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Military Base Privileges
Personnel Specialist 1st (SW/AW) Stephanie Watkins glances at the assortment of items at the Navy Exchange (NEX), Bahrain. The NEX is part of NSA Bahrain's 188,000 square-foot Installation Services Support Center, named "Freedom Souq" which houses the NEX, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, post office, and Navy Federal Credit Union under one roof. Official U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Bobby Northnagle.
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Military personnel and their families have many base privileges, these include but are not limited to the use of the Commissary, Exchange, and MWR.


Military Commissaries are on base supermarkets that are open to all military members, families and retirees. All products within the commissary are tax-free but there is a 5% surcharge. Authorized shoppers only need to show proper military ID to use the commissary. (Military family members have dependent military I.D.’s)


Post exchanges (PX), base exchanges, Army and Air Force exchange service (AAFES), Navy exchangesMarine exchanges (NEX), and shoppettes are all examples of military exchange stores. The exchange is the military department and drug store.  They offer discounted products ranging from televisions, housewares, furniture, etc.  Class six stores are convenience stores that sell tobacco, snack foods, alcohol, and hygiene products.  Some stay open 24 hours a day.  A military ID is required.


Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) activities include arts and crafts facilities, bowling centers, golf courses, movie theaters, libraries, outdoor recreation, recreation centers, youth centers activities and recreation membership clubs.  You will be surprised by how many recreation activities are offered to military members.  The Army has almost 50 golf courses and the Air Force has almost 70! There are many opportunities that many active duty member don’t even know about such as concert and theme park tickets and discounts.