.
(c) The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) or the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) reviews and approves lease amounts with an annual cost of $500,000 to $1 million before contract award.
(d) Leases with an annual cost of $1 million or more require AAFES to comply with the land moratorium requirement contained in DODI 4165.71 .
(e) Exceptions are considered in CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories when existing buildings under military control are not available or are inadequate. Exceptions are considered in all other locations when existing buildings under military control are inadequate and APFs are not available within the timeframe required.
(10) Services obtained through government sources are as follows:
(a) AAFES may obtain construction services or architectural and engineering services through other government sources on a reimbursable basis.
(b) AAFES funds may be certified and made available for payment to other government sources on an individual basis or through a bulk funding method where funds are certified in advance and made available on an as needed basis.
(11) Purchase of commercially owned buildings located on government property.
(12) When garrisons and installations cannot provide architectural and engineering services without adding additional manpower authorizations, AAFES will use AAFES funds to perform the work, or contract for it, and add the cost to the project (see table B-1 ).
a. Unique situations or exigencies that need immediate or more specific attention may require deviation or exception to the basic funding policy outlined above. Any deviations or exceptions to use AAFES NAFs in lieu of appropriations, must be approved by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in coordination with the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) on a case-by-case basis.
b. Deviations or exceptions will be submitted to the Army or the Air Force, as applicable, at the following address:
(1) Army: Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (DAIM-ISS), 600 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0600.
(2) Air Force: Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Director of Services (AF/A1S), 1770 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1770.
c. The above Army or Air Force organizations must satisfy the following Office of the Secretary of Defense criteria:
(1) The project is included in the military construction (major and minor construction) or APF modernization budget submission to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).
(2) The project was not included in the President's budget submission to Congress or was not approved by Congress.
(3) Failure to build the facility will seriously impact the quality of life of military personnel and their families.
(4) The Army or the Air Force certifies that the project is of higher priority than all other non-funded NAF construction (major and minor) and modernization requirements.
(5) The Service's headquarters concerned and AAFES will endorse the use of AAFES NAFs.
This chapter governs AAFES expenditures related to facilities, equipment, and sustainment, restoration, and modernization of facilities and equipment. When local circumstances warrant exception to the provisions of this chapter, the AAFES director and chief executive officer may authorize alternatives if consistent with applicable departmental regulations.
AAFES-funded projects are designed, constructed, and approved according to the standards set by DOD, Department of the Army (DA), Department of the Air Force, and relevant AAFES EOPs and exchange service regulations. All AAFES project approval authority and the authority to obligate AAFES funds delegated within AAFES emanates from the AAFES BOD.
a. The AAFES director and chief executive officer reports annually to the Services and DOD on construction projects that have new construction costs exceeding $750,000 and
(1) Are planned for construction award within 1 year following the year of DOD and Congressional release.
(2) Were previously reported, but have not been placed under contract or started, during the planned period noted in paragraph (1), above.
b. The AAFES director and chief executive officer will resubmit projects previously approved by the DOD when
(1) The scope of the approved new construction changes by more than 10 percent.
(2) The amount of the approved construction award amount increases by more than 25 percent.
c. Until DOD advises the AAFES director and chief executive officer that reporting and approval requirements are satisfied, AAFES will not place any project requiring reporting to DOD under construction contract or start construction.
a. AAFES will forward projects involving the erection of structures by private individuals or commercial concerns (see DODI 1015.13 ) for facilities/activities traditionally associated with AAFES (see DODI 1330.21 ) through the garrison and installation to the appropriate IMCOM region director (Army)/MAJCOM commander (Air Force) and Service Secretary for approval prior to submitting to the AAFES BOD.
b. Removal of structures and buildings erected by the private sector are subject to the provisions of applicable departmental regulations.
When APFs are used in a construction project that is managed and contracted by AAFES, both the APF and NAF funding sources and related scopes of work will retain their separate identity in the contract documents and in their respective records of account. Projects involving APFs will be executed only upon completion of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between AAFES and the APF agency and funding source, and notification to AAFES that the availability of APFs has been certified.
a. Government title. Structures other than portable and relocatable buildings erected with proper authority on military installations and paid for from AAFES funds or erected by the private sector pursuant to a contract with AAFES, become the property of the government and are carried on records of DA or Department of the Air Force, as appropriate, in accordance with existing departmental regulations. Military installations accept newly erected structures, extension, alteration, and improvement of government facilities paid for from AAFES funds upon completion of final inspection and receipt of transfer documents. This includes real property installed and building equipment.
b. Army and Air Force Exchange Service title. AAFES retains title to
(1) Facilities acquired with AAFES funds that are not located on active duty, Guard, or Reserve military installations.
(2) Portable and relocatable buildings acquired and erected solely with AAFES funds.
(3) Portable buildings erected under contract. Private individuals or commercial concerns may retain title to a portable building erected by them under contract, with prior approval of the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
(4) Accountability for all installed property purchased wholly with AAFES funds remain with AAFES, where the property is movable or severable without causing substantial physical damage or injury to the structure or land. The determination as to moveability or severability of the installed property will be accomplished in coordination with the facilities engineer or base civil engineer.
(5) Installed equipment purchased wholly with AAFES funds, is attached to or integrated with any public structure or land, and cannot be separated from that structure or land. When it is desired that title to and accountability for the equipment be retained by AAFES, a written permit will be obtained from the garrison and installation commanders identifying the property and the authority for retention of title and accountability by AAFES for that property. The facility or base civil engineer will be furnished with a copy of the permit. Equipment covered by the permit may be removed by AAFES, provided that the public structure or land to which the property was affixed is restored by AAFES to the condition existing at the time the property was originally affixed to it, fair wear and tear excepted.
c. Unit titles. Units to which AAFES retains title will be maintained by AAFES.
Structures erected with AAFES funds or private funds (for AAFES use) will not be used for other than AAFES purposes without prior approval by the AAFES director and chief executive officer and the department concerned.
a. Improvements. If another NAF agency takes over a facility improved with AAFES funds, that agency will normally reimburse AAFES for the un-depreciated value of AAFES-funded construction and installed property.
b. New facilities. Exchanges established on state-operated installation will be operated and controlled by AAFES. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) will be established providing the authority for continued use of facilities improved or erected with AAFES funds. The MOU will contain language that specifically states AAFES will agree to release a facility, improved or erected with AAFES funds when the installation reimburses AAFES for the undepreciated value of the facility improvement or construction. Where AAFES has made a substantial investment, relocation will not be required unless an alternate and suitable facility is provided by the garrison and installation. Facilities erected with AAFES funds cannot be used for purposes other than AAFES without prior approval by the AAFES director.
The policies on smoke-free facilities are contained in the respective Army and Air Force regulations and instructions.
a. AAFES civilian personnel are Federal employees of an instrumentality of the United States within DOD. Because they are compensated from NAFs, they are distinguished from other civilian employees of the Armed Services who are compensated from APFs. As such, they are removed from the provisions of laws or regulations administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, except in the case of wage fixing for prevailing-rate employees covered under the provisions of Public Law (PL) 92-392 and application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (as amended by PL 93-259 ).
b. Personnel policy and practices are subject to DOD policy governing NAF personnel ( DODI 1400.25 , Volume 1401) and applicable statutes, union collective bargaining agreements, and guidance from the AAFES BOD.
c. The AAFES director and chief executive officer is expressly delegated the authority to make those decisions and take those actions which are the responsibilities of the head of a DOD component with respect to AAFES NAF civilian personnel policy covered in DODI 1400.25, Volume 1401. This delegation is subject to, and must be exercised in accordance with, higher level directives and policy as promulgated within the DOD and applicable collective bargaining obligations.
d. Practices apply to all AAFES employees in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories and possessions of the United States; all U.S. citizens and U.S. national employees worldwide; and all U.S. permanent resident alien employees worldwide.
e. AAFES employees are advised of policies, programs, and procedures in writing. This includes, but is not limited to
(1) Manpower requirements worldwide, allocation of grades and/or bands of positions, and pay and compensation practices.
(2) Employee benefits programs.
(3) Employee leave practices.
(4) Grievance rights and responsibilities, adverse action and administrative appeals process, and business-based action practices.
(5) Professional development and training requirements.
When available, AAFES employees in overseas areas recruited from the United States, receive government quarters and family housing entitlements and allowances subject to controls in DODI 1400.25 , Volume 1412, under applicable federal law. These employees and their dependents have access to the same medical health services provided APF personnel and access to Department of Defense Dependent Schools under the provisions of applicable federal law. United States citizens receive allowances and differentials as defined by federal regulations.
United States citizens and U.S. nationals will be employed in a pay system authorized by DODI 1400.25 , Volume 1405 for DOD NAF employees. On the prior approval of the AAFES director and chief executive officer, in special circumstances, these employees may be hired under a special contract of employment.
a. AAFES civilian employees who are authorized payment of travel and transportation expenses shall be paid in accordance with the DOD Joint Travel Regulations, Volume 2. Expenses for essential travel and transportation of AAFES employees, their authorized Family members, and household goods and effects are not to exceed those prescribed in DOD Joint Travel Regulations, Volume 2, and are in accordance with implementing instructions issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
b. AAFES employees do not authorize their own official travel. Official travel will be authorized by ordering-issuing officials designated, in writing, by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
a. The executive management program exists to fulfill AAFES continuing requirement for executive employees who are readily available to meet worldwide short-term and long-term executive personnel requirements. The AAFES director and chief executive officer will administer the executive management program worldwide, pursuant to written rules and procedures, published by the director and chief executive officer, under the guidance of the AAFES BOD.
b. The AAFES director and chief executive officer will periodically review and establish, as necessary, the number and grade level of positions to be included in the executive management program. Benefits established by the AAFES director and chief executive officer must be uniform for all executive management program employees.
c. Employees participating in the executive management program must sign a written agreement (mobility statement) obligating them to accept transfer or assignment worldwide within 30 days. Temporary exceptions may be granted by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
d. The AAFES director and chief executive officer or designee, may withdraw executive management program status for
(1) Failure to fulfill executive management program obligations as per written agreement with AAFES.
(2) Unsatisfactory performance.
(3) Misconduct of a disciplinary nature, on or off the job.
e. Benefits to executive management program employees are as follows:
(1) Retention priority as a result of business-based action.
(2) Longer notice periods based on length of service in case of certain separations.
(3) Triple indemnity accidental death and supplementary life insurance benefits under the AAFES Group Insurance Plan.
(4) Supplemental retirement benefits and retention of personal grade, regardless of assignment.
a. Principles of discipline. Principles of discipline are as follows:
(1) Maintenance of discipline will be achieved, to the maximum extent possible, through cooperation, fairness, good supervisory practices, and adherence to reasonable standards of conduct.
(2) Supervisors should, when appropriate, admonish and counsel employees as the first step in constructive discipline to prevent breaches of regulation and standards of conduct and to prevent repetition of offenses.
(3) Reasonable and timely penalties will be imposed on employees whose conduct is detrimental to the efficiency of AAFES.
(4) Responsible judgment must be exercised in selecting among the variety of disciplinary penalties that may be imposed. The following must be considered in reaching a decision on the action to be taken:
(a) The seriousness of the offense.
(b) The past record of the employee.
(c) The circumstances contributing to the offense.
(d) The probable effectiveness of the penalty in stimulating improvement.
(e) The reasonableness of the penalty.
(f) The time period since a previous-like offense.
(g) The influence of the penalty on the morale of other employees.
(5) There may be factors and considerations other than those mentioned above that are pertinent to the selection of the penalty. The action selected should be reasonable and of such nature as to promote the efficiency of AAFES.
(6) Disciplinary action and official investigation of an incident should be initiated on a timely basis.
(7) If an employee has been disciplined for an offense, no further disciplinary action will be proposed against that employee for the same offense.
(8) When management considers that formal disciplinary action may be required to correct misconduct on the part of a subordinate employee, management should obtain all available information concerning the alleged misconduct and discuss the incident with the employee to
(a) Ensure all the relevant facts are known to both parties.
(b) Afford the employee the opportunity to explain the basis for their actions.
(c) Advise the employee that disciplinary action is under consideration.
b. Grievances. The AAFES director and chief executive officer will develop a prompt and equitable grievance process and will issue instructions and procedures to administer this process worldwide, subject to the requirements of DOD 1401.01-M , in circumstances where a labor organization has exclusive recognition.
c. Adverse actions. An adverse action may be either a non-disciplinary or a disciplinary-type action.
(1) Non-disciplinary actions are administrative actions taken by management that do not fall within the definition of a disciplinary action, but cause dissatisfaction with the employee. These actions include, but are not limited to
(b) Warning letter.
(c) Downgrade or separation for unsatisfactory performance.
(d) Downgrade or separation for business based action.
(e) Downgrade or reduction in compensation based on reorganization, reallocation, or conversion.
(f) Administrative separation (for disqualification; during probationary period; for disability; business based action or death; on expiration of temporary employment; based upon resignation, abandonment of position or declination of transfer; for retirement; from leave without pay or intermittent employment; or for unsatisfactory performance).
(2) Disciplinary actions are taken by management as a result of an employee's conduct, action, or lack of action when action should have been taken. Authorized disciplinary actions include
(a) Oral reprimand.
(b) Written reprimand.
(d) Disciplinary downgrade.
(e) Disciplinary pay reduction.
(f) Separation for cause.
(g) Withdrawal of executive management program (except for declination of transfer, which is non-disciplinary).
(3) Disciplinary actions are based on the following:
(a) Conduct on the job involving insubordination; violation of laws, regulations, rules, or policies/procedures; or other conduct incompatible with maximum employee efficiency.
(b) Conduct off the job which reflects discredit on AAFES, interferes with job performance, or involves violation of laws.
(c) Activities and conduct which AAFES personnel are prohibited from engaging.
d. Advance notice of an adverse action. When required by EOP 15-10, an advance notice of an adverse action will be in writing by the management official and will identify the specific adverse action with the effective date and details of the adverse action. The employee also will be advised of their right to reply, to whom to reply, and time limit for a response, and that consideration would be given to their response before a final decision is made. Advance notice is not required for counseling entries, warning periods, oral or written reprimands, or for separations for resignation, declination of transfer, retirement, from temporary or intermittent employment, from the probationary period unless for cause or for abandonment of position.
e. Employee response to notice of adverse action. The employee may respond orally or in writing to the management official who provided the advance notice of an adverse action. The employee may provide documentation and may be accompanied by a representative. Any expenses involved in refuting the advance notice of an adverse action are borne by the employee. The response does not include the right to a hearing with testimony from witnesses, but is an opportunity to refute the advance notice.
f. Final decision. After consideration of an employee response to the advance notice of adverse action, a final decision will be made. The final decision will be in writing and will reference the advance notice of adverse action; it will advise the employee of consideration of their response, if a response is received; state the action to be taken and the basis for the action and effective date. The employee will be provided the final decision and advised of the right to appeal the final decision and the time limit for a response.
g. Appeal of final decision. When required by EOP 15-10, the employee may appeal the final decision to the appellate authority. The employee will be provided with the procedures for appeals. The appeal may contain relevant documents and must state the basis for the appeal in sufficient detail. Counseling entries, warning periods, and separations for resignation, declination of transfer, disqualification, retirement, temporary or intermittent employment, probationary period unless for cause, abandonment of position, or for leave without pay are not appealable. Oral and written reprimands are grievable, but are not appealable unless issued by a principle management official.
h. Appellate authority determination. The appellate authority is the director and chief executive officer, AAFES, or designee. However, if the director and chief executive officer, AAFES is the management official who made the final decision, the appellate authority is the chairperson of the AAFES BOD. The appellate authority's determination on the final decision will be rendered after securing the legal advice of the applicable general counsel. The written determination will include a statement that the determination by the appellate authority is final and not subject to further appeal or review. Copies of the determination will be provided applicable officials.
i. Exchange Operating Procedure 15-10. Chapter 6 of EOP 15-10 outlines the above process in detail. It covers the procedures for all adverse actions, time limits for responses, issuing authorities, AAFES grievance procedures, and AAFES adverse action appeals for nonbargaining unit employees.
a. With regard to labor management relations, the AAFES director and chief executive officer makes all decisions and takes actions that are the responsibility of the head of a DOD component. Title 5, USC 7101 and implementing DODIs apply to AAFES labor-management policies (see DODI 1400.25 ).
b. AAFES recognizes the employee's right to form, join, or assist any labor organization or to refrain from such activity. This right is freely given without fear of penalty or reprisal.
The voluntary organization of employee associates to provide recreational, welfare, and social activities for its membership is authorized and regulated under DODI 1000.15 (see also AR 210-22 and AFI 34-223 ). Support and relations are regulated under DOD 5500.07-R .
a. Memberships paid from AAFES funds are limited to those necessary for liaison with local civic, service, and business associations of sufficient prestige to make participation desirable from a community relations or professional development viewpoint. Funding of memberships may be authorized by the responsible HQ, AAFES staff director.
b. Memberships are in the name of AAFES or an element of the AAFES organization, not an AAFES employee.
c. All such membership activities must be in accordance with the requirements of the DOD Joint Ethics Regulation.
The AAFES director and chief executive officer will administer EEO programs for civilian applicants and employees of AAFES.
An AAFES employee sued for acts or omissions by the employee within the scope of employment is entitled to have the U.S. Government substituted as the party defendant in most cases. Where this is not the case, the employee may request representation by the Department of Justice in accordance with applicable departmental regulations. Such requests are forwarded through the AAFES general counsel.
Military personnel and AAFES employees paid with NAFs and APFs have an individual fiduciary responsibility for properly using AAFES resources and for preventing waste, loss, mismanagement, or unauthorized use of such funds.
a. Reporting of suspected violations at the lowest organization level is encouraged. However, reports may be made to senior management, IGs, or to the DOD hotline.
b. According to 10 USC 2783, AAFES NAF personnel who violate regulations governing the management and use of NAFs are subject to the same penalties as under federal laws that govern the misuse of appropriations by APF personnel. Violations by military personnel are punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
c. The use of APF shall be consistent with the provisions of 31 USC 1301, which requires that funds be used only for the purposes for which they were appropriated. Military personnel and AAFES employees, paid with NAFs and APF, are subject to the limitations, exceptions, and penalties governing the use of APF as contained in 31 USC Chapter 13.
a. Army or Air Force regulations and instructions concerning NAF civilian personnel security investigations and adjudications apply to AAFES employees at Army and Air Force installations, respectively.
b. Authority and procedures governing security investigations and clearances of assigned AAFES personnel will be in accordance with AR 380-67 , AFI 31-501 , and DOD 5200.2-R . The AAFES director and chief executive officer has the authority to identify security clearance jurisdiction over HQ, AAFES and its subordinate activities. The Services clearance adjudication facilities shall adjudicate security clearances for assigned AAFES personnel who are under their jurisdiction or installations. The determination whether an individual is qualified to fill a designated position of trust will be adjudicated by AAFES loss prevention, unless otherwise identified by regulatory guidance.
a. Any employee who, for the purpose of concealing or misrepresenting a material fact, willfully or unlawfully alters, falsifies, or destroys, or causes to be altered, falsified, or destroyed official AAFES or other government documents, records, or files, regardless of motive, is subject to separation for cause or other disciplinary action.
b. Any employee who knowingly and willfully prices or sells, or causes to be priced or sold, merchandise or services contrary to the established sale price, regardless of motive, is subject to separation for cause or other disciplinary action.
It is each employee's duty to report and furnish information, whether favorable or unfavorable, regarding matters of official interest (as defined in glossary) as may be lawfully required by competent authority, including supervisors and investigative officials. Refusal to furnish required reports or information, or deliberate concealment or misrepresentation of material facts in a report or statement, will constitute grounds for separation for cause or other disciplinary action.
a. Conviction of a felony, and in some instances of a lesser crime, may constitute a basis for disciplinary action, including termination of employment. The mere fact of an arrest or indictment on a charge of a criminal offense is not a basis for disciplinary action. However, the alleged misconduct itself, stated in specific terms, may be the basis for disciplinary action, regardless of any arrest, indictment, conviction, or even acquittal in judicial proceedings. Disciplinary action on charges of misconduct or delinquency need not wait upon a conviction of an employee for a criminal offense. Likewise, an employee's acquittal on an indictment charging him with committing a criminal offense does not invalidate prior disciplinary action or prohibit subsequent disciplinary action for the cause that resulted in the arrest or indictment, as long as the disciplinary action is independent of the judicial proceedings and is factually supported by available evidence.
b. Any employee arrested or indicted for any offense, including driving while intoxicated and vehicular homicide or related charges, but excluding minor traffic violations, will report the arrest or indictment to the human resources manager whether or not the conduct resulting in the arrest or indictment occurs on or off duty.
c. Refusal or failure of an employee to make a report of arrest or indictment will constitute grounds for separation for cause or other disciplinary action.
An employee may be separated for cause. In separations involving suspected employee theft, pilferage, or damage and loss of AAFES property due to the employee's negligence, final pay may be withheld pending a determination of the employee's liability.
a. Separate an employee based on resignation per the following:
(1) The employee will submit a written resignation to their supervisor.
(2) The employee should give the reason for resigning and the effective date.
(3) The employee should give AAFES notice when possible. If notice is not given, a notation will be made on the employee's communication record. The notation will indicate the employee's reasons for not giving notice and whether the notice was acceptable to AAFES.
b. The employee will be separated on the date indicated in the written resignation unless the employee is separated per another paragraph (for example, para 5-17 , above) prior to this date.
c. A copy of the personnel request separating the employee based on resignation will be furnished to the employee. No advance notice of separation based on resignation will be given.
d. An employee who has received an advance notice of separation for cause or unsatisfactory performance may resign from employment to avoid separation prior to the proposed effective date of separation. The resignation request will note that the employee resigned to avoid separation for cause or unsatisfactory performance, as appropriate. In cases where actual or suspected employee theft or damage to AAFES property is involved, the employee's final pay may be withheld pending a determination of the employees liability.
a. An exchange operation may be established at any federal or state installation and other locations where DOD military personnel are assigned. All AAFES resale outlets (including contractor operated) will be operated and controlled either directly or indirectly by AAFES, regardless of location. Criteria to consider when establishing an exchange include, but are not limited to
(1) Estimated number of assigned and present active duty military personnel located within a 25-mile radius of the proposed exchange outlet.
