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AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel containing change 2 (dated 28 May 08), is void and hereby rescinded as of the date of its issuance. The publication was improperly routed and mistakenly failed to incorporate the provisions of AFI 36-2903, change 1, dated 6 August 2007, into its publication. If you downloaded or printed any copies of the erroneous document, please destroy those copies. Also, if you've posted local supplements to the AFI based on this void and rescinded document, rescind the publication as of the date of issuance. BY ORDER OF THESECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 36-29032 AUGUST 2006Incorporating Change 1, 6 August 2007PersonnelDRESS AND PERSONAL APPEARANCEOF AIR FORCE PERSONNELCOMPLIANCE WITH THIS PUBLICATION IS MANDATORYACCESSIBILITY:Publications and forms are available on the e-Publishing website at for downloading or :There are no releasability restrictions on this : HQ AFPC/DPSOOCCertified by: HQ AFPC/DPS(Col William D. Foote)Supersedes AFI 36-2903, 29 September 2002 and AFI36-2923, 25 May 2004 Pages: 161This instruction implements Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) , Wearing of the Uniform,26 October 2005, Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) , Accommodation of Religious Prac-tices Within the Military Services, 3 February 1988; and Air Force Policy Directive 36-29, Military Stan-dards. It applies to all active duty Air Force members, members of the United States Air Force Reserve(USAFR), and members of the Air National Guard (ANG). It directs the wear of uniforms, insignias,awards and decorations. Describes minimum standards of personal appearance of Air Force to observe the prohibitions and mandatory provisions of this instruction to include Table tattoos/brands/body piercing by active duty Air Force members; USAFR members on activeduty or inactive for training; ANG members in Federal service, is a violation of Article 92, Uniform Codeof Military Justice (UCMJ). Violations of these provisions can be prosecuted under Article 92 of theUCMJ, as well as any other applicable articles of the UCMJ, when appropriate. The Commander, Mili-tary Personnel Flight (MPF) assigns an office within the Customer Support Section to be the Office of Pri-mary Responsibility (OPR) for this instruction. Refer to Attachment 1 for a Glossary. Authorizedsupplements to this instruction and requests for uniform changes will be processed in accordance withChapter 7, Uniform Changes and Supplements. SUMMARY OF CHANGESUpdates Table , Wearing the Uniform and Table , Conditions for Wear of Uniform. A margin bar ( | ) indicates newly revised material. Chapter 1 COMMANDERS' AUTHORITY AND INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBILITIES ' Authority. ........................................ ........................................ ............ Identified as not presenting a Professional Military Appearance. .............6 Certified Current 17 February 20092AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST Responsibilities. ........................................ ........................................ ....6Table ' Responsibilities. ........................................ ........................................ . 7Table Members Acquire Uniform Items (see notes). ........................................ ......... 8Table the Uniform (see notes). ........................................ ..................................... 9Table Camouflage Uniform (DCU) (See notes). ........................................ ............. 11Table Grooming Standards (see notes). ........................................ ....................... 12Chapter 2 SERVICE DRESS, DRESS, BATTLE DRESS, AND STANDARDIZED FUNCTIONAL UNIFORMS and Tables. ........................................ ........................................ ....................17Figure s Service Dress. ........................................ ........................................ ............... 17Figure s Mess Dress Uniform. ........................................ ........................................ ..... 19Figure 's Semi-Formal Dress Uniform (Enlisted only). ........................................ ........ 20Figure 's Short-Sleeved Shirt. ........................................ ........................................ ....... 21Figure s Long-Sleeved Shirt. ........................................ ........................................ ....... 22Figure s and Women s Physical Fitness Gear (PT). ........................................ ............ 24Figure s and Women s Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). ........................................ ........ 26Figure s Maternity Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). ........................................ .......... 27Figure Sweater. ........................................ ........................................ ...................... 29Figure Cardigan Sweater. ........................................ ........................................ ..................... 30Figure Lightweight Blue Jacket. ........................................ ........................................ .......... 31Figure Men's and Women s Headgear. ........................................ ........................................ 32Figure Proper Placement of Insignia on Outergarments and Battle Dress Field Jacket (Men and Women). ........................................ ........................................ ................... 34Figure Women s Service Dress Uniform. ........................................ ................................... 36Figure Women's Mess Dress Uniform. ........................................ ....................................... 37Figure Women's Semi-Formal Dress Uniform (Enlisted only). ........................................ ... 38Figure Women s Short-Sleeved Blouse. ........................................ ...................................... 39Figure Women's Long-Sleeved Blouse. ........................................ ....................................... 40Figure Maternity Service Dress Uniform (Jumper). ........................................ .................... 41Figure Maternity Mess Dress Uniform. ........................................ ....................................... 43AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20063Figure Women s Semi-Formal Dress (Maternity-Enlisted Only). ....................................... 44Figure Maternity Jumper (When Not Worn as Service Dress, Mess Dress, or Semi-Formal). ........................................ ........................................ ...................... 45Figure Maternity Long-Sleeved Blouse. ........................................ ...................................... 46Table s Service And Dress Uniforms (see note). ........................................ ............... 48Table s Battle Dress Uniform. ........................................ ........................................ .... 56Table 's Service And Dress Uniforms (see notes). ........................................ ......... 60Table 's Battle Dress Uniforms. ........................................ ...................................... 81Table Appearance Modification Standards. ........................................ ....... 86Table Standards. ........................................ ........................................ . 89Table To Wear Battle Dress. ........................................ ........................................ .... 92Table To Wear Headgear. ........................................ ........................................ ........ 92Table Apparel Waivers. ........................................ ........................................ ...... 93Chapter 3 ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT Clothing and Equipment. ........................................ .......................... Flight Dress Uniforms. ........................................ ........................................ 94Table Uniforms--USAF Honor Guard, and Arlington National Cemetery Chaplains. ........................................ ........................................ ................................. 98Table Uniforms--Installation and Base Honor Guard, Color Guard, Drill Team, and Military Funeral Detail. ........................................ .......................... 100Table Uniforms The USAF Band, USAF Academy Band, USAF Regional Bands. ........................................ ........................................ ....................................... 101Table Uniforms--Security Forces (SF). ........................................ .................... 103Table Uniforms--Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Military Security Force. . 105Table Uniforms--Miscellaneous. ........................................ .............................. 107Table Uniforms--Air Force Fitness Center Staff Uniforms. ........................... 110Table Uniform - Air Force Food Service Uniform. ........................................ . 115Table Uniforms--Flight Attendant (FA) Uniform. ........................................ ... 118Figure Attendant Dress ........................................ ........................................ ................. 121Figure Attendant Slacks with Vest and Blazer. ........................................ ................. 121Table Distinctive Uniforms Medical Scrubs (see notes). ........................................ ........ 1224AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Chapter 4 AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Instructions. ........................................ ........................................ ...................... Decorations. ........................................ ........................................ .................. Force Service Awards. ........................................ ........................................ of Awards and Decorations by Retirees and Honorably Discharged of Precedence. ........................................ ........................................ .................. of Ribbons. ........................................ ........................................ ............. of Miniature Medals. ........................................ ......................................12 4Figure of Precedence of Awards and Decorations. ........................................ ............ 124Figure of Devices on Ribbons and Medals. ........................................ ................ 128Figure of Ribbons. ........................................ ........................................ .......... 129Table Of Medals By Rows (see note). ........................................ .................. 130Table Of Ribbons On Service Uniforms (see notes). ................................... 132Table Of Medals On Dress Coat Or Jacket (see note). ..................................... 133Chapter 5 INSIGNIA, NAME TAGS, BADGES AND DEVICES of Grade Insignia. ........................................ ........................................ ............. of the Command Chief Master Sergeant and First Sergeant Insignia. ............. Tags. ........................................ ........................................ ................................ Tapes. ........................................ ........................................ ................... and Specialty Insignia. ........................................ ........................................ .. and Space Badges. ........................................ ........................................ Badges. ........................................ ........................................ .............................. Badges. ........................................ ........................................ ............... Badges. ........................................ ........................................ ................ Uniform Devices ........................................ ........................................ ......136Table USAF Ranks ........................................ ........................................ .. 137Table of Badges On The BDU, Service, Service Dress, Mess, Formal, And Semi-Formal Dress Uniforms (see notes). ........................................ ............... 138Table Organizations and Their Duty Badges. ........................................ ................ 142Table Specialties and Their Badges (Excludes Aeronautical). ..................... 145Figure of Badges. ........................................ ........................................ .................... 149AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20065Chapter 6 WEAR OF UNIFORMS BY RESERVE, AIR NATIONAL GUARD, RETIRED OR SEPARATED PERSONNEL for Wear of Uniform. ........................................ ......................................15 1Table Reserve, ANG, Retired, Or Separated Personnel Are Required Or Authorized To Wear The Uniform (See note 1). ........................................ .............. 151Chapter 7 UNIFORM CHANGES AND SUPPLEMENTS To Recommend Uniform Changes. ........................................ .......................... Supplements. ........................................ ........................................ ........... Forms. ........................................ ........................................ ...................... Forms. ........................................ ........................................ .........................157Attachment 1 GLOSSARY OF REFERENCES AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION 1586AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Chapter 1 COMMANDERS' AUTHORITY AND INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBILITIES Commanders' Authority. See Table for commanders' responsibilities and Table throughTable for how members acquire and wear uniform items and personal grooming standards. Members Identified as not presenting a Professional Military Appearance. The unit commander: May require individuals who do not present a professional military appearance (regard-less of overall fitness composite score) to enter the Fitness Improvement Program IAW AFI10-248. Schedules individuals for Fitness Education/Intervention. Individuals Responsibilities. To present a professional military image individual will: Procure and maintain all mandatory clothing items. Review and follow local supplements and procedures. Uniforms will be neat, clean, pressed, buttoned, and properly maintained. Members will not: Stand or walk with hands in pockets of any uniform combination, other than to insert orremove items. Walk in uniform while using cell phones, radios, hands-free headsets unless required inthe performance of official duties using a government issued device. Smoke/use smokeless tobaccos, drink, or eat while walking in uniform. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20067Table Commanders' Responsibilities. To Maintain Uniformity and Good Order and Discipline. Major Command Commanders Supplement this instruction. Supplements must be approved by HQ AFPC/DPSO. (See note 1). Authorize wear of functional clothing with service uniforms. Authorize wear of civilian clothing on-duty and standardize clothing by activity (see note 2). Prescribe wear of grade insignia, unit emblems, etc. on organizational or functional clothing. Determine acceptable off-base wear for all uniforms. Provide at no cost to members, required items directed to wear. Specify motorcycle and bicycle patrol uniforms for security forces personnel. Prescribe wear of Personal Hydration System . Installation Commanders Supplement this instruction. Further authorize specific guidance on wear of functional clothing with service uniforms that have previously been approved by MAJCOM Commander. Supplements must be approved by HQ AFPC/DPSO. Prohibit offensive civilian clothes and personal grooming based on legal, moral, safety or sanitary grounds. Require protective or reflective items when safety considerations make it appropriate. Authorize Allowance Standard (AS) 016 approved organizational clothing and equipment. Process requests for approval of distinctive clothing items (see Chapter 7 for specific instructions). Provide at no cost to enlisted members required organizational/functional items directed for wear. Process requests for issue allowance organizational or functional according to AFMAN 23-110, Vo l 2, USAF Supply Manual. Provide at no cost to officers, optional items directed for wear. Prescribe wear of outergarments and accessories with security forces police uniforms. Process requests for issue allowance according to AFMAN 23-110, Vo l 2, USAF Supply Manual. Prescribe wear of uniform during sporting events. Theater Commanders Prescribe the dress and personal appearance standards in the theater of operations. Supplements are required. Coordinate supplements with HQ AFPC/DPSO prior to issuance. 8AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006NOTES:1. For the purpose of this AFI, the National Guard Bureau is considered a MAJCOM. 2. All military personnel working in Services activities wear same type of clothing. FitnessCenter Staff and Food Service personnel see Table and Table See Table forguidance on civilian clothing allowance when required to wear civilian clothes to performassigned duties. Table How Members Acquire Uniform Items (see notes). NOTES:1. Uniform clothing may be altered to improve fit. However, alterations must not change theintended appearance of garment as designed. 2. The omission of a specific item or appearance standard does not automatically permit itswear. 3. If it is not authorized; it is not authorized for wear. Members: Enlisted Personnel Procure and maintain all mandatory clothing items listed in AFI 36-3014, Clothing Allowances for Air Force Personnel. Request a civilian clothing allowance in accordance with AFI 36-3014, when required to wear civilian clothes, for reasons such as safety or security, to perform assigned duties. Officers Procure and maintain all items necessary to meet standards of dress for assigned duties and mission requirements. Officers and Enlisted Personnel Purchase items from the Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSS) supplied by the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) or commercial vendors. Purchase items from commercial vendors when items have a USAF certification label. Do not purchase uniform items from unauthorized manufacturers (note 3). AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20069Table Wearing the Uniform (see notes). NOTES:1. On other Services' installations, comply with order of dress for that Service, within AirForce standards. 2. TDY personnel will comply with local policies established at each TDY location, withinAir Force standards. 3. Those choosing to wear civilian clothing will ensure it is neat, clean, and warm enough forin-flight operations and appropriate for the mode of travel and destination. Examples ofinappropriate clothing include: ripped, torn, frayed, or patched clothing; tank tops, shorts,Members: Wear Do not wear Optional When: X The member is an Air Reserve Technician (ART) performing duties while in an ART position. X departing from a military airfield on DoD aircraft or US Government Commercial Contract Flights (service uniform combination) (See notes 3 and 4). X departing from or arriving at commercial airports, or traveling on commercial contract flights (tie or tie tab optional) (See note 3 & 5). X traveling in a foreign country. Consult the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide. X uniform items do not meet Air Force specifications. X participating in public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches or rallies, or in any public demonstration when the Air Force sanction of the cause for which the activity is conducted may be implied. X furthering political activities, private employment, or commercial interests. X working in an off-duty civilian capacity. X participating in civilian court proceedings when the conviction would bring discredit--at the discretion of installation commander. X attending off-duty education conducted off a military installation. X in civilian attire. For example: grade insignia, cap devices, badges and other or Air Force insignia, distinctive buttons, etc. 10AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006short skirts, undergarments worn as outergarment, bathing suits, sandals, and any gar-ments which are revealing or contain obscene, profane, or lewd words or drawings. 4. The Battle Dress Uniform is an acceptable uniform when traveling between militaryinstallations. 5. Air Force personnel may not wear their military uniforms when using frequent flyer milesto upgrade to business or first class. Thus, even when an upgrade to business or first classaccommodations is legitimate, military personnel should avoid wearing the uniform toavoid the public perception of the misuse of government travel resources, which generatesunnecessary complaints. 6. Officers and Enlisted: Do not wear or mix unique uniform items with civilian items are those unique to the uniform. They include grade insignia, cap devices,badges and other U. S. or Air Force insignia, such as items with the Wing and Star design, and so forth. Exception: Tie tacs and lapel pins when wearing business attireauthorized. 7. General Officer's are encouraged to wear a combination of blue uniform when travelingon commercial aircraft. 8. Air Force personnel may wear civilian attire on commercial aircraft or a combination ofblue uniform if they prefer. 9. Utility uniforms (BDU and flight suits) are not authorized for travel on commercial air-craft. 10. Uniform of the Day (BDU and flight suits) is authorized for traveling MILAIR. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200611Table Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU) (See notes). NOTES:1. Provided they are traveling enroute between CONUS locations on a US Flag commercialaircraft, bus, or train and/or on military aircraft or government chartered aircraft, bus, ortrain enroute (CONUS or Overseas) 2. One set of conservative civilian attire is to be packed in carry-on luggage in order toaccommodate for contingency situations. Airmen will maintain proper uniform, personalappearance and hygiene standards during travel at all times. 3. No DCUs wear. The only exception per the CSAF is BC3 enroute personnel training. Uniform: DCU When: X CSAF-approved uniform for wear while traveling to and from CENTCOM AOR. X Personnel deploying or PCSing to the AOR are allowed to wear conservative civilian attire, DCU to/from the AOR (See note 1). X May also be worn on FLAG commercial flights in CONUS while traveling between the aerial port and the airman's authorized rest and recuperation leave location. X Traveling enroute between CONUS locations on a commercial aircraft, and/or X On military aircraft or government chartered aircraft enroute (conus or overseas). X DCUS may also be worn on the commercial flights in CONUS while traveling between the aerial port and the airman's authorized rest and recuperation leave location. X No other travel in DCUS on any commercial carrier is authorized (ordinary leave, TDY outside AOR, etc.). X Uniform for contingency situations (See note 2). 12AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Personal Grooming Standards (see notes). L A B C I N E Item of Grooming (M-Men, W-Women) (see Note 1). Will be/have Will not 1 Hair, Overall Standard (M & W) clean, well-groomed and neat. contain excessive amount of grooming aids, touch eyebrows. Hair color/highlights/frosting (must not be faddish). Examples of natural looking for human beings, Blonde/Brunette/Red/Black/Grey) EXCEPTION: May be visible in front of women's flight cap. 2 Hair Style (M) a tapered appearance on both sides and back, both with and without headgear. A tapered appearance is one that when viewed from any angle outlines the individual's hair so that it conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point. Block cut permitted with tapered appearance. Cleanly shaven heads, military high-and- tight, or flat top haircuts are authorized. be worn in an extreme or fad style or in such a way that exceeds length or bulk standards or violates safety requirements. Protrude below the front band of properly worn headgear. Touch the ears and only closely cut or shaved hair on the back of the neck may touch the collar. Exceed 1 1/4 inches in bulk, regardless of length and exceed 1/4 inch at the natural termination point. Contain or have any visible foreign items attached to it. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006133 Hair Style (W) styled to present a professional appearance. Allow the wear of conservative hairpins, combs, headbands, elastic bands and barrettes. Hair pins and bands must match hair color. Long hair will be secured with no loose end. (see note 8.) Bangs, if worn, will not touch the eyebrows. Braids, micro-braids and cornrows are authorized. However, must be solid color similar to the individual's hair color; conservative and not present a faddish appearance. be worn in an extreme or fad style or violate safety requirements. Extend below any side of an invisible line drawn parallel to the ground at the bottom edge of the shirt collar regardless of length. Length will not be excessive. Include hair ornaments such as ribbons, beads, jeweled pins, or hair scrunchy. May not have shaved heads, military high-and-tight or flat top haircuts. (Ban on faddish styles and cuts.) Will not prevent proper wear of headgear, including helmet or chemical mask. Synthetic hair not authorized when not permitted by safety/mission requirements. Dreadlocks are not authorized. NOTE:Minimum length/bulk required is 1 inch not to exceed 3 inches in bulk and will not prevent proper wear of headgear, including helmet or chemical mask. (See note 3 & 7). 4 Wigs and Hairpieces (M & W) must meet AFI requirements (safe, functional, professional for all). In conformance with the same standards required for natural hair, be of good quality, and fit properly. exceed limits stated for natural hair. Worn by personnel engaged in aircraft flight line or in-flight operations. For medical justification related to baldness (See note 5). L A B C I N E Item of Grooming (M-Men, W-Women) (see Note 1). Will be/have Will not 14AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20065 Hairnets (M & W) worn as required for health and safety reasons. Made of cotton or a synthetic material; be of a conservative, solid color similar to the individual's hair color, be strong enough to support and control hair; and contain no metal fasteners. be worn when not performing related duties. 6 Mustache (M) neatly trimmed. extend downward beyond the lip line of the upper lip or extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn upward from both corners of the mouth. (See line 8 Below). 7 Beards (M) be worn except for health reasons when authorized by a commander on the advice of a medical official. If commander authorizes, members will keep facial hair trimmed not to exceed 1/4 inch in length. Individuals granted a shaving waiver will not shave any facial hair. Commanders and supervisors will monitor progress in treatment to control these waivers. (See note 5). 8 Sideburns (M) neatly trimmed and tapered in the same manner as the haircut. Will be straight and of even width (not flared) and end in a clean-shaven horizontal line. extend below the lowest part of the exterior ear opening. (See line 8 Above). L A B C I N E Item of Grooming (M-Men, W-Women) (see Note 1). Will be/have Will not AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200615NOTES:(All notes apply) 1. The items listed represent common appearance issues and are not all-inclusive. 2. Commanders do not have the authority to waive appearance and grooming standardsexcept as identified. 3. Installation commanders will determine what is extreme or faddish. The Installation com-mander may delegate this authority to subordinate commanders to the squadron com-mander level. 4. During tours of less than 30 days, Reserve and Air National Guard (ANG) chaplains noton extended active duty may request a waiver for religious observance when consistentwith their faith. For Air Force Reserve waiver-processing instructions see AFMAN36-8001. For ANG waiver-processing instructions submit requests to NGB/HC, 1411 Jef-ferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3231. 9 Cosmetics (W) conservative and in good taste. not worn in field conditions. 10 Nail Polish /Lipstick (W) single color (compliment skin tone) and French manicure. (See note 6). no decorations; will not exceed 1/4 inch; will not wear shades of lipstick and nail polish that distinctly contrast with their complexion, that detract from the uniform, or that are extreme. Some examples of extreme colors include but are not limited to, purple, gold, blue, black, bright (fire-engine) red, and fluorescent colors. 11 Fingernails (M & W) clean and well-groomed. not exceed 1/4 inch in length past tip of finger. Males are not authorized to wear nail polish. Interfere with duty performance or hinder proper fit of prescribed safety equipment or uniform items. L A B C I N E Item of Grooming (M-Men, W-Women) (see Note 1). Will be/have Will not 16AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20065. If due to a temporary medical condition ie., radiation/chemotherapy and resulting in bald-ness, commanders will authorize the wear of the cancer approved American Society cap(black/tan). 6. Will not apply designs to nails or apply two-tone or multi-tone colors on duty excludingFrench manicure. 7. (Women) Medical waivers are required for situations that require baldness as a medicalnecessity while in uniform. 8. The intent of this item is that long hair should be styled in a manner that prevents looseends from extending upward on the head. (For example: when using the claw clip or hair-pins, hair will not present the appearance of a rooster tail ; when hair is in a bun, all looseends must be tucked in and secured; when hair is in a pony tail, it must be pulled all theway through the elastic band and may hang naturally downward, not extending below thebottom of the collar). As with all hairstyles, a neat and professional image is essential. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200617Chapter 2 SERVICE DRESS, DRESS, BATTLE DRESS, AND STANDARDIZED FUNCTIONAL UNIFORMS Figures and Tables. See Figure through Figure for examples of the proper wear of theuniform. See Table for Men's Service and Dress Uniforms, and Table for Men s Battle Dressand Standardized Functional Uniforms. See Table for Women's Service and Dress Uniforms, andTable for Women s Battle Dress and Standardized Functional Uniforms. See Table for Body/Physical Appearance Modification Standards and Figure for Men s and Women s Physical FitnessGear (PT) through Figure for clothing and accessory standards, when to wear the BDU, when to wearheadgear, and how to process religious apparel waivers. Figure Men s Service Dress. 18AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006NOTES:1. Center metallic name tag on right side between the sleeve seam and the lapel. Bottom of name tagwill be parallel with bottom of ribbons. Became mandatory 1 January 2004. 2. Place US insignia halfway up the seam, resting on but not over it. Bottom of insignia is horizontalwith the ground. Circles will be worn around the U. S. Insignias. Implementation date 1 January2007. 3. Center ribbons resting on (but not over) edge of pocket. Wear all ribbons and devices. See Fig-ure for arrangement of ribbons. 4. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only mid-size or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2- inch above the toprow of ribbons. Center additional badge 1/2- inch above first one. Center duty or miscellaneousbadge 1 1/2 inches below top of welt pocket and centered, and/or on right side centered 1 1/2 inchbelow the nametag. Center a third badge 1/2 inch above the name tag. No more than 4 badgeswill be worn at one time. This includes Command Insignia. EXCEPTIONS: Missile badge isonly worn 1/2 inches below top of welt pocket and centered. Excellence-In-Competition badge isworn centered on the welt pocket. 5. Air Force Command Insignia: Current commander center 1/2 inch above nametag; graduatedcommander center 1/2 inch below nametag. If duty badges are worn with the command insignia(graduated commander), center the duty badge 1/2 inch below command insignia. AF Commandinsignia is mandatory. 6. Officers: Center regular size grade insignia 5/8 inch from end of epaulet. Generals wear 1 inchstars on all uniforms. 3/4 inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch stars. Enlisted: Cen-ter 4-inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and elbow bent at 90-degree angle. 7. Necktie is mandatory. Center optional tie tack or tie clasp (Air Force symbol, grade insignia, orwing and star) between bottom edge of knot and bottom tip of tie. 8. Individuals, at their discretion, may sew down pockets but no local policy will be established tomake it mandatory. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200619Figure Men s Mess Dress Uniform. NOTES:1. Name tag and headgear is not worn. Saluting is not required when outdoors. 2. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only midsize or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above top rowof medals or when not authorized medals, midway between shoulder and top button. Wear secondbadge 1/2 inch above first badge when authorized. Center duty or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inchbelow bottom row of medals or comparable position when no medals are authorized. Center asecond badge on the right side in same relative position as those badges worn on left, this includesMissile and Excellence-In-Competition badges. Miniature duty badges will be worn (EXAM-PLES: Presidential, OSD, Joint Staff, HAF). 3. Center all miniature medals between lapel and arm seam and midway between top shoulder seamand top button of jacket. See Table for arrangement of medals. 4. Air Force Command Insignia: Worn on the right side of the uniform. Current commander centerinsignia adjacent to top of miniature medals; graduated commanders lower insignia adjacent tobottom row of miniature medals. AF Command Insignia is mandatory. 5. Wear white formal long shirt. 6. Blue satin bow tie is mandatory. 7. Wear cummerbund with pleats up around waist, half way between pants and shirt. 8. Wear matching cuff links and studs as a set. Wear Wing and Star design, satin finish with AFsymbol or plain silver highly polished cuff links. 9. Officers place shoulder board insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam. Enlisted personnelcenter 4-inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and elbow bent at 90-degree angle. Please see examples of photos and the Wear of Identification Badges and Devices at the AFPCHomepage, click AFPC Reference dropdown, select Dress and Appearance) 20AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Men's Semi-Formal Dress Uniform (Enlisted only). NOTES:1. Name tag and headgear is not worn. Saluting when outdoors is not required. 2. Center ribbons resting on (but not over) edge of welt pocket and between left and right all ribbons and devices. See Figure for arrangement of ribbons. 3. Place US insignia halfway up the lapel seam, resting on but not over it. Bottom of insignia is hor-izontal with the ground. Circles will be worn around the U. S. Insignias. Implementation date 1January 2007. 4. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only midsize or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above the toprow of ribbons. Center additional badge 1/2 inch above first one. Center duty or miscellaneousbadge 1 1/2 inches below top of welt pocket and centered, and/or on right side centered betweenarm seam and lapel, with bottom edge of badge parallel to top of welt pocket. EXCEPTIONS:Missile badge is only worn 1 1/2 inches below top of welt pocket and centered. Excel-lence-In-Competition badge is worn centered on the welt pocket. 