USFK Ration Control Program

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Mission

Take "reasonable and prudent" measures to ensure that duty free goods are kept off of the Korean market per the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the US and Korean government. Responsible for producing and distributing ration control cards. Produce ration control policy violation reports. Collect and analyze data to detect black marketing activities. Provide information to assist investigative agencies.

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Ration Limits

Your limit is determined by family size as tracked by the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS). To ensure you are being measured against the correct purchase limit, make sure all your dependents, even infants, are registered in DBIDS.

Commissary & Liquor Limit

Effective 2 August 2013, the commissary, liquor/alcohol and beer limits have been updated to the following

Item Individual For Each Additional Family Member
Commissary Limits $800 + $300
Alcohol/Liquor Limits 3 units + 2 units
Beer Limit 6 cases + 2 cases

NOTE:

Commissary Limit:

1.  The dollar limits will apply to all items purchased from the commissaries.  The 5% surcharge is not considered part of the purchase.

2.  The dollar limits are monthly and not cumulative from month to month.

3.  For individuals with temporary privileges, the dollar limit on the temporary RCC is valid for the period specified and is not cumulative; unused amounts become void at the time of expiration.

4.  Local-hire civilian employees whose spouse has a separate, independent basis for his or her presence in the ROK will have the One Person limit.

5.  Newly arrived permanent party personnel and their families may exceed their monthly limit by 50% for the first three months.  The 50% does not apply to the liquor and beer limits.  Regardless of arrival date, the first month is considered from arrival date to end of that month.

Alcohol Limit:

  • One unit of liquor =  fifth, quart or liter
  • Current Liquor Sales Inventory
  • 1 gallon = 4 units
  • 1.75 liter = 2 units
  • 700-750 ml = 1 unit
  • 1 pint/375 ml = 1/2  unit
  • 1 miniature = 1/12 of a unit

- The liquor limits are monthly and not cumulative from month to month.

- Wine is not counted against the liquor limits.

Beer Limit: 

  • 24pk of 12 oz bottle or can = 1 case
  • 12pk of 12oz bottle or can = 0.5 case
  • 6pk of 12 oz bottle or can = 0.25 case
  • ½ barrel or ½ keg = 3.5 case

Ration Control Overview

Why do we have ration control?

  • The US-ROK SOFA requires USFK, in cooperation with the authorities of the Republic of Korea, to take such steps as are necessary to prevent the improper disposition of duty-free goods. Black marketing is defined as the illegal transfer of duty-free goods to unauthorized individuals. Black marketing offenses have been committed by authorized patrons of AAFES and DECA facilities and by non-SOFA employees of these facilities. Prevention efforts are directed at all known classes of potential offenders.
  • The lure of duty free goods attracts many black marketers who if left unchecked would strip the shelves bare, leaving virtually nothing for legitimate purchasers.
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) underwrites the cost of transporting goods to the Republic of Korea for AAFES and DECA. Black marketing increases those transportation costs as goods, in excess of authorized patron requirements are shipped at US government expense.
  • Import tax is an important source of revenue for the Korean government. Allowing unqualified persons access to duty free goods causes the Korean government to suffer loss of tax revenue.

Personnel Authorized Access to Duty Free Goods

Category Mode of Access
Members of the Armed Forces CAC ID
Members of the Civilian Component CAC ID
USFK Invited Contractors (ICs) and Technical Representatives (TRs) CAC ID
Retired US military (Reserve or Active) drawing full retirement pay and benefits (Green Retiree ID) Retired ID (DD Form 2)
Active Duty Family Members while military, DoD civilian, USFK IC/TR sponsor and Retiree (Green Retiree ID holder) is present in the territory of the ROK or assigned to the ROK

Ration Control Card, Dependent ID

Active Reservists stationed in the ROK with a CAC CAC ID
Third Country forces assigned to the ROK to a UN Command and their family members Ration Control Card, UNC Form 4 (UNC ID Card)
US Citizen employees of the US government in official capacity while in the ROK (Ex. Embassy) Ration Control Card, Base Pass
TDY Military, Civilian, Contractors Government Issued Travel Orders, CAC ID
Un-remarried Widows/Widower of deceased US Military Ration Control Card, Dependent ID
Pending divorce Spouses until Divorces are finalized Ration Control Card, Dependent ID

 

Personnel Unauthorized Access to Duty Free Goods (includes but not limited to)

Category Ration Privileges in Korea
Reservists not assigned to Korea NO*
Children of Un-remarried Widows/Widower of deceased US Military NO
Children of divorced parents, an exception to policy may be requested to FKJ1-JMOD for consideration NO
Un-accompanied family members of any category residing or visiting the ROK NO
Retired US Military not drawing full retirement pay or benefits (Pink Retiree ID) and their family members NO**
20-20-20 spouse NO
(A 20/20/20 spouse refers to someone who has been married to a military member for over 20 years -- and where the 20 years of marriage overlaps with 20 years of military service.)  