(2) Estimated number of eligible Family members residing in the area.
(3) Estimated number of other eligible patrons (for example, retirees) residing in the area.
(4) Location and distance to the nearest DOD installation with an exchange outlet.
(5) Economic viability to maintain an exchange.
(6) Mission requirements.
(7) Military resale requirements.
b. At state-operated installations, an MOA will be executed between a designee of the State Adjutant General's office and the supporting GM, AAFES. Requests to establish an exchange will include the following:
(1) Number of assigned and present active duty military personnel (include National Guard and Reserve personnel on continuous active duty in excess of 179 days) located within a 25-mile radius of the proposed exchange outlet.
(2) Number of eligible Family members residing in the area.
(3) Estimated number of other eligible exchange patrons (retirees) residing in the area.
(4) Name, location, and distance in miles to the nearest DOD installation with an exchange outlet.
(5) The written opinion of the AAFES region director as to the economic feasibility of the proposed outlet.
(6) A statement by the appropriate Reserve Component commander that the site available for the proposed exchange facility is excess to mission requirements.
(7) A written statement by the State Adjutant General that state and local taxing authorities interpose no objection to the sale of exchange merchandise to authorized patrons free of taxes. (This guidance is applicable to state-operated installations only.)
c. Requests for permanent exchange outlets at National Guard and Reserve installations will be processed as follows:
(1) Proposed outlets at Reserve installations will be submitted through command channels to the responsible military department at the following address:
(a) Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (DAIM-ISS), 600 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0600.
(b) Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Director of Services (AF/A1S), 1770 AF Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1770.
(2) Requests for proposed outlets at state-operated Army and Air National Guard installations will be submitted through normal command channels to Chief, National Guard Bureau (NGB-ZA), 2500 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0500.
(3) Each request will be supported by a proposed agreement and must
(a) Be executed by the State Adjutant General concerned and HQ, AAFES representative or designee.
(b) Include specific provisions for financing capital investment and for exercising patronage control.
(4) The National Guard Bureau, in its endorsement, will evaluate the need for the proposed exchange outlet. The National Guard Bureau will then forward the request, together with the agreement, signed by the State Adjutant General, to the appropriate address in paragraph (1), above. Approvals will be granted only by the military departments concerned, subject to the signing of the agreement by HQ, AAFES.
d. Exchanges permanently established at Army and Air National Guard and Army and Air Force Reserve sites will be evaluated biennially by HQ, AAFES to ensure that they continue to satisfy a valid resale requirement in a cost effective manner. The evaluation is applicable to all off-base exchange outlets (outlets not located on active DOD military installations), notwithstanding that these outlets may be branches or annexes of main exchanges.
e. HQ, AAFES will provide the results of the biennial evaluation to the responsible command exercising command and control over those Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve installations having exchange outlets.
f. The responsible command will review the updated listing of Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve exchange outlets, as reported in the AAFES evaluation, and forward the report with appropriate comment, for information purposes to the military department concerned (see addressees in c , above).
g. The evaluation cycle is set for 1 July each even numbered year, with a reporting date to the respective military departments no later than 15 August.
h. The AAFES director and chief executive officer determines whether a new exchange will be operated as a separate outlet, that is, an Army and Air Force Exchange Service Imprest Fund Activity (AIFA) or other type of operation (see para 6-2 ).
A sample format of
an MOA between the State Adjutant General's office and the supporting
GM, AAFES is at
a. AAFES is the national level provider of military exchange items and services. When requested and resourced by the supported commander, AAFES serves as a supporting organization providing military exchange items and services to U.S. forces, and other authorized customers, deployed for or conducting humanitarian or contingency operations and exercises. In a contingency theater of operations or military exercises, where regular AAFES facilities are not available, commanders may request AAFES support as follows:
(1) Army and Air Force Exchange Service Imprest Fund Activitiy. An AIFA is a unit-operated activity usually at a small or remote site where a regular direct operation exchange cannot be provided. Units operating an AIFA will be given a change fund, purchase merchandise for stocking and restocking from AAFES only, and sell at AAFES set prices.
(a) The AAFES director and chief executive officer issues operating procedures to activate, operate, and deactivate the AIFA.
(b) Unit commanders appoint a commissioned or warrant officer or senior noncommissioned officer to supervise the AIFA, be accountable for the AAFES assets loaned, and to furnish all administrative and logistical support necessary to operate the AIFA.
(2) Tactical field exchange. A tactical field exchange (TFE) is operated by the military usually in remote locations. TFE operators are trained by AAFES personnel. The TFE operates using AAFES standard operating procedures, and merchandise is pushed to these facilities by AAFES distribution centers with APF support as required in the theater of operation.
(3) Direct operating exchange-tactical. A direct operating exchange-tactical (DOX-T) is operated by AAFES civilian personnel. The DOX-T operates using AAFES operating procedures, and merchandise will be procured through AAFES distribution channels with APF support as required in the theater of operation. AAFES normally will not operate a DOX-T or deploy AAFES associates in non-permissive or combat environments.
(4) Alternate operations. When it is impractical to provide service by AIFA, TFE, or DOX-T, service may be by
(a) Mobile service or vending machines.
(b) Group representation at the nearest exchange, if vending or mobile service is not practical. (Group representation is sending a representative of several exchange patrons to the nearest exchange outlet, where purchases for the group are made.)
(c) Mail-order or e-commerce arrangements.
b. The decision to operate or deploy AAFES personnel in non-permissive or combat environments rests with the AAFES director and chief executive officer. All AAFES support requires administrative and logistical support from the requesting command. The requirement for exchange support, as well as any administrative or logistical support to the exchange is set forth as specified tasks in contingency operations plans or field exercise directives. Such support also may be formalized in MOAs between AAFES and the military command being supported or their higher headquarters.
a. Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, and Reserve Officers' Training Corps units normally receive exchange support through existing exchange outlets during their annual field training period. If these outlets are not available, an AIFA may be used during the training period (see para 6-2 a (1) ).
b. When it is impractical to provide service by AIFA, then TFE or DOX-T service may be provided (see para 6-2 a (2) and para 6-2 a (3) ).
c. Issues of exchange merchandise required by military activities for gratuitous issue during emergency actions may be furnished by exchanges to the requiring activity on a reimbursable basis, to include merchandise cost, freight, packing, and any applicable administrative costs.
a. Exchanges may operate on closed installations in the United States and its territories and possessions under specific criteria. Policy and the criteria are found in DODI 1330.21 .
b. Combined commissary and exchange stores may be operated on closed garrisons and installations. Policy is found in DODI 1330.21.
An exchange or organizational activity may be transferred between AAFES and another NAFI. When an activity is transferred, the AAFES director and chief executive officer and the commander or head of the other NAFI, will establish an agreement with provisions for transferring assets and granting entitlements and benefits to the employees whose positions will be transferred. If an agreement cannot be reached, the departments involved will determine the provisions of transfer. Transfers between AAFES and APF government agencies will be as permitted by applicable law and must be reviewed by the AAFES general counsel before implementation.
Policy on entertainment motion picture services is contained in chapter 12 .
a. Military clothing sales stores (MCSS) are APF activities managed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer, pursuant to applicable departmental regulations and the MOU between AAFES and the military departments.
b. The military departments will reimburse AAFES for all costs associated with MCSS construction, facility improvement, operation, and management as stipulated in the respective Service's MOU.
c. The MCSS are also governed by AR 700-84 and AFMAN 23-110, Volume 1.
AAFES operates the DOD School Meal Program in accordance with AAFES/DOD Education Activity MOA under the provisions of DODD 1015.5 . Program operating costs are covered by United States Department of Agriculture subsidies, student meal prices, and the DOD Education Activity. Facilities and equipment are provided and maintained by the installation on a non-reimbursable basis. The GM, AAFES will provide the garrison and installation commanders with a request for replacement or procurement of the DOD School Meal Program equipment prior to the fiscal year (October), so necessary equipment can be budgeted, ordered, and installed during the schools' summer break, and in order to prevent disruption of service.
Exchange activities will not normally be operated at a loss. The AAFES director and chief executive officer will establish procedures to review losing operations and criteria that are the basis for continuing operations.
Subject to the provisions of DODI 1000.11 and DOD 7000.14-R , Financial Management Regulations, Volume 5, AAFES may enter into contracts or other agreements to provide check cashing, automated teller machines, and other authorized financial services to authorized patrons in exchange facilities.
a. Use of AAFES funds for check cashing services is within the limits of cash working funds prescribed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
b. When on-base banking facilities are available, exchange check cashing service may be offered before, during, and after banking hours, if this does not violate existing agreements among the bank, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the installation command. (Exchange check cashing service does not relieve an authorized banking facility of its obligation to furnish the service.)
c. Checks drawn on foreign banks and payable in foreign currency are not cashed or accepted as payment for merchandise.
d. The AAFES does not cash checks drawn in foreign currencies on U.S. banks or on their overseas subsidiaries.
e. Outside the continental United States (OCONUS) dollar checks issued by foreign banks authorized to act as military banking facilities are accepted for cashing and for payment of merchandise. (Such checks are not accepted in CONUS exchanges, unless issued by foreign subsidiaries of U.S. banks acting as military banking facilities in CONUS.)
f. The AAFES director and chief executive officer establishes procedures, limitations, and controls for cashing checks and for payment for merchandise or service.
a. Instructions for processing dishonored check claims are issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
b. Upon receipt of a dishonored check, a demand for restitution is made on the maker and prior endorsers. The amount requested includes a fee to cover the Exchange's cost of collections and any other service and penalty charges that may be passed on by banks.
(1) If military personnel do not make restitution within 30 days, the matter is reported to the individual's unit commander and garrison and installation commanders/check control officer.
(2) If restitution is not made within 60 days, the debt may be submitted for further collection action, to include processing of involuntary pay withholdings and Treasury Offset Program, which may include, but is not limited to
(a) Tax refund offsets.
(b) Federal salary pay, including military pay.
(c) Contractor and vendor payments.
(d) Certain federal benefits payments, such as social security, veteran benefits, disability benefits, and employee travel pay.
(e) Other federal payments, including certain loans.
(3) Administrative wage garnishments of non-government civilian wages.
c. When checks are returned as dishonored, check cashing privileges are suspended.
(1) Exchange credit program privileges may be suspended only if such action is consistent with applicable federal law and regulations.
(2) Privileges are restored when full voluntary restitution is received from all outstanding debts and service/penalty charges.
(3) The AAFES director and chief executive officer, or designee, has the authority to set policy for the suspension of check cashing privileges in cases of repeated presentation of dishonored checks, nonpayment or involuntary collection of unpaid dishonored check debts and dishonored check fees.
AAFES may sell merchandise and services on a deferred payment basis as authorized by DODI 1330.09 and DODI 1330.21 . The AAFES director and chief executive officer establishes procedures, limitations, and controls for exchange credit products that may be used by authorized patrons to purchase merchandise and services. The AAFES BOD may authorize the AAFES director and chief executive officer, or designee, to enter into commercial borrowing agreements or issue commercial paper to fund this program in accordance with applicable legal authority.
a. AAFES is the primary resale activity on Army and Air Force installations, and other locations where AAFES operations are established for the military community, for non-food merchandise and patron services. AAFES operation of any vending machines at authorized locations is exempt from the Randolph-Sheppard Act ( AR 210-25/ AFI 34-206 ). Exchanges support forward deployments, ships at sea, emergency and disaster relief efforts, international exercises, and contingency operations.
b. Resolution of disagreements concerning the primacy of AAFES resale authority or AAFES ability to provide requested merchandise and services resides with the appropriate region director IMCOM (Army) or commander MAJCOM (Air Force).
c. Authorized AAFES resale activities are listed in appendix C of this regulation and DODI 1330.21 .
d. The AAFES director and chief executive officer determines what is sold in AAFES facilities, either directly or by concessionaire, subject to limitations in appendix C . CONUS-only restrictions are listed in appendix D . Merchandise restrictions apply to direct sales (including special order and catalog or e-commerce sales) and indirect or concession activities.
e. Garrisons and installation commanders may enter into MOAs, MOUs, or installation support agreements with AAFES to manage designated MWR sales operations. Agreements generally include provisions for applicable management fees, audit trails that account for receipts and disbursements, and submission of monthly income and expense statements. Such agreements can be signed by the GM, AAFES after proper coordination with HQ, AAFES, Army IMCOM, G-9 (Family and MWR Programs)/Air Force Services. Operations that may be managed by AAFES if most beneficial to the NAFI and with local command agreements, include but are not limited to
(1) Amusement machines.
(2) Service and vending machines in military clubs, civilian employee NAF activities, bowling centers, and similar activities.
(3) Commodity concession contracts and short-term sales agreements for overseas military clubs, Armed Forces Recreation Centers, and other lodging facilities.
(4) Any other resale activity connected with MWR functions which appropriately may be performed under an MOA/MOU/installation support agreement with AAFES.
MWR programs may engage in resale activities and services that are directly related to their program as defined in MWR departmental regulations. Such resale activities, including membership clubs (open messes), restaurants, cafeterias, and snack bars incidental to MWR programs, must be NAF-operated, NAF-managed, or NAF-contracted. Otherwise, military exchanges will be the primary source of resale merchandise and services on DOD installations. MWR programs will obtain, in advance, written right of first refusal from AAFES to operate any other resale or service activity.
Commercial solicitation on Army/Air Force garrisons/installations is governed by DODI 1344.07 , AR 210-7 (for Army), AFI 36-2702 (for Air Force), and as permitted by applicable law. The garrison/installation commander may authorize solicitation privileges in coordination with the local GM, AAFES, even though the merchandise sold or services provided by these companies are similar to that available through AAFES. Commercial solicitation agreements will receive a legal review by the servicing staff judge advocate (SJA).
Home enterprises on Army installations are governed by AR 210-7 . Such enterprises include sales or services customarily conducted in a domestic setting and do not compete with an installation's officially sanctioned commerce, that is the Exchange and MWR resale operations. Home-based businesses on Air Force installations are governed by AFI 32-6001 .
MWR programs may operate any AAFES resale operation only after obtaining, in advance, written right of first refusal from AAFES. Any restrictions or prohibitions pertaining to AAFES operation also apply to MWR operation. Such resale activities must be NAF-operated, NAF-managed, or NAF-contracted.
Any private venture that includes the acquisition or construction of privatized military family housing or privatized military unaccompanied housing is prohibited from providing merchandise or services in direct competition with AAFES unless AAFES relinquishes its authority in writing.
Resale operations are provided in AR 215-7 and AFJI 34-122 .
a. AAFES will not contribute funds, merchandise, or services (financial, procurement, contracting, and so forth) to any charity or other organization. This does not prohibit
(1) Providing gift certificates and gift cards to military MWR programs for promotional purposes, as long as recipients of such certificates and cards are authorized patrons.
(2) Transferring no-value inventory items to the garrison or installation MWR entity and fund or other installation governmental entities without charge.
b. Collection jars or other displays for donation of money or items are not permitted in AAFES facilities.
Other prohibitions are at appendix E of this regulation, as implemented from DODI 1330.21 .
Limited and unlimited privileges in CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, and all U.S. commonwealths, possessions, and territories are outlined in table 7-1 and table 7-2 .
a. Exchange privileges in foreign or overseas areas are neither automatic nor uniform. AAFES does not determine shopping privileges or access to duty-free items. Overseas commanders will extend exchange privileges based solely on the applicable international agreements.
b. If consistent with applicable international agreements, privileges will be extended to the following:
(1) All uniformed personnel assigned or on temporary duty (TDY) to that overseas area.
(2) U.S. citizen employees of the U.S. Government (including those paid from NAFs), U.S. citizen employees of firms under contract to the DOD, and Red Cross personnel assigned with an activity of the military Services. This includes DOD civilian employees in a TDY status.
(3) Military personnel of foreign nations on active duty, when the major overseas commander determines that the granting of such privileges is in the best interests of the United States.
(4) Family members of persons specified in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3), above.
(5) Unauthorized persons stranded on an installation may purchase small quantities of gasoline, oil, other automotive items, or items necessary for an individual's health.
(6) Official organizations or activities of the Armed Forces which are composed of personnel on active military duty, including NAFIs.
(7) Overseas commanders may extend privileges to certain officials of the United Services Organization (USO) when it will not impair the military mission.
(8) Uniformed personnel, U.S. Government civilians, and their respective Family members, when traveling on leave to foreign and overseas areas, have only those privileges afforded/extended by international agreements and the local command. Privileges are determined by pertinent international agreement and the local chain of command.
(9) International agreements may limit privileges of military retirees in foreign overseas areas.
(10) Specific categories of personnel or organizations authorized by the responsible commander when determined to be in the best interests of the mission of the command concerned. If private organizations are authorized exchange privileges, they will not be authorized to make purchases on credit.
a. An authorized patron entitled to exchange privileges may have a person (referred to as an agent) accompany them to assist in shopping, or shop on behalf of the patron, when the patron
(1) Is incapable or unable to shop due to medical conditions, or the patron is a minor child.
(2) Lacks available transportation or is experiencing some other similar type of hardship.
b. Patrons who are bed-ridden or physically unable to do their own shopping may choose an agent to shop for them. Items of purchase are limited to those items that will be used exclusively by the patron.
In these cases, the
garrison and installation commanders will issue a letter of authorization
to that designated agent. The letter of authorization applies only
to the installations under the control of the signing authority. A
sample of a letter of authorization to accompany a patron is found
a. Purchases of merchandise or services from an AAFES activity requires identification of individuals who are not in military uniform (excluding para b , below). Identification will be made prior to purchase. Commanders will issue proper identification documents to persons authorized exchange privileges. Such identification includes
(1) Complete regulation U.S. military uniform.
(2) An official Uniformed Services Identification Card or common access card. Specific information regarding identification cards is contained in AFI 36-3026_IP, Volume 1/AR 600-8-14 and DODI 1000.13 .
(3) DD Form 2574 , an exchange identification card is issued to authorized patrons of exchanges who do not otherwise require the Armed Services Identification Card for benefits or identification purposes.
(4) An official identification card issued by the military Service of which the patron is affiliated.
(5) Official DOD issuances ( DD Form 4 (Enlistment/Reenlistment Document Armed Forces of the United States), DD Form 1610 (Request and Authorization for TDY Travel of DOD Personnel), and DD Form 1618 (Department of Defense (DOD) Transportation Agreement Transfer of Civilian Employees to and Within Continental United States)).
(6) The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System may be used to verify authorized Armed Services Exchange catalog customers.
b. Identification cards are not required from personnel as listed in table 7-2 , category 9, who are authorized to patronize only exchange food facilities (fountain, snack bar, and cafeteria).
c. Civilian students and faculty members of Service schools may use the Exchange with a picture identification.
a. Garrison and installation commanders may permit visitors of authorized patrons to accompany the patron as a guest unless the commander determines otherwise based upon local conditions. Visitors will not have purchasing privileges, except as noted in table 7-2 , category 11. In foreign or overseas areas, the access privilege of visitors will be controlled as directed by the region director IMCOM (Army)/commander MAJCOM (Air Force) concerned and based on limitations imposed by host government agreements.
b. Guests may attend all motion picture services, provided they are accompanied by authorized patrons.
a. Garrison and installation commanders may ask the GM, AAFES or exchange manager to conduct periodic unannounced checks of exchange patron identification.
b. The GM, AAFES will inform garrison and installation commanders of any abuses of exchange privileges. Garrison/installation commanders will take appropriate action to include revoking or suspending exchange privileges. The garrison and installation commanders may also request local modifications of exchange patron control procedures deemed necessary to prevent abuse of exchange privileges. Disputes over patron control procedures may be forwarded by garrison and installation commanders through command channels, including appropriate department staff element, to the AAFES director and chief executive officer for resolution. If the dispute over patron control procedures is not resolved to command satisfaction, it may be presented to the AAFES executive secretary for the AAFES BOD for resolution by the AAFES BOD.
c. Exchange patrons are prohibited from the following:
(1) Making (or purchasing for the purpose of making) a sale, exchange, or transfer or other disposition of exchange merchandise or services to unauthorized patrons (customary gifts of a personal nature are permissible).
(2) Using exchange merchandise or services to produce income.
(3) Making purchases for the purpose of resale by, or on behalf of, an installation private organization or other non-governmental entity.
d. Other abuses include, but are not limited to
(1) Theft of exchange merchandise or other assets by shoplifting, employee pilferage, or other means, by any person having exchange privileges. The final disposition of each case of shoplifting or employee theft will be provided by the local command to the GM, AAFES, for forwarding to HQ, AAFES, Loss Prevention Office.
(2) Intentional or repeated presentation of dishonored checks, or failing to make prompt restitution on dishonored checks or other indebtedness determined to be owed to AAFES. Actions taken with regard to amounts owed to AAFES under exchange credit programs will comply with applicable Federal law and regulations.
e. Garrison and installation commanders may revoke exchange privileges for any period deemed appropriate, except in the case of shoplifting, employee pilferage, or intentional presentations of dishonored checks. In these cases, exchange privileges will be revoked for a minimum period of 6 months. As an exception, active duty uniformed personnel may be allowed controlled access to the Exchange to satisfy personal appearance, health, and sanitary requirements. On appeal, the garrison and installation commander who revoked the privileges, or the next higher commander, may reinstate exchange privileges for cogent and compelling reasons. The AAFES director and chief executive officer may revoke catalog and Internet privileges for abuse of those privileges, for any period deemed appropriate. Revocation of catalog and Internet privileges shall not affect a patron's garrison and installation exchange privileges.
f. Pursuant to the Federal Claims Collection Act, AAFES can pursue losses and administrative costs directly relating to shoplifting, theft detection, and theft prevention as claims of the United States recoverable from shoplifters through federal debt collection methods.
