I agree with most of what you have to say MINUS one big item, uniforms. I go through AT LEAST 1 pair of boots, 1 desert and 1 woodland cammie set each year. That alone is like $260ish. I don't know what you do in the Marines, but if you've been in touch with Corps lately you might have noticed that experiences may vary. Utilities get utilized, then they get replaced. Perhaps there should be a survey to see what units go through cammies/boots at the rapid rate and adjust clothing allowance accordingly (honesty required) and just assume grunts, motor-t and mechanics will render their uniforms unservicable faster than say, supply or admin.