why support the berry amendment?

Each year, the U.S. military spends more than $2 billion on uniforms, camouflage, gear, and combat footwear for U.S. servicemen and women.  The U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry dresses them.
What is the Berry Amendment?

Congress passed domestic sourcing regulations as part of the 1941 Fifth Supplemental Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Act, which later became the “Berry Amendment.”  The FY2002 National Defense Authorization Act, passed December 13, 2001, codified and modified the Berry Amendment, and made it a permanent part of the United States Code.

The Berry Amendment (U.S.C. Title 10, Section 2533a) requires DOD to procure all clothing, fabric, footwear, and other textile-based equipment that are grown and produced in the United States from the fiber to the end item, including all intermediate processes.


In addition to being consistent with World Trade Organization rules, the Berry Amendment also contains waiver authority for items no longer available from a domestic source.


Why Keep the Berry Amendment Strong?
JOBS

The U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry provides more than one hundred thousand jobs across the country dedicated to the important task of outfitting American warfighters.


Our industry produces some of the most innovative uniforms, footwear, and fabric in the world for the protection and safety of our servicemen and women.


If the Berry Amendment is weakened in any way, our workers’ jobs and their ability to provide the best possible equipment to America’s men and women in uniform would be threatened.


NATIONAL SECURITY


Domestic production ensures that American uniforms stay in American control, which vastly reduces the possibility of America’s enemies being able to steal our equipment.


By requiring military uniforms, combat boots, and other textile-based equipment to be domestically manufactured, the United States can procure these items without relying on foreign sources especially in wartime when various supply lines could be cut.


In the event of activation, uniforms made at home can be issued more quickly than those produced abroad.
Strong AAFA Support for the Berry Amendment

AAFA holds a solid record of support for the Berry Amendment, and continues its support by working to:
  • Resist any and all efforts to erode Berry Amendment protections
  • Level the playing field for government contractors who outfit American servicemen and women by limiting the government contracting preference currently enjoyed by federally-incarcerated inmates.
  • Increase efficiency and clarity in the procurement process.

About the AAFA Government Contracts Committee

The AAFA Government Contract Committee keeps members apprised of developments that bear on the needs and requirements of the government with respect to the procurement of clothing and footwear, and the problems faced by the industry in its supplier relations with the government.  Learn more about government procurement issues facing the U.S. apparel and footwear industry >