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Most sailors will see increase with 2017 clothing allowance

The Navy’s calculus for annual clothing maintenance allowances will change again this fiscal year as more of the service’s uniform changes begin to kick in.

It’s not free money, it’s extra pay that’s expected to be used to replace any worn-out uniform items.

Only enlisted sailors get clothing replacement allowances — by law, they’re expected to foot the bill for uniforms out of pocket — a Navy tradition dating back to 1775.

What a sailor gets is determined by a number of factors. Men and women wear the some of the same uniforms while there remains gender-specific versions of dress and service uniforms. Each have different costs.

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