Among the various pay and allowances provided, the Navy clothing allowances are issued to help Sailors pay for their uniforms. There are four main types of clothing allowance.
1. Initial Clothing Allowance:
Both officers and enlisted members of the U.S. Navy are entitled to an initial clothing allowance. Officers, however, are only entitled to the allowance once except in the situation noted below:
- Upon first reporting for active duty (other than for training) for a period of more than 90 days.
- Upon completing at least 14 days of active duty or active duty for training as a member of a Reserve Component
- Upon completing 14 periods of inactive-duty training as a member of the Ready Reserve (Each period must be of at least 2 hours duration).
- Upon reporting for the first period of active duty required of a member of the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program.
- NOTE: Upon transfer to another Reserve Component that requires a different uniform, a Reserve officer may receive another initial uniform allowance. Regular officers may not receive this allowance when transferring to another Military Service.
This allowance is provided to enlisted members upon initial enlistment or upon special qualification.
2. Cash Clothing Replacement Allowance:
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.
3. Extra Clothing Allowance:
Extra Clothing Allowance are additional to the other two and do not affect them. These allowance are for situations in which a member may need additional uniforms or is required to have civilian clothing to perform his/her duties.
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4. Military Clothing Maintenance Allowance:
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.
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The following information is taken from the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation, Volume 7A, Chapter 29;
Basic Cash Clothing Replacement Allowance. This is a preliminary replacement allowance for uniform items. It is used during the first 3 years of active service subsequent to receipt of a Standard Initial Clothing Allowance or a reduced or partial Standard Initial Clothing Allowance.
- It accrues to each enlisted member beginning with the first day of the month following the date of completion of 6 months of active duty without regard to time lost. The first payment shall be made at the end of the member’s anniversary month completing 1 year of uninterrupted active military service in an amount equal to one-half the applicable fiscal year rate then in effect.
- When authorized under regulations of the Service concerned, enlisted members of a Reserve component who received a reduced or partial Standard Initial Clothing Allowance may be authorized to accrue the Basic Cash Clothing Replacement Allowance beginning with the first day of the month following the date of call or recall to active duty in a pay status.
- The Basic Cash Clothing Replacement Allowance continues for the first 3 years of continuous active duty. It is payable for the second and third years at the end of the member’s anniversary month using the applicable rate then in effect.
Standard Initial Clothing Allowance – Entitlement Criteria. Enlisted personnel (except those entitled to a Special Initial Clothing Allowance) shall be furnished a Standard Initial Clothing Allowance, but only under the following circumstances:
- Upon first enlistment in the Service, or reenlistment in the same branch of the regular Military Service, if 3 months has expired from date of last discharge or release from active duty and the member is not reporting from a Reserve component that requires the member to maintain uniform clothing.
- Upon enlistment or reenlistment in a Service other than the one from which last discharged.
- Upon reporting for or upon recall to active duty for more than 6 months, after 3 months have expired from the date of last discharge or release from active duty with the clothing required for service in a Reserve component. In these cases, the initial allowance shall be reduced to a partial Standard Initial Clothing Allowance under regulations of the appropriate Service, to account for clothing required to be in the person’s possession upon call or recall to active duty.
- Upon being restored to duty, after being sentenced to confinement and punitive discharge, to the extent needed to fill the individual’s clothing requirement.
- Upon reenlisting within 3 months of last discharge or release from active duty, when the Service member did not receive the complete initial allowance or was required to turn in issued clothing. The amount allowed, shall be the difference between the current initial clothing allowance and the current value of issued clothing that remained in the member’s possession upon the date of last discharge or release from active duty, further reduced by any prior cash clothing payments toward the initial clothing allowance. For the purposes of determining entitlement to replacement allowances, issues or payments under this subparagraph are not considered to be the last authorization of an initial allowance.
- Upon recall to active duty after 3 months from the date of last release from active duty or retired enlisted personnel (including Service members of the Fleet Reserve and the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve) recalled to active duty after 3 months from the date of last release from active duty or retirement. Only one such allowance shall be authorized during any period of four consecutive years.
- Upon reversion to service on active duty commissioned officers or warrant officers under temporary appointments who enlisted or reenlisted, or who reverted to service on active duty in an enlisted (other than Chief Petty Officer) status, except for purposes of retirement. Only one such allowance is authorized in any period of four consecutive years.
- Upon reversion to enlistment in or reenlistment in the regular Navy, Naval officer candidates, and Naval Reserve Chief Petty Officers who revert to or are enlisted or reenlisted in the regular Navy in pay grade E-6 or below, except for purposes of retirement; provided they previously have not received a Standard Initial Clothing Allowance during their current period of continuous active duty.
Special Initial Clothing Allowance – Eligibility Criteria. Enlisted personnel shall be furnished a Special Initial Clothing Allowance only under the following circumstances:
- Upon selection and acceptance for specified officer-training programs.
- In pay grade E-6 or below, upon assignment to either the United States Navy Band, Washington, DC, or the United States Naval Academy Band or selection for temporary appointment as a Limited Duty Officer in the Navy.
- Upon first advancement to or first enlistment as a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, while serving on active duty, provided no Special Initial Clothing Allowance has been previously paid. Effective October 1, 2009, Chief Petty Officers of the Naval Reserve who are assigned to Selected Reserve and Voluntary Training Units are entitled to a full Special Initial Clothing Allowance upon first advancement to Chief.
- For Chief Petty Officers in the Naval Reserve who were advanced before October 1, 2009. Upon first reporting for active duty for a period of 6 months or greater as a Chief Petty Officer of the Naval Reserve, provided no Special Initial Clothing Allowance has been previously paid either on active or inactive duty. If a Special Initial Clothing Allowance has been previously paid on inactive duty, then the Chief Petty Officer is entitled to a partial Special Initial Clothing Allowance in accordance with the Note at Table 29-2.
- Upon active duty reenlistment or receipt of orders to active duty as a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, provided all of the following requirements are met:
- Over 3 months has expired from date of last discharge, release from active duty or retirement,
- The enlistment or reenlistment period is for a period of more than 6 months,
- Appointment to temporary officer status is not coincident with the enlistment or reenlistment, and
- The member has not been paid a Special Initial Clothing Allowance within the last 4 years while on inactive duty.
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