The House has approved a plan to provide officers with a uniform allowance. The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) reported that Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., sponsored the measure. It calls for the Defense Department to track how long uniform items for officers and enlisteds should be expected to last, and how much replacing them would cost in out-of-pocket expenses.
Additionally, AUSA reported, Mouton wants the Pentagon to establish the uniform allowance. It would begin once officers are promoted to O-4. They would then collect the allowance every three years. Mouton is a former Marine.
The provision passed the House by voice vote while the lawmakers were considering the 2023 defense-spending bill.
Enlisteds receive regular uniform allowances, which vary by service and gender. Officers do not, but AUSA reported that Congress has authorized such payments in the past. The AUSA report noted that final approval is not assured. The provision still would have to pass muster in the Senate.