Exception Policy
  • A short-term exception is defined as an increase in family dollar limits for three consecutive months or less. Requests for short-term exception can be approved only by the unit commander, first sergeant or equivalent for civilian personnel. All approved short-term exceptions must be forwarded to USFK J1-PSB for concurrence and entry into the Exceptions database.
  • A long-term exception is defined as an increase in family dollar limits for more than three months. Requests for long-term exceptions can only be approved by USFK J1-JMOD .
  • Exceptions must be approved in advance. After-the-fact requests for exceptions will not be approved. A sample memorandum for requests for exception can be found here.
Unit Ration Control Card
  • Commander must submit a unit ration card and ration monitor application USFK Form 42-4E along with Unit Alpha Roster. Enrollment into ration monitor application is mandatory for issue and renew of unit ration card. 
  • The unit ration control card should only be used to support MWR needs and can be used to purchase office supplies. Not for a commander’s personal use nor used for personal functions such as promotion or holiday parties.
Individual Responsibility
  • Maintain security of their accredited credentials used to gain access to duty-free goods (ID, ration control card, etc.) to prevent loss, theft, and unauthorized use or alteration.
  • Restrict purchases to those required for personal needs, the needs of authorized family members, and bona fide gifts in accordance with USFK Reg 643-2.
  • Ensure the sales clerk properly records all purchases at the time of purchase.
  • Report known or suspected violations of this regulation to the unit commander or law enforcement personnel.
  • Turn in any unauthorized or duplicate ration control documents immediately.
  • Dispose of items which are no longer serviceable or needed using the procedures outlined in USFK Reg 643-2.
Required Documents to replace Lost or Stolen Ration Control Cards
  • An application signed by unit commander, first sergeant/chief petty officer or civilian equivalent
  • Area Commander or designated representative’s approval
  • Military Police report
  • Note: If you lose your ration control card three times, your privilege to access duty-free goods will be revoked.
Personnel Information Management System Korea (PIMSK)
  • PIMSK is an automated information management system that supports several programs including ration control program.
  • In PIMSK you can find out how much you spent in the commissary and AAFES facilities. It also shows how much liquor and beer were purchased. Click on the "My Ration Check" link and login. You will see how much you spent at the commissary and how much liquor and beer was purchased. You can use it to check if family data is correct to ensure you are entitled the right ration limit.
  • You can click https://pimsk.korea.army.mil to log on to PIMSK.

 

Issuing Agents Roster

Issuing agents serve as the "middlemen" in the ration control system.  They administer the ration control program on behalf of the Area Command and USFK DM.

Issuing Agents Phone #
Chinhae Navy Base/Chinhae DSN 762-5310   Comm 05033-62-5310
Camp Carroll/Waegwan DSN 765-7890   Comm 05033-65-7890
Camp Casey/Dongduchon DSN 730-3450   Comm 05033-30-3450
U.S. Embassy/Seoul DSN 721-4126 Comm 05033-21-4126
Camp Humphreys/Pyongtaek DSN 753-3012 Comm 05033-53-3012
Kunsan Air Base/ Kunsan DSN 782-4900 Comm 05033-82-4900
Osan Air Base/Songtan DSN 784-4489/5594 Comm 05033-84-4489/5594
Camp Red Cloud/Uijongbu DSN 732-6762 Comm 05033-32-6762
Camp Henry/Daegu DSN 768-7518 Comm 05033-68-7518
USAG Yongsan/Seoul DSN 738-4612 Comm 05033-38-4612

 

REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED IN DBIDS FIRST BEFORE COMING TO RATION CONTROL OFFICE FOR A RATION CONTROL CARD

