POG Gift Certificates

Origin of the POG

A/Company, 2-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment
POGs were developed to provide change for our troops.

The Exchange developed the POG Gift Certificate to provide change to our troops at Operation New Dawn where coins are not readily available. The POGs are lightweight, readily recognizable coated disks that sport distincitve military imagery along with historical figures of interest. They have generally been well received and have even beome collector's items.

POGs are accepted in any Exchange around the world. They come in denominations of $.05, $.10, and $.25. The $.25 POG is in high demand compared to the $.05 and $.10 POG gift certificates. The military finance office usually provides coins, however, by using the POG gift certificates for small change reduces shipment of bulky, metal coins to some contingency sites while maximizing availability of goods and services.

The Exchange Treasury Division was instrumental in selecting a series of 36 different designs that pay tribute to traditional operations and cutting edge weaponry.

The game of POG originated in the 1920s on the island of Maui in Hawaii.
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History of the Game

The game of POG originated in the 1920s on the Hawaiian island of Maui. There dairy workers played the game during breaks using simple milk caps. In the 1980s, the Haleakala Dairy on Maui introduced a new fruit drink called Passion Orange Guava juice, and advertised it on their milkcap inserts as POG. This led to the phenomenal popularity of the POG game in the mid-1980s. The game is played with disc-like objects which have pictures on its face side. Mass appeal has followed since reintroduction of the game in the 1980s and into the 1990s.