Army and Air Force Exchange Service [AAFES] Law and Legal Definition

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. AAFES aids soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, reservists, retirees, and their family members with services such as beauty shops, food outlets, catalog services, gas stations, movie theaters, and military clothing stores. The mission of AAFES is:

to provide quality product and services of necessity and convenience to authorized customers at uniform low prices, and

to produce reasonable earnings to attach appropriated funds for the support of U.S. Army and Air Force Morale, and Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs.

The headquarters of AAFES is in Dallas, Texas. Generally, AAFES considers a business small when there are 499 or fewer employees engaged in the business.