FY2002 Annual Clothing Allowance
Effective 1 October 2001. The Initial Clothing Allowance is how much an entire set of uniforms would cost. In most cases, uniforms are issued to new recruits, but some recruits (such as prior service) may be given the allowance instead and instructed to purchase their own uniforms from the Military Clothing Sales store. The clothing allowance is usually paid annually on a member's enlistment anniversary. Those with less than three years of service receive the basic rate (on the assumption that their uniforms are still fairly new and don't need to be replaced as much). Additionally, their first annual payment will be only 1/2 of the basic amount (on the assumption that nothing would have to be replaced during their first six months of service). After three years of service, members receive the standard rate each year. This allowance is not taxable.
Sailors promoted to the rank of E-7 get an additional initial allowance of $985.13 (male) and $594.00 (female). While serving in the rank of E-7 through E-9, their annual allowance is $594.00 (male) and $730.80 (female). This is because (in the Navy), senior enlisted personnel require additional (and more expensive) uniform items.
Navy enlisted band members (below the rank of E-7) receive an additional initial allowance of $985.13 (male) and $1002.08 (female) with an annual replacement allowance of $594.00 (male) and $730.80 (female) to defray the costs of special band uniforms.
Naval Officer candidates (includes enlisted to officer programs) receive a special initial clothing allowance of $1,197.62 (male) and $1,522.32 (female).