The Army & Air Force Exchange Service Board of Directors announced that the Exchange paid a dividend of $224 million in 2012. These funds are critical to Army, Air Force, National Guard, Marine Corps and Navy morale, welfare and recreation efforts.
“Historically, roughly two-thirds of Exchange earnings are paid to the services’ morale, welfare and recreation programs with the other third used to build new stores or renovate existing facilities,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Adviser Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “This structure means that authorized customers are, essentially, ‘investors.’ Fortunately, thrifty shoppers rediscovering the value the Exchange offers allowed for a healthy return on their investment.”
With a mission to provide quality goods and services at competitively low prices and generate earnings to support quality of life efforts, the dual benefit the Exchange provides military families goes far beyond the clothes, electronics and snacks on shelves.
Customers who shop the Exchange’s brick and mortar stores or online at www.shopmyexchange.com help make the military community a better place to live and work. In fact, purchases made in the past 10 years have provided more than $2.4 billion to military programs such as Youth Services, post functions, gyms and aquatic centers.
Exchange support to the military in fiscal year 2012 was not limited to Soldiers and Airmen. Because the Exchange operates at Marine and Navy locations, funds were also returned to Marines and Sailors. The fiscal 2012 dividend of $224 million was distributed as follows:
Army: $127.8 million
Air Force: $74.7 million
Marines: $18.8 million
Navy: $2.7 million
TOTAL: $224 million