2024 Military Clothing Allowance Rates by Branch

Updated: January 4, 2024

The fiscal year 2024 military clothing allowance tables below are effective as of Oct. 1, 2023 (except where noted) for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force/Space Force and Marine Corps.

See 2024 military pay rates and charts here.

FY2024 Standard Initial Clothing Allowance (Enlisted Members Only)

BranchGenderValue of the Standard Initial Clothing AllowanceCash Payment Portion
ArmyMale$1,895.33$0
Female$2,269.60$406.60
NavyMale$2,190.74$129.23
Female$2,299.46$336.22
Air Force/Space ForceMale$1,954.43$0
Female$2,325.59$505.94
Marine CorpsMale$2,690.06$0
Female$2,656.64$175.00

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FY2024 Cash Clothing Replacement Allowance (Enlisted Members Only)

BranchGenderCash Clothing Replacement AllowanceStandard Cash Clothing Replacement AllowanceSpecial Cash Clothing Replacement AllowanceReserve Special Cash Clothing Allowance
ArmyMale$381.07$544.38N/AN/A
Female$388.86$555.52N/AN/A
Navy*Male$374.80$536.40$712.80$128.30**
Female$370.80$529.20$698.40$125.70**
Air Force/Space ForceMale$346.68$495.24N/AN/A
Female$351.12$501.60N/AN/A
Marine CorpsMale$571.56$816.48N/AN/A
Female$562.80$803.52N/AN/A

*Members of the United States Naval Academy Band, the U.S. Navy Band, Washington, DC and all Navy Chief Petty Officers receive special cash clothing replacement allowances as an add-on to the special initial clothing allowances.

**Reserve Chief Petty Officers will receive 18% of the Active Duty Special Cash Clothing Replacement. The DoD pays this allowance annually during the anniversary month of the qualifying member.

FY2024 Civilian Clothing Allowance for Officers and Enlisted

ReasonAllowance* **
Permanent Duty Initial Payment$1,200.24
Permanent Duty Annual Replacement Payment$401.04
Temporary Duty of 15+ Days in a 30-Day Period***$401.04
Temporary Duty of 30+ Days in a 36-Month Period$800.28

*By law, officers with a permanent duty station outside the United States may receive a civilian clothing allowance.

**Unless provided with an exception, the maximum payable for all temporary duty performed in any 36-month period will not exceed the maximum allowed for duty of at least 30 days.

***The 15-day qualification requirement does not apply to Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Explosive Detector Dog personnel on U.S. Secret Service support duty, Defense Courier Service couriers, or Defense Threat Reduction Agency personnel. Those in this category may be authorized up to the maximum temporary duty civilian clothing allowance for 30 days upon their initial temporary duty travel requirement.

FY2024 Navy Special Initial Clothing Allowance 

Enlisted Member TypeGenderSpecial Initial Clothing AllowanceCash Payment PortionPartial Initial Clothing Allowance for Reserves or Guard Called to Active Duty
Pay grade E-6 or below and assigned to the U.S. Navy Band, Washington, DC, or the U.S. Naval Academy Band, or selected for appointment as a Limited Duty Officer in the Navy or Warrant Officer One in the NavyMale$1,280.38$1,280.38$0
Female$1,239.46$1,239.46$0
Eligible to wear the uniform of a Chief Petty Officer (E7-E9)*Male$1,280.38$1,280.38$1,280.38
Female$1,239.46$1,239.46$1,239.46
Selected for officer training in the Navy and enters Officer Candidate School, the Enlisted Commissioning Program or the Seaman to Admiral ProgramMale$2,140.35$2,140.35$0
Female$2,305.26$2,305.26$0

*Navy Reserve personnel who advanced to Chief Petty Officer on or after October 1, 2009, are entitled to the full special initial clothing allowance. Those who advanced before October 1, 2009, only received a partial special initial clothing allowance and are entitled to a partial initial clothing allowance when called to active duty for six months or more.