5. Center 4 inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and elbow bent at 90-degree angle. 6. Herringbone tie is mandatory. Center optional tie tack or tie clasp (Air Force symbol, gradeinsignia, or wing and star) between bottom edge of knot and bottom tip of tie. 7. Wear with white long or short sleeve shirt as described in Table 8. Individuals, at their discretion, may sew down pockets but no local policy will be established tomake it mandatory. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200621Figure Men's Short-Sleeved Shirt. NOTES:1. Center name tag on (but not over) edge of right pocket. 2. Center ribbons resting on (but not over) edge of pocket between the left and right edges. Ribbonsare optional. If worn, all ribbons and devices will be worn. See Figure for arrangement ofribbons. 3. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only midsize or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above ribbonsor pocket if not wearing ribbons. Center additional badge 1/2 inch above the first one. Centerduty or miscellaneous badge on lower portion of left pocket between left and right edges and bot-tom of flap and pocket, and/or on right pocket between left and right edges and bottom of flap andpocket. EXCEPTIONS: Missile badge is only worn centered on left pocket. Excel-lence-In-Competition badge is worn centered on top edge of left pocket flap. 4. Air Force Command Insignia: Current commanders wear the insignia centered inch above thenametag. Graduated commanders, when worn, wear the insignia centered below the nametagbetween the nametag and the button of the right pocket flap. AF Command Insignia is mandatory. 22AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20065. Officers place shoulder mark insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam. Enlisted personnelcenter 3 1/2 inch sleeve chevrons halfway between shoulder seam and bottom edge of noncommissioned officers may wear shoulder mark insignia (as close to as possible shoul-der seam) or chevrons. 6. Necktie is optional. Center optional tie tack or tie clasp (Air Force symbol, grade insignia, orwing and star) between bottom edge of knot and bottom tip of tie. Tip of tie must cover a portionof the belt buckle but cannot extend below the bottom of belt buckle. 7. Individuals, at their discretion, may sew down pockets but no local policy will be established tomake it mandatory. Figure Men s Long-Sleeved Shirt. NOTES:1. Center name tag on (but not over) edge of right pocket. 2. Center ribbons resting on (but not over) edge of pocket between the left and right edges. Ribbonsare optional. If worn, all ribbons and devices must be worn. See Figure for arrangement ofribbons. 3. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only mid-size or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above ribbonsor pocket if not wearing ribbons. Center additional badge 1/2 inch above the first one. Centerduty or miscellaneous badge on lower portion of left pocket between left and right edges and bot-AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200623tom of flap and pocket, and/or on right pocket between left and right edges and bottom of flap andpocket. EXCEPTIONS: Missile badge is only worn centered on left pocket. Excel-lence-In-Competition badge is worn centered on top edge of left pocket flap. 4. Air Force Command Insignia: Current commanders wear the insignia centered inch above thenametag. Graduated commanders, when worn, wear the insignia centered below the nametagbetween the nametag and the button of the right pocket flap. AF Command Insignia is mandatory. 5. Officers place shoulder mark insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam. Enlisted personnelcenter 3 1/2 inch sleeve chevrons halfway between shoulder seam and elbow bent at 90-degreeangle. Senior noncommissioned officers may wear shoulder mark insignia (as close as possible toshoulder seam) or chevrons. 6. Necktie is mandatory. Center optional tie tack or tie clasp (Air Force symbol, grade insignia, orwing and star) between bottom edge of knot and bottom tip of tie. Tip of tie must cover a portionof the belt buckle but cannot extend below the bottom of belt buckle. 7. Individuals, at their discretion, may sew down pockets but no local policy will be established tomake it mandatory. 24AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Men s and Women s Physical Fitness Gear (PT). NOTES:1. PT shirt may be tucked in or out. May wear short or long sleeve style AF shirt. 2. Shorts will be worn with t-shirt. The lining in the PT shorts may be removed, however, do notmodify the other PT items such as sleeve removal. Spandex shorts and legging (navy blue orblack) may be worn under PT shorts (full length leggings may be worn during cold weather peri-ods). 3. Jacket will be worn with t-shirt. Jacket may also be worn as needed. Jacket, when worn, may bezipped or unzipped. Hood will be stored and zipped when not worn. 4. Pants will be worn with t-shirt Pants do not have to be zipped. 5. Socks (white) will be white in color, any length and may have small conservative trademarklogos. 6. Undergarments are mandatory with all PT gear combinations. 7. All hats/winter caps (knit) are authorized. Maintain a professional military image, with no offen-sive wording, graphics or photos on any item worn with the PT. Bandanas and other similar head-scarves/headgear are not authorized unless due to medical waiver condition. 8. Additional civilian clothing items may be added to the PT, but color consistency should be reason-ably compatible to support a professional appearance. 9. Hair standard do not apply while working out with the wear of the PT gear. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20062510. Tattoos - Body Art (tattoos) and jewelry standards apply (refer to 36-2903, Table ). 11. Saluting is not required. 12. Requirement for the wear of a reflective belt will be at the discretion of the Installation Com-mander. 13. Jewelry wear will follow normal uniform wear rules; keep safety in mind. 14. Headphones and earphones are authorized while in gym area or designated running track unlessprohibited by Installation Commander. 15. Any athletic shoe is authorized. 16. Other issues evolving in the AOR, wear of the PT, will be decided by the AOR Commander. 17. Safety/additional items such as ski wraps/sweatbands (black, blue, white), reflective belts, per-sonal hydration systems, fannypacks, armbands, gloves, etc., are all authorized while performingindividual PT. 18. There is no mandated maternity PT while participating in formations, unit activities, similar offi-cial events, and when mission/safety dictates. 19. Local commanders may dictate the wear of the PT gear while performing organized PT. 20. The PT gear can be worn in any combination desired. 21. When participating in organized PT, any combination of the PT gear (shorts, T-shirt, pants andjacket) will be worn as a set and not mixed with civilian clothes; at other times any combinationof the PT gear (shorts, T-shirt, pants and jacket) can be worn with civilian clothes. Commanders(or equivalent) will determine which PT events are organized . 22. For accessions, PME and academic training environments ( USAFA, ROTC, OTS, ASBC,SOS, BMT), PT gear wear is authorized as outlined above; commanders (or equivalent) willdetermine which PT events are organized . In these environments, students and staff may wearunit-specific PT gear to meet necessary training requirements ( staff/student distinction, stu-dent squadron affiliation, etc.). 26AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Men s and Women s Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). NOTES:1. Center US AIR FORCE tape immediately above left breast pocket. Center name tape (last nameonly) immediately above right breast pocket. Cut or fold tapes to match pocket width. 2. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Center subdued embroidered badge(aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous) 1/2 inch above US AIR FORCE tape. Center addi-tional badge 1/2 inch above the first badge. A third badge (duty or miscellaneous) may be wornon lower portion of left pocket between left and right edges and bottom of flap and bottom ofpocket, this includes Missile and Excellence-In-Competition badges. 3. Air Force Command Insignia: The subdued cloth insignia will be centered 1/2 inch above thenametape for current commanders or centered on the right pocket flap below the nametape forgraduated commanders. AF Command insignia is mandatory. Badges/patches will be worn 1/2inch above insignia for current commanders. 4. (MAJCOM/FOA/DRU Commanders' discretion). Center subdued organizational patch (MAJ-COM/wing/squadron) on lower portion of (from right to left) pockets between the left and rightedges and bottom of flap and pocket. When prescribed, center additional patch over right pocket1/2 inch above name tape. NOTE: Personnel attached to Army units may wear associate unitpatch, only while attached to the unit. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006275. Generals wear 1 inch blue subdued cloth aligned (point-to-point) or subdued metal pin-on gradeinsignia. 3/4 inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch blue subdued cloth aligned(point-to-point) or subdued metal pin-on grade insignia. All other officers: center regular sizesubdued cloth or subdued metal pin-on grade insignia. Enlisted personnel: center 3 1/2- or 4-inch(women) or 4-inch (men) sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and elbow when bent at90-degree angle (when sleeves are rolled up, chevrons do not need to be fully visible, but must bedistinguishable). Refer to Figure for placement of officer grade insignia. 6. Individuals may sew down pockets but no local policy will be established to make it BDU pant legs around or in the uppermost portion of combat boot so the fabric of thelower exposed pant leg blouses over the top edge of the combat boot. Figure Women s Maternity Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). NOTES:1. Center US AIR FORCE tape on left side of BDU shirt and same relatively position as on regularBDU shirt. Center name tape (last name only) on the right side of the BDU shirt and same rela-tively position as on the regular BDU shirt. Cut or fold tapes to match pocket width. MaternityBDU: Place in same relative position. 2. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Center subdued embroidered badge(aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous) 1/2 inch above US AIR FORCE tape. Center addi-tional badge 1/2 inch above the first badge. A third badge (duty or miscellaneous) may be wornon lower portion of left pocket between left and right edges and bottom of flap and bottom ofpocket, this includes Missile and Excellence-In-Competition badges. 28AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20063. Air Force Command Insignia: The subdued cloth insignia will be centered 1/2 inch above thenametape for current commanders or centered on the right pocket flap below the nametape forgraduated commanders. AF Command insignia is mandatory. Badges/patches will be worn 1/2inch above insignia (current commanders). 4. (MAJCOM/FOA/DRU Commanders' discretion). Center subdued organizational patch (MAJ-COM/wing/squadron) on lower portion of (from right to left) pockets between the left and rightedges and bottom of flap and pocket. When prescribed, center additional patch over right pocket1/2 inch above name tape. Maternity BDU: Place emblems and badges in same relative : Personnel attached to Army units may wear associate unit patch, only while attached tothe unit. 5. Generals wear 1 inch blue subdued cloth aligned (point-to-point) or subdued metal pin-on gradeinsignia. 