Family members of active duty

  • Sponsor's PCS orders assigning to Korea
  • Sponsor’s ID
  • Dependent's ID

DoD Civilians and Family Members

  • Letter of Employment or TDY orders
  • Sponsor’s ID
  • Dependent's ID

Contractors and Family Members

  • USFK form 700-19 (even if TDY) with validated stamp within 30 days
  • Sponsor’s ID
  • Dependent's ID

Retiree/Widow/Widower

  • Passport with visa expiration date no earlier than 90 days
  • DoD ID (or retiree ID if retired military)

NOTE

  • You must be properly registered in DBIDS before coming to ration control office for ration control cards.
  • All soliders have to update their DEROS at Personnel Office before coming to ration control office.
  • Everyone must wait 2 hours after updating DBIDS before ration control office can process your request for a ration control card.
  • Temporary ration control cards will not be issued if you let your permanent ration control card expire.  You should request a new ration control card 10 days in advance to avoid any loss of privileges while waiting for a new permanent ration control card.
  • A new ration control card will not be issued if the existing card's expiration date is more than 30 days away.
  • Please refer to USFK Reg 190-7 for information regarding installation access control.
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  • The retiree shall be registered under his/her SOFA status category.  Dual status retirees cannot choose to register as a retiree just to get their Ration Control Card issued every two years vice the one year renewal as a contractor.
  • Emails to sponsor within 48 hours when ration limit has been reached or ration violation has occurred.

 

Sales Records Tracking

To comply with USFK Reg. 60-1 Ration Control Policy, sales transactions are recorded and monitored for black marketing.

In Commissaries and AAFES facilities the sales tracking is done by the POS systems. When you make a purchase, the cashier will record the transaction through the POS system. At AAFES facilities, the bar code behind the Department of Defense (DoD) ID card is scanned. The EDI PN ID (Electronic Data Interchange Person Identifier) of the customer will be recorded along with the sales transaction. The EDI PN ID is a unique ten digit number used by the DoD to identify a person. The social security number is not involved in the process at the AAFES POS system.

J1 Data Management securely downloads the records from corresponding servers daily after the sales are totaled for the day from Commissary and AAFES.

Please remember to always save your receipts. In case of a dispute of your purchase records, the receipts could be used to support your dispute.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do we need a ration control program?

2. What is an Issuing Agent? Who is my Issuing Agent?

3. What are my limits?

4. How much liquor can I purchase?

5. Is beer/wine considered liquor?

6. How much beer can I purchase?

7. How much wine can I purchase?

8. My parents who are non-military are coming to visit me in Korea. Can they shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

9. My spouse is coming to visit me in Korea. Can he/she shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

10. Both my spouse and I decided to visit Korea. Can we shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities?

11. I'm stationed in Germany. My spouse wants to visit relatives in Korea. I will not accompany him/her. Can my spouse shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities if he/she visits Korea unaccompanied?

12. If my monthly commissary limit is $900 per month and I only spend $700 in January, can I spend $1100 in February?

13. I'm having a promotion party and anticipate needing 4 units of liquor. My limit is 3. What do I do?

14. My boss asked me to purchase $500 worth of food from the commissary for our unit's annual picnic. I don't want this $500 to apply towards my monthly limit. What do I do?

15. What is a "show cause" letter? What happens if I get one? What do I do?

16. Is gas rationed?

17. Is heating fuel rationed?

18. What are shelf limits?

19. What do I do if I suspect someone of violating the ration control program or committing acts of black-marketing?

20. How do I get a temporary ration control card?

21. How do I get a permanent ration control card?

22. My son is 9 years old. Does he need a ration control card?

23. I'm active duty. Do I need a ration control card?

24. I'm an un-remarried widow. Am I eligible to have a ration control card?

25. I'm serving in the Australian Army on temporary duty to United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (or Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, United Nations Command, or the UNC Liaison Group). Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

26. I am a US citizen employed by DoD (or NAF agency). Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

27. I am an invited contractor. Can I shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities?

28. I am an active member of the US Reserve component? Can I shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities?

29. I am retired military. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

30. I am a Korea government service (KGS) employee. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

31. I am a dependent of a civilian employee. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

32. I retired from the Reserve component. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

33. I am a member of the Reserve component, visiting Korea. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

34. I am an unaccompanied dependent, visiting relatives in Korea. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

35. I am a dependent, living with my military sponsor in Korea. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?

36. How do I gain access to the commissary/AAFES facilities?

37. My family and I just arrived in country. Do I need a ration control card to shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities?