FY2024 Navy Supplementary Clothing Allowance

Navy Enlisted AssignmentSupplementary Clothing AllowanceFrequency*
Duty as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy or a Master Chief Petty Officer of a Fleet or Force$225.28Annual
Duty as a recruit company commander at Naval training centers or Naval Air Reserve training unit (Memphis) and meets eligibility requirements**$225.28Annual
Duty as a recruit drill instructor at naval training centers and meets eligibility requirements***$225.28Annual
Duty as a midshipmen company advisor in pay grade E7 – E9 at the U.S. Naval Academy$225.28Annual
Musician with a Fleet/Area Band, U.S. Navy Band, Washington, DC or Naval Academy Band$225.28Annual
Recruiting billet or a recruiting support billet***$225.28Annual
USS CONSTITUTION$225.28Upon Assignment
U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard$225.28Upon Assignment
Naval Administrative Unit, Washington, DC$128.04Upon Assignment
Ceremonial Guard Unit, Naval Air Facility, Washington DC$122.88Upon Assignment
Armed Forces police or permanent shore patrol$51.20Upon Assignment
Executive part of the Department of the Navy located at the seat of government (field activities excluded)$15.36Upon Assignment
Office of the SecDef including the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff$15.36Upon Assignment
Active duty or selected reserve duty and the individual’s condition requires the wearing of a maternity uniform$435.88Once in 3 Years

*Unless otherwise noted, the supplementary clothing allowances are payable upon initial assignment to a normal tour of the duties described at the frequency specified in this table. Annual allowances get paid upon assignment and upon each subsequent anniversary date of the initial assignment or entitlement, provided the member is projected to remain in the assignment for at least six additional months. Allowances to be paid once in three years get paid after 36 months from the date of any prior payment, provided the individual’s condition/duties continue to require the supplementary allowance, and they are projected to remain in the assignment for at least six additional months. Members will get allowances only when first assigned to specified duty. A supplementary allowance may not be paid more frequently than once per year for similar duty, even if at different locations or commands or for subsequent recalls to active duty within 1-year, except by special authority of the Service Secretary or designee.

**Eligibility requires completion of Recruit Company Commander or Recruit Drill Instructor School.

***Recruiting or recruiting support duty means active duty assignment to:

  • Navy recruiting areas, 
  • Navy recruiting districts
  • Navy recruiting “A” stations
  • Navy recruiting stations
  • Military Entrance Processing Stations
  • Naval Reserve activities 

It also includes Naval aviation cadet procurement teams at Naval Air Reserve activities. It is payable to recruiters after reporting to the enlisted Navy Recruiter Orientation Course or upon completion of the Veteran Recruiter Orientation. It is payable to recruiting support personnel upon receipt of orders to such duty. It is payable to members in Bureau of Personnel controlled recruiting billets or a recruit support billet upon initial assignment when specialized training is not required before the recruiting assignment.

FY2024 Air Force and Space Force Special Initial Clothing Allowance

Enlisted Member TypeGenderSpecial Initial Clothing AllowanceCash Payment Portion
A direct civilian accession student to the Air Force Officer Training School (AFOTS)Male$1,047.10$1,047.10
Female$1,355.62$1,355.62
An enlisted accession student to the AFOTSMale$438.85$438.85
Female$438.85$438.85
Assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory SchoolMale$1,151.41$1,151.41
Female$1,151.41$1,151.41

