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Practical Tips To Get Rid of The Old Military Uniforms






Uniforms are important for many professions. They help to distinguish rank, provide a sense of professionalism, and help to establish standards of behavior. They are also expensive! If you find yourself with an old uniform hanging in your closet or in storage somewhere, this article is for you! We’ll explore four different options for what to do with old uniforms: donating them, disposing of them (recycling), repurposing them (making new clothes), or just preserving them. 

What You Should Know Old Military Uniforms?

Old Military Uniforms
Old Military Uniforms

Army regulations

Some people are confused about what Army regulations say about old uniforms. The truth is, there are no specific regulations. But if you have an old uniform, the best thing to do is to donate it or dispose of it. The reason why is because many countries have laws against wearing a uniform unless you are a member of the armed forces. In the United States, wearing a military uniform without being a member of the military is a violation of Title 18 of the US Code. This is true even if it is an old uniform. Especially, before you do everything with your old uniform, (dispose, donate, or repurpose), you should remove the rank and insignia. After that, remove the name tag and any other name sewn onto it.

Rules to honor the old military uniform

  • Never wear a uniform that is not yours.
  • Never wear a uniform that does not belong to you.
  • Never wear a uniform that is in violation of military rules and regulations.
  • Never impersonate a member of the armed forces or law enforcement.


Donation old Military uniform
Donation old Military uniform

If you are still using the uniform, then the first option is to donate. You can drop it off at your local donation center and let them decide what they do with it. If your uniform is too damaged or worn to be of use, then you can pass on that as well. Companies like Goodwill and Salvation Army accept old uniforms and will process them into new uniforms for people in need. So, if you’re not going to utilize it, give it away! The following is a list of places where you can donate your old military uniform:

Military institution or military surplus stores

Stores like The Barracks sell used uniforms and equipment at a reduced price. Like a traditional thrift store, they accept donations of used equipment and clothing and sell it to the public at a reduced cost.

Non-profit organizations

Some non-profit organizations accept donations of clothing and equipment that otherwise would be thrown out. If you’re not sure where to donate your uniforms, call your local non-profit organization and ask if they accept.

Schools, colleges, universities

Many schools and colleges will accept old uniforms. You can drop them off at the faculty offices or at the main office mailbox. Ask the school staff what they do with their surplus clothing—many schools need it for research projects or their own programs.


Old military uniforms can be of great service to museums or private collections, but you should make sure that the uniforms are authentic. If they are not authentic, then they will be torn down and disposed of rather than donated to someone else’s collection for display purposes.


Sometimes it is necessary to dispose of an old uniform. If you have an outdated uniform that is no longer used in a company then in some cases it can be easier to just get rid of them. In most cases, they can be sent to a recycler or processor where they will be turned into raw materials. The raw materials will then go on to other industries, which will use it for other products. So if you are disposing of an old uniform then it may end up in something that someone else wears!

Burning old military uniforms is not the best way to get rid of them. If you happen to have an old uniform that is contaminated with chemicals such as paint, gas, or oil then they can be hazardous to the environment and cause damage. If you do burn an old uniform then you must take precautions, such as using clean firewood, using a clean grate to place the uniform on top of the fire, and checking for residual heat in the area afterward. Moreover, it is a terrible waste of important equipment on this uniform.


– You should ensure that no one can get to wear it again. If you dispose of the uniform make sure that it goes somewhere where no one can get it or you can also rip or cut it before throwing it. 

– You should ensure that the uniform is not kept as memorabilia. The uniform should be disposed of in such a manner that it does not contain any valuables or other items which can be used by someone else.

– If you’re getting rid of old military clothes, make sure they don’t end up in the wrong hands and that an unauthorized person, such as a thief, can’t get their hands on secret information.


One of the best things about old uniforms is that they can be repurposed. Corporations will often repurpose uniforms into new products. They might be made into furniture, rugs, or other materials that make a fashion statement. You can even donate them to a tailor and ask them to make you a new suit from your old uniform. 

So if you are finding an old uniform, don’t think about donating it immediately, think of a plan to change it into a new product. You can take them apart and make new clothes from them. For example, I once saw a woman using an old cadet’s uniform as a curtain in her living room! You should also consider other applications for the old uniform. I once wrote about making an old battlefield flag into a flagpole out of an old umbrella! So don’t just think of it as “old” anymore – think of it as “unused”.

To change the function of these uniforms, you can wear them when doing household work because they are durable and strong. You also can also use them for  Military Decorations. Military insignias and military medals can be used to decorate homes, offices, and other spaces. They can also be used as trophies by collectors for their collections.


Preserving old army uniform
Preserving old army uniform

We are all familiar with the sight of military uniforms in museums. But did you know that an ancient military clothing can be preserved without being displayed? For example, I heard about a local organization that keeps its old uniforms in storage. When they were being deployed to Afghanistan, they took the old uniforms out of storage and wore them again! The organization was able to reuse equipment that had been kept in storage for years.

The best way to store an old uniform is always to hang it up. If you are not wearing it, then it should be hung up or placed in a drawer. This will help the uniforms stay in the best condition possible. When cleaning your old uniforms, I recommend using a damp cloth to wipe down any dirt or grime that has accumulated on the fabric. You can also use water and soap if desired, but make sure that you rinse off all of the soap before storing the uniform because some soaps can cause damage over time.

Aside from the personal view, there are some services to take care of your old military uniforms. Service for old military uniforms is primarily focused on the conservation of the clothing, which means that they are stored in climate-controlled environments. Service personnel is primarily focused on making sure that the clothing is prepared for display rather than preservation purposes.

The service of old military uniforms primarily focuses on the original insignia and patches. This is because they can be easily torn off or ruined for various reasons if they are not properly taken care of.


How To Prevent Your Old Military Uniform From Being Used For Stolen Valor?

The first step to preventing your old uniform from being used for stolen valor is to make sure you are disposing of it properly. If you are donating it, the company you are donating it to should have a good idea of what they will do with it. If not, then check with your local waste management company or just leave them out in the trash for recycling. The best approach to get rid of an old uniform is to use a shredding service or to burn it after it’s been torn up.

Is it permissible to resell antique military uniforms?

It is legal to sell old military uniforms. If you intend to sell your old military uniforms, then there are simple steps you should take before selling them. The first step would be to take off all patches and insignia. The next step would be to clean the uniform so that no one can tell what kind of uniform it is or what rank someone was in when they wore it for the last time. If someone has any stains on their old military uniforms, then bleach them with water and let them dry before proceeding with the sale process. 

The only restriction that you have on selling your old military uniforms is that it can not be done from a storefront or an online store. You will have to sell them from a house in person in order to avoid any potential scams.

Can old uniforms be donated anywhere?

The best way for old military uniforms to be donated is through charity organizations. The charity organizations will not only take care of the clean-up but also provide the uniforms with a higher chance of being used by someone who needs them more urgently.

There are no specific regulations for the place to donate old military uniforms, but it is important to make sure that you do not give them to a third party that is not authentical.

What To Do With Old Badges, Medals, and Ribbons in an Old Military uniform?

The first thing you need to do is to remove the badges and medals from the uniform. To do this, you will need a safe and secure way to keep them organized and, preferably, on display. Some collectors may prefer to keep the badges and medals on display with their uniforms rather than in storage. If you plan on selling your old military uniform accessories or if you plan on putting them in archives, then it is best if they are kept organized so that they can be preserved for as long as possible without getting damaged.

Steven Ta
Steven Ta
I am a professional photographer and shoe-lover. With a deep-rooted passion for all things footwear and years of hands-on experience, I am your go-to guide in the awesome world of shoes
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