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captloadie said:While the boot allowance is a good idea, what is the solution for new recruits? Do you set aside an additional day of training during basic to bus the platoon down to the local shoe store to but their boots? If you need to stock 34 different sizes to accomodate recruits' initial issue, you lose a large chunk of savings from the implementation of a boot allowance.
Initial issue covers this. I am not an expert on the American system, but do they not bring all their recruits in and give them an "Initial Issue" and then after they have finished Basic, they are left to purchase all their items on their own? Next question would be: "Does this now mean the a Clothing Allowance has to be reintroduced?"