FY2024 Air Force and Space Force Supplementary Clothing Allowances 

Air Force/Space Force Enlisted AssignmentSupplementary Clothing AllowanceFrequency*
Recruiting group or squadron$295.44Annual
Duty as the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force or Space Force$295.41Annual
Duty as a Military Training Leader (Technical Training Schools)$295.41Annual
Duty as a professional military education instructor$295.41Annual
Duty as a basic military training instructor or manager$295.41Annual
Duty as an in-flight passenger service steward$230.24Annual
Detachment 1, 4950th Test Wing$230.24Annual
89th Air Wing  Presidential Aircrew$230.24Annual
Duty as a cadet military training advisor at the U.S. Air Force Academy$230.24Annual
Duty as a basic military training instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School$230.24Annual
A military entrance processing station$191.03Annual
USAF Honor Guard (Air Force Specialty Code 8G000) Effective November 1, 2021$181.61Annual
89th Air Wing as a member of the security police$156.30Annual
Duty on the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Staff or Space Force$295.44Upon Assignment
Represent the Air Force as one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year$295.44Upon Assignment
Hammer Ace$230.29Upon Assignment
Headquarters U.S. Air Force/Chief of Staff as member of the security police$156.30Upon Assignment
Duty at a Major Command as a member of the security police Elite Guard$156.30Upon Assignment
Duty as a member of the security police Elite Gate Guards$156.30Upon Assignment
Duty as a student at the Security Forces Specialist Course (Law Enforcement & Security Specialist Students)$126.00Upon Assignment
Active duty and the individual’s condition requires the wearing of a maternity uniform**$421.44Once in 3 Years
The U.S. Air Force Band, the Air Force Band of the Rockies, or a numbered Air Force Band$230.29Once in 3 Years
Duty as a U.S. Air Force Academy radio maintenance work center technician$191.17Once in 3 Years
Active duty and the individual’s condition requires the wearing of a maternity uniform when the individual is provided, as government issue, maternity working uniforms (e.g., hospital workers)**$152.06Once in 3 Years

*Unless otherwise noted, the supplementary clothing allowances are payable upon initial assignment to a normal tour of the duties described and at the frequency specified in this table. Annual allowances will be paid upon assignment and upon each subsequent anniversary date of the initial assignment or entitlement, provided the member is projected to remain in the assignment for at least 6 additional months. Allowances to be paid as once in 3-year allowances, will be paid after 36 months from the date of any prior payment provided the individual’s condition/duties continue to require the supplementary allowance, and they are projected to remain in the assignment for at least 6 additional months. Members will be paid allowances only when first assigned to specified duty. A supplementary allowance may not be paid more frequently than once per year for similar duty, even if at different locations or commands or for subsequent recalls to active duty within 1-year, except by special authority of the Service Secretary or designee.

**When the reduced maternity uniform allowance has been paid and the member subsequently qualifies for a full maternity uniform allowance within 3 years of the reduced payment, the member will receive only the difference between the two allowances. A member may not receive more than the full maternity uniform allowance value within any 36-month period. A reduced maternity uniform allowance may not be paid within 36 months of a full maternity uniform allowance.

FY2024 Marine Corps Supplementary Clothing Allowances

Marine Corps Enlisted AssignmentSupplementary Clothing AllowanceFrequency*
Male Staff Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) White Trousers**$61.99Upon Assignment
Female SNCO White Skirt**$73.99Upon Assignment
Female SNCO White Slacks**$65.99Upon Assignment
Male student at the Naval Academy Preparatory School$1,457.28Upon Assignment
Female student at the Naval Academy Preparatory School$1,482.23Upon Assignment
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps$280.90Upon Assignment
Recruiter (Vinyl Cover)$148.00***
Female Marine (Pumps) Allowance$50.00****

*Unless otherwise noted, the supplementary clothing allowances are payable upon initial assignment to a normal tour of the duties described and at the frequency specified in this table. Annual allowances will be paid upon assignment and upon each subsequent anniversary date of the initial assignment or entitlement, provided the member is projected to remain in the assignment for at 6 least additional months. Allowances to be paid as once in 3-year allowances, will be paid after 36 months from the date of any prior payment provided the individual’s condition/duties continue to require the supplementary allowance, and they are projected to remain in the assignment for at least six additional months. Members will be paid allowances only when first assigned to specified duty. A supplementary allowance may not be paid more frequently than once per year for similar duty, even if at different locations or commands or for subsequent recalls to active duty within 1-year, except by special authority of the Service Secretary or designee.

**This allowance is for SNCOs required to wear a white skirt, slacks and/or trousers and is authorized once every three years.

***The Recruiter Commercial Vinyl Cover Allowance is for the commercial vinyl cap that recruiters are required to wear with their uniforms. A replacement is authorized once every three years for those who previously received a one-time automatic payment of this allowance and who are currently assigned to a specific recruiter billet military occupational specialty.

