AFROTC UNIFORM REGULATIONS PDF

This webpage is a one-stop reference to help answer questions regarding proper wear of approved Air Force uniform items, insignias, awards and decorations, etc. It also provides the latest updates and changes to policy from Air Force senior leadership and the Uniform Board. For local guidance, Airmen are encouraged to consult their immediate chain of command for clarification on standards and policies. Airmen should also note that any dress and appearance standards not listed as explicitly authorized in AFI , or subsequent guidance updates, are unauthorized.

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Presenting yourself properly while serving in the military in uniform and civilian clothes requires adhering to strict standards for uniform regulations and grooming, as well as proper civilian attire. You must wear the Air Force uniform while performing normal military duties.

Specific uniforms and uniform items that the Air Force provides free of cost can be required by installation commanders for regular duties, formations, and ceremonies.

Authorized optional items may be worn at your own expense. When traveling, you must comply with the uniform policies of that military or civilian installation. You may wear a uniform other than the flight duty uniform when traveling in an official capacity. If you choose to wear civilian clothing during official travel, it must be clean and neat and nothing skimpy, such as beachwear. Do not wear the uniform when attending a public or private meeting or demonstration by a group that is subversive to the government, political in nature, in opposition to the Armed Forces, or where wearing the uniform implies the Air Force sanctions the cause.

You should not wear the uniform when working in a civilian capacity, promoting private businesses, or during political activity. And don't wear military insignia and items with civilian clothes. Grooming standards call for men and women to present themselves in a clean, well-groomed and neat manner. Here are more rules as they apply by gender:. The guidelines specify what is permissible for tattoos, brands, body piercings, and other body modifications.

None can carry objectionable content or bring discredit to the Air Force, whether in or out of uniform. A professional military image is required. Tattoos cannot be on the neck, face, head, scalp, tongue, lips, or hands other than one wedding ring tattoo. Other than single earrings, visible body piercings are not permissible, including the tongue. The service dress uniform includes the men's and women's blue service dress coat and trousers or skirt. It is worn with a long- or short-sleeved light blue shirt.

There is also a maternity service dress jumper and blouse. Men have a tie and women have a tie tab, and a belt is worn. The US lapel insignia consists of name tag, ribbons, chevrons, and aeronautical badges and is required.

Other badges are optional and cufflinks are optional. The service uniform lacks the jacket of the service dress uniform and consists of the light blue long- or short-sleeved shirt and trousers or slacks. The tie and tie tab are optional. The name tag, chevrons, and aeronautical badges are also required with the service uniform. It is optional to wear ribbons, and they can be regular-size or miniature ribbons, but a mix is not allowed.

Aeronautical badges are worn above occupational and miscellaneous badges. The airman battle uniform replaced the battle dress uniform BDU and the desert camouflage uniform. It can be worn for "short convenience stops and when eating at restaurants where people wear comparable civilian attire. It is no longer allowed in Afghanistan by most airmen. Multicam has been approved for Afghanistan, however.

The Balance Careers uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. By using The Balance Careers, you accept our. Army U. Marines U. Military Branches U. Air Force. By Full Bio. Rod Powers was the U. Read The Balance's editorial policies. Hair Men : Hair must be covered by the front band of headgear and tapered to conform to the natural shape of the head, with or without a block cut. It can't touch the ears and must be closely cut or shaved at the back where it could touch the collar.

Men can't wear any foreign items in their hair. Dyed hair is only allowed if it is a natural color for the individual. Men must have medical documentation of baldness or disfigurement to wear a wig or hairpiece.

Hair Women : Women can have bangs or other hair in front. Women can wear hair in a neat bun, straight ponytail, dreadlocks, or braids, in addition to short styles. They can use pins and bands that match their hair color.

Wigs and hairpieces must follow the same standards, but cannot be worn in flight operations. Mustaches are allowed but can't extend beyond the upper lip line. Short, evenly trimmed sideburns are allowed. Nails must be clean and groomed for both men and women and can't interfere with operating safety equipment.

