To help pay for a member's uniform
and other clothing costs, you may be given
a clothing allowance (if appropriate clothing
is not furnished). It is Department of Defense
policy that the quantities and kinds of
items of individual clothing to be furnished
shall be prescribed by the respective Service
Secretary or the Commandant of the Marine
Corps under the parameters set by the Assistant
Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy).
Officers of the Armed Forces of the United
States are entitled to an initial uniform
allowance. Except as provided in the note,
below, the initial uniform allowance is
payable only once to an officer:
- Upon first reporting for active duty
(other than for training) for a period
of more than 90 days.
- Upon completing at least 14 days of
active duty or active duty for training
as a member of a Reserve Component.
- Upon completing 14 periods of inactive-duty
training as a member of the Ready Reserve.
(Each period must be of at least 2 hours
- Upon reporting for the first period
of active duty required of a member of
the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship
NOTE: Upon transfer to another Reserve
Component that requires a different uniform,
a Reserve officer may receive another
initial uniform allowance. Regular officers
may not receive this allowance when transferring
to another Military Service.
Types of Allowances
There are four basic types of clothing allowances:
Initial Clothing Allowances
are provided to enlisted members upon initial
enlistment or upon other special qualification
for entitlement to a prescribed outfitting
of uniforms. The initial issue may be an
in kind issue or a combination of in kind
issue and cash payment.
|2007 Standard Initial Clothing Allowances
(E-1 to E-6)
Cash Clothing Replacement Allowances
are paid to enlisted members upon the anniversary
month each successive year following the provision
of an initial clothing allowance. Cash clothing
replacement allowances are for replacement
of required uniform items based on a normal
|2007 Cash Clothing Replacement Allowances
Extra Clothing Allowances are additional
to initial and replacement allowances and
do not reduce, replace or otherwise affect
them. Extra Clothing Allowances cover unusual
circumstances when an enlisted member may
require additional uniform items or when an
officer (with a permanent duty station outside
the United States) or enlisted member may
require civilian clothing to perform his or
her assigned duties.
Military Clothing Maintenance Allowance
Basic: This allowance provides for
continued replacement and maintenance of
uniquely military items that would normally
require replacement during the first 3 years
of active duty.
Standard: This allowance provides
for continued replacement and maintenance
of unique military items that would normally
require replacement after completion of
3 years of active duty.
The amounts following payment amounts may
differ from service to service.
|Military Clothing Maintenance Allowance
|Type of Duty
|Reserve (per drill)