Hmm, real world for me on promotion. buy new insignia and some have to be sewn on the uniforms. Class As, Class Bs, Blues and 12 ACUs - 4 hats, a helmet cover, and the body armor. Not as bad as it used to be with BDUs as ACU uniforms have velcro. but apair of velcro rank patches costs about $6. So suck it up and enjoy a minorly realistic feature of uniformed life.
i spent a whole day in beta trying to figure out how to get LT to show up on my uniform. I got the ability to display lt commander when i was promoted to that, but i never got the opportunity to display lt. I tried talking to the promotion ceremony guy when i was a Lt, didn't work.
Let's see, when I was n the US Army, total rank insignia cost for me....$0 as it was issued to me upon promotion. Still should be free in game.
Must have been a long-ass time ago. For the last 6 of my years, you pay for everything. Granted, you do get a yearly allowance of $200 for uniforms. Also, any dry cleaning and sewing of insignia is tax deductible.