Safety is a primary consideration for accessory standards. Up to three rings in total are allowed, counting both hands. Necklaces can be worn if concealed under the shirt. Women can wear stud earrings. Men can only wear earrings in civilian clothes. Glasses are not permitted around the neck. Contact lenses are allowed in natural-looking shapes and designs and cannot be tinted to change the natural eye color.

An earpiece or headset can be worn if necessary for performing official duties, or during air travel, or doing physical fitness activities.

A cell phone cannot be used while walking in uniform, except for emergencies or to make or receive official notifications. Religious Apparel: Religious apparel may only be worn visibly during religious services. These miscellaneous standards cover head-to-toe:. It sits about one inch above the eyebrows. When not wearing the cap, tuck it under the belt between the first and second belt loops but don't fold it over the belt.

The service hat can be worn instead of the flight cap. They have a high-gloss finish. The heel is no taller than one inch and the sole is no thicker than one-half inch. Wear plain black socks or hose with low quarters. They must be plain black without decoration and have a high-gloss finish.

The heels must be no taller than two and one-half inches and can't have extra thick soles. Leave the top button unbuttoned but the rest must remain buttoned. Some commanders may authorize rolling up the sleeves.

Wear a short- or long-sleeved t-shirt under it, with the standard color desert sand. There is a maternity ABU coat as well. The coat can be removed in the immediate work area but must be worn when interacting with customers or clients. Headgear is required outdoors at all times except in designated "no hat" areas. They may be tucked into boots. Whether tucked or not, they are evenly bloused over the top of the boot. A desert sand colored web belt is worn. Maternity trousers are also available.

Black boots may be authorized for working in some areas that would cause stains to the sage green boot. Laces are tied and tucked into the boot or wrapped around the boot. Article Table of Contents Skip to section Expand. Personal Grooming Standards. Accessory Standards When in Uniform. Tattoos, Brands, Body Piercing. Service Dress Uniform. Service Uniform. Continue Reading.

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The application window for the scholarship is open from 1 June through 1 December of your senior year of high school. High School Scholarship Recipient cadets have until the start of their sophomore year to withdraw from ROTC without having to either pay back their scholarship or enlist in the Air Force. Non-scholarship cadets will not incur a service commitment until they return from Field Training which typically occurs during the summer after sophomore year and sign a service contract pledging to successfully complete the program and commission on time. Cadets will incur a service commitment of four years time is greater for select career fields such as pilot after they commission. However, keep in mind that nearly all cadets participate in three or four year programs and shorter durations are dependent on the current needs of the Air Force. Each detachment has a staff, called a "cadre," comprised of active-duty officers and non-commissioned officers. The cadre team — typically the active-duty officers — are responsible for instructing the Aerospace Studies courses, supervising training, and counseling each cadet as they progress through the program.

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Presenting yourself properly while serving in the military in uniform and civilian clothes requires adhering to strict standards for uniform regulations and grooming, as well as proper civilian attire. You must wear the Air Force uniform while performing normal military duties. Specific uniforms and uniform items that the Air Force provides free of cost can be required by installation commanders for regular duties, formations, and ceremonies. Authorized optional items may be worn at your own expense. When traveling, you must comply with the uniform policies of that military or civilian installation. You may wear a uniform other than the flight duty uniform when traveling in an official capacity. If you choose to wear civilian clothing during official travel, it must be clean and neat and nothing skimpy, such as beachwear.

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Specific Air Force Instructions address standardized wear that is identical for members of both the Active Component i. Provisions are also included for authorized wear on certain occasions by honorably retired career members of the Air Force, to also include retirees of both the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard. Wear of modified versions of the Air Force uniform is also authorized for the service's civilian auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol , provided its members adhere to military grooming and modified weight standards. Proper wear of the U. When the U. Air Force first became a fully separate branch in personnel continued to wear uniforms nearly identical to the U. In the early s the blue uniform, including headgear, transitioned to a new and slightly updated version known as Shade

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