38. What is a unit of liquor?

39. What if I lose my ration control card?

40. How long is a temporary ration control card good for?

41. How do I apply for a ration control card?

42. How long does it take to get a permanent ration control card?

43. I completed my ration control card application three weeks ago and still haven't received my card. My temporary ration control card expires in a week. What do I do?

44. What documents are required to receive my ration control card?

45. How do I apply for a gas ration control card?

46. What is the governing directive for the ration control program? Where can I get a copy?

47. My commissary /AAFES privileges have been revoked by area commander. What do I do now?

48. Can I loan my ration control card to a friend who lost theirs?

49. Can I buy a computer as a gift?

50. Who runs the ration control program?

51. What is the Black Market Working Group (BMWG)?

52. I received a show cause letter that I exceeded my commissary limit. I believe this is an error. What should I do?

53. The cashier did not ask for my ID and/or ration control card. What should I do?

54. While standing in cashier line, I noticed what looked like someone in front of me making a purchase that exceeded the posted shelf limit. What do I do?

55. I am an invited contractor. Do I have to attend the new comer orientation class before receiving a ration contol card?

56. Will all contolled items be recorded?

57. My sponsor cannot order or pick up my ration control card for me, what should I do?

58. What information should I put on the short term Exception to Policy memo?

59. I am a retired U.S. military member drawing full retirement pay and benefits. Do I need a permanent visa to receive a regular ration control card?

60. I am a retired U.S. military member drawing full retirement pay and benefits. I am visiting Korea. Can I get a ration control card?

61. I am a dual status retiree. What is my ration control card expiration date based on?

62. I am a surviving spouse of a U.S. military member. Can I get a ration card?

63. I purchased a GPS and then it was stolen from my car. I want a replacement GPS but am afraid to purchase one because it will be regarded as "in excess of personal needs" since I only own one vehicle. Do I need to show the police report when I come to the store?

64.  I bought an 8 GB iPod some months ago, but now I want the 16 GB model. I guess I will have to order it online because J1 might consider that I must have sold one if I upgrade.

65. How are we going to purchase Christmas presents at the PX to ship to our kids in the states without looking like we are purchasing "in excess of personal needs"?

66. We don't have a Unit Ration Control Card (URCC). How are we going to get supplies for our Unit without it showing up on someone's ID as excessive purchases?

67. If we use the Unit Rational Control Card (URCC), we have to complete extra paperwork, so our Unit is going to start purchasing all our supplies online.

68. I don't want J1 to know how much money I transfer to my family in the Philippines each month. What am I going to do?

69. It's no one else's business that I had to pay for a bounced check. I don't want J1 to have that information.

70. I quit buying because I would hate for my wife/boss/son/friends to know what I buy.

71. I don't want anyone to know what I buy, so I will do all my shopping online.

72. Why do I have to have my ID card scanned when I am just buying a cup of coffee at the Shoppette?

73. I support my family in the Philippines and buy them necessity items and clothing; now, I am afraid people will think I am black marketing?

74. I donate to a local orphanage, and I am worried about being watched for black marketing.

75. Our unit only has one ration card, and I don't want to give it to our LN associates to send to the PX for unit purchase.

76. If my ID card is scanned at the register during a purchase, why am I being asked to show my Ration Card and ID card to gain entrance to the facility?
 

Answers


1. Why do we need a ration control program?
The Status of Forces Agreement between the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) requires US to make reasonable and practical efforts to control access of unqualified persons to duty free goods. It also requires US to "prevent abuse" of this duty free privilege.

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2. What is an Issuing Agent? Who is my Issuing Agent?
Issuing Agents are individuals established by area commanders within geographical areas to administer the Ration Control Program at an intermediate level. Click here for Ration Control Issing Agent Listing

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3. What are my limits?
Your limits can be found here.

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4. How much liquor can I purchase?
Defined as any beverage that contains 20% or more alcohol by volume. Individuals may purchase 3 units per month. Families may purchase 5 units per month. To receive the "family " size ration there must be two adults (age of 21 or older) in the family. One bottle (fifth, quart, or liter) counts as one unit. A 1.75 liter bottle counts as two units.

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5. Is beer/wine considered liquor?
No. Liquor is considered any beverage with 20% or more alcohol by volume.

