In June of 2020, Congress passed Bill H.R. 7289 cited as the “Rent the Camo: Access to Maternity Wear Act.” Under this bill, the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) was directed 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, has 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.
- Service members not located at or near these location will follow normal SOPs for maternity clothing
Each authorized Service member will be issued three sets of maternity OCPs. Different sizes within those three sets may be selected (they don’t all have to be the same size). The service dress uniform is not part of the pilot program.
There are two separate processes to receive maternity OCPs via the pilot program, determined by the Service member’s location.
- Issue using Central Issue Facility (CIF): Service member will take required documentation to CIF to receive maternity uniforms
- Issue using OCIE Direct Ordering System (ODO): Service member’s First Sergeant will facilitate issue of maternity uniforms
The pilot program has an effective start date of 1 OCT 2022. A message distributed by myPers will notify DAF service members of the program start.