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Old Jul 03, 2012, 09:16 PM
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Soldiers paying for supply items

One of the facebook friends of my wife posted a story that said a marine had to pay for gloves and other supply items when the ones he was first issued were no longer useable. I do not recall this being true a long time ago when I was in the service. Does anyone know if this is true today??
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Old Jul 03, 2012, 09:36 PM
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Probably. Volunteer force is apparently self supporting too when all the money goes to development of boondogle aircraft, bizarre fuels and exotic weapons research. Theyre privateers now soon to be paid in contintental script.
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Old Jul 03, 2012, 09:40 PM
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Theyre privateers now soon to be paid in contintental script.
Can that be used at the PX for car and motorcycle tires ?.
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Old Jul 03, 2012, 10:08 PM
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Used to be paid a preset "clothing allowance" yearly. Probably still the case today.

BTW, soldiers ≠ marines.
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Old Jul 03, 2012, 10:30 PM
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I spoke to a vet of Nam, and he told me that they charged him for various supplies (catheters etc) while he was in a VA hospital. When he died, they sent the bill to his widow. I didn't believe it until she showed me the invoice, payable in 30 days, please...
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Old Jul 03, 2012, 10:55 PM
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Yes, 100% true. Stepson just got to basic. He had to pay for all his pt clothes, boots, acu's etc. mind you it was very cheap though. He spent 200 bucks for everything.
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 01:15 AM
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Probably. Volunteer force is apparently self supporting too when all the money goes to development of boondogle aircraft, bizarre fuels and exotic weapons research. Theyre privateers now soon to be paid in contintental script.
When I went in our "issue" of uniforms was deducted from our pay, it was just over $500.00, Surprised my father too. He did not have to pay out of pocket for his.
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 05:23 AM
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Yeah, they give you a clothing allowance. It nowhere near covers the uni's you actually need but been that way for quite a while. When I joined the AF the pants and shirt for one utility uniform were 7 and 8 dollars respectively I believe. When I retired the same type uni was upwards of 70 bucks all said and done
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 06:54 AM
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When I went into the USN I had to pay for for my complete original issue. Paid for it every month until it was paid off. Left me with $56 a month. Clothing allotment was less than $12/year. Thats been 50 years ago, maybe things have changed.
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 07:32 AM
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When I enlisted in the USAF in 1974, we had to pay for our initial clothing issue, but we did get a small monthly allowance after that.

Five years later, I got my degree and got commissioned. Again, we had to pay for everything, and as an officer I no longer received any regular clothing issue, except for a new field jacket when we went from fatigues to BDUs (even that was like pulling teeth, as my squadron had to pay for it).

Special issue items, such as mukluks, parkas, and other arctic supplies were given out free of charge when I got to Alaska (as an officer). I had to turn in the parka and mukluks, but the mukluk liners and gloves were mine to keep (no charge).

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Old Jul 04, 2012, 07:51 AM
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Many retail suppliers of military clothing/supplies (Brigade Quatermaster immediately comes to mind)offer superior grade merchandise compared to official issue...perhaps this is what the OP was refering to...
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 09:09 AM
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Some soldiers don't like army underwear. It's ichy.
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 10:13 AM
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Okay, here's the real deal:

All military members (all services) are given an initial clothing allowance, this is paid to you, and yes, in boot camp, it is taken right back. So you are paid for your uniforms, but then you have to pay for them. It does not come out of your basic pay.

All services provide a clothing maintenance allowance. This is paid annually at a basic rate for the first three years, and at a standard (increased) rate after that.

In the Navy, when you make Chief, you are given a clothing allowance, as you have to buy all new uniforms.

For me, the annual clothing allowance was more or less like a bonus, I rarely had to buy many new uniform items as I worked in coveralls that were provided by the squadron as organizational clothing. Flight deck boots were also provided as organizational clothing.

So, if the "gloves and other supply items" are issued, they are likely "sea bag" items and have to be maintained and replaced by the young Marine.
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 10:19 AM
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One of the facebook friends of my wife posted a story that said a marine had to pay for gloves and other supply items when the ones he was first issued were no longer useable. I do not recall this being true a long time ago when I was in the service. Does anyone know if this is true today??
When I was active duty (81-86), we all got a clothing allowance. The original issue was free, replacements were paid 'out of pocket' from our clothing allowance. It was added to our regular pay, and if we spent it on something else, it was our bust.
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 10:20 AM
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Used to be paid a preset "clothing allowance" yearly. Probably still the case today.

BTW, soldiers ≠ marines.
And officers get a one-time clothing allowance.
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