Authorized patrons reassigned to CONUS may purchase from the AAFES catalog or e-commerce programs, those items that are identified for purchase only while stationed or TDY overseas in order to replace items lost or destroyed during a government-sponsored shipment from an overseas duty assignment to CONUS, provided the customer
a. Places the order, attaching the SF 95 (Claim for Damage, Injury, or Death) and reassignment orders to the catalog order.
b. Is responsible for payment of the sell price, shipping and handling fees, and all customs duties upon entry into the United States.
The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force of the military departments may grant deviations with regard to authorized patron access for individuals or classes and groups of persons at specific garrisons and installations. Delegation of this authority outside the Secretariat concerned is prohibited. Deviations may be granted, when based on alleviating individual hardships. General criteria for requesting deviations by garrisons and installations are at appendix F .
lists the individuals,
organizations, and activities in the United States and all U.S. possessions
and territories of the United States, and, as noted, outside the United
States, entitled to unlimited exchange service benefits.
|1. Uniformed or retired uniformed personnel, either on active duty or serving in any category of their Reserve Component.||a. All members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard; commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its predecessors; and commissioned officers of the Public Health Service. b. Former members of the Lighthouse Services and personnel of the Emergency Officers' Retired List of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, and members or former members of Reserve Components who, but for age, would be eligible for retired pay. c. Enlisted personnel transferred to the Fleet Reserve of the Navy and Fleet Marine Corps Reserve after 16 or more years of active military service. (These personnel are equivalent to Army and Air Force retired enlisted personnel.)|
|2. Involuntarily separated Servicemembers under other than adverse conditions. Appropriate Separation Program Designation codes will be used to allow issuance of DD Form 2765 (Department of Defense/Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card). a. Servicemembers involuntarily separated from active duty. b. Servicemembers involuntarily separated from the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve as a result of BRAC or Global Defense Posture Realignment.||Continued use of AAFES facilities in the same manner as a member on active duty during the 2-year period beginning on the date of the involuntary separation of the Servicemember. Applicable period begins on 1 October 2007, ending on 31 December 2012 (10 USC 1146).|
|3. Servicemembers receiving sole survivorship (see glossary for definition) discharge granted after 11 September 2001. DD Form 2765 is issued as identification.||Continued use of AAFES facilities in the same manner as a member on active duty during the 2-year period beginning on the later of the following dates: a. Date of separation of the member. b. Date on which the member is first notified of entitlement of exchange facility use (10 USC 1146).|
|4. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.||All|
|5. Honorably discharged veterans.||When a. Classified by the Department of Veterans Affairs as being 100 percent disabled. b. Hospitalized where exchange facilities are available.|
|6. Surviving spouses and Family members of veterans who were posthumously determined to possess Service-connected disabilities rated as 100 percent or total.||See glossary for definition of Family member.|
|7. Military members of foreign nations.||a. Active duty officers and enlisted personnel of foreign nations, when on duty with the U.S. military Services under competent orders issued by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. (Purchase of uniforms will be limited by the provisions of AR 12-15/ SECNAVINST 4950.4B/AFI 16-105 .) b. Excluded are active duty military personnel of foreign nations, retired, or on leave in the United States, or when attending U.S. schools, but not under orders issued by the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. c. Overseas, when determined by the region director IMCOM/MAJCOM that the granting of such privileges is in the best interests of the United States and such persons are connected with, or their activities are related to, the performance of functions of the U.S. military establishment.|
|8. National Guard not in federal service.||When called or ordered to duty in response to a federally declared disaster or national emergency, during the period of such duty, on the same basis as active duty members of the Armed Forces.|
|9. Red Cross personnel.||U.S. citizens assigned to duty outside the United States and Puerto Rico with an activity of the military Service. Uniform items are not authorized.|
|10. U.S. civilian DOD employees.||When stationed outside the United States, except when assigned to U.S. territories and possessions. Uniform items are not authorized.|
|11. U.S. employees of firms under contract to the DOD.||When employed outside the United States, except when assigned to U.S. territories and possessions. Uniform items are not authorized.|
|12. Wage marine personnel and retired wage marine personnel, including noncommissioned ships' officers and crewmembers of the NOAA.||All|
|13. Authorized Family members of personnel in categories 1 through 12, above.||See glossary for definition of Family member.|
|14. Contract surgeons.||During the period of their contract with The Surgeon General.|
|15. Official DOD activities.||For activity purchase and use only (not for individual purchases or use). All purchases authorized for government-wide purchase card use. All purchases authorized by 10 USC 2492. All other purchases based on sole source justification.|
|16. Non-DOD federal departments and agencies.||a. For federal department or agency purchases and use only (not for individual purchases or use). b. When it is determined by the local commander that the desired supplies or services cannot be conveniently obtained elsewhere and the supplies or services can be furnished without unduly impairing the service to exchange patrons. c. All purchases authorized by 10 USC 2492.|
|17. Dependents of members of the Armed Forces, commissioned officers of the Public Health Service, and commissioned officers of the NOAA, separated for dependent abuse.||A dependent or former dependent entitled to transition compensation under 10 USC 1059, if not eligible under another provision of law, while receiving payments for transition compensation.|
|18. United Service Organizations.||a. USO personnel stationed outside the United States. b. USO clubs and agencies may purchase supplies for use in club snack bars, which support active duty military members and their families. c. Overseas, garrison and installation commanders may extend privileges to USO area executives (directors, assistant directors) who are U.S. citizens on invitational travel orders, when it is in the capacity of the Exchange and does not impair the Exchange military mission. d. Uniform items are not authorized.|
|19. Agents.||Persons authorized in writing by the garrison and installation commander to shop for an authorized patron or official organization or activity entitled to unlimited exchange privileges. Agents are not authorized to shop for themselves.|
|20. Delayed Entry Program participants.||Authorized to use exchange facilities during interim period before entering active duty.|
|21. Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association.||In overseas areas, garrison and installation commanders may extend privileges to Armed Services Young Men's Christian Associations branch or unit directors and assistant directors for their personal and family needs and for use in Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association programs that support active duty military members and their families, when it is in the capability of AAFES and does not impair the military mission. Uniform items are not authorized.|
|22. United Seaman's Service.||Support to the United Seaman's Service personnel for personal and family needs, and for supplies and services necessary to accomplish the United Seaman's Service mission when economic conditions or isolated locations are such that support is not available from local civilian sources, cannot be imported from other sources, or is available from local civilian sources or by importation only at prohibitive cost. The local commander may authorize access when available without detriment to DOD mission accomplishment.|
Limited exchange access applies
to the United States and all U.S. territories and possessions (except
as noted). Generally, it excludes tobacco products, alcoholic beverages,
and military uniforms.
lists individuals, organizations,
and activities entitled to purchases from AAFES.
|Category||Status (except as noted)|
|1. U.S. Government civilian employees and full-time paid staff of the Red Cross, residing on military installations within the United States and Puerto Rico.||a. No uniform items. b. No state tax-free tobacco items. c. Tax-free alcoholic beverages may be purchased, but not removed from the garrison and installation.|
|2. Armed Forces exchange employees.||a. Current employees, retired employees with 20 or more years of service, and employees on 100 percent disability retirement from the Exchange Service. Includes all privileges of the exchange, where employed. b. No uniform items. c. No state tax-free tobacco items. d. No tax-free alcoholic beverages. e. Unlimited privileges overseas, except for uniform items. f. Overseas sales to exchange employees must not violate status of forces agreement (SOFA) or international agreements.|
|3. DOD civilian employees on evacuation orders.||Employees who are directly affected by an emergency evacuation are authorized to use the Exchange Service for the duration of the evacuation period at their safe haven location, as determined by the pertinent garrison and installation commander in the United States.|
|4. Authorized Family members of personnel in listed in 1, 2, and 3 of this table.||See glossary for definition of Family member.|
|5. DOD civilian employees (see para F-4 and para F-5 for reporting requirement).||a. Garrison and installation commanders may authorize exchange and commissary access to such employees and their Family members when the employees are assigned to U.S. territories and possessions under a valid transportation agreement, as defined in Title 41, Chapter 302, Code of Federal Regulations (41 CFR, Chapter 302). (Access does not include DOD civilian employees locally hired in U.S. territories and possessions or those without a valid transportation agreement.) b. No uniform items. c. No state tax-free tobacco items. d. No tax-free alcoholic beverages.|
|6. Employees of firms under contract to the U.S. Government and their Family members (see para F-4 and para F-5 for reporting requirement).||a. Garrison and installation commanders concerned may grant exchange and commissary access for either individuals or classes and groups of such employees, and their Family members, who are assigned to U.S. territories or possessions, provided specific criteria in footnote 1 are met. b. No uniform items. c. No state tax-free tobacco items. d. No tax-free alcoholic beverages.|
|7. Non-DOD U.S. federal civilian employees (see para F-4 and para F-5 for reporting requirement).||a. The Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of Air Force, and combatant commanders may grant non-DOD U.S. federal employees and their Family members serving in U.S. territories and possessions access to the military exchanges when all the criteria at footnote 2, below, are met. Local commanders will execute a separate support agreement with the non-DOD U.S. federal employee's agency. b. No uniform items. c. No state tax-free tobacco items. d. No tax-free alcoholic beverages.|
|8. DOD civilian employees in TDY status.||a. In the United States when occupying government quarters on military installations, and identified by copies of their TDY orders and on-base billeting authorization. b. Outside the United States when identified by copies of their TDY orders. c. No uniform items. d. No state tax-free tobacco items. e. No tax-free alcoholic beverages.|
|9. Civilian employees of the U.S. Government working on, but residing off military installations.||All food and beverages sold at any AAFES food activity, if consumed on post.|
|10. Uniformed and non-uniformed personnel working in recognized welfare service organization offices within an activity of the military Service.||All food and beverages sold at any AAFES food activity, if consumed on post.|
|11. Visitors to military installations (also see para 7-5 ).||All food and beverages sold at any AAFES food activity, if consumed on post.|
|12. Contract technical services personnel in travel status and Army, Navy, and Air Force Academy applicants.||a. When occupying government quarters on a military installation. b. No uniform items. c. No state tax-free tobacco items. d. No tax-free alcoholic beverages.|
|13. Foreign national active duty officers and enlisted members, when visiting U.S. military installations on unofficial business.||a. Entitled to all exchange privileges, except that merchandise sold to such personnel will be restricted to quantities required for their personal use. b. AR 12-15 / SECNAVINST 4950.4B/AFI 16-105 and AFMAN 23-110, Volume 1, will govern the sale of uniform items.|
|14. Servicemembers of the Civil Air Patrol in a travel status and occupying government quarters on a DOD installation.||a. For purchases other than uniforms, they will be identified with their current membership card, their travel authorization, and evidence they are occupying government quarters on the installation. b. Purchase of uniforms, when Civil Air Patrol membership card is shown. c. No state tax-free tobacco items. d. No tax-free alcohol beverages.|
|15. Civil Air Patrol cadets.||a. Purchase of uniforms, when Civil Air Patrol membership card is shown. b. All food and beverage sold at any AAFES food activity, if consumed on post.|
|16. Members of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps and Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.||a. When visiting installations under orders as part of a Service orientation program. b. No state tax-free tobacco items. c. No tax-free alcoholic beverages.|
|17. Members of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.||a. On 2-week summer training duty, if occupying government quarters on a military installation. b. No distinctive uniform items. c. No state tax-free tobacco items. d. No tax-free alcoholic beverages.|
|18. Coast Guard Auxiliary members.||a. When identified by the Coast Guard Auxiliary Membership Card (USCG Form CG-2650). b. Uniform articles and accessories authorized by Coast Guard Auxiliary directives.|
|19. Civilian students and faculty members at Service schools.||Books, supplies, and materials related to the educational process, only at AAFES facilities which support the school.|
|20. Persons suffering from hardship.||Exchange employees may sell to otherwise unauthorized persons stranded on an installation, small quantities of gasoline, oil, other automotive items, or items necessary for an individual's health.|
|21. DOD civilian employees using government authorized vehicles for official business.||Gasoline for use in vehicles, upon presentation of military travel orders that authorize the leasing or use of the government vehicle.|
1. The employee exclusively serves DOD and was hired in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory or possession other than the one to which the employee is assigned; due to specific difficulties faced by the employee to obtain services from civilian or other federal agencies, such as unhealthful conditions, hostile or imminent danger, or extraordinarily difficult living conditions; granting exchange and commissary privileges is in the best interest of the U.S. Government; and the denial of privileges would impair efficient DOD operations.
|2. The employee is assigned under a service agreement, as defined in 41 CFR, Chapter 302-2.12 or a tour renewal agreement (41 CFR, Chapter 302-3.209); granting access will alleviate individual hardship due to extraordinarily difficult living conditions, excessive physical hardship, or notably unhealthful conditions; and granting access will fit into and support a web of security precautions essential to ensure the safety and security of the individual employee who is subject to current and specific threat conditions, such as hostile or imminent danger. Delegation of this authority outside of the Secretariat or Combatant Command Headquarters concerned is prohibited.|
a. The AAFES director and chief executive officer prescribes the AAFES master stock assortment for each retail department. HQ, AAFES sets stock assortments and stock structures for outlets within the parameters of the master stock assortment. This includes a variety of price-lines, nationally accepted brands identified to satisfy customer demand to the maximum extent, and private label merchandise.
b. All exchanges stock and sell retail merchandise consistent with retail industry standards and the AAFES master stock assortment (subject to the restrictions in app E ). Only the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) (PDUSD(PR)) can make changes to the restrictions.
c. The AAFES director and chief executive officer prescribes limitations regarding stocking and special order of specific categories or items when deemed necessary.
(1) Overseas and offshore exchanges may stock high-demand merchandise not authorized for resale in CONUS exchanges (see app E).
(2) Merchandise sold in overseas exchanges for delivery in CONUS, either directly or through a concessionaire or agency arrangement, is subject to the limitations for CONUS exchanges (see app E ), except
(a) As specifically approved by the PDUSD(PR).
(b) This restriction does not apply to gift items located in the CONUS mail-order warehouse.
(c) U.S. manufactured automobiles and motorcycles may be sold for delivery in CONUS.
a. Basis for AAFES pricing and markups
(1) The principle that exchange privileges are a vital form of non-pay compensation that helps military personnel sustain an acceptable American standard of living, regardless of location.
(2) The need to maintain a financially independent organization capable of generating a source of funding for the support of Army and Air Force MWR programs.
b. The AAFES director and chief executive officer is responsible for and has authority to establish
(1) Generally, uniform prices.
(2) Standard markups that support AAFES' mission and service objectives.
(3) Internal operating procedures concerning pricing strategies that are considered proprietary to AAFES, not to be disseminated outside exchange channels.
c. Special order prices include the cost of transportation or postage and other related handling costs, unless specifically exempted by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
Fees and prices are determined according to EOPs and exchange service regulations issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
Policy on the purchasing, sale, and pricing of foreign merchandise and services by overseas resale NAFIs is found in DODI 7060.03 .
For additional alcoholic beverages sales, see chapter 11 .
a. Continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii
(1) State tax-free tobacco products are not sold through vending machines.
(2) State tax-free beer may be sold through vending machines in military quarters and mess or dining halls, when authorized by garrison and installation commanders. Such sales must comply with applicable departmental and command directives.
b. In offshore and overseas areas, sales of beer and tobacco products through vending machines are authorized when such sales comply with departmental and command directives and host country agreements and when authorized by the commander concerned.
a. Tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco) will not be sold to anyone under 18 years of age.
b. A customer's identification will be checked if the buyer appears to be under 21 years of age.
c. Military retail outlets will not enter into any new merchandise display or promotion agreements, or exercise any options in existing agreements, that provide for any increase in total tobacco shelf space. This provision does not prohibit couponing, or incentives that allocate tobacco shelf space among brands so long as total tobacco shelf space is not increased. Self-service promotional displays will not be used outside of the tobacco department. Incentives to increase the total number of tobacco displays will not be accepted, except to reallocate existing tobacco shelf space among tobacco brands, provided that the total amount of tobacco shelf space is not increased.
d. Exchanges will endeavor to display tobacco cessation products in areas that provide visibility and opportunity to customers who desire to change their tobacco habit. AAFES will support pricing of smoking cessation products below the local competitive price.
e. Exchange merchandise categories for tobacco products may be consigned and sold in commissary stores as exchange items.
f. State tax-free tobacco products will be sold only to those individuals, organizations, and activities entitled to unlimited exchange privileges. Common sense must be used in determining the quantities of state tax-free tobacco products sold are reasonable and for the use of authorized exchange patrons.
a. Coupon books. The use of coupon books in lieu of currency is
(1) Prohibited in CONUS, except at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks.
(2) Permitted overseas (and encouraged where local nationals have snack bar privileges). Petroleum, oil, and lubrication coupons are used to purchase gasoline overseas.
b. Pog gift certificates. The use of pog gift certificates in lieu of currency is
(1) Permitted in CONUS for Servicemembers returning from contingency operations where host countries restrict the use of U.S. coinage or U.S. coinage is not readily available.
(2) Permitted overseas in contingency operations where host countries restrict the use of U.S. coinage or U.S. coinage is not readily available.
c. Layaway sales. Layaway sales are conducted according to EOPs and exchange service regulations.
d. Credit sales. Authority for credit card policies, procedures, limitations, and controls governing acceptance of credit cards rests with the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
e. Special orders. Special orders, using prescribed markup procedures, may be permitted on items available outside of the stock assortment, if available from manufacturers.
f. Financing. Financing service is allowed for the sale of new DOD authorized automobiles and motorcycles in overseas exchanges. Financing must be done by a U.S. finance company, financial institution, or credit union per applicable departmental regulations.
(1) Procurement sales. AAFES sale of institutional-use merchandise and supplies, services, motor vehicles, equipment, and other retail merchandise not on the AAFES stock assortment.
(2) Bulk sales. AAFES sale of supplies, merchandise, and equipment usually in original containers issued from AAFES storage.
(3) Convenience sales. AAFES sale of regular exchange stock selected from stock located in an AAFES resale facility.
b. Condition of sale. Above sales are restricted to activities of the U.S. Armed Forces and authorized official organizations determined by the AAFES director and chief executive officer. Prices will be set according to procedures published by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
Limitations and controls on the sale of any item of exchange merchandise may be authorized by the AAFES director and chief executive officer. This is different from ration controls imposed per paragraph 2-3 h (3) . Many times these limitations are operational constraints caused by limits imposed on the availability of supply. Garrison and installation commanders may also ask the GM, AAFES to establish limitations when local conditions warrant such action. To resolve disputes over limitations on goods sold, garrison and installation commanders will forward requests for resolution through command channels, including appropriate department staff elements, to the AAFES director and chief executive officer. Any dispute over limitations on goods sold not resolved at command level may be presented to the executive secretary, AAFES, for resolution by the AAFES BOD.
Refunds and exchanges will be authorized in accordance with EOPs and exchange service regulations for merchandise and service that does not meet customer satisfaction. Procedures will be consistent with industry practices.
a. Authorized exchange revenue-generating activities are listed in appendix C and DODI 1330.21 , enclosure 3.
b. AAFES resale activities may be operated directly by AAFES or by AAFES contractors. Either direct or contractor-operated activities may be operated pursuant to franchise agreements with commercial franchisors. Method of operation will be determined by AAFES, based on a comparison of the financial return and alternative costs of comparable service.
(1) Limitations or restrictions on AAFES sales apply to contractually-operated activities.
(2) Commodity and service concessionaires do not sell merchandise in direct competition with items sold in exchange stores, unless authorized by the AAFES director and chief executive officer and rendered by the terms of the contract. Concessionaire sales may be subject to state and local taxes.
(3) An AAFES contractor or concessionaire selling or providing authorized services is entitled to the same APF support that AAFES is entitled to when providing like services.
c. Service and vending machines are exchange-controlled except for those machines maintained under concessionaire contracts or provided by military MWR programs and off-post Army Reserve Training Centers. Vending machines located in military MWR facilities (see AR 215-1 and AFI 34-206 ) may be operated by AAFES under a management fee basis as outlined in paragraph 6-14 e , of this regulation.
Standards of sanitation prescribed in applicable departmental regulations apply to all exchange activities.
a. AAFES registers and maintains its own trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. AAFES possesses common law property rights, and formal trademark registration rights, in the terms and abbreviations shown below and any combination of them to include domain names used by AAFES. This list does not include all of AAFES registered trademarks.
(1) Army and Air Force Exchange Service.
(3) Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Europe.
(4) AAFES, Europe.
(6) Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Pacific.
(7) AAFES, Pacific.
(9) Post Exchange.
(11) Base Exchange.
b. Use of the trade names, domain names, abbreviations, terms, or references to AAFES or its exchanges, by and for any person, business, or publication in any type advertisement or promotional campaign is not authorized without the prior approval of the AAFES director and chief executive officer. AAFES personnel will ensure that proper protective language is included in all publications containing AAFES registered trademarks or services marks. Any incidents of such unauthorized use, advertising, or promotions will be reported to the AAFES general counsel.
a. The use of AAFES premises, facilities, or personnel by firms or their representatives for any type of advertising, promotion, or solicitation purposes is prohibited.
b. Use of AAFES premises, facilities, personnel, and funds by AAFES for advertising or promotional purposes is authorized on a restrictive basis, as approved by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
c. AAFES advertising will not reflect unfavorably on the Federal Government, DOD, the Army, or the Air Force. AAFES advertising is based on reaching bona fide users, in accordance with patronage policy issued in this regulation.
d. AAFES media is not distributed off military installations or outside of AAFES facilities, except for mailings to authorized patrons and dissemination of AAFES benefit information at recruiting locations. Patrons living and working off-base should be aware of the products and services available in the Exchange.
e. AAFES activities may contribute articles and stories as unpaid information items in base newspapers, plan-of-the-day publications, Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, installation cable television, Internet sites, and other media intended primarily for distribution to authorized AAFES patrons.
f. AAFES may pay to advertise AAFES goods, services, and entertainment events in
(1) DOD media, including installation cable television. These advertisements may include brand names, item prices, films, theater admission prices, and names of commercial sponsors, companies, vendors, or distributors involved with special events.