3/4 inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch blue subdued cloth aligned(point-to-point) or subdued metal pin-on grade insignia. All other officers: center regular sizesubdued cloth or subdued metal pin-on grade insignia. Enlisted personnel: center 3 1/2- or 4-inch(women) or 4-inch (men) sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and elbow when bent at90-degree angle (when sleeves are rolled up, chevrons do not need to be fully visible, but must bedistinguishable). Refer to Figure for placement of officer grade insignia. 6. Individuals may sew down pockets but no local policy will be established to make it mandatory. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200629Figure Pullover Sweater. NOTES:1. Place metallic nametag on wearer's right side with the bottom of the nametag level centeredbetween the middle of the sleeve seam and the seam of the neckline; position at an appropriatelevel down from shoulder seam (applicable to both male and female). 2. May be worn indoors or outdoors. 3. Tie/Tab is optional. 4. Collar of shirt may be worn inside or outside of sweater. 5. Sleeves may not be worn pushed up. 6. Officers and Senior NCOs wear shoulder mark rank insignia. All other enlisted members wearmetal rank insignia 5/8 inch from edge and centered. Center horizontally on the epaulet, with bot-tom of insignia 1-inch from shoulder seam. 7. Sweater may be tucked under as illustrated above. 30AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Cardigan Sweater. NOTES:1. May be worn indoors or outdoors. 2. Will be buttoned outdoors and or either all buttons fastened or unbuttoned indoors. 3. Tie/Tab is optional. 4. Collar of shirt may be worn inside or outside of sweater. 5. Sleeves may not be worn pushed up. 6. Officers and Senior NCOs wear shoulder mark rank insignia. All other enlisted members wearmetal rank insignia 5/8 inch from edge and centered. Center horizontally on the epaulet, with bot-tom of insignia 1-inch from shoulder seam. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200631Figure Lightweight Blue Jacket. NOTES:1. May be worn indoors or outdoors and must be zipped at least halfway. 2. May be worn with civilian clothes when insignia is removed. 3. AF Symbol is optional. May be embroidered on the left side at members cost and is not autho-rized to be worn with civilian clothes. 4. Women may wear the male version of the lightweight blue jacket. 32AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Men's and Women s Headgear. NOTES:1. Officers wear service cap insignia without circle with appropriate clouds and darts; enlisted wearservice cap insignia with circle. 2. All Generals wear 1 inch stars on flight cap. 3/4 inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1inch stars. All other officers wear regular size (1 inch) metal grade insignia. Men s Service CapWomen s Service Cap OfficerEnlisted(Note 1) (Note 1) General Officer Field Grade Officer Visor VisorMen's Flight Cap (Note 2) Women's Flight Cap (Note 2)BDU and Organizational Baseball Caps (Note 3)AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006333. Officers wear the regular size cloth or subdued metal grade insignia on the BDU cap. Gradeinsignia will be centered vertically and horizontally. Colonel grade insignia is worn with theeagle s beak pointed towards the wearer s right shoulder (indicates the eagle is facing forward).MAJCOM commanders may authorize wear of the bright non-subdued grade insignia by officerson BDU caps while in garrison. NOTE: Chaplains may wear chaplains insignia centered 1/2inch above visor of BDU cap. General officers wear black stars. 4. Service caps - Mandatory for majors and above to maintain. Women are authorized to wear themen s service cap. 5. Flight cap - Women are authorized to wear the men s flight cap. 34AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Proper Placement of Insignia on Outergarments and Battle Dress Field Jacket (Men and Women). NOTE:Graphic above depicts placement on BDU/DCU shirt AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200635NOTES:1. Full-Length Outergarments and Light Weight Blue Jacket. Officers center regular size (1 inch)metal rank insignia 5/8-inch from end of epaulet. All Generals wear 1 inch stars on all inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch stars. Enlisted personnel wear 3 1/2- or4-inch (women) and 4-inch (men) sleeve chevron on sleeves or metal rank insignia on metal rank insignia centered 1-inch up from bottom collar, and parallel to outer edge. 2. Pullover and Cardigan Sweaters: Officers and Senior NCOs wear shoulder mark rank other enlisted members wear metal rank insignia 5/8 inch from edge and centered. Centerhorizontally on the epaulet, with bottom of insignia 1-inch from shoulder seam. 3. BDU Field Jacket. Generals wear 1 inch black subdued cloth (point-to-point) or subdued metalpin-on grade insignia. 3/4 inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch black subdued cloth(point-to-point) or subdued metal pin-on grade insignia. All other officers center regular size sub-dued cloth or subdued metal pin-on grade insignia 5/8-inch from end of epaulet. Enlisted person-nel wear 3 1/2-, or 4-inch (women) or 4-inch (men) sleeve chevron halfway between shoulderseam and elbow when bent at 90-degree angle. 4. Gortex Jacket. Officers wear slide-on or pin-on subdued grade insignia. Enlisted wear slide-onsubdued grade insignia. Rank insignia will appear on the front lapel of the gortex jacket. 36AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Women s Service Dress Uniform. Please see examples of photos and the Wear of Identification Badges and Devices at the AFPC Homepage, click AFPC Reference dropdown, select Dress and Appearance) NOTES: 1. Center metallic name tag on right side between the sleeve seam and the lapel. Bottom of name tagwill be parallel with bottom of ribbons. Mandatory 1 January 2004. 2. Place US insignia halfway up the seam, resting on but not over it. Bottom of insignia is horizontalwith the ground. Circles will be worn around the U. S. Insignias. Implementation date 1 January2007. 3. Center ribbons resting on (but not over) edge of welt pocket. Wear all ribbons and devices. SeeFigure for arrangement of ribbons. 4. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only mid-size or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2- inch above the toprow of ribbons. Center additional badge 1/2- inch above first one. If placing duty or identifica-tion badges above the name tag, center badges 1/2 inch above name tag and centered 1/2 inchapart. Large badges are authorized. (EXAMPLES: Presidential, OSD, Joint Staff, HAF). Centertwo identification badges 1/2 inch above name tag and centered 1/2 inch apart. EXCEPTIONS:The missile badge and excellence-in-competition badge is worn 1 1/2 inches below top of weltpocket and centered or on the right side 1/2 inch above name tag. 5. Air Force Command Insignia: Current commander center 1/2 inch above nametag; graduatedcommander center 1/2 inch below nametag. If duty badges are worn they will be worn 1/2 inchabove command insignia (current commander). AF Command insignia is mandatory. 6. Officers: Center regular size grade insignia 5/8-inch from end of epaulet. Generals wear 1 inchstars on all uniforms. 3/4 inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch stars. Enlisted: Cen-ter 3 1/2- or 4-inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and elbow bent at 90-degreeangle. 7. Tie tab is mandatory. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200637Figure Women's Mess Dress Uniform. Please see examples of photos and the Wear of Identification Badges and Devices at the AFPC Homepage, click AFPC Reference dropdown, select Dress and Appearance) NOTES:1. Name tag and headgear is not worn. Saluting is not required when outdoors. 2. Center all miniature medals between lapel and arm seam and midway between top of shoulderseam horizontal with the ground. See Table for arrangement of medals. 3. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only mid-size or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2-inch above top rowof medals or when not authorized medals, midway between shoulder and top button. Wear secondbadge 1/2-inch above first badge when authorized. When wearing one identification badge, center the badge on the right side with the top of thebadge parallel to the top row of medals. (EXAMPLES: Presidential, OSD, Joint Staff, HAF). Center two identification badges on the right side adjacent to the miniature medals on left side andcentered 1/2 inch apart. EXCEPTIONS: The missile badge and excellence-in-competitionbadge is worn 1 1/2 inches below top of welt pocket and centered. 4. Air Force Command Insignia: Worn on the right side of the uniform. Current commander centerinsignia 1/2 above the identification badge on the right side adjacent to the aeronautical, occupa-tional, or miscellaneous badge; graduated commanders center insignia 1/2 inch below identifica-tion badge on the right side. AF Command Insignia is mandatory. 5. Cuff links are optional. When wearing matching cuff links and studs as a set, wear Wing andStar design, satin finish with AF symbol or plain silver highly polished cuff links. (Black studsare not authorized) 6. Officers place shoulder board insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam (buttons on the shoul-der boards do not have to match the buttons on the jacket). Enlisted personnel center 3 1/2- or4-inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and elbow bent at 90-degree angle. 7. Tie tab is mandatory. Wear blue satin invert V-tie tab. 8. Wear white formal long sleeve blouse. 9. Wear cummerbund with pleats up around waist, half way between skirt and blouse. 38AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Women's Semi-Formal Dress Uniform (Enlisted only). Please see examples of photos and the Wear of Identification Badges and Devices at the AFPC Homepage, click AFPC Reference dropdown, select Dress and Appearance) NOTES:1. Name tag and headgear is not worn. Saluting is not required when outdoors. 2. Center ribbons resting on (but not over) edge of welt pocket and between left and right all ribbons and devices. See Figure for arrangement of ribbons. 3. Place US insignia halfway up the seam, resting on but not over it. Bottom of insignia is horizontalwith the ground. Circles will be worn around the U. S. Insignias. Implementation date 1 January2007. 4. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only midsize or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2-inch above top rowof ribbons. Center additional badge 1/2- inch above first one. Center duty or miscellaneousbadge 1 1/2 inches below top of welt pocket and/or on right side centered between arm seam andlapel, with bottom edge of badge parallel with top of welt pocket. If placing duty or miscella-neous badges on the right side, center additional duty badge 1/2 inch above the first. EXCEP-TIONS: The missile badge and excellence-in-competition badge is worn 1 1/2 inches below topof welt pocket and centered or on the right side. 5. Center 3 1/2- or 4-inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and elbow bent at90-degree angle. 6. Tie tab is mandatory. 7. Worn with white long or short sleeve blouse only. Polyester or cotton, princess line, button front,with small pointed collar; wear with blue satin inverted-V tie tab with or without self-fasteningtails, as described in Table 8. Slacks are not authorized. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200639Figure Women s Short-Sleeved Blouse. Please see examples of photos and the Wear of Identification Badges and Devices at the AFPC Homepage, click AFPC Reference dropdown, select Dress and Appearance) NOTES:1. Center name tag on right side, even with to 1 1/2 inches higher or lower than the first exposed but-ton. 2. Center ribbons on left side parallel with ground. Align bottom of the ribbons with the bottom ofthe name tag. Ribbons are optional. If worn, all ribbons and devices will be worn. See Figure arrangement of ribbons. 3. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Center aeronautical, occupational, ormiscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above the ribbons. When not wearing ribbons, center badge paral-lel to the name tag. Center additional badge 1/2 inch above first one. If placing duty or miscella-neous badges above the name tag, center an additional badge 1/2 inch above the first one. TheMissile Badge and Excellence-In-Competition badge is worn 1 1/2 inches below bottom of rib-bons and centered or on the right side 1/2 inch above name tag. 4. Center duty or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above name tag. 5. Air Force Command Insignia: Current commander center 1/2 inch above nametag; graduatedcommander center 1/2 inch below nametag. If duty badges are worn they will be worn 1/2 inchabove command insignia (current commander). AF Command insignia is mandatory. 6. Officers place shoulder mark insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam. Generals wear 1 inchstars on all uniforms. 3/4 inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch stars. Enlisted per-sonnel center 3 1/2-inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and bottom edge ofsleeve. Senior NCOs wear shoulder mark insignia or chevrons. 7. Tie tab is optional. 40AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Women's Long-Sleeved Blouse. NOTES:1. Center name tag on right side, even with to 1 1/2 inches higher or lower than the first exposed but-ton. 2. Center ribbons on left side parallel with ground. Align bottom of the ribbons with the bottom ofthe name tag. Ribbons are optional. If worn, all ribbons and devices will be worn. See for arrangement of ribbons. 3. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Center aeronautical, occupational, ormiscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above the ribbons. When not wearing ribbons, center badge paral-lel to the name tag. Center additional badge 1/2 inch above first one. Center duty or miscella-neous badge on the right side centered 1/2 inch above the name tag. If placing duty ormiscellaneous badges above the name tag, center an additional badge 1/2 inch above the first Missile Badge and Excellence-In-Competition badge is worn 1 1/2 inches below bottom ofribbons and centered or on the right side 1/2 inch above name tag. 4. Center duty or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above name tag AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006415. Air Force Command Insignia: Current commander center 1/2 inch above nametag; graduatedcommander center 1/2 inch below nametag. If duty badges are worn they will be worn 1/2 inchabove command insignia (current commander). AF Command insignia is mandatory. 6. Officers place shoulder mark insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam. Generals wear 1 inchstars on all uniforms. 3/4 inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch stars. Enlisted personnel center 3 1/2-inchsleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and elbow when bent at 90-degree angle. SeniorNCOs wear shoulder mark insignia or chevrons. 7. Tie tab is mandatory. Figure Maternity Service Dress Uniform (Jumper). NOTES:1. Center metallic name tag on right side even with to 1 1/2 inches higher or lower than the firstexposed button 2. Center ribbons on left side parallel with ground. Align bottom of the ribbons with the bottom ofthe name tag. Ribbons are mandatory. When ribbons are worn all ribbons and devices must beworn. See Figure for arrangement of ribbons. 3. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only mid-size or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2- inch above the top42AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006row of ribbons. Center additional badge 1/2- inch above first one Center aeronautical, occupa-tional, or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above the ribbons. When not wearing ribbons, centerbadge parallel to the name tag. Center additional badge 1/2 inch above first one. Center duty ormiscellaneous badge on the right side centered 1/2 inch above the name tag. If placing duty ormiscellaneous badges above the name tag, center an additional badge 1/2 inch above the first : The Missile Badge and Excellence-In-Competition badge is worn 1 1/2 inchesbelow bottom of ribbons and centered or on the right side 1/2 inch above name tag. 4. Air Force Command Insignia: Current commander center 1/2 inch above nametag; graduatedcommander center 1/2 inch below nametag. If duty badges are worn they will be worn 1/2 inchabove command insignia (current commander). AF Command insignia is mandatory. 5. Officers place shoulder mark insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam; button epaulets ofblouse over jumper. Enlisted personnel center 3 1/2-inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoul-der seam and elbow bent at 90-degree angle. Senior noncommissioned officers may wear sleevechevrons or epaulets. 6. Tie tab is mandatory. 7. Long sleeve shirt is mandatory. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200643Figure Maternity Mess Dress Uniform. NOTES:1. Name tag and headgear is not worn. Saluting is required when outdoors. 2. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only mid-size or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2-inch above additional badge 1/2-inch above first one. Center duty or miscellaneous badge on rightside with bottom edge of badge parallel to top of medals or comparable position when not autho-rized medals; this includes Missile and Excellence-In-Competition badges. If placing duty or mis-cellaneous badges on the right side, center an additional badge 1/2 inch above the first one. 3. Air Force Command Insignia: Worn on the right side of the uniform in the same relative positionas badges worn on the left and (if applicable) miscellaneous or duty badge will be 1/2 inch abovecommand insignia. AF Command Insignia is mandatory. 4. Center all miniature medals on left side even with to 1 1/2 inches higher or lower than the firstexposed button, horizontal with the ground. See Figure for arrangement of medals. 5. Officers place shoulder mark insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam; button epaulets ofblouse over jumper. Enlisted personnel center 3 1/2-inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoul-der seam and elbow bent at 90-degree angle. Senior noncommissioned officers wear sleeve chev-rons only. 6. Tie tab is mandatory. 7. Wear white long-sleeved blouse with mess dress uniform with blue satin inverted-V tie tab. 44AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Women s Semi-Formal Dress (Maternity-Enlisted Only). NOTES:1. Name tag and headgear is not worn. Saluting is required when outdoors. 2. Center ribbons on left side 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches below bottom of the tab, horizontal with theground. Wear all ribbons and devices. See Figure for arrangement of ribbons. 3. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only midsize or regular badges, donot mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2-inch above the rib-bons. Center additional badge 1/2-inch above first one. Center duty or miscellaneous badge onright side with bottom edge of badge parallel to bottom edge of ribbons, this includes Missile andExcellence-In-Competition. Center duty or miscellaneous badge on the right side centered 1/2inch above the name tag. If placing duty or miscellaneous badges on the right side, center anadditional badge 1/2 inch above the first one. 4. Center 3 1/2-inch sleeve chevron halfway between sleeve and elbow bent at 90-degree noncommissioned officers wear chevrons only. 5. Tie tab is mandatory. 6. Wear white long-sleeved blouse with semi-formal with blue satin inverted-V tie tab. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200645Figure Maternity Jumper (When Not Worn as Service Dress, Mess Dress, or Semi-Formal). NOTES:1. Center plastic blue laminated name tag on right side even with to 1 1/2 inches higher or lowerthan, the first exposed button. 2. Ribbons are optional. If worn, all ribbons and devices will be worn. Center ribbons on left side,horizontal with ground. Bottom of the ribbons is even with bottom of name tag. See Figure arrangement of ribbons. 3. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Wear only mid-size or regular sizebadges, do not mix sizes. Center aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2- inchabove the top row of ribbons. Center additional badge 1/2- inch above first one. Center duty ormiscellaneous badge on the right side centered 1/2 inch above the name tag. If placing duty ormiscellaneous badges above the name tag, center an additional badge 1/2 inch above the first Missile Badge and Excellence-In-Competition badge is worn 1 1/2 inches below bottom ofribbons and centered or on the right side 1/2 inch above name tag. 4. Air Force Command Insignia: Current commanders wear the insignia centered 1/2 inch above thenametag. Graduated commanders, when worn, wear the insignia centered 1/2 inch below thenametag. AF Command Insignia is mandatory. 5. Officers place shoulder mark insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam; button epaulets ofblouse over jumper. Enlisted short-sleeved shirt, center 3 1/2-inch sleeve chevron halfway46AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006between shoulder seam and bottom of sleeve. Long-sleeved: 3 1/2-inch sleeve chevron halfwaybetween sleeve and elbow bent at 90-degree angle. Senior NCOs wear shoulder mark insignia orchevrons. Button epaulets of blouse over jumper only when wearing shoulder marks. 6. Tie tab is mandatory with long sleeved blouse, optional with short sleeved blouse. Figure Maternity Long-Sleeved Blouse. NOTES:1. Center name tag on right side even with to 1 1/2 inches higher or lower than, the first or secondbutton. 2. Center ribbons on left side, horizontal with ground. Bottom of the ribbons is even with bottom ofname tag. Ribbons: wear all or none; when ribbons are worn all ribbon devices (EXAMPLE:oak leaf) must be worn. See Figure for arrangement of ribbons. EXCEPTIONS: The MissileBadge and Excellence-In-Competition badge is worn 1 1/2 inches below bottom of ribbons andcentered or on the right side 1/2 inch above name tag. 3. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge. Aeronauticaland chaplain badges are mandatory, others are optional. Center aeronautical, occupational, ormiscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above the ribbons. When not wearing ribbons, center parallel to theAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200647name tag. Center additional badge 1/2 inch above first one. Center duty or miscellaneous badgeon the right side centered 1/2 inch above the name tag. If placing duty or miscellaneous badgesabove the name tag, center an additional badge 1/2 inch above the first one. The Missile Badgeand Excellence-In-Competition badge is worn 1 1/2 inches below bottom of ribbons and centeredor on the right side 1/2 inch above name tag. 4. Center duty or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above name tag. 5. Air Force Command Insignia: Current commander center 1/2 inch above nametag; graduatedcommander center 1/2 inch below nametag. If duty badges are worn they will be worn 1/2 inchabove command insignia (current commander). AF Command insignia is mandatory. 6. Officers place shoulder mark insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam. Airmen center 3 1/2-inch sleeve chevron halfway between shoulder seam and bottom of sleeve. Senior NCOs wearshoulder mark insignia or chevrons. 7. Tie tab is optional with short sleeve blouse. 48AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Men s Service And Dress Uniforms (see note). LINEABCDEFGHItemsService Dress UniformLong Sleeved ShirtShort Sleeved ShirtMess DressFormal DressSemi-FormalWear Instructions/Materials1Coat (Officer)XPolyester and wool blend, serge weave; semi-drape, single-breasted with three buttons, one welt pocket on upper left side, and two lower pocket flaps. With arms hanging naturally, sleeves will end approximately 1/4 inch from the heel of the thumb. Ensure the bottom edge of coat extends 3 to 3 1/2 inches below the top of the thigh; sleeves and lapel will be roll-pressed. Colonels and below wear regular size metal grade insignia on epaulets and 1/2 inch blue sleeve braid 3 inches from end of sleeve. General Officers: Wear 1 inch stars on all uniforms. 