Members of the military pay out of pocket for some parts of their uniforms, but the cost can vary significantly. The Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department can do more to track these cost disparities and address them.
- Tina Won Sherman, Acting Director for Defense Capabilities and Management at GAO, said her team found differences in costs for military uniform items that were paid out of pocket by enlisted service members and officers among services and genders.
- GAO found that female enlisted service members and officers paid 8-15% more out of pocket to replace uniform items than their male counterparts, according to Sherman.
- Sherman said they recommended that the military services develop consistent reasons for which uniform items they would pay to replace, to periodically review those items and to submit a plan to DoD for any proposed uniform changes, which can increase costs.