(2) Non-DOD media, if the chosen media is circulated to, written for, or geared to an audience consisting primarily of military personnel and other authorized exchange patrons. When non-DOD media is used for advertising that may be heard, seen, or read by other than authorized patrons, a disclaimer will be used similar to: This offer or event is open only to authorized patrons. (This policy will not be interpreted to apply to publications distributed to a more general audience.) This phrase is not required for advertising AAFES events that are open to the private sector (see para (3), below). Both economic and non-economic factors will be evaluated before engaging non-DOD media to advertise exchange services, products, and events.
(3) Appropriate civilian local and national media, when AAFES is holding or participating in special events (such as automobile shows) that are open to the public and private sector and held on a military installation or in an AAFES facility subject to the following:
(a) Such events do not directly compete with other MWR programs or similar events offered in the local civilian community.
(b) Merchandise will not be advertised, however, event-related merchandise, souvenirs, and food and beverages consumed on the premises may be sold at the event.
(c) Open events and event advertising will be coordinated in advance with the local public affairs office.
(d) Open events are infrequent, not weekly or monthly, and enhance community relations.
(e) OCONUS advertising conforms to existing SOFA, regulations, command policy, and local laws.
(4) Advertisements, premiums, coupons, and samples (except for tobacco, alcohol, and adult-oriented products) may be distributed directly to authorized patrons. A disclaimer is not required.
g. Official channels are not used for distribution of ads and promotional materials that are primarily advertising devices. Such media may be placed in locations on the installation for personal pickup, if a disclaimer is attached.
h. AAFES may sell space for commercial advertising in any media (for example printed and electronic) produced for or prepared by AAFES subject to the following:
(1) A disclaimer is included that the advertisement does not constitute AAFES, DOD, Army, Air Force, or Federal Government endorsement. The phrase PAID ADVERTISEMENT is displayed prominently.
(2) Advertising is limited to only those products and services AAFES is authorized to sell.
(3) Publication of paid commercial advertising by AAFES is bound by similar standards that apply to civilian enterprise publications.
(4) Acceptance of paid commercial advertising on Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, local command channels, or any APF electronic media is prohibited.
(5) Prominent displays containing commercial advertising complies with applicable Service regulations governing signage on military installations.
(6) Advertising will be rejected if it
(a) Undermines, or appears to undermine, an environment conducive to successful mission performance and preservation of loyalty, morale, and discipline.
(b) Is considered in poor taste or contrary to DOD policy.
(c) Contains advertising for any establishment placed off limits by the garrison and installation commander, or from contractors who are suspended or debarred from doing business with the Federal Government.
(d) Competes directly with AAFES sales of merchandise or services, unless approved by the AAFES U.S. region or overseas senior vice president.
a. See paragraphs 8-14 a and 8-14 b related to the use of AAFES premises, facilities, personnel, and funds.
b. Mailings (written or electronic) of announcements promoting exchange products and services are permitted only to authorized patrons. Such mailings may contain advertisements for specific commercial products, commodities, or services provided by or for any private individual, firm, or corporation, and are permitted only to those who voluntarily agree to receive such mailings. Mailings may include advertisements or promotions on behalf of other DOD organizations, including other exchanges, other MWR programs, and the commissary, if such advertising meets the standards in this regulation and is the result of a cooperative effort between AAFES and the other DOD programs. The cost of promotional mailing and postage is NAF funded. A mechanism shall be adopted so those individuals who had consented to such mailings may remove their names from the list. All customers are informed of their right to have names removed from mailing lists, upon their request.
c. Ads, premiums, coupons, samples, and similar promotions (like those used in the commercial sector) may be distributed directly to authorized patrons unless specifically prohibited by DOD policy. The distribution of free samples of tobacco products is prohibited.
d. AAFES may accept premiums with a value of $10 or less when voluntarily initiated and prepared by vendors. AAFES may accept such funds as part of promotional discounts offered by AAFES vendors, under contracts for purchase of retail merchandise by AAFES. Materials prepared as part of such discounts may be at vendor's expense. Funds are not solicited from vendors or other non-DOD sources to offset costs of premiums.
e. AAFES gift certificates and gift cards and merchandise for use in customer promotions and contests are not sold to, or put into the possession of, vendors or vendor representatives.
f. Point of sale displays and promotional material, such as reduced price and special offer coupons, may be used.
g. Vendor may provide merchandising assistance and training of exchange sales personnel. Equipment which combines display and utility, such as retail merchandise counter dispensers of light bulbs or shoestrings, is authorized as prescribed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer when useful and not considered to be primarily advertising devices.
h. In-store demonstrations may be provided by vendors on the use or application of products stocked.
i. Vendor may provide free clinics for inspection and servicing of a vendor's products.
j. The AAFES may participate in national and local coupon redemption programs available to the general public, as well as the military community.
k. The AAFES may accept promotional displays of products being featured in AAFES programs.
AAFES may establish, operate, and maintain unclassified Web sites in accordance with policies and procedures prescribed for official and unofficial Web sites.
The AAFES public affairs officer is responsible for advising and informing the AAFES director and chief executive officer of the public affairs impact and applications inherent in daily, planned, contingency, or wartime operations. The public affairs officer serves as the AAFES spokesperson for response to media queries and crisis communications concerning AAFES operations as well as ensuring information for public dissemination is reviewed for compliance with policy requirements. The public affairs officer prepares the public affairs annex or portions of operations orders, plans, and standard operating procedures. Additionally, the public affairs officer serves in an advisory capacity to the media and works closely with the staff to ensure that liaison activities support the AAFES mission and director and chief executive officer's intent.
a. AAFES contracts will be solicited, evaluated, and awarded in keeping with DODD 4105.67 , and procedures issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer. Competitive negotiation, as distinguished from sealed bidding, will be used to the maximum extent practicable.
b. Each contractual relationship will be documented, in writing, on a prescribed AAFES form.
c. AAFES will not negotiate, purchase, or otherwise conduct any procurement business, including in-store or other contract service, with active duty military personnel, U.S. Government employees, NAF employees, or immediate Family members of the above who reside in the same household. Exceptions include
(1) AAFES director and chief executive officer may waive the prohibition for immediate Family members.
(2) In overseas areas only, contracts for court reporting on a fee basis may be awarded to immediate Family members, if the overseas region commander determines, in writing, that
(a) Insufficient competition exists without using Family members as sources.
(b) There is no conflict or apparent conflict of interest.
(c) An exception is otherwise in the best interest of AAFES.
(3) Individuals acting in an official capacity as outlined in paragraph e , below.
d. Source lists will include only those sources, which are not debarred, suspended, or ineligible in accordance with applicable Congressional mandates, federal law and regulations, and AAFES purchasing procedures. Garrison/installation commanders or designees will review source lists and may recommend deleting a source in writing to the GM, AAFES. They may also recommend adding a qualified local source. Recommendations for suspension or debarment of individuals and firms doing business with AAFES will be prepared by the cognizant contracting officer and submitted to the AAFES general counsel for review and appropriate action.
e. AAFES may enter into contracts or other agreements with other NAFIs, DOD elements or other federal departments, agencies, or instrumentalities, pursuant to 10 USC 2492, to provide those goods and services specifically authorized for exchanges. Under this authority, AAFES may also provide services inherent to their internal operation. AAFES will not enter into contracts or agreements with other NAFIs, DOD elements, or other federal departments, agencies, or instrumentalities for the provision of goods and services that will result in the loss of jobs created pursuant to the Randolph-Sheppard Act, or small business programs. Before entering into a contract or other agreement, AAFES will ensure that the contract or agreement will financially benefit AAFES, considering fixed and variable direct and overhead costs (including depreciation).
f. Other government activities referenced above may consider AAFES as a provider of such goods and services prior to the initiation of the competitive procurement process. However, if the competitive procurement process by other government activities has been initiated, pursuant to the above authority, AAFES may submit bids or proposals in response to the competitive procurement.
a. The AAFES director and chief executive officer is vested with the responsibility and authority for worldwide AAFES procurement of merchandise, supplies, motion picture services, facilities, equipment, architect-engineering services, construction, and renovation of equipment and facilities. The official assigned responsibility for procurement management, HQ, AAFES, is sub-delegated the procurement authority of the AAFES director and chief executive officer to manage procurement policies, procedures, and authority as outlined herein. Procurement, including preliminary communications and negotiations, will be done only through, or as authorized by, the AAFES director and chief executive officer or designee.
b. The procurement authority of the AAFES director and chief executive officer includes
(1) Authority to negotiate, execute, approve, and administer contracts and amendments or changes to them.
(2) Authority to appoint contracting officers.
(3) Authority to issue uniform purchasing instructions and standard contract forms. The AAFES director and chief executive officer may approve deviations from the instructions and forms when consistent with applicable departmental regulations.
c. Only duly appointed AAFES contracting officers who have been specifically delegated the authority to execute contracts will perform AAFES procurement.
d. The HQ, AAFES will procure all feature length entertainment motion pictures for AAFES exhibition at AAFES theaters on Army and Air Force installations, to include contingency locations.
e. Aside from the automatic sub-delegation stated in paragraph a , above, the AAFES director and chief executive officer's procurement authority may be further delegated. All delegations are written and may be contained in AAFES purchasing procedures. Delegations may be by categories of personnel or to individuals. Authority of delegation will be as set forth in AAFES purchasing procedures.
f. A certificate of appointment will designate AAFES contracting officers. Appointing officials are delegated authority to issue certificates of appointment in purchasing procedures issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
(1) The AAFES is not obligated to recognize or ratify actions by AAFES personnel who do not have certificates of appointment, or actions by personnel that exceed the limits of appointment. The AAFES personnel may be liable for unauthorized procurement actions and may be subject to administrative actions to include disciplinary actions.
(2) When issuing certificates of appointment, the appointing official considers the appointee's experience, training, education, business acumen, judgment, character, reputation, and ethics.
(3) Termination of contracting officer's authority will be automatic upon termination of the individual. Other types of terminations of authority will be in writing.
Clauses that must be included in all AAFES contracts are listed below. If language is not specified in this regulation, as shown by quotation marks below, the AAFES director and chief executive officer issues required language in AAFES purchasing procedures, subject to review and approval by the AAFES general counsel. If language is specified below, all deviations must be approved in advance by the AAFES director and chief executive officer with concurrence of the AAFES general counsel.
a. Legal status. "The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), including its activities, offices and individual exchanges, is an integral part of the Departments of the Army and Air Force and an instrumentality of the United States Government. AAFES contracts are United States contracts; however, they do not obligate appropriated funds of the United States except for a judgment or compromise settlement in suits brought under the provisions of the Contract Disputes Act of 1978, as amended, in which event AAFES will reimburse the United States Government. AAFES procurement policy is established by applicable directives and instructions promulgated by DOD. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) does not apply to AAFES."
b. Disputes. A clause implementing the Contract Disputes Act of 1978, as amended.
c. Representations. "Contractor will not represent themselves to be an agent or representative of AAFES, another instrumentality, or an agency of the United States."
d. Advertisements. "Contractor will not represent in any manner, expressly or by implication, that products purchased under this contract are approved or endorsed by any element of the United States, including AAFES. All contractor advertisements that refer to AAFES or military exchanges will contain a statement that the advertisement was neither paid for nor sponsored, in whole, or in part, by AAFES, the military Exchange system, or the U.S. Government."
e. Examination of records.
(1) This clause applies if the amount of the contract exceeds $10,000 and the contract was entered into by means of negotiation. The contractor agrees that the contracting officer or their duly authorized representative will have the right to examine and audit the books and records of the contractor directly pertaining to the contract during the period of the contract and until the expiration of 3 years after the final payment under the contract. The contractor agrees to include this clause in all subcontracts that exceed $10,000.
(2) Government Accountability Office may be substituted for contracting officer or his duly authorized representative when the prospective contractor does not accept the standard wording of the examination clause.
(3) Contracts awarded to foreign contractors may exclude the examination clause when its use is precluded by the laws of the country involved, subject to the approval of the servicing AAFES general counsel (HQ, AAFES and AAFESEurope). Contract files will in such circumstances be documented to show the basis for exclusion of the clause.
f. Hold harmless clause. A clause providing that the contractor will hold harmless the United States and AAFES from any claims or legal actions arising from the contractor's activities. Such clause will not give the contractor the right to control defense of any suit brought against AAFES or the United States.
g. Defining clause. A clause defining the term "contracting officer" and any other personnel authorized to act on behalf of AAFES with regard to the contract.
h. Insurance. Insurance clauses appropriate for the contract.
i. Gratuity and contingent fee. A gratuities and contingent fee clause.
j. Assignment of Claims Act. A clause prohibiting the assignment of AAFES contracts under the Assignment of Claims Act.
k. Labor. Clauses implementing labor and socioeconomic laws and regulations applicable to AAFES contracts, including, but not limited to
(1) EEO requirements.
(2) Department of Labor requirements.
(3) Service Contract Act.
(4) Davis-Bacon Act.
(5) Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act.
l. Construction. Applicable clauses from the Copeland Anti-Kickback Act and the Miller Act. The Miller Act clauses may be omitted if the performance and payment bond requirements are waived.
m. Termination. A contract termination clause.
a. Certain contracts for concession services, not currently available on a military installation, may be set aside for minority business concerns. The Minority Business Development Agency identifies the eligible concerns and the AAFES director and chief executive officer issues purchasing procedures for contract awards. The definition of "concession services" for purposes of this provision will be as contained in AAFES purchasing procedures.
(1) Each nominated minority concern is eligible for only one reserved contract at a time. If the nominee is a franchisee or subsidiary of a minority business enterprise, the one contract limitation will apply to the franchiser or parent firm as if it and the franchisee or subsidiaries were one entity. If a nominated firm is determined ineligible for a reserved contract under this provision, it will be included on the source list for competitive solicitation of the service if otherwise eligible.
(2) Any follow-on contracts for the same service will not be set aside for the incumbent minority business concern. The concern will be placed on the source list, subject to AAFES purchasing procedures concerning eligible sources.
(3) Before making awards to minority business concerns under this program, the contracting officer must determine that price and fees are fair and reasonable.
b. Contracting officers award contracts for equipment or expense items under $1,000 (or construction or renovation not exceeding $2,000) to responsible minority businesses, when AAFES requirements can be met and prices are determined to be fair and reasonable. Contracts will be awarded to these firms without competition and according to purchasing procedures issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
a. Contractually operated activities operate under one of the following types of contracts, as defined in the glossary:
b. These contracts may be for a period not to exceed 5 years. The AAFES director and chief executive officer may approve an initial contract period, or a combination of initial contract period and renewal options exceeding 5 years, but not more than 25 years total. Such approval may be granted only when
(1) The contract investment is largely unrecoverable within 5 years; or
(2) It is necessary in order to allow a reasonable return on investment to AAFES; or
(3) It is necessary for the life cycle cost of a particular product or service to include product upgrades, enhancement, and maintenance support; or
(4) It is of such magnitude that a longer period is necessary in order to allow a reasonable return to AAFES and the contractor or in order to permit amortization consistent with industry standards.
c. These contracts may contain provisions permitting the contracting officer to extend the contract without resorting to competitive solicitation. To extend the contract without competition, the contracting officer must find that the issuance of a competitive solicitation will not be to the advantage of AAFES. Such contracts must be opened to competitive solicitation not less frequently than once every 5 years, unless a longer period has been approved per paragraph b , above, or prior approval for extension beyond a 5-year period has been granted, in writing, by the AAFES director and chief executive officer. The authority to approve contract extensions for a period beyond 5 years may be delegated by the AAFES director and chief executive officer to officials who are assigned responsibility for HQ, AAFES procurement management, without power of redelegation.
d. Short-term concession contracts may be awarded noncompetitively by GMs for the sale of unique merchandise or services that are not normally sold in AAFES exchanges. Authority to award these contracts may not be delegated to subordinate exchange personnel. Short-term concessionaires may sell only cash and carry merchandise and shall not be allowed to take customer orders that cannot be filled by the last day of the sales period during which the order is taken. Short-term concessionaires may not sell or provide customer services except as incidental to the sale of merchandise.
a. Retail merchandise is selected consistent with industry standards and federal laws and regulations applicable to AAFES (see chap 11 for procurement of alcoholic beverages).
b. Purchases of merchandise for resale will not be made under extended credit arrangements or on a consignment basis, except as authorized, in writing, by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
c. Interested suppliers will be treated fairly. If their merchandise is not selected for purchase, they will be advised of the reason.
Procurement of AAFES fixtures, equipment, and supplies is accomplished in accordance with purchasing procedures issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer. The AAFES is authorized to purchase, on a reimbursable basis, expense-type supply items in the operation of exchange activities from Army and Air Force installation-level stocks.
Purchase of articles of uniform and insignia will be from sources approved and certified in accordance with applicable quality control procedures of the Departments of the Army and the Air Force and purchasing procedures issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
HQ, AAFES will issue contracts for requirements that are common among AAFES exchanges. The CONUS and overseas regions may also establish contracts for items that are not available from a HQ-established source, consistent with purchasing procedures issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
The AAFES director and chief executive officer establishes and maintains a quality assurance program to ensure high standards of merchandise, services, equipment, and supplies sold or used worldwide.
a. Region senior vice presidents or overseas region commanders may authorize AAFES procurement, or transfers of AAFES-owned merchandise, supplies, or equipment, to contractors, on a reimbursable basis, when determined that it will result in better service and lower prices to the customer or it will contribute to uniformity in operations. This does not authorize tax-free purchases for private organizations. However, such transfers will not be made if they are in violation of applicable international agreements in overseas regions.
b. The AAFES director and chief executive officer issues operating procedures for AAFES procurement or transfers of AAFES-owned goods to contractors.
Where an AAFES activity acts in an agency capacity for a vendor or a supplier, its liability will be limited to that of an agent, and it will not bind itself to perform any of the obligations of the principal.
a. The AAFES director and chief executive officer is responsible for traffic management as it concerns movements of AAFES goods.
b. The mode of transportation of AAFES cargo destined for overseas is determined by AAFES in accordance with applicable departmental transportation regulations. When costs of transporting AAFES cargo are paid from NAFs, AAFES, at its option, may use the Defense Transportation System or contract for commercial transportation.
a. Surface shipments. The oceanic surface movements of exchange cargo will be financed per applicable departmental transportation regulations.
b. Shipments through port terminals. Movement of AAFES merchandise, equipment, and supplies through military ocean terminals will be per applicable departmental transportation regulations. AAFES liaison personnel may be stationed at military terminals to assist in the management of the movement and control of AAFES supplies.
The funding and mode of transportation of AAFES merchandise, equipment, and supplies within CONUS and not destined for OCONUS is the responsibility of AAFES.
a. Military airlift. AAFES will coordinate, as necessary, with U.S. Transportation Command for movement of AAFES cargo via military aircraft. Requirements for military airlift from CONUS in connection with essential exchange merchandise, equipment, or supplies in all categories will be confined to high value, emergency type or seasonal items when other modes of transport are not reasonably available at reasonable cost or will not meet the delivery requirements. Air shipments will be limited to sufficient quantities for immediate needs with the balance directed by water or other means of transport.
b. Commercial air shipments. Per applicable DODDs and DODIs, when it is determined to be more cost effective and efficient than military airlifts or to satisfy emergency requirements, AAFES may use tailored, commercial air service for expedited movement of highly perishable, time-sensitive commodities.
AAFES small package shipments (such as catalog and Internet sales) of merchandise, supplies, or equipment may be mailed from CONUS to OCONUS exchanges through the military postal channels (Army/Air Force Post Office or Fleet Post Office).
a. DA is responsible for the appropriation funded fiscal requirements associated with the overseas transportation of AAFES cargo. Responsibilities include the programming and budgeting of operation and maintenance funding to support overseas transportation and port handling of AAFES cargo.
b. Appendix B provides guidance on the authorized use of APF and NAF funding for transportation-related expenses.
a. AAFES is the single manager of packaged alcoholic beverage stores (historically called Class Six) and the primary wholesaler of alcoholic beverages on Army and Air Force installations and other locations where AAFES has exchange outlets.
b. AAFES will operate the Class Six Program for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
c. Packaged non-alcoholic, alcoholic beverage substitutes are sold only in exchange facilities and only to those customers authorized to purchase alcoholic beverages.
d. For all locations, garrison and installation commanders, in coordination with AAFES, authorize where Class Six stores are sited. AAFES will coordinate proposed Class Six facility closures and consolidations with the garrison installation commander. There will be no expansion of distilled spirits or wine products to traditional AAFES activities without agreement of the garrison and installation commander. Once introduced, AAFES will manage products as any other category of merchandise.
e. The AAFES director and chief executive officer prescribes the alcoholic beverage stock assortment using similar criteria as any other category of merchandise.
f. Outside of the United States, wines and malt beverages produced in the United States receive equitable distribution, selection, and price when compared with wines and malt beverages produced in the host nation.
g. Outside of the United States, the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages with an alcoholic content of more than 7 percent by volume may be approved by the Exchange Service director/chief executive officer provided such sales do not contradict treaties, SOFA, and local government agreements.
h. All beverages sold by AAFES will be labeled according to the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act of 1988, as amended.
i. Credit cards may be accepted for alcoholic beverage purchases.
j. The price of bulk/case items must be displayed by signage or through individual pricing methods.
k. Garrisons and installations will not enter into competition with AAFES operations. Sale of packaged alcoholic beverages by other authorized MWR programs for off-premise consumption will be restricted to time periods when AAFES-operated retail activities are closed and at no less than AAFES prices. Sales of beer and wine products incidental to party contracts or take-out food/beverage operations are excluded from the foregoing. Take-out beverage sales for personal and individual use are normally limited to sales of 4-packs, 6-packs, or similar small quantities. Other exceptions must be approved jointly by the respective Services and AAFES.
a. AAFES sponsored promotions of alcoholic products are not authorized. For example, there will be no distribution of coupons and free samples to promote or advertise the sale or consumption of specific brands of alcohol.
b. Commercially sponsored promotions are authorized for Class Six stores, if
(1) The promotion is not targeted exclusively to the military community.
