Clothing Maintenance Allowance Paid to Enlisted Military Personnel

FPCD-77-35: Published: Mar 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1977.

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The clothing maintenance allowance paid to enlisted military personnel was surveyed, and the method of setting allowance rates based on time in service was evaluated.

Several aspects of the clothing maintenance allowance have remained unchanged since the early 1950's. There are three types of clothing allowances: (1) the initial issue of military clothing provided to each enlisted member; (2) cash clothing maintenance allowances paid to each enlisted member with 6 or more months of service; and (3) extra clothing allowances paid when the wearing of different uniform clothing is required. The reason for two allowances is that during the first 36 months of service the clothes are new and will not require replacement during the initial enlistment.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Department of Defense should evaluate the need for both the basic and standard maintenance allowances and methods of paying the allowance, and provide closer monitoring of the clothing allowance system.

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