In March 2014, the Department of Defense proposed eliminating $1 billion of funding from the Defense Commissary Agency's budget over between FY2015 and FY2017 while converting the agency into a Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI). The intent of the Department is to no longer offer a non-pay compensation benefit to military personnel and their families by offering food and household items at cost. The commissaries would be required to become self-sufficient and be managed like any other grocery chain.
The Armed Forces Marketing Council believes the proposal breaks faith with military families while conceiving a system that has not been studied, analyzed or proven. There will be numerous adverse impacts on both the military families and the military community as a whole, as well as on retention and readiness.