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10 U.S. Code § 8805 - Acceptance of Government checks outside the United States

Notwithstanding section 3302(a) of title 31, the Secretary of the Navy may authorize the officer in charge of any commissary store or ship’s store ashore located outside the United States to—
accept any Government check tendered by a retired member of the Navy or the Marine Corps, a member of the Navy Reserve or the Marine Corps Reserve, or a member of the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, if the member is the payee of the check and the check is tendered in payment of amounts due from the member to the store; and
refund in cash any difference between the amount due and the amount of the tendered check.

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


34 U.S.C. 552.

July 15, 1939, ch. 285, 53 Stat. 1043.

Since the authority of this section to refund any cash balance extends only to the payee of a check, the section is written to authorize only the payee to cash it. The Fleet Reserve and the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve were parts of the Naval Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve, respectively, when the source statute was enacted but were removed therefrom by the Armed Forces Reserve Act of 1952. The words “or a member of the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve” are inserted in clause (1) to give this section the same applicability as the source.

Editorial Notes

2018—Pub. L. 115–232 renumbered section 7605 of this title as this section.

2006—Par. (1). Pub. L. 109–163 substituted “Navy Reserve” for “Naval Reserve”.

1982—Pub. L. 97–258 substituted “section 3302(a) of title 31” for “sections 3639 and 3651 of the Revised Statutes (31 U.S.C. 521 and 543)”.

1980—Pub. L. 96–513 substituted “sections 3639 and 3651 of the Revised Statutes (31 U.S.C. 521 and 543)” for “sections 521 and 543 of title 31”.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2018 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 115–232 effective Feb. 1, 2019, with provision for the coordination of amendments and special rule for certain redesignations, see section 800 of Pub. L. 115–232, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.

Effective Date of 1980 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–513 effective Dec. 12, 1980, see section 701(b)(3) of Pub. L. 96–513, set out as a note under section 101 of this title.