(2) The promotion is of the type available to the general public.
c. Beverage tastings, sponsored either by AAFES or vendors, are authorized if patronage controls and all restrictions concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages are enforced during tastings.
a. Packaged alcohol beverage outlets are operated solely for the benefit of authorized purchasers. Members of the uniformed Services and other authorized purchasers will not sell, exchange, or otherwise divert packaged alcoholic beverages to unauthorized personnel or for purposes that violate federal, state, or local laws, or SOFAs.
b. Garrison and installation commanders remain responsible for ensuring that the use of alcoholic beverages is consistent with the DOD controls in paragraph a , above. Garrison/installation commanders, with the coordination of the GM, AAFES, remain responsible for reviewing the amount of alcoholic beverages purchased in packaged alcohol beverage outlets against the number of authorized purchasers.
a. The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force must approve the establishment of all Class Six stores (selling alcohol with 7 percent or more alcoholic content by volume) on garrisons and installations in the United States. Exchanges may sell wine, malt beverages, wine coolers, and other low alcoholic beverages with less than 7 percent alcoholic content by volume without establishing a Class Six store.
b. Before requesting the establishment of a Class Six facility in the United States, many factors must be considered, primarily the importance of profits to provide, maintain, and operate MWR programs, to lighten the financial burden on Soldiers/Airmen, and support and complement community programs for Soldiers/Airmen and their families. Other factors include
(1) The estimated number of authorized patrons.
(2) The availability of wholesome family social clubs to military personnel in the local civilian community and limitations on non-military sources.
(3) Geographical inconveniences.
(4) Disciplinary and control problems caused by restrictions imposed by local laws and regulations.
(5) Highway safety.
(6) Location and distance of nearest package store and reasons that the use of that facility is not feasible.
(7) A digest of attitudes of community officials, local businesses, and civic organizations toward establishment of a Class Six outlet. This digest consists of a summary of any written comments received from individuals and agents such as local mayors, heads of prominent civic groups, or chambers of commerce, state legislators, members of Congress, or other government officials. The names of the community authorities and civic organizations, including the circumstances of the contacts and the dates on which they occurred are included unless letters from local contacts are submitted. Speculative assessments of prospective community attitudes will not satisfy this requirement.
c. Local commands, in coordination with AAFES, wishing to establish a Class Six store will submit requests through their command channels to HQ, AAFES. HQ, AAFES will submit the request to the Army IMCOM, G-9 (Family and MWR Programs) or Air Force Services, per applicable departmental regulations ( AR 215-1 or AFI 34-219 ). A request for approval will be submitted to the Secretary of the Army or the Secretary of the Air Force, as applicable. Requests must include all of the information detailed in paragraph b , above. The Secretary of the Army or the Secretary of the Air Force, as applicable, will notify the responsible Assistant Secretary of Defense and Congress. HQ, AAFES will be notified upon approval by the Service Secretary, as applicable.
d. Where a package store operation is authorized for a garrison and installation, the Exchange may operate in an independent facility or merge the alcoholic beverage operation with other exchange activities provided the garrison and installation commander concurs, the stock and displays are segregated, and all inventory controls, ration controls, and signage required for alcoholic beverages are in effect.
a. A review of packaged alcoholic beverage store operations in the United Sates is required every 3 years by the Service Secretary concerned. The review is to determine the need for continued operation. The evaluation will consider such factors as
(1) Number of authorized patrons.
(2) Contributions of profits to providing, maintaining, and operating military MWR programs.
(3) Availability of wholesome family social clubs to military personnel in the local civilian community.
(4) Geographic inconveniences.
(5) Limitations of non-military sources.
(6) Disciplinary and control problems.
(7) Highway safety.
b. The above factors are generally the same as those for establishing such operations, prescribed in AR 215-1 and AFI 34-219 .
c. If any of the above factors are adversely affected, consideration will be given to closing the packaged alcoholic beverage store operation.
a. United States and the District of Columbia. The authorized age for the purchase of alcoholic beverages in AAFES U.S. facilities is consistent with the law of the state in which the garrison and installation is located. As states enact new drinking age laws, the timing of revised garrison and installation drinking age policy shall coincide with implementation of the new state laws by state and local authority. Exceptions to this guidance are as provided in applicable departmental regulations.
b. Overseas. The authorized age for the purchase of alcoholic beverages in AAFES overseas facilities is 18 years or older. This applies to all authorized patrons. Decisions on a higher minimum age will be based on treaties and international agreements and policies of the local command.
c. Proof of eligibility. All patrons are required to show purchase eligibility before a sale is made. An exception is patrons in full regulation uniform need no identification unless there is doubt as to active duty status or age. Special procedures for ration control regulations may be required, if applicable.
All employees involved in selling alcohol will be trained on subjects such as the effects of alcohol, how to identify intoxication, and what to do when a person becomes intoxicated. Employees selling alcohol are required to sign a dram shop certification, which will be documented in their personnel file.
a. The AAFES procures alcoholic beverages under the most advantageous contract unless applicable federal laws and regulations restrict procurement.
b. Within the 48 contiguous states of the United States and the District of Columbia, AAFES may procure alcoholic beverages containing distilled spirits (does not include malt beverages and wine) from the most competitive source, price and other factors considered.
c. In Hawaii and Alaska, alcoholic beverages containing distilled spirits must be procured from a source within the respective state in which the garrison and installation is located.
d. Malt beverages and wine must be procured from a source within the respective state in which the garrison and installation is located (includes the District of Columbia).
e. If an installation is located in more than one state, then the source may be in any state in which the garrison and installation is located.
f. Consignment sales of alcoholic beverages are prohibited. AAFES must own the product sold.
a. The AAFES provides requested products to authorized MWR/NAF activities selling alcoholic beverages by the drink, on a priority basis.
b. Any AAFES sales (from Class Six or warehouse) to MWR/NAF activities will be at landed cost.
c. MWR/NAF activities are not authorized to resell packaged alcoholic beverages for less than full AAFES retail price.
d. If permitted by departmental regulations, sales of alcoholic beverages to non-MWR/NAF activities will be at no less than full AAFES retail price, or as determined by the AAFES director and chief executive officer. Headquarters of the Army and Air Force may grant exceptions for official government functions when alcohol is purchased with APFs by other U.S. Government agencies.
A written request for establishment of motion picture service will be submitted to appropriate CONUS region director or overseas region commander through command channels, sufficiently in advance of requirement for service, with information as follows:
a. Name, mailing, and message addresses of requesting unit.
b. Name, grade, and telephone numbers (military and civilian) of unit officer to be contacted regarding the establishment of service.
c. Telephone numbers (military and civilian) of unit commander's offices.
d. Present and projected military and Family member strength, number of civilians authorized to attend the theater, and will attendance be sufficient to support this service.
e. Distance (in miles) from nearest civilian theater. If overseas service is requested, distance from nearest English language civilian theater, if there is one in the host nation.
f. Distance (in miles) from nearest videocassette or 35mm U.S. forces military theater.
g. Accessibility of post office or other methods of transporting video cassettes or films.
h. If cinema motion picture service is desired and a theater building is to be used, the following items should be considered:
(1) Facility available, including type of building, floor plan, longitudinal and horizontal sections of auditorium, and sizes, types, and locations of entrance and exit doors.
(2) Accurate projection room dimensions, including the type of construction, and the location of the projection and observation portholes.
(3) Voltage, cycle, and phase of electric power.
(4) Adequate seating and sanitary facilities for the seating capacity, appropriate lighting, and a building suitable for presenting motion pictures.
i. If cinema motion picture is desired and a multi-purpose building not designed for motion picture showings is to be used, the following items should be considered:
(1) Type of building.
(2) Distance, in feet, from screen to proposed location of projector.
(3) Ceiling height, in feet, at screen location.
(4) Indication of any lighting fixtures or other obstructions that would interfere with projection.
(5) Distance, in feet, from proposed location of projectors to power outlet.
(6) Indication of whether projector, screen, and speaker will be left in position from one performance to another, or whether they will be removed to permit other activity in the building.
j. If videocassette service is desired, the following items should be considered:
(1) Type of building.
(2) Room location.
(3) Type of storage security for cassettes.
(4) Check-out security procedures for cassettes.
(5) Type of viewing and playback of videocassette equipment.
(6) Estimated number of reviewers for each movie.
k. Request for service for field training exercises or maneuvers will be submitted reasonably in advance of requirements and will include the following additional information:
(1) Identification of all units served.
(2) Rotation period of each unit to be served.
(3) Unit strength or average number of troops in the field each week.
(4) Distances of troop billeting or bivouac areas to nearest military and commercial theaters.
(5) Duration of requirement for film service.
Based on the information provided in paragraph 12-1 , the AAFES director and chief executive officer will determine the type of service to be provided. The service originally provided may be changed at any time conditions warrant.
a. HQ, AAFES will procure all feature length cinema motion pictures for AAFES exhibition at theaters on Army and Air Force garrisons and installations, to include contingency locations.
b. AAFES has the exclusive authority to obtain films from industry distributing companies.
c. Film ratings established by the motion picture industry are used.
d. Other than films obtained from the motion picture industry, AAFES may exhibit national anthem trailers. These trailers will be supplied by the local command.
e. Motion picture films, videocassettes, and digital versatile discs will not be shown to support fund-raising activities.
f. Films are exhibited only with subjects scheduled by AAFES, only in officially authorized theaters, and only at authorized performances.
g. Motion picture facilities are intended for the purpose of motion picture entertainment; all non-military uses are subordinate. The facility will be known as an entertainment motion picture theater only during the period when used for the paid admission exhibition of cinema motion pictures.
h. Garrison and installation commanders will provide APFs to equip, operate, and maintain theater facilities to include seating. Maintenance of facilities includes maintenance of the grounds and structures or the outdoor areas approved for presenting entertainment motion picture programs. Commanders will use APFs to equip, operate, and maintain theater facilities for all purposes except when they are used for showing entertainment motion picture programs.
i. Marquees, theater changeable letter signs, one sheet display frames, and sound and projection equipment will be used for approved performances of entertainment motion picture films only.
j. Garrison and installation commanders will appoint a building custodian for the theater facility when it is used for purposes other than a paid admission theater.
k. The cancellation of motion picture showings to promote attendance at other recreational or athletic activities or the observance of religious holidays is not authorized.
l. Guests may attend motion picture theaters, provided they are accompanied by personnel authorized exchange privileges.
AAFES will pay all personnel costs in the routine operation of paid admission entertainment motion picture theaters. AAFES will also pay for the purchase of operating equipment and supplies. AAFES will pay janitorial services only for the periods when the theater is used to show AAFES cinema motion pictures. When the theater is used for other purposes, the commander (Army or Air Force supply agency) will provide janitorial services, to include expendable articles of regular issue needed to maintain and clean the theater.
a. Admission charges will be established by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
b. All cinema motion pictures will be shown on a paid admission basis, noting provisions referenced in paragraph 12-7 , for special shows.
c. Videocassette showings are to be on a free admission basis, unless paid admission service is approved by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
d. Free admission videocassette showings may be established under the following circumstances:
(1) Where the present and projected population is such that paid admission service is not economically feasible.
(2) When military personnel are engaged in field training exercises or maneuvers for a period exceeding 7 days.
(3) Equipment, supplies, personnel, and servicing costs required will be provided by the garrison and installation commander with APFs.
(4) When theater facilities are not available.
(5) Free admission videocassette service will not be set up within 3 miles of, or at, any place considered to be in competition with a paid admission Army, Air Force, or commercial theater, unless approved by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
(6) A maximum of two programs a week on a free admission basis may be provided at military confinement facilities. Attendance will be restricted to military prisoners and essential attendants.
a. Entertainment videocassette or cinema motion picture programs will consist only of subjects scheduled by AAFES and will be exhibited only in officially authorized theaters. No part of a motion picture program may be used at other than authorized performances.
b. Television films and non-entertainment motion pictures and slides in such subjects as orientation, training, appeals for funds, appeals for attendance at activities, appeals to support a cause, recruitment, or those of a purely educational nature will not be used in connection with regularly-scheduled entertainment motion picture programs.
c. Requests will not be made upon motion picture companies or their agents or employees for free admission or paid admission showings of any film subject. Any offers of a film subject for free admission or paid admission showings will be rejected unless a unit at a particular installation participated in making the picture. In these cases, the commander will inform HQ, AAFES of the arrangements that were made with the producer so that the showing may be cleared with the appropriate distributing company.
a. Showing of films for special programs. Showings of cinema motion pictures without an individual admission charge are authorized for organization day programs or special programs in which the organization participates as a whole. These may be held when paid for from funds available to the organization, based on the actual attendance and the established admission rates.
b. Showing of films in other facilities. After formal concurrence from AAFES, garrisons and installations are authorized to obligate or spend NAFs for the rental or purchase of any motion picture films for entertainment recreational showings in MWR/NAF activities. The garrison and installation is responsible for obtaining the required public performance license for such showings. Commercially sponsored films (including television films) not of feature length, and available without cost, may be shown in recreation centers and military clubs (open messes). These showings will start a half hour after the scheduled opening performance at the Army and Air Force theaters and will not be held more frequently than twice a week. Films used for this purpose will not include those that are normally included in Army and Air Force theater programs.
c. Utilization for training purposes. Occasionally, requests are received from installations for authority to exhibit, on a free admission basis, AAFES-scheduled motion pictures (or portions) that may be considered to have training or orientation value. AAFES does not hold title to the films. Such requests will not be approved.
d. Utilization for benefit purposes. Entertainment motion picture films and videocassettes will not be used to support fund-raising activities.
a. Entertainment motion picture films and videocassettes distributed by AAFES are leased from commercial distributors authorized to do so under film and videocassette copyrights. AAFES has a property right, as a lessee, only during the license period specified in the rental contracts.
b. The taking, damaging, destruction, or unauthorized use of motion pictures and videocassettes leased by AAFES could subject individuals to civilian liability, and to criminal prosecution.
a. Tort and tort-type claims arising from AAFES operations will be investigated, processed, and settled in accordance with applicable departmental regulations.
b. Awards on administrative claims will be paid from AAFES self-insurance funds.
c. The GM, AAFES will notify, immediately, the servicing SJA of any incident likely to result in a claim for personal injury or property damage. Servicing legal offices will notify the Office of the AAFES General Counsel, General and Revenue Recovery Law Branch, within 3 duty days of receiving a claim SF 95 against AAFES. For cases such as serious vehicular incidents occurring off-post, the SJA should consider requesting investigative assistance from AAFES regional loss prevention personnel. These requests may be submitted through the AAFES general counsel. The GM, AAFES will also notify the garrison and installation of any corrective measures necessary to prevent potential incidents from occurring.
a. The Military Personnel and Civilian Employees' Claims Act of 1964 provides for AAFES civilian personnel benefits, except that payment of claims will be made only from AAFES self-insurance funds or per applicable insurance contracts.
(1) Personal property claims of AAFES civilian employees for loss or damage incident to their Service, inclusive of those arising out of the authorized permanent change of station (PCS) movement or storage of household effects, personal effects, and privately owned vehicles, will be investigated, processed, and settled per AR 27-20 and AFI 51-502 .
(2) AAFES employees may, at their own expense, insure against any damages or losses in excess of limits of applicable regulations.
b. Cash payment, services, or replacement will settle customer complaints arising out of operations of AAFES activities in kind. Any such claims that cannot be satisfactorily settled in this manner, or any claim of this nature that includes a demand for consequential damages (such as personal injury or property damage other than to the article purchased, serviced, lost, or damaged), will be investigated, processed, and settled by the same authorities and procedures applicable to tort and tort-type claims.
c. Claims arising out of, or related to, AAFES contracts will be processed according to applicable federal law, contract provisions, and AAFES EOPs and exchange service regulations.
d. The following miscellaneous claims will be processed in accordance with EOPs and exchange service regulations issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer:
(1) Marine cargo losses.
(2) Claims against vendors, commercial carriers, and the U.S. Postal Service.
(3) Claims arising out of workmen's compensation.
(4) Group insurance and retirement annuity insurance.
AAFES personnel will comply with applicable departmental regulations concerning criminal investigations.
a. The overseas region commanders, HQ, AAFES chief of staff, U.S. region and overseas senior vice presidents, and GMs will report the following incidents promptly to the servicing military or civilian law enforcement authority for investigation or referral to U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, AFOSI, and Federal Bureau of Investigation, as appropriate: arson, assault, burglary, embezzlement, forgery, homicide, larceny, robbery, shoplifting, and other acts of criminal misconduct involving exchange operations. Incidents requiring criminal investigations in offshore and overseas areas will be reported as indicated above, except when alternate procedures are established by host country agreements or local command directives.
b. Irregularities involving standards of conduct, other than criminal misconduct, of exchange personnel, contractors, suppliers, their agents, and representatives will be promptly reported to the servicing Loss Prevention Office or HQ, AAFES, Office of Inspector General Fraud, Waste, Abuse, or Mismanagement Hotline.
c. All AAFES personnel are responsible for reporting any incidents or suspicion of incidents of misconduct or irregularities involving AAFES operations. Reports are given to an immediate supervisor, or higher official, if any person in the chain of command is suspected of involvement. Failure to report such incidents constitutes grounds for separation for cause or other disciplinary action. Incidents can also be reported to the HQ, AAFES Office of Inspector General Fraud, Waste, Abuse, or Mismanagement Hotline.
d. Incident reports and reports of investigations covering the incidents above will be furnished to HQ, AAFES, Loss Prevention Office, per applicable departmental regulations, EOPs, and exchange service regulations issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
a. An investigation into pecuniary loss is conducted by an officer (military or civilian) appointed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer. At the discretion of the AAFES chief financial officer (CFO), if no qualified commissioned officer assigned to duty with AAFES or no AAFES civilian employee is reasonably available, or it is determined that an investigating officer outside of AAFES would be advisable, the AAFES director and chief executive officer may appoint any qualified commissioned officer made available by the local garrison and installation commander.
b. Reports of investigation will be prepared in the format and processed per procedures prescribed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
c. Loss or damage of APF property is processed per applicable departmental regulations.
The AAFES director and chief executive officer, or the overseas commanders, have authority to appoint investigating officers to investigate non-criminal conduct of AAFES associates and assigned military members. This authority may be delegated to the deputy director, AAFES, and may not be further delegated. All investigations shall be coordinated with the servicing general counsel. This provision does not restrict the mission of the Loss Prevention Directorate, who routinely conducts investigations into acts of misconduct, unethical behavior, and other matters of official interest. The authority to initiate loss prevention conducted investigations rests with the vice president, loss prevention, or other authorized designee.
Restitution and collection action, as specified below, is taken when a recommendation of pecuniary liability by an investigating officer has been approved, or when the CFO has made an administrative determination that an individual is pecuniary liable or accountable for a loss or shortage. The CFO may delegate this authority. An administrative determination of indebtedness in favor of a constituent element of AAFES is a determination that the indebtedness is due and owed AAFES. The AAFES, its constituent exchanges, and other exchange facilities constitute a single integrated fiscal entity. The following procedures apply to restitution or collection (they do not apply to dishonored checks):
a. The individual concerned receives a written request for payment, with a copy of the report of internal management review or investigation or other documentation upon which pecuniary liability is based. The request will show the basis for the liability, provide notice that an administrative determination has been made that the individual is liable to AAFES, and include appeal rights specified in paragraph 13-7 .
(1) If the individual concerned is a military member assigned to a remote location or employed by an AIFA, the request for payment is submitted to the individual's commanding officer, with a copy of the report of internal management review or investigation or other documentation upon which pecuniary liability is based.
(2) If the individual concerned is an AAFES civilian employee and refuses to pay the indebtedness voluntarily, the amount of the claim is deducted from any money AAFES owes the employee. Collection of claims against AAFES foreign national personnel in overseas areas is according to local laws.
(3) If the individual concerned is an active duty Servicemember, the GM, AAFES, having been unable to effect voluntary collection, will report the indebtedness, with all relevant information, to the individual's unit commander. If the unit commander cannot effect voluntary cash settlement in a timely basis, the Exchange
(a) Prepares the appropriate departmental form naming the Exchange as claimant.
(b) Submits the appropriate form to the servicing finance and accounting office as certification and payment.
(4) If the individual concerned is a retired Servicemember and indebtedness is not voluntarily collected, the claim is submitted to the appropriate retired pay branch for collection. The finance office records the indebtedness on the individual's pay and forwards collected amounts to the Exchange concerned.
(5) If the individual concerned is a civilian employee paid from APFs, and the debt is not voluntarily collected, the appropriate civilian personnel officer or the garrison and installation commanders will be asked to assist in collecting the debt. Documentation supporting the indebtedness will be forwarded with the request.
(6) If the individual concerned is an AAFES employee paid from NAFs, and the debt is not voluntarily collected, the responsible manager will send collection notification to the payroll office unless there is an appeal. A copy of the collection notification is sent to the employee. The amount deducted in any one pay period must be reasonable in terms of net pay and, generally, should be sufficient to satisfy the debt in 5 to 10 pay periods.
b. Consistent with applicable laws and regulations, AAFES may use all available means to collect valid debts to AAFES.
a. Except for losses resulting from dishonored checks, when a person is notified of an approved report of investigation or determination of pecuniary liability for a loss, reconsideration may be requested. A written request for reconsideration to the AAFES CFO, with supporting explanation, must be submitted within 30 days after receipt of the notice of assessment of pecuniary liability. The appeal must state specifically the alleged errors or irregularities relied upon.
b. In coordination with AAFES general counsel review, the CFO will reconsider the earlier action and give full consideration to the request and any other matter presented in support thereof. The appellant will be advised promptly of one of the following results:
(1) The action is revoked and a refund of any previous collection will be issued.
