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Passed House without amendment (05/14/2002)

Prohibits a member of the U.S. armed forces from being required or compelled to wear the abaya garment, or any part thereof, while in Saudi Arabia pursuant to a permanent change of station or orders for temporary duty. Requires the Secretary of Defense to inform such personnel of such prohibition, both orally and in writing, within ten days after a member's arrival.

Prohibits any funds made available to the Department of Defense from being used to purchase abayas for such personnel or for contractor personnel accompanying such forces.

Authorizes the commander of the United States Central Command to require the wearing of the abaya in specific circumstances that constitute an operational requirement essential for the conduct of the military mission.