3/4 inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch stars. Wear 1 1/2 inch blue sleeve braid 3 inches from end of sleeve. Coat and trouser will match in shade and (Enlisted)XPolyester and wool blend, serge weave; semi-drape, single-breasted with three buttons, no epaulets, one welt pocket on upper left side, and two lower pocket flaps. With arms hanging naturally, sleeves will end approximately 1/4 inch from the heel of the thumb. Ensure the bottom edge of coat extends 3 to 3 1/2 inches below the top of the thigh; sleeves and lapel will be roll-pressed. Wear 4-inch chevron. Coat and trouser must match in shade and White shirt is worn without name tag and 2 AUGUST 200649Mess Dress JacketXMandatory for officers and optional for enlisted. Worn for social functions of general or official nature (black tie affairs), tuxedo is civilian equivalent. Semi-fitted; sleeves will end approximately 1/4 inch from heel of the thumb; single-breasted, straight back with three Wing and Star buttons diagonally on both sides and a front link chain closure with button on each end; satin shawl collar and lapels; center back length will be 3 1/2 inches to 4 inches below natural waistline; General Officers wear 3/4-inch wide silver sleeve braid 3 inches from end of sleeve; all other officers wear 1/2-inch wide silver sleeve braid 3 inches from end of sleeve; Enlisted personnel women wear 3 or 4-inch chevron and men wear 4-inch chevron. Jacket and trousers must match in shade and only; worn for official formal evening functions and state occasions (white tie affairs). Configured same as mess dress. Wear white bow tie and mess dress. Tuxedo is civilian equivalent. EXCEPTION: Chain fasteners are not worn on Dress UniformLong Sleeved ShirtShort Sleeved ShirtMess DressFormal DressSemi-FormalWear Instructions/Materials50AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20062Shirt (Blue Long-Sleeved)XXNecktie is mandatory unless worn just with a sweater. Collar of shirt shows 1/4 or 1/2 inch above coat collar; with arms hanging naturally, sleeves extend to heel of thumb. It has two pleated pockets and convertible cuffs; tapered fit is optional; military creases are prohibited. Blue polyester herringbone twill tie is mandatory if wearing service dress (White Long-Sleeved)XConventional dress-type with turndown collar and French cuffs with pleats. Blue satin bow tie mandatory. Military creases Commercial design full dress with wing collar; military creases prohibited. White bow tie Enlisted only; Plain knitted or woven, commercial type with short or medium point collar, without design with button or French cuff; military creases are prohibited. Blue polyester herringbone twill tie is (Blue Short-Sleeved)XXX Tie is optional unless worn with service dress uniform (blue shirt) or semi-formal (white shirt). Collar of shirt shows 1/4 or 1/2 inch above coat collar; with arms bent at a 90-degree angle, sleeve should barely touch or come within 1 inch of the forearm; tapered fit. It has two pleated pockets; military creases are prohibited. White shirt is worn with semi-formal uniform Trim-fitted with no bunching at waist or bagging at seat; knee and bottom leg widths not altered beyond current specifications for the waist size; front of trouser legs rests on the front of shoe or boot with a slight break in the crease; back of trouser legs will be approximately 7/8 inch longer than the front. Full cut, straight hanging and without cuffs; available in 100% polyester, polyester wool tropical, and polyester or wool blend, serge cuffs, high-rise with side pockets, 7/8-inch blue striping, no Dress UniformLong Sleeved ShirtShort Sleeved ShirtMess DressFormal DressSemi-FormalWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006514Belt and BuckleXXXX Silver tip end of the belt extends beyond the buckle facing the wearer's left; no blue fabric shows. Woven cotton web or elastic, solid or woven, belt with matching silver-color metal tip and buckle chrome-like officers may wear the "wing and star" design, shiny finish emblem and belt Blue polyester herringbone twill. Wear with service dress Without design or sheen, 2 to 3 inches wide; may be tapered at the center with a pointed end or untapered with a square end. Polyester or wool, synthetic, or blends; woven and pre-tied ties are TieXWhite, with square satin, 5 to 5 1/2 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide, with square ends without (Low Quarters) (Black)XXXXXX Oxford; lace-up style with a plain rounded toe or a plain rounded capped toe; with or without seam and; without perforation or design; sole will not exceed 1/2 inch in thickness and the heel will not exceed 1 inch in height (measured from the inside front of the heel); may have low wedge heel; smooth or scotch-grained leather or manmade material; high gloss or patent finish Boots (Black/ Jungle Boot)XXXWith or without safety toe; must have a plain rounded toe or rounded capped toe with or without perforated seam; zipper or elastic inserts are optional; no designs. High gloss or patent finish Boots (Black)XXXWith rounded plain or rounded capped toe; zipper or elastic inserts optional; no design; sole will not exceed 1/2 inch in thickness and shoe heels will not exceed 1 inch in height (measured from the inside front of the heel). High gloss or patent finish Dress UniformLong Sleeved ShirtShort Sleeved ShirtMess DressFormal DressSemi-FormalWear Instructions/Materials52AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20067Socks (Black)XXXXXX Plain without design. Plain white socks may be worn with combat boots or dress boots. Wear black socks over the white socks to preclude white socks from GarmentsWorn outdoors only, removed in an office environment, except as noted below. Use good judgment in choosing appropriate garments for wear based on weather conditions and duties. May wear with civilian clothes if grade insignia is removed. See Figure for grade insignia placement. Pullover SweaterXXAll wool or wool/acrylic blend, V-neck, long-sleeved, with cuffed sleeves. Indoor or outdoor garment; tie is optional; wear collar of shirt inside or outside sweater; not exposed when wearing another outer garment. Place metallic name tag on wearer's right side with the bottom of the nametag level centered between the middle of the sleeve seam and the seam of the neckline; position at an appropriate level down from shoulder seam. NOTE: Installation commanders retain the option to require the wear of a tie with all uniform combinations based on specific CardiganXXAcrylic wool blend with long, cuffed sleeves; indoor or outdoor garment; buttoned or unbuttoned indoors; must be buttoned outdoors; when buttoned, must be completely buttoned; tie is optional; wear collar of shirt inside or outside sweater; not exposed when wearing another outergarment. Lightweight Blue JacketXXIndoor or outdoor garment; Zip up at least halfway; not authorized for wear when service dress uniform is designated or more appropriate. May wear over pullover and cardigan sweaters. Partially lined, water repellent, waist length, zipper front, with two slant pockets and knitted cuffs and waistband; worn with or without insulated liner. The AF Symbol may be embroidered on the jacket at member s expense. May not be worn with civilian clothes if the AF symbol is embroidered on the Dress UniformLong Sleeved ShirtShort Sleeved ShirtMess DressFormal DressSemi-FormalWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200653Top Coat (Blue Double-Breasted)XXXXXX Stand-up collar, six-button front, shoulder epaulets with buttons, sleeve straps with buckles. Water resistant, double breasted with belt and buckle, button throat closure, shoulder straps, sleeve straps, center back vent, facing tabs, and zip-out liner. Coat will fit loosely enough to accommodate shoulders of a uniform without binding at armholes when arms are moved; sleeves will extend 1/2 inch beyond service coat sleeves; loose fitting with bottom of coat extending to between bottom of knee cap and mid calf; may wear over pullover and cardigan a t h e r Coat (Blue)XXXXXX Loose enough to fit over service coats; shoulders fit loose enough to accommodate shoulders of service coat without binding at armholes when moving arms. Sleeves will extend 1/2 inch beyond the sleeve of the service coat; length of coat not shorter than 1/2 inch below the bottom of the knee nor longer than 6 inches below the back crease of the knee; neck button may be left unbuttoned. Water resistant, double breasted with belt and buckle, button throat closure, shoulder straps, sleeve straps, center back vent, facing tabs, and zip-out liner. May wear over pullover and cardigan (Black)XXXX Tucked in with authorized outergarments. Not authorized with pullover and blue cardigan sweaters when worn as outgarments. Will not exceed 10 inches in width; all wool or cotton simplex, with or without napped or Mittens (Black)XXXX Leather, knitted, tricot or suede, or a combination of leather, knitted, tricot, and Dress UniformLong Sleeved ShirtShort Sleeved ShirtMess DressFormal DressSemi-FormalWear Instructions/Materials54AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200611Headgear (Men s Service Cap)XXXSquarely on the head with no hair protruding in front of the cap; large size hat insignia, officer or enlisted, as appropriate is centered on the front of the cap. Visor-type service cap is banded with dark blue 1 3/4-inch braid; has front black chin strap; an optional version with braid of an open mesh construction, and an optional black leather back strap. Service cap mandatory for majors and above; optional for all Cap (Men s)XXXSlightly to the wearer's right with vertical crease of the cap in line with the center of the forehead, in a straight line with the nose; the cap extends approximately 1 inch from the eyebrows in the front, opening of cap is to the rear; if not worn, tuck under the belt on wearer s left side, between first and second belt loops; cap will not fold over belt. Cap has dark-blue colored edge braid for enlisted personnel, silver-colored edge braid for general officers, and silver and blue in a diamond pattern edge braid for all other officers; all shades and material of hat are authorized with any uniform combination. Mandatory for all male personnel. Cap will not be tucked under epaulets. Blue Winter CapXXXX Only with full-length outer garments (ie., rain jacket, not worn with light weight blue jacket or cardigan/pullover sweater. Commercial design with ear and neck flaps, ribbon tie or strap with covered metal snap fastener; grade insignia is not worn; wool and polyester serge mouton, snap fastener Cap (Knit) (Black or Navy Blue)XCommercial design. Wear when approved by installation commanders and only with authorized outer garments and service dress uniform. Grade insignia is not (Black)XXXX (commercial design of any material). Wear only with authorized outer garments and service dress Dress UniformLong Sleeved ShirtShort Sleeved ShirtMess DressFormal DressSemi-FormalWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200655NOTES:1. The mess dress is optional for enlisted personnel and mandatory for officers. Only officers wearthe formal dress. Only enlisted personnel wear the semi-formal dress. 