(2) A new or revised report of investigation will be completed.
(3) The request is denied and will be submitted to the AAFES director and chief executive officer for final decision.
c. If the request is denied, the CFO will submit a memorandum stating the basis for denial to the AAFES director and chief executive officer. This, with the following documents attached, will constitute the appeal of the CFO's decision to decline to change the assessment upon reconsideration.
(1) A copy of the request for reconsideration.
(2) All correspondence and other pertinent material.
(3) A copy of the approved report of investigation.
d. AAFES director and chief executive officer's decision on an appeal is final. The CFO will notify the appellant of the decision.
a. The financial objectives of AAFES are programmed and controlled by the Annual Financial Plan prepared by the AAFES director and chief executive officer and approved by the AAFES BOD. The plan includes projected income and expenses, the proposed capital program, the capital requirements schedule, and actual operating data to permit an analysis of projected data worldwide.
b. Quarterly, and at the close of each fiscal year, the AAFES director and chief executive officer issues a statement of financial position worldwide. Separate statements of financial position will not be prepared by any exchange, CONUS region, or exchange system within AAFES.
c. Exchange operating statements showing sales and other income costs, expenses, profits, depreciation, and significant statistical data will be prepared monthly as prescribed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
d. The AAFES director and chief executive officer publishes a uniform chart of accounts used worldwide, deviations from which are permitted only with prior written approval of the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
e. As prescribed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer, financial statements will be maintained to show AAFES assets and liabilities for management control of resources and operations.
f. To provide timely and essential management information and ensure adequate internal controls, finance and accounting will maintain standard accounting records as prescribed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
a. The AAFES director and chief executive officer submits the financial management report, required by DODI 1015.15 for the preceding AAFES fiscal year to designated officials of the Departments of the Army and Air Force. AAFES financial report is audited by an external audit firm. The AAFES BOD submits this report annually to the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force.
b. Annually, the Departments of the Army and the Air Force will submit to AAFES data on APF costs and expenses in support of AAFES. This will be included in the report required by applicable departmental regulations and the annual report to both the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force.
c. The Army IMCOM, G-9 (Family and MWR Programs) forwards AAFES report to the PUSD(PR) after obtaining Air Force (AF/A1S) coordination.
a. In normal practice, sales are made and accounted for in U.S. dollars or dollar instruments. The AAFES director and chief executive officer may authorize sales in foreign currencies in overseas areas.
b. Selling activities account for merchandise at retail value, using the retail inventory method. Accounting for other merchandise, supplies, equipment, and vehicles is at cost value.
c. Accountability and responsibility for AAFES assets worldwide is prescribed in EOPs and exchange service regulations.
d. Assignment and relief of accountable individuals on a temporary or permanent assignment basis will be documented as stipulated in EOPs and exchange service regulations issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
a. The AAFES director and chief executive officer designates the dates for worldwide physical inventories of cash, merchandise, and supplies. Such inventories will be taken at least annually. Fixed assets will be inventoried as directed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
(1) The AAFES director and chief executive officer delegates authority to the region senior vice president and vice president to appoint disinterested (not within the direct chain of command or permanently assigned to that location) chief and branch inventory inspectors, in writing.
(2) Appointed inventory inspectors are required to recheck assigned exchange inventories.
(3) Chief and branch inventory inspectors will control the use of inventory sheets.
(4) Chief and branch inventory inspectors will be disinterested AAFES employees. If sufficient exchange personnel are not available, the military commander provides the necessary personnel.
(5) When accountability variances occur as a result of the official annual physical inventory, adjustments will be made to the ledger. An adjustment to the ledger does not eliminate the requisite actions prescribed for asset write-offs, losses, restitution, and collections.
b. The AAFES director and chief executive officer, overseas region commanders, region senior vice presidents, or GMs may direct an inventory in case of catastrophe (for example, fire, flood, storm), burglary or theft, hostile action, or evidence of unsatisfactory accountability. When inventories other than the annual inventory are taken, variance will be maintained in a memorandum format.
a. Approval. The AAFES director and chief executive officer may approve write-off of AAFES assets. Write-off procedures, including delegations of write-off authority, will be contained in EOPs and exchange service regulations. Write-offs will be supported by documentation and justification initiated by the accountable and responsible individual.
(1) When a fixed asset is surplus to AAFES requirements and cannot be disposed of by trade-in or sale for reuse, it will be written off. The amount of the write-off will be acquisition cost less applicable accumulated depreciation.
(2) Write-off of accounts receivable, including Military Star Card payment charges, expired gasoline credit card charges, and vendor debit balances, will be initiated if and when considered uncollectable or expired.
b. Merchandise, supplies, or other inventory items of no value will be marked down to zero and disposed of by one of the following methods:
(1) Transfer. Transfer to an installation MWR fund/garrison MWR entity, the garrison and installation chaplain, other governmental entities, or the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office. Receipt is issued for the no-value inventories. If the no-value inventory is sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office, 90 percent of the proceeds of the sale will be sent to the Exchange.
(2) Destruction. The AAFES director and chief executive officer appoints an AAFES employee as a disinterested party to witness and certify.
AAFES self-insurance funds are reserved to pay for losses not commercially insured. The AAFES director and chief executive officer issues policy concerning insurance coverage.
a. Named insured. Insurance policies covering claims against AAFES will expressly name the United States of America and AAFES as named insured. As appropriate, other AAFES elements may be listed as named insured to protect the interests of the United States against claims arising out of the activities of AAFES.
b. Legal proceedings. The legal status of AAFES, as a U.S. Government instrumentality, will not be interposed as a defense in any legal proceedings in which the insurer's liability is in any way concerned, unless so requested in writing by the AAFES director and chief executive officer, after obtaining approval of the appropriate SJA.
c. Subrogation. No subrogation action will be taken against the United States.
d. Contractor's insurance and bonds. The AAFES director and chief executive officer issues policy prescribing the types of insurance required of all businesses under contract with AAFES. Required insurance will be funded by the contracted business.
a. Reporting and remittance of federal taxes, including claims for exemptions, refunds, and drawback of duties, will conform to applicable federal laws, regulations, EOPs, and exchange service regulations issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
b. The U.S. Department of the Treasury may issue levies against the pay of exchange personnel.
c. Exchanges located in CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. possessions, are subject to occupational taxes if imposed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
d. AAFES must pay federal excise taxes on items that are subject to the taxes unless the purchase is for immediate export from the United States. In such case, the purchase by AAFES can be made tax-free if the appropriate exemption certificate prescribed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury is completed by the appropriate AAFES official and given to the vendor of the item.
e. Drawback of duties is allowed upon the exportation of articles manufactured or produced in the United States wholly or in part with the use of imported or substituted merchandise.
a. As an instrumentality of the United States, AAFES is entitled to the same immunity accorded the U.S. Government from the taxes of states, the District of Columbia, territories and possessions of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and their political subdivisions.
b. Sales by exchanges are immune from state sales and use taxes. Purchases by exchanges are immune from direct state taxation.
c. The immunity of AAFES from direct state taxation does not extend to indirect taxation (taxes the legal incidence of which is on the wholesaler, manufacturer, importer, and the like, unless the state by law or regulation has granted an exemption on sales to the United States).
d. Concessionaires and other independent contractors are not entitled to claim AAFES immunity from taxation. Concessionaires must collect and remit applicable sales and use taxes as required by state jurisdictional law; contractors may be liable for sales and use taxes as provided by jurisdictional law.
e. State and territorial income taxes will be withheld from compensation of all civilian employees whose regular place of employment is within the state or territory.
(1) Taxes will be withheld when an agreement exists between the Secretary of the Treasury and the state or territory, pursuant to applicable federal law or regulation.
(2) On the request, and with the authorization of a civilian employee, and otherwise subject to withholding of pay under these agreements, voluntary withholding of income tax may be made in favor of the state of residence if that state has entered into such a withholding agreement.
f. Where the Secretary of the Treasury has entered into an agreement with a city to withhold from the pay of federal employees city income or employment taxes, AAFES is subject to such withholding requirements.
g. Taxes of a state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States upon or measured by sales, purchases, storage, or use (except U.S. Government use) of gasoline or other motor fuels will be collected and paid according to applicable federal law.
h. Exchanges located in foreign countries, including occupied areas and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, will not pay to, nor collect for, any foreign country or political subdivision of a foreign country any tax, unless the United States has consented to that levy or collection by international agreement.
i. Except as permitted by this regulation, or required by applicable law, taxes will not be paid or collected without the express authorization of the AAFES director and chief executive officer. Inquiries, questions, tax levies, and any other matter concerning taxation will be promptly forwarded to the AAFES general counsel.
j. AAFES is authorized to conduct negotiations with taxing authorities, except that no formal administrative contest or litigation will be undertaken without express authorization of the AAFES general counsel in coordination with the Department of Justice or the local U.S. Attorney's Office (28 USC 516) and, as necessary, the appropriate Army or Air Force litigating division or Office of the General Counsel.
All records relating to payments to individuals and firms must be retained for at least 4 years and must be available for review by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, if required. CONUS operators should consult their local U.S. Department of the Treasury office when forms, publications, or assistance is needed. Overseas local offices should be consulted for the address and telephone number of the nearest office of the U.S. Department of the Treasury representative.
a. Exchanges located in CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories are subject to the following U.S. Department of the Treasury occupation taxes:
(1) Wholesale dealer in liquor. For the purpose of this tax, a military reservation constitutes one location under the same proprietorship so that only one tax is due regardless of the number of outlets that an exchange operates within the geographical limits of the reservation. The wholesale dealer's tax is paid where AAFES sells to another organization authorized to purchase from the Class Six store.
(2) Retail dealer in liquor, unless the tax has been paid under paragraph (1), above. For the purpose of this tax, a military reservation constitutes one location under the same proprietorship so that only one tax is due irrespective of the number of outlets that an exchange operates within the geographical limits of the reservation.
b. The AAFES director and chief executive officer issues procedures relating to obtaining wholesale and retail dealer liquor tax licenses for Class Six stores.
a. The sale by AAFES of merchandise including soft drinks, alcoholic and malt beverages, and tobacco products is exempt from state taxes. This exemption applies to all Army and Air Force installations, organizations, activities, and personnel within the United States and its territories.
b. The immunity of AAFES from direct state taxation does not extend to indirect taxes whose legal incidence is on a party other than the Exchange (such as a manufacturer, importer, processor, or wholesaler).
c. Several states have granted military exemptions from excise taxes that would otherwise be applicable to alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, and soft drinks procured by exchanges for resale to authorized patrons. This exemption is enjoyed as a privilege and not as a matter of legal right and is, therefore, to be respected and observed through full compliance with applicable restrictions, including the prohibition against unauthorized sale or disposition.
a. State tax-free alcoholic and malt beverages may be sold for on-premises consumption at exchange food service outlets to those persons and organizations authorized to use food service outlets.
b. State tax-free packaged alcoholic beverages will be sold only to individuals, organizations, and activities entitled to unlimited exchange privileges and civilian employees of the Federal Government who work and permanently reside on the garrison and installation. The aforementioned civilians are prohibited, however, from removing state tax-free beverages from the military installation.
c. State tax-free tobacco products shall be sold only to those individuals, organizations, and activities entitled to unlimited exchange privileges.
d. The AAFES director and chief executive officer prescribes and enforces necessary controls to ensure that no sales are made to persons who lack prescribed identification. The garrison and installation commander, in coordination with the GM, AAFES may establish reasonable purchase quantity limitations and will ensure that restrictions and limitations governing the sale and disposition of state tax-free items are strictly enforced. Garrison/installation commanders will cooperate with state tax officials and will investigate all complaints. Garrison/installation commanders may take appropriate action for abuse of exchange privileges related to purchase of tax-free items, to include revoking or suspending exchange privileges.
a. The AAFES Audit Division fulfills all internal audit functions required by DOD regulations. The Audit Division staff will have access to all books of accounts, records, and documents needed to audit AAFES operations, accounting, internal controls, other audits, and funds. Operating procedures will be issued by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
(1) The U.S. Army Audit Agency is designated to evaluate the adequacy of AAFES internal audit function. The Army Auditor General is the principal point of contact for the peer review function and for reporting results to the AAFES director and chief executive officer and to the Audit Committee of the AAFES BOD. Peer reviews are in consultation with, and with the assistance of, the U.S. Air Force Auditor General.
(2) The Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG) and the Office of the Assistant Inspector General for Audit Policy and Oversight, with the assistance of representatives from the DOD internal audit organizations may also conduct external quality control peer reviews of the AAFES Audit Division.
b. The General Accountability Office (GAO), or authorized representatives, have access to all books of accounts, records, and documents needed to audit AAFES operations, accounting, internal controls, other audits, and funds. Representatives from the GAO coordinate their reviews of AAFES operations with the AAFES Audit Division. All levels of AAFES management will cooperate with GAO representatives and advise the AAFES Audit Division of any direct contact by GAO representatives.
c. The DODIG auditors are authorized to have access to all books of accounts, records, and documents needed to audit operations and funds of AAFES. Auditors coordinate their reviews of AAFES operations with the AAFES Audit Division. All levels of AAFES management will cooperate with the auditors and advise the AAFES Audit Division of DODIG contacts.
d. AAFES contracts with a CPA firm to perform annual examinations of its financial statements. The CPA's work must meet the standards specified in the government auditing standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. CPA work is subject to U.S. Army Audit Agency review to ensure that government auditing standards are met.
a. AAFES will maintain an IG office operating under the regulatory policies and procedures of the DODIG. The AAFES director and chief executive officer will issue operating procedures.
b. The IG, AAFES, in compliance with applicable departmental guidelines, will
(1) Operate the AAFES Fraud, Waste, Abuse, or Mismanagement Hotline program.
(2) Conduct inquiries to resolve assistance complaints and perform investigations as directed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
(3) Inspect AAFES facilities and operations reporting findings/observations (including, but not limited to, operational efficiency, employee morale and effectiveness, and chain of command relationships) to the AAFES director and chief executive officer on a scheduled and unscheduled basis.
(4) Be the primary point of contact with external IG officials for non-audit actions.
(5) Obtain DOD and DA or Air Force IG assistance, as necessary, for Service or Joint support on significant issues beyond AAFES control.
a. The IG may investigate or conduct investigative IG inquiries into allegations of violations of policy, regulation, or law and mismanagement, unethical behavior, or misconduct which, if true, may be of concern to the directing authority (see para 13-3 for processing of criminal misconduct).
b. The IG will provide results of IG investigations into allegations contained in paragraph a , above, to the AAFES director and chief executive officer for any action deemed appropriate.
c. Allegations against AAFES senior officials will be forwarded to the DODIG. Senior officials are defined as active duty military officers in grades O-7 and above, or selected for promotion to grade O-7; current and former members of the Senior Executive Service; other current and former DOD civilian employees whose positions are deemed equivalent to that of a member of the Senior Executive Service (for example, senior level employees and NAF senior executives) (see DODD 5505.06 ).
d. Investigation of allegations against senior officials, not cited elsewhere in this regulation, will be administered in accordance with the applicable component IG regulation of that senior official or by the IG, AAFES, if civilian.
e. Any allegation of misconduct may be investigated, at the direction of the AAFES director and chief executive officer, under the purview of IG procedures, departmental investigation procedures, or director and chief executive officer's inquiry procedure. This includes command inquiries conducted by IG or loss prevention personnel, as well as inquiries conducted by NAF civilian personnel.
a. The IG, Army and the IG, Air Force jointly inspect AAFES, as directed by the applicable Service's Chief of Staff. Lead responsibility alternates between the departments. The IG of the lead department submits departmental inspections through the AAFES BOD to the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
b. The IG, AAFES will conduct inspections below department level. The IG, AAFES will develop an annual program based on the AAFES director and chief executive officer's guidance and provide the inspection results to the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
Release and use of IG, AAFES records outside AAFES requires the approval of the AAFES director and chief executive officer or higher authority. The IG, AAFES is designated the initial denial authority for all IG, AAFES records requested under the FOIA.
Army publications are available at http://www.apd.army.mil . Air Force publications are available at http://www.e-publishing.af.mil . DOD publications are available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .
A related publication is a source of additional information. The user does not have to read a related publication to understand this publication.
Unless otherwise indicated, DD Forms are available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/infomgt/forms/formsprogram.htm .
Unless otherwise indicated, DA forms are available at http://www.apd.army.mil ; DD forms are available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/infomgt/forms/formsprogram.htm ; Standard Forms (SFs) are available at http://www.gsa.gov/ .
B-1. Appropriated fund authorization
DODI 1015.15 and DODI 1330.21 authorize APF support to AAFES.
B-2. Remote and isolated locations
At designated remote and isolated locations, AAFES is authorized APF funding under category B rules in accordance with DODI 1015.15. Army designated remote and isolated locations are listed in AR 215-1 and Air Force designated sites are listed in AFI 65-106 .
B-3. Base realignment and closures locations
Exchanges at installations identified for closure under BRAC procedures may receive APF support authorized for category B activities (see DODI 1015.15 ). APFs may finance costs that are a direct result of an approved BRAC action. Those costs include, but are not limited to PCS for NAF employees, exchange unemployment and severance payments associated with NAF personnel, and facilities construction. Exchange BRAC costs are authorized funding from all BRAC accounts (see DODI 1015.15) and other valid appropriations.
B-4. Force protection conditions
During force protection conditions Charlie and Delta, exchanges are authorized APF support for civilian personnel with installation executive control and essential command supervision (ECECS) except for those directly involved in resale activities
B-5. Elements of expense
outlines the elements
of expense authorized APF and AAFES NAF support. Also see
of this regulation for additional policy on expenditure of APFs
and AAFES NAFs.
