Yokota Air Base, Japan, is one of the first United States Air Force installations to launch the Maternity Uniform Pilot Program, or “Rent the Camo,” October 1, 2022.
The U.S. Congress passed the “Rent the Camo: Access to Maternity Wear Act” Bill in 2020, creating this new program that temporarily issues free maternity uniform items to pregnant Airmen and Guardians at ten bases across the Air Force.
“This opportunity provides a level of comfort and support for our expectant members that they otherwise would not have had,” said Master Sgt. Travis Parton, 730th Air Mobility Squadron first sergeant. “The Air Force as a whole will likely have the same benefits, but they’ll have to wait for Yokota and the other nine bases to trial the experience.”
Expectant active-duty service members will be temporarily issued three sets of maternity Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) tops and bottoms, which they can wear up to six months post-partum.