Through out a service members’ career they will make multiple trips to a Military Exchange, whether its to get gear they may need or something for themself the Exchange will carry everything they need. Gift cards are never a bad idea when thinking of something to send to your service member whether they are in boot camp/basic training or stationed and in their unit.
The military has four different types of Exchanges that service members can shop at:
- The MCX – The Marine Corps Exchange
- AAFES – The Army and Air Force Exchange
- NEX – The Navy Exchange
- CGX – The Coast Guard Exchange
Here’s everything you need to know about purchasing an exchange gift card for your service member:
- Can a recruit/trainee use an exchange gift card during boot camp/basic training? YES. Your recruit/trainee will have opportunities to visit the exchange a few times through out their training in order to purchase supplies such as (stamps, envelopes, stationary, protein bars, etc.). A recruit/trainee WILL NOT be punished by their Drill Instructor/Drill Sergeant/Military Training Instructor for having/using a gift card when they visit the exchange.
- Where can the Exchange gift card be used? Although there are different Exchanges for different branches gift cards can be used/redeemed at any Exchange. If you purchase an MCX gift card it can be redeemed at an NEX, CGX, or AFFES and vise versa.
- Can the Exchange gift card work as a debit card? Gift cards are for a one time use and can not be reloaded. They will not work like a debit card and once the balance has been used the card is not longer active.
- My recruit/trainee graduated before they could use the gift card. The gift card does not expire and can be used anytime for purchases at any Military Exchange.