I remember before I retired from the Marine Corps, two specific and significant instances during the regime of Bubba Clinton;
We had to literally ‘pass around the hat’ amongst the officers and senior enlisted to buy toilet paper for the troops who lived in the barracks. The DoD (Department of Defense) actually ran out of money to buy toilet paper for the troops.
When it came time for the annual pistol re-qual, battalion S-3 (Training) announced that any Marine who qualified as ‘expert’ last year didn’t have to re-qual this year. There was a DoD-wide shortage of ammunition.