Clothing allowances may be issued to help members pay for their uniforms. There are four main types of 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:
This allowance is provided to enlisted members upon initial enlistment or upon special qualification.
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 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.
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.