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6. How much beer can I purchase?
Beer:  Eligible persons (21 years or older) may purchase 8 cases per month.
How beer is counted:  One six-pack equals 0.25 case of beer.

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7. How much wine can I purchase?
There is no limit on wine purchases.

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8. My parents who are non-military are coming to visit me in Korea. Can they shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Sorry, the answer is no. There are no provisions in the Status of Forces Agreement to allow non-dependents to purchase items at the commissary and AAFES facilities.

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9. My spouse is coming to visit me in Korea. Can he/she shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Yes, if he/she registers in the DBIDS.

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10. Both my spouse and I decided to visit Korea. Can we shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities?
If you are active duty or retired military both you and your spouse can shop at the commissary and AAFES facilities after both of you are registered in the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS).

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11. I'm stationed in Germany. My spouse wants to visit relatives in Korea. I will not accompany him/her. Can my spouse shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities if he/she visits Korea unaccompanied?
If your spouse is traveling on EML orders, the answer is yes.

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12. If my monthly commissary limit is $850 per month and I only spend $700 in January, can I spend $1000 in February?
Sorry, the answer is no. The dollar limits are monthly and not cumulative from month to month.

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13. I'm having a promotion party and anticipate needing 4 units of liquor. My limit is 3. What do I do?
You may request a short-term exception to policy.

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14. My boss asked me to purchase $500 worth of food from the commissary for our unit's annual picnic. I don't want this $500 to apply towards my monthly limit. What do I do?
The purchases should be made against the unit or organization's Ration Control Card.

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15. What is a "show cause" letter? What happens if I get one? What do I do?
A memorandum sent to the unit command, adjudication Authority, and the individual indicating that the individual has exceeded their monthly commissary or alcohol limits. This report is for individuals who have exceeded their dollar limits by more than 5%. Personnel receiving a "show cause" letter must contact their area support group commander to adjudicate the violation.

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16. Is gas rationed?
Gasoline is rationed if it is bought as carryout fuel. The ration limit for carryout fuel is 5 gallons per day. Otherwise gasoline is not rationed.

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17. Is heating fuel rationed?
The installation commander sets heating fuel limits in writing. Limits will be posted at appropriate locations for patrons to see. Heating fuel can only be purchased by individuals authorized access to duty free goods after presentation of the appropriate access documents. Gas ration control card cannot be used to purchase heating fuel (kerosene).

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18. What are shelf limits?
These are limitations specifying the number of items or dollar amount that can be purchased during a specified time period for a given product.

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19. What do I do if I suspect someone of violating the ration control program or committing acts of black-marketing?
Report the offense(s) to the installation law enforcement agency or call Black Marketing Hot Line (DSN) 738-5118 or (Commercial) 02-7918-5118.

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20. How do I get a temporary ration control card?
Individuals authorized a Temporary Ration Control Card may obtain one through their supporting area Issuing Agent.

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21. How do I get a permanent ration control card?
Individuals authorized a Permanent Ration Control Card may obtain one through their area supporting Issuing Agent.

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22. My son is 9 years old. Does he need a ration control card?
The answer is no. In order for a dependent to get a minor ration control card, he/she must be 10 years of age or older.

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23. I'm active duty. Do I need a ration control card?
The answer is no. The Status of Forces Agreement allows active duty military access to duty free goods.

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24. I'm an un-remarried widow. Am I eligible to have a ration control card?
Yes, if you are registered in the DBIDS.

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25. I'm serving in the Australian Army on temporary duty to United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (or Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, United Nations Command, or the UNC Liaison Group). Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
The answer is yes.

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26. I am a US citizen employed by DoD (or NAF agency). Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Yes, provided you are not an ordinarily resident in the ROK and work 20 hours or more per week or 40 hours or more within two weeks.

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27. I am an invited contractor. Can I shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Full-time invited contractors and their family members, may be granted access to duty-free goods under the terms of the SOFA, when they have been properly designated in accordance with USFK Reg 700-19. However, under no circumstances can a contract grant access privileges that are broader than this regulation or the SOFA.

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28. I am an active member of the US Reserve component. Can I shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Yes, provided you are assigned to a military organization in the ROK.

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29. I am retired military. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Yes. The Status of Forces Agreement allows you access to duty-free goods.

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30. I am a Korea government service (KGS) employee. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
No, unless you are a GPC cardholder and have a GPC ORDER & RECEIPT form detailing the specific items to be purchased and signed by the appropriate Approving Official. Otherwise you are not authorized to shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities.