|Elements of expense||APFs(see footnotes 1 and 2 of this table)||AAFES NAFs|
|1. Military personnel .|
|a. Active duty military personnel assigned and used on a full-time permanent basis to perform ECECS.||Authorized.||Not applicable.|
|b. All other personnel.||Not authorized, except as outlined in footnote 3 of this table.||Not applicable, except as outlined in footnote 4 of this table.|
|2. Civilian personnel .|
|a. Permanent assignment for ECECS purposes.||Authorized, only per footnote 5.||Authorized.|
|b. Personnel performing managerial functions or requiring technical and professional qualification. Also personnel accountable for APF resources and protection in the interests of the Federal Government.||Not authorized, except at locations identified in paras B-2 , B-3 , and B-4 , and footnote 5 of this table.||Authorized.|
|c. Personnel directly and primarily involved in resale.||Not authorized.||Authorized.|
|d. Additional and collateral duties. Applies to APF employees who are assigned duties on an additional or collateral duty basis. These duties are in addition to the civilian employee's primary duty assignment and may be of an ECECS or operational nature.||Not authorized, except at locations identified in paras B-2 , B-3 , and B-4 , and footnote 5 of this table.||Not applicable.|
|3. Civilian Personnel Office assistance and administration . Relates to APF Civilian Personnel Advisory Center/Civilian Personnel Operations Center support for-|
|a. Technical advice and counsel that may be provided by the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center/Civilian Personnel Operations Center to assist in the personnel management of employees paid with NAFs.||Authorized.||Not authorized.|
|b. Day-to-day personnel administration of employees paid with NAFs to include, but not limited to, recruitment, placement, position classification, salary and wage administration, training, personnel records maintenance, employee relations, and personnel matters.||Authorized, when no additional incremental APF costs are incurred.||Authorized.|
|4. Family housing overseas . Applies to those employees who are authorized housing or a housing allowance in overseas areas.|
|a. APF personnel.||Authorized.||Not authorized.|
|b. NAF personnel.||Authorized for APF-authorized NAF positions.||Authorized.|
|5. Personnel evacuation expenses . Includes evacuation payments, evacuation transportation to and from safe haven locations, and per diem and subsistence allowances for those employees ordered to evacuate by the commanding officer or other DOD authority.|
|a. APF personnel.||Authorized.||Not authorized.|
|b. NAF personnel.||Authorized.||Authorized, only when APFs are not available or sufficient.|
|6. Travel of personnel . Applies to personnel employed by or assigned or detailed to AAFES programs and activities.|
|a. PCS. Applies to the relocation of APF and NAF personnel assigned on a full-time permanent basis.||Authorized for APF personnel and APF authorized AAFES NAF personnel as a direct result of an approved BRAC action.||Not authorized for APF personnel.Authorized for AAFES NAF personnel.|
|b. TDY and temporary assigned duty travel for military and APF civilian personnel and for AAFES NAF personnel.||Authorized for military and APF civilian personnel. Authorized for AAFES NAF personnel, when directed by the DOD and relates to APF business.||Authorized for personnel engaged in internal AAFES operations.|
|7. Government-owned, motor pool-controlled . Use of government-owned, motor pool-controlled passenger vehicles by AAFES activities.||Authorized when assisting in ECECS functions.||AAFES NAFs are authorized and will reimburse APF when government-owned vehicles are used for other than ECECS functions.|
|8. Transportation of AAFES goods .|
|a. Purchased with APFs.||Authorized.||Not authorized.|
|b. Purchased with NAFs.|
|( 1 ) Transoceanic movement expenses of transporting supplies and products from CONUS sea and aerial ports of embarkation to OCONUS final AAFES retail facility (see chap 10).||Authorized.||Not authorized (per DODI 1015.15 as implemented by 10 USC 2643).|
|( 2 ) Movement of U.S. and foreign goods within foreign areas when commercial transportation is not available, or in contingency areas.||Authorized.||Authorized when APFs are not available.|
|( 3 ) Transoceanic movement of goods from OCONUS sea and aerial ports of embarkation to first destination CONUS or bulk breakdown point.||Authorized.||Authorized when APFs are not available.|
|( 4 ) Movement of U.S. goods between DOD installations because of base closures, or to safeguard goods under emergency conditions, for example, threat of hostile force or natural disaster.||Authorized.||Authorized when APFs are not available.|
|( 5 ) All other transportation of NAF goods.||Not authorized, except on a reimbursable basis; initial APF funding permitted only when NAF will reimburse APF.||Authorized.|
|9. Household goods .|
|a. APF personnel.||Authorized.||Not authorized.|
|b. AAFES personnel.||Authorized for APF-authorized AAFES NAF positions. Initial APF funding is permitted for other AAFES NAF positions only when AAFES will reimburse APF (except at BRAC locations that are authorized APFs).||Authorized.|
|10. Utilities . Applies to heat, steam, water, gas, electricity, air conditioning, and other utility services for facilities used primarily for AAFES purposes.||Authorized in CONUS and OCONUS.||Authorized for costs in CONUS when APFs are not available. Not authorized OCONUS and for remote and isolated locations (CONUS and OCONUS) (see footnote 6 of this table).|
|11. Rents . Applies to the use and possession of non-DOD lands, buildings, and other improvements and installed equipment for a specified period through contract, lease agreement, or other legal instrument when authority is granted through appropriate channels.||Not authorized, except upon specific approval by the Secretary of the Army/Air Force concerned.||Not authorized, except upon specific approval by the Secretary of the Army/Air Force concerned and in accordance with real property acquisition regulations of the Army and Air Force.|
|12. Communications .|
|a. Electronic communications . Applies to electronic communications (telephone, teletype, television, fax, Internet), Defense Switched Network, public address systems, and other electronic media) provided to AAFES.||Authorized in support of ECECS functions, statistical data gathering, communications with other DOD and government agencies, and OCONUS.||Authorized when supporting the operational function of the activity, such as procurement of items for resale and collection of income for merchandise or services sold in CONUS.|
|b. Postal service and postage . Official communications within and between government agencies and individuals, communications with commercial agencies, persons, private commercial agencies, not related to the sale of goods and services.||Authorized.||Authorized for all other correspondence related to the operation of AAFES, sale of goods and services, such as the inventory procurement and sales, collection of income, advertising, and AAFES equipment maintenance. (Does not preclude use of Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office for unofficial mail.)|
|13. Equipment maintenance .|
|a. Government-owned equipment . Applies to maintenance, repair, overhaul, or rework of equipment.||Authorized, except for surplus and excess government equipment.||Authorized.|
|b. Equipment acquired with NAF . Applies to maintenance, repair, overhaul, or rework of equipment acquired with NAF.||Authorized for equipment acquired with NAFs, but authorized for purchase with APFs where the title transfers to the government.||Authorized.|
|c. Real property installed equipment/building equipment . This includes permanently attached real property generally installed as a part of a construction project, that cannot be removed from the structure without physically damaging the structure and without which the facility (structure) would be unable to operate as designed.||Authorized.||NAFs authorized only when a certification of non-availability of funds is signed by the garrison and installation commander.|
|14. Printing and reproduction . Applies to printing and reproduction such as work done on printing presses, lithographing, and other duplicating, related binding operations, photography, electronic media, microfilming, formats and forms, editing, and graphics.||Authorized for all costs except those related to the sale of merchandise or services and to the internal operation of AAFES.||Authorized.|
|15. Education and training . Pertains to the advancement of job knowledge, development of skills, and improvement of abilities of AAFES personnel.||Authorized for APF positions and APF-authorized AAFES NAF positions and for Army/ Air Force-approved training that is not job unique such as management and leader development courses, quality training, health and safety, sexual harassment, and so forth.||Authorized for AAFES NAF personnel.Not authorized for APF non-tuition courses.|
|16. Auditing services . Relates to the independent examination, review, and evaluation of the records, controls, practices, and procedures in the area of financial and operational management of AAFES by DOD components' audit organizations or independent public accountants.||Authorized in accordance with DODI 7600.6 .||Authorized in accordance with DODI 7600.6.|
|17. Data automation . Applies to automatic data processing system development or operation (personnel, equipment, supplies) needed for either ECECS or internal operation of AAFES.||Authorized for services required for ECECS and to discharge a commander's supervisory responsibility for management review and analysis.||Authorized for costs related to internal management of AAFES NAF resources.|
|18. Financial management services . Relates to those services that reflect the preparation of APF and AAFES NAF budgets; provide accounting for financial management data; facilitate the preparation of financial reports; and provide for management review and analysis to ensure proper control over all the resources that support AAFES.||Authorized to provide technical guidance and assistance in preparing budgets, financial and analytical data required for ECECS. Not authorized for AAFES NAF accounting and analytical functions.||Authorized for all costs related to AAFES NAF accounting and analytical functions required for the operation of AAFES.|
|19. Legal services . Applies to that service and assistance provided by or through The Judge Advocate General or general counsel.||Authorized.||Authorized for AAFES internal legal staffing.|
|20. Procurement office assistance and administration .|
|(a) Assistance . Applies to technical advice and assistance that may be provided by the procurement office to assist AAFES management in the procurement of goods and services with NAFs.||Authorized.||Not applicable.|
|(b) Administration . Applies to the functions of procurement (source development, preparation of procurement documents, negotiation of prices, contract administration and audit, and related procurement functions) being performed by the procurement office in the procurement of goods and services with NAFs.||Authorized when no additional incremental APF costs are incurred and when existing APF contracts may be used to purchase the item or services.||Authorized.|
|21. Custodial and janitorial services . Applies to the manpower, supplies, and equipment provided by the installation engineer, the public works department, or by contract.||Authorized for locations identified in paras B-2 , B-3 , and B-4 . Not authorized all other locations.||Authorized when APFs are not available or not sufficient at locations identified in paras B-2 , B-3 , and B-4 . Authorized all other locations.|
|22. Other services . Relates to those services of a protective or sanitary nature normally supplied as a command function. Such services include, but are not limited to fire protection, including acquisition and installation of extinguishers and sprinkler and alarm systems; security protection, including physical security of buildings (such as alarm systems and security bars), personnel background investigations under the provisions of DOD 5200.2-R and protection of funds; pest control; sewage disposal; environmental compliance and remediation; trash and garbage removal; snow removal; safety; medical, veterinary and sanitary inspections; rescue operations.||Authorized for all costs associated with protecting the health and safety of participants and employees and with protecting AAFES NAF resources.Trash and garbage removal are not authorized for AAFES activities in CONUS.Trash and garbage removal are authorized OCONUS.Authorized for sewage disposal.||Trash and garbage removal are authorized for AAFES activities in CONUS. Otherwise, authorized only when APFs are not available or sufficient.|
|23. Minor construction and modernization . These terms are defined in the glossary. Also see terms for restoration, sustainment, real property, construction project, construction costs, and construction.||Authorized only per footnotes 7, 8, and 9 of this table.||Authorized. Not authorized for conditions outlined in footnotes 7, 8, and 9 of this table.|
|24. Sustainment and restoration . These terms are defined in the glossary.||Authorized.||Authorized when APFs are not available or sufficient.|
|25. Routine grounds maintenance . Applies to work required to maintain surrounding building grounds.||Authorized.||Authorized when APFs are not available or sufficient.|
|26. Supplies . Applies to supply items (expendables) that are consumed or lose their identity when used, or whose low value does not require the same accountability required for equipment. Included in this group are clothing, tentage, organizational tools, administrative and housekeeping supplies (other than in #21 of this table), petroleum fuels, lubricants, preservatives, coolants, oil derivatives.||Authorized for supplies required for ECECS.||Authorized.|
|27. Investment equipment . Relates to the acquisition and use of equipment that meets the criteria of investment items, as defined in DOD 7000.14-R (Volume 2A).||Not authorized, (except for use of surplus/excess government equipment) unless permitted by footnote 10 of this table.||Authorized.|
|28. Equipment . Includes the acquisition cost of any item of equipment, furniture, or furnishing that does not meet the criteria of an investment cost as defined in DOD 7000.14-R (Volume 2A).||Authorized for equipment required for ECECS and surplus/excess government equipment at all other locations and per footnote 10 of this table.||Authorized.|
|29. Other operating expenses . Includes the cost of types of resources not otherwise provided for, such as investments and loans, grants, subsidies and contributions, insurance claims and indemnities, interest and dividends, and payments instead of taxes, if such resources are included in operations appropriations.||Authorized for costs incurred incident to the performance of functions related to ECECS or as specifically authorized by statute or DOD publication.||Authorized.|
|30. Architecture and engineering services . Applies to professional services that include the necessary consultations, preparation of preliminary studies, analyses, cost estimates, working drawings, specifications, interior design and decoration, and the inspection and supervision services required for the construction, alteration, or restoration of real property facilities.||Authorized for APF construction and NAF construction when no additional manpower authorizations are required.||Authorized for NAF construction, except for inspection and supervision services required for government acceptance of the facility (see also para 3-3 c (10) (a) ).|
|31. Major construction . See glossary for a definition of this term.||Not authorized unless permitted by footnotes 7, 8, and 9 of this table.||Authorized. Not authorized for conditions in footnotes 7, 8, and 9 of this table.|
|32. Purchase of real property . Relates to the acquisition cost of land, buildings, and other fixed improvements.||Authorized only to the extent approved by Congress.||Not authorized, except for the purchase of commercially owned buildings located on government property.|
|33. Merchandise, service, and equipment for resale or rent . Pertains to that procured by AAFES for resale or rent to authorized patrons or related to the sale of merchandise or services.||Not authorized, unless permitted per footnotes 10 and 11 of this table.||Authorized.|
1. AAFES activities at designated remote and isolated locations are authorized APF funding under category B rules ( AR 215-1 and AFI 65-106 ).
|2. During Force Protection conditions at Charlie and Delta, AAFES activities are authorized APF support for civilian personnel with installation management and supervisory functions (excluding personnel directly and primarily involved in resale), utilities, rents, and custodian and janitorial services.|
|3. Active duty military personnel performing ECECS are authorized in sufficient numbers for AAFES programs to provide a trained cadre to meet wartime and deployment requirements and to perform managerial functions.|
|4. Enlisted personnel may be employed during non-duty hours by NAFIs as part- time NAF-paid employees.|
|5. APFs authorized for civilian personnel in sufficient numbers to provide a trained cadre to perform ECECS and managerial functions to meet exchange wartime deployment requirements in support of contingency, humanitarian, and peacekeeping operations. APF civilian positions may be provided by permanent assignment utilization and the assignment of additional or collateral duties, in lieu of military positions authorized by #1 b of this table and footnote 3, above. Where NAF positions are utilized, APF support is authorized for NAF expenditures incurred for compensation and benefits, travel of personnel, transportation of household goods, and education and training. APF support will be executed under an MOA as prescribed in DODI 1015.15 , pertaining to MWR utilization, support, and accountability and uniform funding and management practices.|
|6. Rates charged shall not include incremental or prorated share of overhead, maintenance, and repair to utility systems, or capital investments in the installation's utility infrastructure system unless otherwise specified by an MOU or installation support agreement.|
|7. APFs must be used for all AAFES facility construction (major and minor) determined by the applicable military Service to be required to establish, activate, or expand a military installation, including BRAC and global re-stationing requirements; relocation for convenience of the government; replacement of facilities denied by country-to-country agreements; and restoration of facilities and improvements destroyed by acts of nature, fire, or terrorism; antiterrorism/force protection measures required under DODI 2000.16 , and to correct life, safety, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and force protection deficiencies. Expansion must be the result of a mission change or influx of new units or systems, and result in a 25 percent increase in authorized and assigned personnel strength within a 2-year time span.|
|8. APFs are authorized and will be used for site development costs, archeological and ammunition clearances, environmental assessment and remediation, water purification, demolition, excessive utility connections, and road services.|
|9. APFs must be used for exchange administrative, storage, and maintenance facilities OCONUS; NAFs will be used for these facilities inside the United States. APFs must be used for facilities required in areas of military conflict or as integral parts of air terminal, hospital, housing, or other military construction projects. APFs must be used for all exchange-operated laundries, dry cleaning plants, bakeries, dairies, or similar facilities operated by exchanges when in support of a military mission (see para 3-4 for deviations/exceptions to use of NAFs in lieu of APFs). For all other exchange facilities, NAFs will be used.|
|10. APFs are authorized for losses caused by acts of nature; losses during wartime deployments, and in support of contingency, humanitarian, and peacekeeping operations; and for equipment required to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.|
|11. APFs are authorized for military clothing and other APF-funded items sold in military exchanges on a cost-reimbursable basis.|
C-1. Army and Air Force Exchange Service primary activities
AAFES is authorized to operate the below listed revenue-generating activities on military installations; in areas of military conflict; in military air terminals, hospitals, and housing areas (including government-owned, government-leased, or government-contracted); and in support of military operations. Any differences in this appendix and DODI 1330.21 are resolved in favor of DODI 1330.21.
a. Retail stores.
b. Mail-order, catalog, and e-commerce services.
c. Automobile services, including garages, fuel sales, car washes, and service stations.
d. Restaurants, cafeterias, and snack bars, and name-brand fast food outlets, including nationally and regionally recognized franchises and exchange signature brands.
e. Packaged beverage stores.
f. Barber and beauty services, including nail salons, day spas.
g. Flower shops.
h. Laundry, dry cleaning, and pressing plants and services.
i. Alteration and tailor services.
j. Product repair services, such as watch, shoe, radio, television, computer and electronic repair.
k. Photographic studios.
l. Vending machines.
m. Personal services.
o. Unofficial telecommunication services (including, but not limited to, pay telephone stations and telephone calling centers).
p. Military clothing sales operations.
q. Exchange credit programs.
r. Tax preparation services.
s. Exchange marts.
t. Motion picture theaters.
u. Rental of merchandise. Rental of any merchandise AAFES is authorized to sell.
v. The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force may prescribe in their regulations a selection of food and beverages, including malt beverages, wines, and other alcoholic beverages. Food items will supplement the primary full-line grocery service provided by the commissary system.
w. Pet services, including, but not limited to, pet grooming services.
C-2. Departmental authorized activities
The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force may authorize the exchanges to operate the activities listed below. Requests for AAFES operation will be forwarded for approval to the respective Army and Air Force military department at the appropriate addresses in paragraph 6-1 of this regulation.
a. Membership clubs (open messes), restaurants, cafeterias, and snack bars incidental to MWR programs. Includes national name-brand casual dining (full table service) restaurants as replacements for existing military MWR food operations.
b. Lodging operations in categories A, B, and C, as permitted in DODI 1015.12 , enclosure 3. Authorized users of these facilities are outlined in DODI 1015.12, paragraph 4.
c. School lunch programs.
d. Amusement machines. AAFES will own and operate, or contract for, amusement machines located in AAFES-operated outlets, and at the discretion of the garrison and installation commander in other locations. Displacement of AAFES-controlled amusement machines, or transfer of amusement machines to AAFES control, will be planned and coordinated with local AAFES management for orderly transition, to preclude disruption of service, financial loss, or conflict with expiration terms of contracts.
e. Recreational, social, and family support activities.
f. Animal kennels (services for boarding pets).
g. Personal Information Services. Personal Information Services is defined as Internet, telephone, or television services for which an individual user pays a fee to obtain service for personal use.
C-3. Additional authorized activities with special requirements
a. Fresh meat and produce departments. The garrison and installation commander may request the local GM, AAFES to sell fresh meat, fresh poultry, fresh seafood, fresh fruit, and produce when no commissary store is available on the installation or when fresh meat and produce are not available within a reasonable distance at a reasonable price, or in satisfactory quality and quantity. Other necessary grocery items may be sold without limitation in the number of items or container size.
b. Self-storage activities. These activities provide rental space in facilities and temporary rental storage units on military installations and government-owned or government-leased military housing areas for the temporary storage of personal possessions of authorized patrons. This does not include vehicle storage facilities, which are an authorized MWR operation. Proposals to establish and operate self-storage activities (major or minor construction or public-private ventures) shall be submitted 60 days in advance to the PDUSD(PR) for Congressional notification. Reporting requirements for construction and public-private ventures are found in DODI 7700.18 . Such notification will document the lack of adequate commercial facilities in the area around the installation or government-owned or government-leased military housing area and provide both a description of the process used to notify the local business community and the responses received. DOD components shall not establish and operate permanently constructed self-storage activities to include placing proposals under contract until the PDUSD(PR) approves the proposal and notifies Congress.
c. Medical and dental services including pharmacies. Medical services include, but are not limited to dental, optometry, audiology, and pharmacy activities.
(1) Proposals for medical services at specific locations must be submitted 60 days in advance to PDUSD(PR) for Congressional notification. The PDUSD(PR) must approve the offering of new medical and dental services and shall notify Congress of such approval. Congressional notification and PDUSD(PR) approval must be obtained before exchanges initiate construction or contract action, including entering into any license agreement with private practitioners.
(2) Proposals must include the garrison's/installation's name and location; statements that solicitations will include small businesses from the surrounding communities and that no military doctors will be used in the clinic; that the garrison and installation commander and local military health care facility commander support the project; the number of customers to be served; projected sales and financial return to the DOD, and AAFES; projected customer savings; a statement that space available for the service meets DOD military medical space requirements; a detailed site specific description of the contract award process, the contract requirements, the length of the contract, the scope of services to be offered; and specific benefits to Servicemembers. While there is no requirement that local business leaders agree with the new service, the local business community and government officials must be made aware of the initiative and the proposal must include their views.
(3) An MOA with the Army and Air Force Surgeon Generals are required for all health care services provided.
(4) Renotification is not required for renewal of a previously-approved specific medical concession at a specific location.
d. Optical shops. Services may not include eye exams or any medical procedures.
e. Magazines and periodicals. Magazines and periodicals are authorized exchange sale items. DODI 4105.70 governs the sale or rental of sexually explicit material on DOD property.
f. Firearms and ammunition. Firearms and ammunition are authorized exchange sale items. Firearms will be sold in compliance with federal laws and regulations. Overseas activities shall conform to all applicable SOFA requirements, as well as any requirements imposed by bilateral agreements between the United States and the host nation.
g. Name- brand fast-food operations. When establishing name-brand commercial fast-food operations, concession operations are preferred for military bases in the United States, and exchange direct-run operations are the preferred method for bases overseas. Both economic and non-economic factors shall be evaluated to decide on the method of operation that best meets the Exchange mission for each location. In addition, the following factors shall be considered in the aggregate: financial risk, customer service, employment opportunities, management control, operational risk, and investment opportunities. Primary consideration will be given to the overall quality of life and welfare of the active duty military community. Notice of deviations from the preferred method that result in major construction projects as defined in DODI 7700.18 will accompany the major construction program submitted to the PDUSD(PR) and include the evaluation of economic and non-economic factors.
h. New car sales. Only Armed Services exchanges are permitted to sell, publicize, or display new or factory certified cars or motorcycles on overseas DOD installations. This does not preclude brief periods of publicity and display of foreign cars or motorcycles as sponsor recognition authorized for military MWR programs. AAFES may sell automobiles and motorcycles only to authorized patrons who are stationed or are assigned overseas for 30 consecutive days or more. Orders may be taken for U.S.-made automobiles, foreign name-plated vehicles with at least 75 percent U.S. or Canadian content, and motorcycles. Sales may be made for stateside delivery or for in-country delivery where permitted under the SOFA.
i. Alternative fuels. The AAFES may sell alternative fuels to the general public in compliance with 42 USC 6374, 42 USC 7586, and Executive Order 13149.
j. Cable television services. AAFES may provide cable television services in compliance with 47 USC 548.
k. Home services. The AAFES is authorized to operate home services on or off DOD garrisons and installations, including, but not limited to, maid service, lawn care, and fence construction under concession contracts.
l. Automobile rental. AAFES is authorized to operate short-term automobile, truck, and trailer rental services on a concession basis. Leasing of vehicles is not authorized, nor is the sale of used vehicles.
m. Logistical facilities. AAFES is authorized to operate logistical, administration, storage, and maintenance facilities in support of the Exchange mission.
n. Plants. AAFES is authorized to operate laundries, dry cleaning plants, bakeries, dairies, or similar facilities in support of a military mission.
o. Taxicab and bus services. These services may be provided only to authorized patrons or civilians employed on military garrisons and installations. Each trip must either start or end on the military garrison and installation. Any travel off the installation must be incidental to providing transportation to or from the military garrison and installation.
p. Used media. Used media of any type, including, but not limited to, books, magazines, videos, recorded music, or computer software will not be sold unless specifically authorized by the AAFES director and chief executive officer. This does not apply to previously rented videos which may be sold by AAFES or its concessionaires when clearly identified as such.
q. Services. AAFES will not provide services that require the customer to sign a separate contract with a service provider, except as approved by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
r. Live animals. AAFES will not sell live animals, including fish, birds, or reptiles unless specifically authorized by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
s. Tattooing/body piercing. AAFES will not offer any form of permanent tattooing or body piercing (other than ear piercing consistent with standard industry retail practices) unless approved in advance by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
t. Vendor-owned equipment. AAFES will not use vendor-owned equipment except as authorized by the AAFES director and chief executive officer.
u. Insurance contracts. AAFES may sell, place, solicit, or service insurance contracts of any description to authorized patrons as a customer service only as specifically authorized by the AAFES director and chief executive officer and with the approval of the AAFES BOD.
v. Personal information services. Applies to Army garrisons only and provides for an AAFES and Army IMCOM, G-9 (Family and MWR Programs) noncompetitive partnership agreement to provide Internet, telephone, or television services for which an individual user pays a fee to obtain service. The partnership will operate under a mutually agreed upon MOU.
