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Military Service Uniforms: DOD Could Better Identify and Address Out-of-Pocket Cost Inequities

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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The total value of military uniform items for a newly enlisted service member ranges from about 1,600 to 2,400, depending on the military service. Over the course of their careers, servicemembers must replace and maintain their uniforms. The conference report accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 included a provision for GAO to study servicemembers out-of-pocket costs for uniforms. Among other objectives, this report 1 assesses the extent to which differences exist in out-of-pocket costs for enlisted service member uniforms, by military service and by gender and 2 examines the extent to which the military services have changed uniforms over the past 10 years, and how the costs of these changes have varied by service, enlisted or officer status, and gender. GAO reviewed DOD policies and service data on uniform allowances, enlisted and officer required uniform items and their costs, and changes made to uniforms since 2010. GAO also interviewed relevant DOD officials and service organization representatives

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]