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2012 Clothing Allowance

The military provides a complete set of uniforms for enlisted members when they first enter service. They are then paid annual allowances based on how long it takes each item to wear out, dividing the cost by how many years the item is expected to last. For example, a duffel bag might be expected to last 10 years or more, while T-shirts would be expected to be replaced after a few months. The clothing allowance typically is paid on the anniversary of the day members entered the military. People with fewer than three years of service receive a basic clothing allowance to begin replacing items from their initial issue as they wear out. Also, at the end of the first year of active duty, enlisted troops receive only half of the yearly allowance because it is assumed they do not need to replace any clothing in their first six months. After enlisted troops complete three years on active duty, they begin receiving the standard clothing allowance, which is higher than the basic allowance. Clothing allowance rates for fiscal 2011, which began Oct. 1, and the changes from fiscal 2011:

2012 Clothing Allowance
Initial clothing allowancesEnlisted MenChangeEnlisted WomenChange
Army$1,438.78 ($2.90)$1,662.46 ($10.34)
Air Force1,428.2922.351,643.3610.95
Marine Corps1,733.5553.51,788.8044.5
Coast Guard1,371.22-12.831,406.01-9.19

Cash clothing replacement allowances (annual) ENLISTED MEN
Initial clothing allowancesBasicChangeStandardChange
Army$309.60 ($57.60)$440.86 ($81.14)
Navy (E-1 to E-6)338.410.8482.414.4
Navy (E-7 to E-9)----716.47.2
Air Force230.4-43.2331.2-57.6
Marine Corps410.47.2583.411
Coast Guard343.9935.18491.4250.24

Cash clothing replacement allowances (annual) ENLISTED WOMEN
Initial clothing allowancesBasicChangeStandardChange
Army$345.60 ($64.80)$493.76 ($93.04)
Navy (E-1 to E-6)338.47.2482.410.8
Navy (E-7 to E-9)----763.23.6
Air Force262.8-43.2374.4-64.8
Marine Corps414-14.4604.8-3.6
Coast Guard351.5335.89502.1851.27

Special initial and replacement allowances
Initial clothing allowancesSpecial Initial AllowanceChangeAnnual Standard replacement allowanceChange
Navy Band, Naval Academy Band members
*Except E-7 and above band members who previously received the allowance.

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