****Female Marines are authorized a replacement once every three years to purchase commercial black pump dress shoes. For Active Duty, a commercial black pump shoe allowance will be added to the monthly Clothing Replacement Allowance. For Reservists, the replacement in-kind allowance will need to be reported by the unit’s admin sections once every three years.

Military Clothing Allowances Definitions

Three Basic Types of Allowances

  1. Initial clothing allowances are provided to enlisted members on enlistment or other special qualifications for entitlement to prescribed outfitting of uniforms. The initial issue may be an in-kind issue or a combination of in-kind issue and cash payment.
  2. Cash clothing-replacement allowances are provided to enlisted members on the anniversary month each successive year after an initial clothing allowance. Cash clothing-​​replacement allowances replace required uniform items based on normal wear.
  3. Extra clothing allowances are additional to initial and replacement allowances and do not reduce, replace or otherwise affect them. Extra clothing allowances provide for unusual circumstances when an enlisted member may require additional uniform items or when an officer (with a permanent duty station outside the U.S.) or enlisted member may require civilian clothes to perform their assigned duties.

Cash Clothing-Replacement Allowance (Enlisted Members Only)

The basic cash clothing replacement allowance is a preliminary replacement allowance for uniform items. It is used during the first three years of active service after receiving a standard initial clothing allowance or a reduced or partial standard initial clothing allowance.

The standard cash clothing-replacement allowance provides for replacement of uniform items after completion of three years of active service after receiving a standard initial clothing allowance or a reduced or partial standard initial clothing allowance. It is also used as the preliminary replacement allowance during the first three years of active service after receiving a special initial clothing allowance or a reduced or partial special initial clothing allowance.

The special cash clothing-replacement allowance replaces uniform items with three years of active service after receiving a special initial clothing allowance. It accrues beginning with the first day of the month after the date the member completes 36 months active duty and is after receiving a special initial clothing allowance or a reduced or partial special initial clothing allowance, without regard to time lost, and continues during the remaining period of continuous active duty. It is payable annually at the end of the service member’s anniversary month, using the applicable fiscal year rate in effect. During the period for which the special cash clothing-replacement allowance is payable, the service member is not entitled to any other cash clothing-replacement allowance.

Additional Clothing Allowances

  • Extra clothing allowances are provided in addition to any other allowance. Entitlement to or payment of an extra clothing allowance does not replace or reduce any other clothing allowance.
  • Supplementary clothing allowances are in addition to any other authorized clothing allowance. An enlisted member may receive a supplementary clothing allowance. This allowance may be authorized only for an enlisted member assigned to duty in a special organization or detail where the duty necessitates they have, as a military requirement, additional quantities or special items of individual uniform clothing not required for most enlisted members in the same service. Except for maternity uniforms, supplementary clothing allowances may not exceed 30% of the current value of the standard initial clothing allowance.

Civilian-Clothing Allowances

  • Civilian clothing allowances for officers and enlisted personnel is in addition to any other clothing allowance authorized. Service members (officer or enlisted) directed by competent authority to dress in civilian clothing more than half the time when performing official duty, as a military requirement, may be authorized a civilian-clothing allowance. An officer is authorized a civilian-clothing allowance only if their permanent duty station is outside the U.S. During any period an enlisted member is on an assignment that requires wearing civilian clothing, the applicable replacement allowance for uniform items continues. The service secretary or commandant of the Marine Corps may prescribe reduced civilian clothing allowances, as appropriate for their respective service.
  • Temporary duty civilian-clothing allowances are generally for when the permanent duty civilian-clothing allowance is not applicable. The temporary duty civilian-clothing allowance has two maximum rates — for temporary duty of at least 15 days within any 30-day period and for temporary duty of at least 30 days within any 36-month period. The total of temporary duty civilian-clothing allowances payable in any 36-month period may not exceed the maximum allowed for temporary duty of at least 30 days.
Written by Tamila McDonald

Tamila McDonald is a U.S. Army veteran with 20 years of service, including five years as a military financial advisor. After retiring from the Army, she spent eight years as an AFCPE-certified personal financial advisor for wounded warriors and their families. Now she writes about personal finance and benefits programs for Veteran.com.