D-1. Sale restrictions
Exchanges in CONUS will not sell
a. Diamond settings with individual stones that exceed one and one-half carat.
b. Jewelry other than diamond jewelry with per unit (piece) cost to the Exchange in excess of the cost price of 2 ounces of gold.
c. Finished furniture with per unit (piece) cost to the Exchange in excess of $1,100.
(1) Exchanges in CONUS may not undertake new capital construction or renovation of an exchange facility of any kind for the purpose, in whole or in part, of providing additional space in which to sell finished furniture.
(2) At any location at which AAFES proposes to sell finished furniture, the GM, AAFES or garrison and installation commander will consult in advance with local furniture merchants and ascertain in writing whether there are any objections to the introduction of furniture at the Exchange facility.
(3) Any objections, along with a list of locations where exchanges propose to sell finished furniture, will be forwarded to the office of the PDUSD(PR) within 60 days in advance of sales, so that the office can notify the Armed Services Congressional Committees in advance.
(4) The office of the PDUSD(PR) must approve the offering of finished furniture at new locations and will notify the Congress of such approval prior to offering finished furniture at new locations.
d. Decorative housewares and furnishings with per unit (piece) cost to the Exchange Service in excess of $500.
e. Small appliances with per unit (piece) cost to the Exchange in excess of $150, except that there is no cost limitation on floor polishers, food processors, fans, coffee makers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, microwave ovens, refrigerators, rotisseries, roasters, broilers, and vacuum cleaners.
f. Recreational boats with per unit (piece) cost to the Exchange in excess of $750.
g. Sports, recreational, garden, and manual arts equipment and supplies, photographic supplies and film with per unit (piece) cost to the Exchange Service in excess of $500. There is no cost limitation on aquatic equipment; bicycles; cameras and projectors; camera and projector accessories; fishing equipment; golf club sets; guns and gun accessories; physical fitness exercise equipment; power tools; outdoor power equipment, including lawn mowers, edgers, and snow blowers; ski equipment; surfboards; and tents.
D-2. Changes to sale restrictions
Differences between the above restrictions and those contained in DODI 1330.21 , enclosure 4, are resolved in favor of those contained in DODI 1330.21, enclosure 4.
AAFES is not authorized to
a. Sell or solicit the sale of real estate to authorized patrons, either as a retail item or a service.
b. Operate pawnshops, adults-only entertainment centers, or childcare centers.
c. Sell, lease, or display new cars on installations except overseas (see app C for new car sales overseas).
d. Sell or lease space in AAFES facilities. The AAFES in-store bank, automated teller machine, and concession and franchise agreements are not leases as contemplated by this prohibition.
e. Provide paid or free babysitting services, non-sports or non-therapeutic massage (whether clothed or unclothed), legal services, financial planning services, or funeral and mortuary services.
f. Sell or solicit the sale of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or other investment instruments.
g. Use service or equipment items that contain product promotional advertisement, except where the product name is an integral part of the display. (Examples: packaged cereal and dessert displays, table condiments, gasoline pumps, and gasoline pylons.)
h. Authorize credit sales except as provided in this regulation.
i. Stock or sell drug abuse paraphernalia.
j. Sell or rent media of any type if it contains sexually explicit material (see DODI 4105.70 ).
k. Operate gambling devices in the United States and U.S. territories and possessions.
E-2. Continental United States restrictions
See appendix D for restrictions applicable to CONUS only.
F-1. Exceptions to exchange patronage within the 50 United States (to include the District of Columbia)
Garrison/installation commanders within the 50 United States (to include the District of Columbia) may request (through command channels) approval of deviations to the Armed Services Exchange regulations with regard to patronage privileges for individuals or classes and groups of persons. Exceptions for patronage privileges are approved only by the appropriate Secretary of the Army or the Secretary of the Air Force. Delegation of this authority is prohibited.
a. The garrison and installation commander must sign the request, and commanders at all levels must ensure that requests are fully responsive to the requirements prescribed herein.
b. The Army IMCOM or the Air Force MAJCOM recipients will conduct a judicious review of the respective garrison and installation request to determine if it should be forwarded.
c. If forwarded, requests will be submitted to
(1) Army: Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (DAIM-ISS), 600 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0600.
(2) Air Force: Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Director of Services (AF/A1S), 1770 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1770.
F-2. Evaluation criteria
The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force will approve exceptions for patronage privileges only under the most stringent circumstances.
a. Requests for exceptions will be submitted and evaluated primarily on the basis of the geographic isolation of the garrison and installation concerned. Such requests will be strictly limited to those items necessary to ensure a reasonable standard of living to DOD civilian and contract personnel and their families assigned to the isolated location.
b. Requests for exchange privilege exceptions will be submitted and evaluated solely on the basis of their necessity for alleviating conditions of personal hardship.
Requests for exceptions will include the following:
a. A by-name listing of civilians or classes and groups of persons (to include the number of individuals within the class/group) and their Family members at the specific installation for who exchange privileges are being requested.
b. The personal hardships being experienced, described in detail.
c. The reasons why commercial retail facilities cannot be used will be explained.
F-4. Exceptions to exchange and commissary patronageU.S. territories and possessions
a. DOD civilian employees and their dependents may be granted limited exchange and commissary access by the garrison and installation commander in accordance with table 7-2 . DOD civilian employees must be assigned under a valid transportation agreement (as defined in 41 CFR, Chapter 302). An annual report of all approved exceptions is required for the 12-month period prior to 30 January.
b. Employees of firms under contract to the U.S. Government and their dependents may be granted limited exchange and commissary access by the garrison and installation commander in accordance with table 7-2 . Employees must be hired in the 50 states or the District of Columbia and must exclusively serve the DOD. An annual report of all approved exceptions is required for the 12-month period prior to 30 January.
c. Non-DOD federal employees and their dependents may be granted limited exchange and commissary access by the Secretary of the Army or the Secretary of the Air Force and combatant commanders in accordance with table 7-2 . Delegation of this authority outside the Secretariat or Combatant Command Headquarters concerned is prohibited. Employees must be assigned under a service agreement or tour renewal agreement (defined in 41 CFR, Chapter 302). Requests will be sent to the garrison and installation commander by the federal agency and then forwarded through command channels to the appropriate address in paragraph F-1 , for consideration and processing to the applicable Secretariat. An annual report of all approved exceptions is required for the 12-month period prior to 30 January.
A report of deviations granted by the garrison and installation commander and appropriate Army/Air Force Secretariat is required by DODI 1330.21 . Deviations approved by commanders allowing access to exchanges and commissaries (see para F-4 a and para F-4 b ) will be submitted through command channels to the appropriate Army/Air Force at the address in paragraph F-1 . The report must include the names of the employee and Family members and the justification required in paragraph F-4 a and paragraph F-4 b . This report will be compiled with approvals granted by the Army/Air Force Secretariat and submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Defense by Headquarters, Department of the Army and Headquarters, Department of the Air Force (see para F-1 ).
Army and Air Force Exchange Service
Department of the Army Committee Management Office
Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management
Air Force: Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services
Air Force: Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Director of Services
Air Force Instruction
Air Force Joint Instruction
Air Force Manual
Air Force Policy Directive
AAFES Imprest Fund Activity
APFs or APF
appropriated funds or appropriated fund
board of directors
base realignment and closures
chief financial officer
Code of Federal Regulations
continental United States
certified public accountant
Department of the Army
Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (Soldier and Family Support Division)
District of Columbia
Department of Defense
Department of Defense directive
Department of Defense instruction
Department of Defense Inspector General
direct operating exchange-tactical
executive control and essential command supervision
Equal Employment Opportunity
exchange operating procedure
Federal Acquisition Regulation
Freedom of Information Act
General Accountability Office
Headquarters, Department of the Army
Installation Management Command
major command (Air Force)
military clothing sales store
memorandum of agreement
memorandum of understanding
morale, welfare, and recreation
NAF or NAFs
nonappropriated fund or nonappropriated funds
NAFI or NAFIs
nonappropriated fund instrumentality or nonappropriated fund instrumentalities
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
outside the continental United States
permanent change of station
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness)
staff judge advocate
status of forces agreement
tactical field exchange
United States Code
United Services Organization
An action taken against an employee that is contrary to the employee's best interests; it can be appealed under the procedures in EOP 15-10.
A specific named person authorized on a temporary basis (not exceeding 1 year unless extended for continuing hardship) by the commanding officer, at the command level designated by the Army/Air Force concerned to shop for an authorized patron in extreme hardship cases; or when no adult dependent member is capable of shopping due to sickness or stationing away from their household.
Air Force Services
An organization whose mission is to increase combat capability and improve productivity through programs promoting readiness, esprit de corps, and quality of life for Air Force people. Programs include physical fitness, peacetime and wartime troop feeding, mortuary affairs, Armed Forces entertainment, Air Force protocol, lodging, libraries, child development centers, youth centers, and a wide spectrum of recreation activities.
Beverages including wines, malt beverages, and distilled spirits.
Electronic machine that accepts coins to play and provides entertainment or pleasurable diversions. This does not include Army Recreation Machine Program or Air Force Services Gaming machines.
A facility reporting directly to a branch and which, for accounting, management, and operational and administrative control, is considered to be a component of that branch.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service Imprest Fund Activity
An activity that furnishes exchange support to a small military unit where it is impractical to establish a regular exchange outlet.
An activity for which separate asset and financial accountability exists.
Business based action
Non-disciplinary, involuntary action taken to adjust personnel resources.
An expression of dissatisfaction.
Includes major and minor construction and modifications (see definitions at major and minor construction).
The direct cost for labor, material, installed equipment integral to the facility, supervision, inspection and overhead, and profit required in order to construct a facility. It includes design costs when part of a design/build construction contract. It does not include design costs prior to construction contract award or the cost of collateral equipment.
The erection, installation, or assembly of a new facility; the addition, expansion, extension, alteration, conversion, or replacement of an existing facility; or the relocation of a facility from one place to another. Includes equipment installed and made a part of such facilities, and related site preparation, demolition, excavation, filling, and landscaping, or other improvements.
Continental United States
The 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.
A person authorized to execute and administer contracts on behalf of AAFES, within the limits imposed in their designation, and to make determination and findings with respect thereto.
Contracts include all contractual arrangements prescribed by the AAFES director and chief executive officer, in AAFES purchasing procedures, including
a. Agency contract . A contract whereby AAFES performs certain services as an agent for another who is dealing with AAFES customers.
b. Concessionaire contract . A contract between AAFES and another, known as a concessionaire, whereby the concessionaire performs certain authorized exchange activities on a military installation.
c. Vending machine contract (rental basis) . A contract whereby a contractor rents to AAFES and services vending machines that vend merchandise owned by AAFES on a military installation.
d. Installment contract . An agreement whereby, in consideration of the purchase of property or equipment, the purchase price is divided into parts payable over a period of time.
e. Service contract . A contract whereby a contractor performs a service for AAFES off a military installation, such as laundry, dry cleaning, photo processing, and repair service. This type contract may also include procurement of direct services such as janitorial and window cleaning service, or financial services provided by a financial institution.
Dram shop certification
Required by employees selling alcohol to ensure they are aware of their liability in serving alcohol to underage patrons or serving alcohol to someone who appears drunk under the influence.
Exchange (post exchange/base exchange)
The organizational grouping of businesses and services that provide exchange services on Army and Air Force military installations and other locations where AAFES operates.
Materials and articles, exclusive of motor vehicles, equipment, and other fixed assets that are used or consumed in performing administrative or customer services.
A general term used to designate any separate unit of real property at which exchange selling and administrative or support functions are performed.
An individual whose relationship to the sponsor leads to entitlements, benefits, or access administered by the Uniformed Services. Family members include
a. Dependent children 21 or over . Children, including adopted children, stepchildren, and wards, who are 21 years of age or older, unmarried, and dependent upon the sponsor for over half of their support and either incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical handicap; or have not passed their 23rd birthday and are enrolled in a full-time course of study at an institution of higher education.
b. Dependent children under 21 . Unmarried children under 21 years of age, including pre-adoptive children, adopted children, stepchildren, foster children, and wards dependent on the sponsor for over half of their support.
c. Lawful spouse . If separated, a dependent spouse retains privileges until a final divorce decree is issued.
d. Orphans . Surviving unmarried children of a deceased uniformed Servicemember or retired member of a Uniformed Service, who are either adopted or natural born and under the age of 21, or who are over 21 and incapable of self-support; or under 23 and enrolled in a full-time course of study. The surviving children must have been dependents under the Family member definitions at the time of the death of the parent or parents.
e. Parents . Father, mother, stepparent, parent by adoption, and parents-in-law, who depend on the sponsor for over half of their support. The surviving dependent parents of a member of the Armed Services who dies while on active duty are included.
f. Surviving Family member . Children or parents of a sponsor who are dependent on the surviving spouse for over half their support.
g. Surviving spouse . A widow or widower of a sponsor who has not remarried or who, if remarried, has reverted through divorce, annulment, or the demise of the spouse, to an unmarried status.
h. Unmarried children . Unmarried children, including pre-adoptive children, adopted children, stepchildren, foster children, and wards not having passed their 23rd birthday and enrolled in a full-time course of study at an institution of higher education and dependent on the sponsor for over half of their support.
i. Un-remarried former spouse . An un-remarried former spouse of a member or former member of the Uniformed Services, who (on the date of the final decree of divorce, dissolution, or annulment) had been married to the member or former member for a period of at least 20 years during which period the member or former member performed at least 20 years of service creditable for retired or retainer pay, or equivalent pay.
Buildings and improvements, motor vehicles, equipment, and other fixed assets owned and capitalized by AAFES.
a. Building and improvements . AAFES investment in renovation and construction of facilities.
b. Equipment . Any item not for resale that meets the dollar thresholds as established by the AAFES director and chief executive officer in the EOP that has a life expectancy of 1 year or more, including
(1) Vehicles used exclusively for sale of food, merchandise, or services. (These vehicles will be considered motor vehicles for insurance purposes.)
(2) Equipment designed for use in depots, warehouses, stockrooms, and port operations, such as forklifts, tow motors, tow tractors, and trailer movers.
(3) Equipment designed for earth moving, lawn cutting, and snow removal.
c. Motor vehicles . Passenger, cargo, and special purpose vehicles designed for use on public highways.
d. Other fixed assets . Multiple or groups of similar items not for resale that do not meet the dollar threshold for being classified as equipment (see para b , above), but that meet the established categories and dollar thresholds for being capitalized.
For purposes of this regulation, the Army uses garrison to define any real property or area that is controlled, owned, or leased by DA.
For the purpose of this regulation, garrison commanders are responsible for exchange operations at Army locations, such as a base, camp, post, station, yard, center, home port facility for any ship, or other activity under the jurisdiction of the DOD, including leased facilities.
General manager (GM)
An AAFES civilian employee who is responsible to a region senior vice president for the operational supervision of AAFES activities located on a garrison and installation that is part of a region.
A complaint that has been reduced to writing (this definition applies only to proceedings within the purview of this regulation and EOP 15-10).
Inside the United States
The 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
For the purpose of this regulation, the Air Force uses installation to define any real property or area that is controlled, owned, or leased by the Department of the Air Force.
For purposes of this regulation, installation commanders are responsible for exchange operations at Air Force locations, such as a base, camp, post, station, yard, center, home port facility for any ship, or other activity under the jurisdiction of the DOD, including leased facilities.
Vendor invoice plus warehousing and applicable transportation costs.
Generally, purchasing privileges exclude tax-free alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and military uniforms. Other limitations are explained in table 7-2 .
A construction project with a construction component cost that exceeds $750,000.
Matters of official interest
Any matter that concerns or affects AAFES business, personnel, customers and reputation; either on-duty conduct, or off-duty conduct that has a nexus to AAFES or has any implications regarding the employee's ability to perform their job. This includes, but is not limited to, activities on AAFES premises and involving AAFES merchandise, funds, or property; interactions between activities of, or actions by and affecting AAFES personnel whether in their official capacity or in any way affecting AAFES; information about or concerning customers including transactional information and financial activities; and any matter affecting AAFES' reputation in the community, within the government, or with its customers.
Any method used to convey an advertising message; it includes newspapers, magazines, trade, and professional journals, special printed matter, circulars, flyers, posters, signs, radio, television, and other promotional devices such as decals, table tents, or activity calendars.
Items of consumer goods purchased and offered for sale to authorized customers through retail, food, service, and vending outlets.
A construction project with a construction component cost between $200,000 and $750,000.
Includes alterations of facilities solely to implement new or higher standards (including regulatory changes) to accommodate new functions, or to replace building components that typically last more than 50 years (such as foundation, structural members).
Morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) programs
Those military MWR programs located on DOD installations or on property controlled (by lease or other means) by the DOD or furnished by a DOD contractor that provide mission sustainment, community support, and other revenue-generating programs for authorized DOD personnel. They include the programs listed in respective Army and Air Force regulations and instructions, as implemented from DODI 1015.10 . Private organizations are not MWR programs.
Nonappropriated fund (NAF)
Cash and other assets received from sources other than Congressional appropriations. NAFs are government funds used for the collective benefit of those who generate them. These funds are separate and apart from funds that are recorded in the books of the Treasurer of the United States.
Nonappropriated fund instrumentality (NAFI)
A U.S. Government organization and fiscal entity that performs essential government functions. It is not a federal agency. It acts in its own name to provide, or assist other DOD organizations in providing MWR and other programs for military personnel, their families, and authorized civilians. It is established and maintained individually or jointly by two or more DOD components. As a fiscal entity, it maintains custody of and control over its NAFs, equipment, facilities, land, and other assets. It is responsible for the prudent administration, safeguarding, preservation, and maintenance of those APF resources made available to carry out its function. With its NAFs, it contributes to the MWR programs of other authorized organizational entities, when so authorized. It is not incorporated under the laws of any state or the District of Columbia and enjoys the legal status of an instrumentality of the United States. NAFIs are not persons subject to federal trade and antitrust laws, and they are not subject to state regulation or control in absence of specific authorization in a federal statute.
Outside the continental United States (OCONUS)
Areas other than the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. Includes Alaska, Hawaii, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. territories and possessions.
Outside the United States
All locations except the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
Areas other than the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
Packaged alcoholic beverage
An alcoholic beverage in an unopened container for consumption at a location other than the place of sale.
An artificial coin used in combat, mobilization, contingency areas where U.S. coinage is not readily available.
Items furnished without charge to advertise an activity, product, service, or event or to serve as an inducement to buy.
Principal management official
Individuals with the delegated authority for administrative and disciplinary actions involving a loss of pay or grade, to include separations. Specific delegations are contained in EOP 15-10.
All functions pertaining to purchasing, renting, leasing, or otherwise obtaining merchandise, equipment, supplies, facilities, and services.
An organizational element assigned the responsibility for purchasing merchandise, equipment, supplies, facilities, or services.
Lands, buildings, structures, utilities systems, improvements, and appurtenances thereto. Includes equipment attached to and made part of buildings and structures (such as heating systems) but not movable equipment (such as plant equipment).
Remote and isolated locations
Sites identified as remote and isolated locations in accordance with DODI 1015.10 and the DOD approved list of military locations. Also see departmental regulations.
The Army National Guard, the Army National Guard of the United States, the Air National Guard, the Air National Guard of the United States, the Army Reserve, the Naval Reserve, the Marine Corps Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Coast Guard Reserve, and the Reserve Officers of the Public Health Service. Members of the Reserve Components include all individuals in any category of the foregoing, whether on active or inactive status, to include any retirees who would be eligible for retired pay except for the fact that they have not reached age 60.
Includes the restoration of facilities damaged by inadequate sustainment, excessive age, natural disaster, fire, accident, or other causes.
Retired uniformed military personnel
The term retired uniformed personnel includes
a. All retired personnel carried on the official retired lists (Active and Reserve) of the Uniformed Services, who are retired with pay, granted retirement pay for physical disability, or entitled to retirement pay whether or not such pay is waived, or pending due to age requirement.
b. Members of the Retired Reserve who are eligible for retired pay at age 60, but have not yet reached age 60.
c. Personnel on the emergency officers' retired list of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps who retired under 38 USC, (reference (l)).
d. Officers, crews of vessels, light keepers, and depot keepers of the former Lighthouse Service who retired under 33 USC (reference (m)).
e. Retired noncommissioned ships' officers and crewmembers of the NOAA and its predecessors, who either were on active duty as a vessel employee on 19 July 1963, and whose employment as such vessel employee was continuous from that date until the date of retirement, or who had retired as a vessel employee on or before 19 July, 1963.
A member of the Armed Forces who is discharged from the Armed Forces at their request based on the member being the only surviving child in a family in which the father or mother, or one or more siblings, was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently disabled while serving honorably in the Armed Forces.
State tax-free items
Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products which are purchased and resold by AAFES free of state and local excise taxes.
Includes maintenance and repair activities necessary to keep an inventory of facilities in good working order. It includes regularly scheduled adjustments and inspections, preventive maintenance tasks, and emergency response and service calls for minor repairs. It also includes major repairs or replacement of facility components (usually accomplished by contract) that are expected to occur periodically throughout the life cycle of facilities. This work includes regular roof replacement, refinishing of wall surfaces, repairing and replacement of heating and cooling systems, replacing tile and carpeting, and similar types of work. It does not include environmental compliance costs, facility leases, or other tasks associated with facilities operations (such as custodial services, grounds services, waste disposal, and the provision of central utilities).
Tactical field exchange (TFE)
An exchange activity established for a temporary period to support a military contingency operation or training exercise.
Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; cadets and midshipmen of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard academies; commissioned officers of the NOAA; commissioned officers of the Public Health Service; and members of the Reserve Components while on extended active duty.
The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard; commissioned officers of the Public Health Service; and active duty and retired commissioned officers of vessels of the NOAA and its predecessors, the Coast and Geodetic Survey, and the Environmental Science Services Administration.
U.S. Government employee
A federal civilian employee of DOD directly hired and paid from APFs or NAFs.
U.S. territories and possessions
Includes Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the American Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.