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31. I am a dependent of a civilian employee. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Yes, if your sponsor is entitled access to duty-free goods.

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32. I retired from the Reserve component. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Yes, provided you are receiving full retirement benefits.

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33. I am a member of the Reserve component, visiting Korea. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Sorry, the answer is no. There is no provision in the Status of Forces Agreement that allows visiting Reserve component members access to duty-free goods.

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34. I am an unaccompanied dependent, visiting relatives in Korea. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Yes, if you are (1) on EML orders, or (2) a family member of an active duty service member or DOD civilian deployed to combat zones for the duration of the deployment.

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35. I am a dependent, living with my military sponsor in Korea. Can I shop at the commissary/AAFES facilities?
Yes, if your sponsor is entitled access to duty-free goods.

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36. How do I gain access to the commissary/AAFES facilities?
U.S. military active duty members or active reservists will need to present their military ID card to gain access. All others that are eligible for duty-free goods privileges will need to present a valid ID card with their ration control card. If you just arrived in coutry, please see question 38 for more information.

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37. My family and I just arrived in country. Do I need a ration control card to shop in the commissary/AAFES facilities?
For permanent party, newly arrived dependents can use their dependent ID card and a copy of their sponsors orders to gain access to the commissary and AAFES facilities for 30 days after their arrival in country. After 30 days the dependent must either present a temporary or permanent ration control card. All others should consult their local issuing agent. Click here for Ration Control Issing Agent Listing

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38. What is a unit of liquor?
One bottle (fifth, quart, or liter) counts as one unit. A 1.75 liter bottle counts as two units. A pint is 0.5 of a unit.

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39. What if I lose my ration control card?
Applications for replacement ration control cards, either permanent or temporary, must have the unit commander, first sergeant, or civilian equivalent's signature and be forwarded through the area commander or designated representative for final approval along with Military Police Report (DA Form 3975) or Statement of Witness (AF Form 1168).

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40. How long is a temporary ration control card good for?
30 Days, reissued up to 90 days.

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41. How do I apply for a ration control card?
If you register in the DBIDS, you are also registered in the Raton Control System. The USFK will require all military, civilian or contractor personnel including children under 10 years of age, be registered in the DBIDS it because DBIDS registration will constitute registration for ration control

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42. How long does it take to get a permanent ration control card?
It depends on the geographical location. Please ask your supporting issuing agent.

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43. I registered DBIDS three weeks ago and still haven't received my card. My temporary ration control card expires in a week. What do I do?
Notify your area supporting issuing agent. Click here for Ration Control Issuing Agent Listing

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44. What documents are required to receive my ration control card?
Please click here for information after being properly registered in DBIDS.

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45. How do I apply for a gas ration control card?
Gas ration control cards are only issued to Korean nationals who perform undercover surveillance to support law enforcement investigative efforts. Applications for gas ration control cards will be made by memorandum along with a copy of SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) through the area commander and the servicing IA to FKJ1-DM. The requestor must be the unit commander or civilian equivalent.

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46. What is the governing directive for the ration control program? Where can I get a copy?
You can get a copy by clicking on the following links:
USFK Reg 60-1

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47. My commissary /AAFES privileges have been revoked by area commander. What do I do now?
If your privileges have been revoked by your area commander, you cannot access any commissary or AAFES facility ROK-wide. Upon completing of the revocation period, the offender may request reinstatement of privileges. Such a request must be made, in writing, to the area commander who revoked your privileges.

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48. Can I loan my ration control card to a friend who lost theirs?
No. To do so is punishable under the UCMJ or provisions of your employment contract.

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49. Can I buy a computer as a gift?
If the recipient is SOFA personnel, the answer is "YES". If the recipient is non-SOFA personnel, please contact FOREIGN GOODS TRANSACTION OFFICE for more information.

Gifts/transfer of duty-free and tax-free goods are covered by USFK Reg 643-1 and USFK Reg 643-2.

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50. Who runs the ration control program?
The Assistant Chief of Staff J1, Data Management Division.

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51. What is the Black Market Working Group (BMWG)?
BMWG is an organization that identifies negative black marketing trends and develops recommendations for the Generals Council on Black Marketing to counter these trends.

