Why doesn't the commissary check IDs at the door?

Question: For more than 35 years, I have been using the commissary system throughout the world. The facility at Naval Base Ventura County is one of the best I have used. One concern I have is seeing authorized patrons making purchases for unauthorized persons. Why doesn’t the commissary check IDs at the door like I’ve seen in Hawaii? Why are persons without military IDs allowed inside a facility they are not authorized to use?

Answer: First, thank you for your question and for your service.

The Defense Commissary Agency eliminated the ID checker position at stores in the continental United States several years ago, opting instead to check IDs at the register. Ultimately, it is the prerogative of each military ID cardholder whether or not to have guests accompany them aboard base. In the commissary, only authorized patrons are allowed to make purchases, enforced by 100 percent ID checks by cashiers.

It is the responsibility of each authorized patron to use their commissary privilege responsibly. Although you may see patrons making purchases you believe are for their guests, this does not mean they’re breaking the rules. For example, if you are having guests over for dinner, can they help select parts of the meal? Yes, they can.

If someone is going to abuse their privilege by making purchases for friends, they can do so even if the friend is not allowed in the commissary. Those found to be abusing their commissary privileges can have those privileges revoked.

Keep the questions and feedback coming! You can submit via this forum at lighthouse@navy.mil, online using the CO’s Suggestion Box at http://cnic.navy.mil/ventura/index.htm or at www.Facebook.com/NavalBaseVenturaCounty. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NBVCCalifornia and keep up on the latest news and events.

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