Clothing Allowances for 2018

Navy sailor shopping for uniforms.

To help pay for a uniform and other clothing costs, service members may be given a clothing allowance if appropriate clothing is not furnished.

There are four basic types of clothing allowances:

  1. Initial Clothing Allowance
  2. Clothing Replacement Allowance
  3. Extra Clothing Allowance
  4. Clothing Maintenance Allowance

Initial Clothing Allowance

Officers of the Armed Forces of the United States are entitled to an initial uniform allowance of $400.00. This is normally paid upon first entry onto active duty.

Enlisted members get an initial clothing issue in basic training. The initial clothing allowance amounts listed below are for purchase of special items such as physical training clothing and handbags for female recruits.

Standard Initial Clothing (Uniform) Allowances (Enlisted Only)
Army Male $94.33
  Female $396.65
Navy Male $262.90
  Female $447.87
Air Force Male $85.00
  Female $377.56
Marine Corps Male -0-
  Female $175.00
Coast Guard Male -0-
  Female -0-

Clothing Replacement Allowances 

Clothing Replacement Allowances are for replacement of required uniform items based on normal wear.

Basic Clothing Replacement Allowance is paid after 6 months of active duty and then yearly for the next 2 years.

Standard Clothing Replacement Allowance begins after 3 years of active duty, and is paid at the end of the service member’s anniversary month.

Special Clothing Replacement Allowance is paid to Navy E7 - E9 every year. Navy Chiefs also get a Special Initial Clothing Allowance when advanced to E-7.

Cash Clothing Replacement Allowances
    Basic Standard Special
Army Male $331.86 $468.00 -0-
  Female $347.91 $497.02 -0-
Navy Male $482.40 $687.60 $694.80
  Female $471.60 $673.20 $651.60
Air Force Male $252.22 $360.32 -0-
  Female $252.81 $361.15 -0-
Marine Corps Male $439.20 $630.00 -0-
  Female $432.00 $619.20 -0-

Extra Clothing Allowances

These are additional to initial and replacement allowances. Extra Clothing Allowances cover unusual circumstances, such as when assigned to special details or duties.

Clothing Maintenance Allowance (Enlisted Coast Guard Only)

The Coast Guard pays enlisted members a monthly Clothing Maintenance Allowance. The Basic Allowance is paid during the first 3 years of active duty and the Standard Allowance is paid thereafter.

Coast Guard Clothing Maintenance Allowance
  Basic Standard
Male $29.09 $41.56
Female $30.34 $43.34


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