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52. I received a show cause letter that I exceeded my commissary limit. I believe this is an error. What should I do?
Please contact your local issuing agent.

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53. The cashier did not ask for my ID and/or ration control card. What should I do?
Report it to the manager of the facility. Note: Uniform personnel are not required to show a ration control card.

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54. While standing in cashier line, I noticed what looked like someone in front of me making a purchase that exceeded the posted shelf limit. What do I do?
Notify the manager of the facility, or call the installation law enforcement office or call Black Marketing Hot Line (DSN) 738-5118, (Comm) 02-7918-5118.

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55.  I am an invited contractor. Do I have to attend the new comer orientation class before receiving a ration contol card?
Invited contractors are not required to attend the new comer orientation class unless it is stipulated in their contract to receive a permanent ration card.

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56. Will all contolled items be recored?
Yes, all of the controlled items you purchased will be recorded.

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57. My sponsor cannot order or pick up my ration control card for me, what should I do?
If the sponsor cannot order or pick up the card, a power of attorney or TDY order is required to be presented to the issuing agent.

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58. What information should I put on the short term Exception to Policy memo?
A short term Exception to Policy memo requires a commander's signature with the following informaiton: what months the exception covers, amount of additional ration limits (dollar or units) being requested, and their full name and last four of SSN with contact information.

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59. I am a retired U.S. military member drawing full retirement pay and benefits. Do I need a permanent visa to receive a regular ration control card?
The answer is yes. A passport with valid visa and military ID card must be presented to be entered into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) to allow access to military installations in Korea and determine privileges. This applies to retirees and their family members. When a retiree applies for a ration control card, the issuing agent checks DBIDS. The DBIDS expiration date for non-SOFA retirees is based on the expiration date of the current permanent visa in their passport. This is true for all visa categories except the C-3 Tourist visa. The ration control card is issued with an expiration date based on the DBIDS expiration date. Retirees with a valid permanent visa are issued a ration card based on the DBIDS expiration date or a maximum of two years, whichever is shorter.

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60. I am a retired U.S. military member drawing full retirement pay and benefits. I am visiting Korea. Can I get a ration control card?
The answer is yes. Retirees living in Korea who use the visa-free entry or the C-3 Tourist visa, and who are entering, departing within the required 90-day maximum stay, and immediately re-entering Korea, are not eligible to obtain a regular ration card. However, they can get a temporary ration card valid for 30 days, after which they can renew the card two times for a total of 90 days. That synchronizes the ration card eligibility with the 90-day limit of the visa-free and C-3 visa and with the DBIDS expiration date. Visiting retirees and accompanying family members must also register in DBIDS and fall under the same rules for temporary visits.

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61. I am a dual status retiree. What is my ration control card expiration date based on?
Dual-status retirees -- that is retirees who work and who have a SOFA visa -- have their DBIDS expiration based on the contract period expiration date in their Letter of Employment or USFK Form 700-19A. This is the date used by Korean Immigration to issue the SOFA visa for Invited Contractors and Technical Representatives. Their ration control card validity is based on the DBIDS expiration date.

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62. I am a surviving spouse of a U.S. military member. Can I get a ration card?
If you are an un-remarried surviving spouse of a deceased U.S. military member, you can get a ration control card. Surviving spouses of U.S. military members have the same restrictions applied, whether visiting or living in Korea. U.S. citizen surviving spouses would use their U.S. passport with permanent visa and military ID card to enter DBIDS, following the same rules as full retirees to receive a permanent ration card for one year. Korean citizen surviving spouses receive the ration card based on passport expiration or a maximum of one year. Those Korean citizens without a passport use their Korean citizen's ID card and military ID card to be entered into DBIDS and obtain a permanent ration card for a maximum of one year.

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63. I purchased a GPS and then it was stolen from my car. I want a replacement GPS but am afraid to purchase one because it will be regarded as "in excess of personal needs" since I only own one vehicle. Do I need to show the police report when I come to the store?
The purchase of an additional GPS would not constitute "in excess of personal needs". When determining "excess purchases", the shopping data across all categories and over periods of time are examined. A purchase of an additional model of an item will not trigger any flags.

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64. I bought an 8 GB iPod some months ago, but now I want the 16 GB model. I guess I will have to order it online because J1 might consider that I must have sold one if I upgrade.
The purchase of an additional iPod would not constitute "in excess of personal needs". When determining "excess purchases" the shopping data across all categories and over periods of time are examined. A purchase of an additional model of an item will not trigger any flags.

