In January of 2021, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA21) was made Public Law. Section 361 of the NDAA21 cited as the “Pilot Program for Temporary Issuance of Maternity-related Uniform Items” charges the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to work with the Service Secretaries to establish pilot programs for issuing maternity-related uniform items to pregnant members of the Armed Forces, on a temporary basis through FY2026 and at no cost to such members.
This pilot program provides an opportunity to evaluate the feasibility of the Services to temporarily and cost effectively provide uniforms to pregnant service members, that when no longer needed are returned, inspected, repaired, cleaned, and re-issued to other Service members.
The Department of the Air Force (DAF), in coordination with DLA and the U.S. Army, initially selected 10 bases to participate in this program: Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Joint Base San Antonio, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Pope Air Force Base, Shaw Air Force Base, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Yokota Air Base, and Kadena Air Base. In July 2023, Little Rock AFB and Malmstrom AFB were added to the program making it a total of 12 bases participating in the program.
When the pilot program was launched on 1 October 2022, an article on myPers provided more detailed information. However, myFSS has since replaced myPers and recently gained messaging capability. An article for MUPP is pending publication on myFSS and notification to DAF service members is expected around September 2023.