2021 Clothing Allowances

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Airmen Battle Uniforms hang on a rack for Airmen to take at the Airmen’s Attic, Feb. 8, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class James Johnson)
Airmen Battle Uniforms hang on a rack for Airmen to take at the Airmen’s Attic, Feb. 8, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class James Johnson)

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 normally are paid a cash uniform allowance 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 Allowance - Enlisted
Service Male Female
Army $8.99 $298.25
Navy $113.65 $330.15
Air Force -0- $309.87
Marine Corps -0- $175.00
Coast Guard -0- -0-

Clothing Replacement Allowance 

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 Allowance
Service Male Female
Army - Basic $311.17 $305.13
Army - Standard $444.53 $435.90
Navy - Basic $357.84 $359.88
Navy - Standard $511.20 $514.08
Navy - Special $669.60 $5868.80
Air Force - Basic $435.49 $437.60
Air Force - Standard $559.55 $562.58
Marine Corps - Basic $484.56 $482.52
Marine Corps - Standard $692.04 $689.28

Extra Clothing Allowance

There are additional initial and replacement allowances that are paid in 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.

Clothing Maintenance Allowance - Coast Guard
  Male Female
Basic $31.82 $32.17
Standard $45.45 $45.96

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