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65. How are we going to purchase Christmas presents at the PX to ship to our kids in the states without looking like we are purchasing "in excess of personal needs"?
We are aware of the shopping trends during the holidays and expect to see an increase in purchases, especially around Christmas. When determining "excess purchases" the shopping data across all categories and over periods of time are examined.

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66. We don't have a Unit Ration Control Card (URCC). How are we going to get supplies for our Unit without it showing up on someone's ID as excessive purchases?
All units in Korea are encouraged to apply for the URCC since every sale transaction requires the scanning of a DoD ID card or manual input of individual/unit ration control card number. You may contact your local area Issuing Agent for a URCC application.

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67. If we use the Unit Rational Control Card (URCC), we have to complete extra paperwork, so our Unit is going to start purchasing all our supplies online.
After the card has been ordered, no additional paperwork is required for two years when using a URCC to make approved purchases on behalf of the unit. No paperwork is required at the register, and the purchaser need only show the appropriate ID card and the URCC. The application (USFK Form 42-4-E, Unit Ration Card Data System Application) is one page and is available at http://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/g1_AG/Programs_Policy/Publication_Records_Forms.htm.

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68. I don't want J1 to know how much money I transfer to my family in the Philippines each month. What am I going to do?
Money transfers, bounced check payments, and other Star Card payments are not sent to J1. J1 does not receive this data and has no wish to track this type of information. This system is designed to combat the potential for black marketing and enforce ration limits only.

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69. It's no one else's business that I had to pay for a bounced check. I don't want J1 to have that information.
Money transfers, bounced check payments, and other Star Card payments are not sent to J1. J1 does not receive this data and has no wish to track this type of information. This system is designed to combat the potential for black marketing and enforce ration limits only.

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70. I quit buying _________ because I would hate for my wife/boss/son/friends to know what I buy.
A comprehensive privacy and release-of-information policy has been drafted that addresses this issue. Your detailed purchase data is stored in an accredited and secured database. With probable cause, law enforcement may request full access to the data. Unit Commanders may only request monthly summary totals for individuals. Family members only have access to summary totals for the last six months. All others are NOT permitted to access records other than their own.

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71. I don't want anyone to know what I buy, so I will do all my shopping online.
A comprehensive privacy and release-of-information policy has been drafted that addresses this issue. Your detailed purchase data is stored in an accredited and secured database. With probable cause, law enforcement may request full access to the data. Unit Commanders may only request monthly summary totals for individuals. Family members only have access to summary totals for the last six months. All others are NOT permitted to access records other than their own.

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72. Why do I have to have my ID card scanned when I am just buying a cup of coffee at the Shoppette?
With the implementation of AAFES' Point of Sale system, all purchases at an AAFES retail facility require an ID card scan or input of a ration control card number.

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73. I support my family in the Philippines and buy them necessity items and clothing; now, I am afraid people will think I am black marketing?
Purchasing items for family in the Philippines does not constitute black marketing since the necessity items are not introduced into the ROK economy for resale or otherwise. Black marketing is considered an illegal transfer of duty-free goods to an unauthorized patron within the ROK.

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74. I donate to a local orphanage, and I am worried about being watched for black marketing.
Donation to a local orphanage is considered to be a welfare gift IAW USFK Regulation 643-2. A welfare gift is a gift of new or used clothing, prepared food, beverages, or other relief items donated by USFK personnel or organizations, which will enhance the welfare of individuals or institutions (e.g., schools, orphanages, churches, hospitals, or representatives), cared for by service, charitable, or relief organizations. Purchasing items as welfare gifts does not constitute black marketing.

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75. Our unit only has one ration card, and I don't want to give it to our LN associates to send to the PX for unit purchase.
As the Unit Card Holder, you have the right to retain the unit card and make all approved purchases on your unit's behalf. However, it does mean that you will need to make purchases or escort the purchaser.

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76. If my ID card is scanned at the register during a purchase, why am I being asked to show my Ration Card and ID card to gain entrance to the facility?
Some people may have access to the post or base but are not authorized to have access to duty-free goods. To show that you are authorized to have access to duty-free goods, a ration and ID cards check is required at the door. In order to enforce ration limits and combat black marketing, all customers must be uniquely identified. This can only be done at the register through an ID card scan or a ration card number input.

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