Defense Commissary Agency

About DeCA (Defense Commissary Agency)

The Defense Commissary Agency, which is headquartered at Fort Lee, VA., operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items that are variably priced plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

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DeCA Facts

  • Annual operating Budget- Congressionally Funded (no profit)
  • Headquarters- Fort Lee, Virginia (does not choose overseas assortment)
  • FY 2019 Sales- $5 Billion
  • 238 stores Worldwide (168 in CONUS and 70 OCONUS)
  • Merchandise sold at cost plus 1% to cover shrinkage, plus 5% surcharge applied at register
  • Vendor Stocking-required for some categories
  • Estimated that 45% of DeCA shoppers are retirees
  • Commissaries recognized as the #1 non-pay benefit
  • DeCA has a benchmark of 30% Patron Savings vs. Civilian Grocery
  • Fewer operating hours than a traditional grocery stores