Clothing allowances may be issued to help members pay for their uniforms. There are four main types of clothing allowance:
Initial Clothing Allowance
Both officers and enlisted members of the U.S. Armed Forces are
entitled to an initial clothing allowance. Office , however, are only
entitled to the allowance once except in the situation noted below:
- 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 duration)
- Upon reporting for the first period of active duty required of a
member of the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program.
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.
This allowance is provided to enlisted members upon initial enlistment or upon special qualification.
Cash Clothing Replacement Allowance
This allowance is payable only to enlisted members annually following
initial clothing allowance on the anniversary month. This is for the
replacement of uniforms based on normal wear and tear.
Extra Clothing Allowance
Extra Clothing Allowance are additional to the other two and do not
affect them. These allowances are for situations in which a member may
need additional uniforms or is required to have civilian clothing to
perform his/her duties.
| Type of Duty
||15 days in 30 day period
||30 days in 36 month period
Military Clothing Maintenance Allowance
This allowance is for replacement and maintenance of military items
during and after three years of active duty. If a member has a break in
military service, he/she will start over with the initial clothing
allowance upon returning to the service. He/She will then receive Cash
Clothing Replacement Allowance and Military Clothing Maintenance
Allowance as applicable.