Posted on Apr 11, 2020
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This is in an AIT setting that is longer than 20 weeks. Due to the COVID-19 precautions, access to the commissary and exchange is limited. I've bought some items from the commissary to sell to other soldiers. Snacks and Energy drinks mostly. The DS doesn't seem to care at the moment but says I need to know the regulations as some higher-ups might have an issue with it. Mentioned something about competing with AAFES and making a profit from other soldiers? No one is forced to buy, nor am I endorsed or advertised by the command. Pricing is cheaper than the shoppette, but more than the commissary, saving others time and money and increasing morale. A search on google hasn't turned up anything solid. Any guidance and advice are appreciated.
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There's a couple of competing issues here.

First, ANY time you are soliciting money from Soldiers at a workplace or federal building, there are ethics laws that come into play concerning funding. Even your company training room store, FRG fund raisers, and SAMC non profits have to abide by federal laws and ethics guidelines because they are soliciting money on federal property. Every one of these requires a JAG review when a new chapter or group is created and there is no SOP in place.
Second, you are not a store or an official business. That means you are running an unofficial, unlicensed business from the barracks. While the NCOs might not care, they don't have to take responsibility for it either. Once someone mentions [complains] to the commander, the CDR will be forced to give the yay or nay to your side business. He will have to ask himself, "if I approve of this, could it blow up in my face?". The answer to that is yes, a hundred different ways, yes.
There is also the AAFES non competition clause you mentioned, and yes that is a real thing. Of course, you're only competing once you are an official business
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I'm willing to bet that there is a policy letter in place at his AIT, especially since it "is longer than 20 weeks" and it is TRADOC, that his commander knows off the top of their head. 9-11 also saw restricted access to authorized on-base retailers which would serve the basis that a policy letter would have been written if it somehow hadn't been written beforehand. At least an interview with his commander about the issue that he would be informed how to get around whatever if his commander was interested in his "side hustle" continuing in any form. :)
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PFC (Join to see) I would definitely agree with you on that lol
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PFC (Join to see) Great advice has been offered by SFC (Join to see). I would not go forward with this plan without command approval, and you can expect it to be disapproved.
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Since you don't already know.... This is a "side hustle" or 2nd job. All "side hustles" need to be approved by your commander.
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