Military Exchanges have a dual mission to offer competitively priced goods and services, and they generate earnings to support morale, welfare, and recreation programs. Because dietary supplements are widely marketed and available from both civilian retail stores and websites, military shoppers want to purchase the same products found in their local economy. Vitamins, minerals, and other supplements are no exception, so in response to customer demands, supplements are sold at Exchanges. Although the military mission is unique, its members represent a cross section of society and generally parallel those of their civilian counterparts.
Although it’s best to try to get your nutrients from a healthy diet, supplements can provide additional nutrients when your diet is lacking. Scientific evidence supports the benefits of some supplemental dietary nutrients for certain health conditions such as iron deficiency.
The Exchanges comply with state, federal, and military guidance concerning product safety. Exchanges have robust Quality Assurance processes that ensure defective or dangerous merchandise is promptly removed from shelves if a product is deemed unsafe by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Updated 05 March 2019