The Exchange

Army National Guard: Active Duty Under Title 10 USC or Title 32 USC (Full-Time National Guard Duty)

Benefit Fact Sheet

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The Exchange has an enduring mission to provide quality merchandise and services to its customers at competitively low prices and to generate earnings that provide a dividend to support Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. 


National Guard service members on federal active duty and their ID card-holding family members are eligible to purchase merchandise and services from the Exchange. On January 1, 2020, in-store privileges expanded to all Veterans with service-connected disabilities, Veterans who are Purple Heart recipients, Veterans who are former prisoners of war and primary family caregivers for Veterans who are enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

In October 2021, Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians and retirees were granted in-store and online shopping privileges.

Additionally, all honorably discharged Veterans can shop the Exchange tax-free online for life. Veterans can verify their eligibility at

Benefit Highlights


The Exchange’s enduring mission is to make the lives of soldiers and airmen better through the goods and services it offers. The Exchange goes where soldiers, airmen and their families go to improve their quality of life through retail goods and services. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange celebrated 128 years of service in 2023.


Be the preferred retail and services provider for the military family through extraordinary customer experience and value pricing.


When military members deploy to remote locations around the world, the Exchange is with them, offering products and services to bring troops a taste of home. Since 9/11, the Exchange has deployed more than 4,900 associates. Other Exchange support last year included outfitting 609,000 troops with combat uniforms and serving four million school lunches to their Children and operating seven plants providing baked goods, bottled water and ice to overseas bases. Any American can support military members worldwide by sending gift cards through the Exchange by logging on to or calling 800-527-2345.


Online at, the Exchange offers products in every category and the same national brand merchandise found in brick-and-mortar stores. The Exchange's online assortment is updated continually, offering convenience for those who do not live near a military installation. Online shoppers pay no sales tax and enjoy free delivery when using a Military Star Card or when their online purchases total $49 or more.


The Exchange is a major source of employment for military families. Approximately 85% of the Exchange's 28,700 associates have a direct connection to the military. Nearly 12% of the workforce is made up of Veterans and 22% of associates are military spouses. In 2022, the Exchange was named a top Military Friendly Employer and a top Military Spouse Friendly Employer by Viqtory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazine. The Exchange was also named a Best for Vets employer in 2022 by Military Times.


In the last 10 years, the Exchange benefit has provided $3.5 billion in earnings for critical military Quality-of-Life programs such as outfitting more than 609,000 Warfighters The Exchangeat cost annually, providing school meal support for Department of Defense Education Activity facilities overseas and delivering needed services to locations impacted by natural disasters.


The Exchange funds 98% of its operating budget from the sale of goods and services. The remaining 2% of Exchange funding comes from Appropriated Funds; the vast majority of this support is devoted to transporting goods overseas to make American goods available to those serving abroad.


The Exchange operates 120 main stores, 164 Military Clothing facilities, more than 560 convenience stores (troop stores, Express locations, Class Six outlets) and mThe Exchangeore than 50 theaters. In addition, the Exchange has more than 1,500 quick-serve restaurants, such as Taco Bell, Burger King and Starbucks. Concession operations overseen by the Exchange add more than 2,785 more activities. The Exchange also operates contingency locations in Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Exchange Online Store at:

Document Review Date: 19 December 2023