Scott Air Force Base News

Exchange experiencing low inventory, shortage of Service Dress Uniforms

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Military Clothing Stores are currently experiencing a low inventory of service uniforms.

A spike in demand combined with an unforeseen shortage of certified uniform fabric that is further lengthening a long supply lead time are contributing factors to the shortage.

Service Dress Uniforms by regulation must be Berry Amendment compliant. Therefore, the production of both the raw materials (fabric, buttons etc.) and the tailoring itself is restricted to a very limited number of US manufacturers. This extremely limited potential production base is also subject to strict certification requirements for each piece by the applicable branch of Service.

The Exchange is working to expedite orders and doing everything possible to address the concern such as leveraging other stores’ inventory. If you can’t find what you need, please talk with local management to see if a uniform from another location can be sent to Scott AFB.

Rita Sheridan, Scott AFB Exchange general manager

While the Exchange does not own the certification process, they are actively working with existing suppliers to gain cross certification with the Services to widen the potential supplier base and, where possible, working with suppliers to shorten lead times and expedite orders.

“The Exchange is working to expedite orders and doing everything possible to address the concern such as leveraging other stores’ inventory,” said Scott AFB Exchange General Manager Rita Sheridan. “If you can’t find what you need, please talk with local management to see if a uniform from another location can be sent to Scott AFB.”

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