By Buddy Blouin
Grocery pickup programs have taken off in recent years. Even before the pandemic, the movement changed the way shoppers secured everyday goods. The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) also took notice and provided a curbside pickup program called Click2Go for all of its 235 locations. Before, the military community had to conduct business on the organization’s website, but this proved to be problematic for those accessing it via smartphones. The site wasn’t optimized for such traffic and often was slow, clunky, or altogether crashed. Now, there's a free app available that allows users a much better mobile experience when shopping for groceries online.

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The New Click2Go App Makes Commissary Pickup Easier Than Ever

DeCA commissary online shopping has never been a highlight of the program for mobile users, but commissary Click2Go is poised to change that. The new Click2Go app is delivering the same discounted goods the military community knows and loves with a better user experience. Any load time over four seconds these days is considered a bad user experience. As technology continues to grow faster and faster, we’ve all become more accustomed to instant load times, which is why it was imperative for the Click2Go app to provide a viable solution.

Don’t Worry, It’s Still Free

The previous variation of Click2Go presented online savings for shoppers; however, there was a $5 fee. This is a bit counterproductive when you’re shopping and looking for a deal. Ever since 2021, the fee has been eliminated, but does the new app have a charge? Apps cost money to create and maintain, after all, but no, it’s available on both the App Store and Google Play for free. Users just need to download the app and sign in using their existing account information. Don’t have an account? Not a problem. You can create a new account on the app and begin using it once you’ve verified who you are. When creating an account, you’ll need to have your DoD ID number or your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC).


There is, however, a 5% order surcharge, in most cases. This is due to laws requiring such charges for online orders. Shoppers can view this charge at checkout.

Here’s Who Is Eligible to Shop

Eligibility for the Click2Go commissary was expanded in 2020 to allow more people in the military community access to discounted goods. Here’s the commissary shopping eligibility for those who qualify for the program:
  • Active-duty services members.
  • Authorized family members of eligible personnel.
  • Defense Commissary Agency employees.
  • Employees of the DoD or Coast Guard employees serving overseas.
  • Former prisoners of war.
  • Full-time employees of non-federal entities hired in the United States which work on a U.S. military installation overseas.
  • Medal of Honor recipients.
  • Members of the Reserves.
  • Primary family caregivers of Veterans enrolled in the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.
  • Purple Heart recipients.
  • Qualifying military members of foreign nations.
  • Some overseas Veterans (check with your local installation to verify).
  • Veterans.
  • Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
  • Wage Marine personnel/retired wage Marine personnel of NOAA.
In many cases, if you’ve served or are serving the United States military in some capacity, you’ll find that you qualify to shop for discounted goods at the DeCA commissary. If you do qualify, then the new Click 2 go app is a welcomed improvement to the online experience.

Click2Go Shoppers Can Use Their Military Star Card

Another great update for shoppers is the upgrade of its payment system. Now, you can use your Military Star Card to shop and earn rewards. Your line of credit is managed through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and will now be accepted for purchases at both exchanges. It’s important to note that this welcomed update for the Military Star Card is for online orders only, but not orders through the Click2Go app. Such transactions have been accepted since 2017 inside stores, but now shoppers can also take advantage through the website.

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