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Letters to the Editor: Aug. 6

Aug. 4, 2012 - 01:55PM   |  
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You can bag military commissaries

The military’s commissaries are not necessarily needed, especially when the cost to the government is so high.

Service members stationed in the States still have access to American grocery stores, which cost about the same. The commissary has coupon perks, but Wal-Mart accepts coupons from other stores on top of manufacturer coupons, as long as they are not expired.

The only commissaries I feel are needed would be for service members stationed in foreign countries.

I like to shop at the German grocery stores at times, but the commissary keeps my morale up because there are certain foods that just make you feel at home. And you can’t get those foods in other countries sometimes.

I’m not sure why service members rate the exchange so high because, to me, they are pretty expensive. I realized a long time ago that if I could buy the same item at the commissary, it would be cheaper.

Don’t get me wrong, the exchange is good, but some everyday items are overpriced.

— Army Spc. Roger Boyer, Mannheim, Germany

Leftover rounds can save Army money

If the Army’s trying to save money, I can identify one area of waste that can be addressed: ammunition.

It seems every time I go to a range or other exercise, at the completion of the event, we expend all remaining rounds just so we don’t have to go to the trouble of returning them. It’s been this way with every unit I’ve been part of, going back to the blank ammunition we used in ROTC training.

I’ve never been part of the logistics of drawing and returning ammunition (and perhaps there are safety issues with reusing loose, possibly dirty or damaged rounds), but I suspect that a little process improvement could save the Army a lot of money here.

Perhaps all that is necessary is for sergeants major to give guidance to their units that noncommissioned officers should be expected — though not required — to return at least a handful of unfired rounds when they return brass from training.

— Army Capt. Paul Froehlich, Heidelberg, Germany

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