Every enlisted military servicemember is issued a non-taxable clothing allowance for purchase and maintenance of military uniforms.
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Air Force Military Clothing Allowance for 2010

For fiscal year 2010 effective October 1, 2009 through September 30,2010, Air Force enlisted members military clothing allowance rates are as follows:

-- Initial, for men is $1,314.34 and for women is $1,596.77

-- Basic, for men is $266.40 and for women is $298.80

-- Standard, received annually after the first three years of service, is $381.60 for men and $428.40 for women.

Every enlisted military servicemember is issued a non-taxable clothing allowance for purchase and maintenance of military uniforms.

For new recruits, the Initial Clothing Allowance is given for the dollar amount of the entire uniform. For recruits that have prior military service, the servicemember may be instructed to buy their own uniforms from the Military Clothing Sales store.

The clothing allowance for uniform purchase is paid on the servicemember's enlistment anniversary. The rates are divided into categories based on how worn the uniform is expected to be.

The initial, or the first annual payment, is half of the basic rate because it is assumed that wear and tear on the uniform wouldn't be too severe after only the first year of service.

The annual payments within the first three years of service will fall under the basic rate, as the uniforms are still fairly new.

After the first three years of service, servicemembers will begin receiving the standard clothing allowance rate annually.

The military clothing allowance is not taxable.

For more information about military enlisted clothing (uniform) allowances, see Department of Defense (DOD) Pay Regulation, Volume 7A (Active Duty & Reserve Pay), Chapter 29-- Clothing Monetary Allowances.


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