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The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) employs more than 18,000 civilians throughout 14 countries as it delivers a premier commissary benefit to the U.S. armed services community. Working at DeCA is exciting, meaningful, and rewarding.

Grocery Stores and a Whole Lot More

DeCA operates commissaries (commonly known outside the military as a grocery store) on most military installations worldwide. DeCA is one of the Top 20 grocery chains and one of a few international grocery chains in the world. While commissaries are similar to a common grocery store, they do differ in several significant ways. For example:

Most commissaries are organized similarly to traditional retail grocery stores. The functions are arranged into departments as described below:

View a map of our worldwide locations (current as of 1/2011).

Career Paths

We're also a large Federal Government Agency with a wide range of career fields. We encourage all qualified employees/prospective employees to apply for any available opportunity in the store, region, or headquarters as you expand your product knowledge, develop your skills and enhance your value as a DeCA team member. Below you will see a snapshot of various career paths that DeCA offers in our stores.

Store Level Progression Opportunities. The store departments are Customer Service, Grocery, Management Support, Meat, Produce, Receiving. Start with Store Associate, Sales Store Checker, Store Workers, Commissary Support Clerk, Teller, and CAO Clerk; then Commissary Management Specialist Intern, Lead Commissary Support Clerk, Lead Store Associate, Commissary Operations Technician, Commissary Contractor Monitor and Supply Tech; then Supervisory Store Associate and Supervisory Commissary Management Specialist (CAO); then Department Managers: Grocery, Assistant Grocery, Meat, Produce, Deli/Bakery; then Store Manager, then Assistant Commissary Officer; then Commissary Officer.

As a part of the DeCA team, you will have an opportunity to work in a motivating environment that is focused on taking care of its employees, their families, and most importantly the commissary patrons. DeCA is a great place to build your Federal career and includes a very comprehensive benefits package. Please use the topical index on the left to explore additional employment information ranging from job openings to employee benefits.

HR Contact Information

Commercial: (804) 734-8000 x48508
DSN: 687-8508
General Inquiries*:

Employment Verification for Former DeCA Employees: Please use this fact sheet if you are a former DeCA employee that is seeking Employment Verification.

*Please do not send resumes to this site. You must apply for vacancies through USAJobs.

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