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. Flag and rank: The subdued black and green cloth flag is authorized for wear until June 1, , then the spice brown US flag will be the only accepted version.

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Rod Powers Updated June 04, 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. 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. You should not wear the uniform when working in a civilian capacity, promoting private businesses, or during political activity.

Personal Grooming Standards 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: 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.

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. Short, evenly trimmed sideburns are allowed.

Accessory Standards When in Uniform 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.

Tattoos, Brands, Body Piercing 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.

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. Service Uniform 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. It sits about one inch above the eyebrows.

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. 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. 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.


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Volmaran Cadet enlisted uniforms also differ in rank placement, with collar pins instead of the sewn sleeve chevrons traditionally worn by enlisted Air Force members. Metal buttons on the dress uniform were also changed at this time, transitioning agrotc finish buttons that employed the contemporary U. In the early s, a light-blue Shade short-sleeve shirt or blouse and Shade dark-blue trousers replaced these. United States Armed Forces.






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