14Cuff LinksXXXX "Wing and Star" design, satin finish with AF symbol or plain silver highly polished cuff links (mandatory with mess dress; optional with long sleeve shirts).15Cummer-bundXBlue satin, worn with open edge of pleats facing upward. Pleated without silver highly polished or satin white, blue, or black; will not be , single-breasted, low-cut, rolled collar vest with pointed collar. Wear instead of a (Manda-tory)XXXXXX Wear undershorts and white undershirt (V-neck or athletic style) with all service and dress uniforms; the white crew-neck style undershirt is authorized only when wearing closed collar service and dress uniforms. Undershirt will be tucked into Figure of each uniform shows proper placement of accouterments and gives a description of each. The finish of all accouterments must Dress UniformLong Sleeved ShirtShort Sleeved ShirtMess DressFormal DressSemi-FormalWear Instructions/Materials56AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Men s Battle Dress Uniform. LINEABCItemsBattle Dress Uniform (BDU)Wear Instructions/Materials1Shirt (Long-Sleeved)XLong-sleeved camouflage pattern may be rolled up; if rolled up, sleeve material must match shirt and will touch or come within 1 inch of forearms when arm is bent at 90-degree angle. Ensure chevron is partially visible; shirt may be removed in the immediate work area. When removed, T-shirt (other than the athletic or sleeveless style) will be worn. Cotton and nylon twill or rip stop cotton; single-breasted with four bellow pockets with flaps; straight-cut bottom sleeve tabs, and side body panels with or without take-up tabs. Military creases are and nylon twill or rip stop cotton with button front closure, strap ankle adjustment, and six pockets. Blouse trousers over combat boots or tuck trousers into boots to give a bloused effect. Blousing is defined as: to gather in and drape loosely (cannot be folded or have a tapered look). Material of shirt and trousers must and BuckleXBlack tip of belt may extend up to 2 inches beyond the buckle facing the wearer's left; blue woven cotton web or elastic with black metal tip and matching buckle. Black web or black riggers belt with nondescript black buckle authorized as an optional item with (Combat Boots) (Black/ Jungle Boot)XBlack, with or without safety toe, plain rounded toe or rounded capped toe with or without perforated seam. Zipper or elastic inserts optional, smooth or scotch-grained leather or man-made material, and may have a high gloss or patent finish, (Black)XPlain without design. Plain white socks may be worn with combat boots. Wear black socks over the white socks to preclude white socks from (BDU Cap) MandatoryXSquarely on the head with no hair protruding in front of the cap; when not being worn, may be stowed in either of the lower cargo pockets on the trousers. BDU caps required for all deployments, field training, mobility exercises and recalls. Hat may not be pushed, rolled, folded or tucked in. ( ; Ranger Fold) Plain without design. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200657Watch Cap (Knit) (Black or Navy Blue)XCommercial design. Wear when approved by installation commanders and only with authorized outer garments and service dress uniform. Grade insignia is not Baseball CapXThe organizational commander must request installation commander's approval to wear an organizational baseball cap (initial request or request for change). These caps are to be worn at squadron level and above only; they are not authorized for wear while in uniform by organizations below squadron level ( , Honor Guard, Prime Beef, etc.). They are to be worn in and around the local area of the members permanent duty location and may be worn on CONUS and OCONUS TDY s when not in a combat area or in support of a contingency. The installation commander prescribes wear of the organizational baseball cap during local exercises and contingencies. When authorized by the installation commander, wear the baseball cap with the BDU; it is not to be worn with the all-weather coat, overcoat, raincoat, or lightweight jacket. Installation commanders prescribe the color, unit designation, and cloth or silkscreen organization emblem, or cloth or silkscreen badge to be worn on the front of the cap, centered above visor. Caps may contain both organizational lettering, numbering, and badge or emblem. Modest shadowing of contrasting colors to delineate organizational lettering and numbering on the front crown area may contain white and no more than two other colors (excluding patch). Clouds and darts are authorized for Majors and above on the bill of the cap. No other features such as stars, designs, individual's name, are authorized. Officer grade insignia is required. When worn, officers will wear regular size(1 inch) subdued or non-subdued metal grade insignia centered above visor. Enlisted personnel do not wear grade insignia. When not worn, the cap may be attached to either lower cargo pocket on the BDU garmentsWorn outdoors only, removed in an office environment, except as noted below. Use good judgment in choosing appropriate garments for wear based on weather conditions and duties. May wear with civilian clothes if all accoutrements (rank, name tapes, patches, etc.) are removed. See Figure for grade insignia Dress Uniform (BDU)Wear Instructions/Materials58AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Camouflage Field JacketXConfigure accouterments on jacket the same as the BDUs except officers wear subdued cloth or metal grade insignia on the epaulets. Woodland Patterned (Gortex Parka and Pants)X(Optional item) Gortex Parka and Pants, cold weather. Nylon lining, nylon inner and outer layer, plastic intermediate layer, knitted inners layer, taffeta lining with plain weave outers layer. Printed camouflage. Jacket hood may be stowed in neck collar area. Enlisted personnel wear slide-on subdued grade insignia; officers wear slide-on or pin-on subdued grade insignia. NOTE: Gortex liner will not be worn as an outer garment. Individuals may wear the Gortex parka and pants while performing duties in inclement weather. Parka may be worn without the Gortex pants; however Gortex pants must be worn with parka. (See Chapter 3)All-Weather Coat (Blue Double Breasted)XStand-up collar, six-button front, shoulder epaulets with buttons, sleeve straps with buckles, split raglan and set in the back. Coat will fit loosely enough to accommodate shoulders of an uniform without binding at armholes when arms are moved; sleeves will extend 1/2 inch beyond service coat sleeves; length of coat will fall between knee length to 6 inches below back crease of knee; top buttoned may be left unbutton; fly front, with zip-out liner, slash-through pockets, center (black)XTucked in with authorized outer garments. Will not exceed 10 inches in width; all wool or cotton simplex, with or without napped or Mittens (black)XWith outer garments only. EXCEPTION: May wear with BDU without outer garments; leather, knitted, tricot or suede, or a combination of leather, knitted, tricot, and (Black)XBlack (commercial design of any material). With outer garments only and service dress Dress Uniform (BDU)Wear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20065913UndershirtXBrown or black. Either V-neck, U-neck, crew neck, or athletic style without pockets. Undershirt will be tucked into trousers. EXCEPTION: MAJCOM commanders may approve black, crew-neck undershirts, long-sleeved black or brown turtlenecks, dickies, or thermal undershirt without pockets. Members may wear white thermal undershirts even if exposed at neck. Installation commanders may prescribe unit designation, and cloth or silkscreen emblem to be worn on left side of chest not to exceed 5 inches in diameter. 14OtherXMAJCOM or Installation Commanders may prescribe other functional clothing usually worn with BDUs and list them in a Task Force Commanders may prescribe the wear of the US flag as red, white, and blue: subdued colored flags are not authorized. Flag approximately 2 x 3 inches worn on left shoulder and placed with star field to face forward or the flags own right. The appropriate replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the reverse-side flag. Flag is not worn while assigned in the Dress Uniform (BDU)Wear Instructions/Materials60AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Women's Service And Dress Uniforms (see notes). AB CDE F GHI J KLLINEItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/Materials1Coat (Officer)XPolyester and wool blend; semi-drape, single-breasted with three buttons, epaulets, one welt pocket on upper left side, and two lower pocket flaps. With arms hanging naturally, sleeves will end approximately 1/4 inch from the heel of the thumb. Ensure the bottom edge of coat extends 3 to 3 1/2 inches below the top of the thigh; sleeves and lapel will be and below wear regular size(1 inch) metal grade insignia on epaulets and 1/2 inch blue sleeve braid 3 inches from end of sleeve. General Officers: Wear 1 inch stars on all inch stars are optional if unable to wear the 1 inch stars. Wear 1 1/2-inch blue sleeve braid 3 inches from end of sleeve. Coat, skirt and slacks must match in shade and 2 AUGUST 200661Coat (Enlisted)XX Polyester and wool blend; semi-drape, single-breasted with three buttons, no epaulets, one welt pocket on upper left side, and two lower pocket flaps. With arms hanging naturally, sleeves will end approximately 1/4 inch from the heel of the thumb. Ensure the bottom edge of coat extends 3 to 3 1/2 inches below the top of the thigh; sleeves and lapel will be roll-pressed. Wear 3 1/2 or 4-inch chevron. Coat, skirt and slacks must match in shade and material. Do not wear nametag with Semi-Formal (Enlisted)X Authorized for enlisted personnel only, same as service dress with matching shade/material skirt. White blouse is worn. Name tag and headgear is not CDE F GHI J KLLINEItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/Materials62AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Mess Dress JacketXWorn for social functions of a general or official nature (black tie affairs); an evening gown is civilian equivalent. Single-breasted, loose fitting at the waist with three Wing and Star buttons on each side at front. Jacket ends 2 1/2 to 3 inches below the waistline; front opening will gap approximately 2 to 3 inches at bottom; General officers wear 3/4 inch wide silver sleeve braid and all other Officers wear 1/2 inch sleeve braid, 2 1/2 inches from end of sleeve; sleeves are wrist length; jacket and skirt match in shade and material. Mandatory for officers and optional for only; for official formal evening functions and state occasions (white tie affairs); evening gown is civilian CDE F GHI J KLLINEItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006632Tuck-in style Blouse, Long and Short SleevedXXXBlue. Worn with tie tab when wearing service dress uniform, long sleeves or when higher decorum is appropriate. Collar of shirt must show 1/4 to 1/2 inch above coat collar with arms hanging naturally. Long sleeves extend to heel of thumb; short sleeves should barely touch or come within 1 inch of the forearm with arms bent at a 90-degree angle; collar lies softly around neck and does not meet in the front, but is separated by blue inverted V tie tab with self-fastening tails; pointed collar. Long sleeves have round cuffs with buttonhole closures on each cuff. Blouse may be modified at member s expense to accommodate cuff links. Will have tapered fit, military creases prohibited on either. Tuck blouse into slacks or CDE F GHI J KLLINEItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/Materials64AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Semi-Form Fitting, Long and Short Sleeved Blouse (Blue)XXXWorn with tie tab when wearing service dress uniform, long sleeves or when higher decorum is appropriate. Worn with blue inverted-V tie tab with or without self-fastening tails. Same as tuck-in style; princess line, with epaulets and short pointed collar and epaulets; long sleeves have round cuffs with buttonhole closures on each cuff. Ensure bottom of blouse is not visible below the bottom of service dress coat, pullover or cardigan sweaters and lightweight blue jacket. Wear tucked in or out. Long-sleeve blouse may be modified at member s expense to accommodate cuff links. Military creases are CDE F GHI J KLLINEItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200665AB DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsSemi-Form Fitting Blouse (White) (Enlisted personnel only)X Polyester or cotton, princess line, button front, with small pointed collar; wear with blue satin inverted-V tie tab with or without self-fastening tails. Military creases are Dress Blouse (White)XXCommercial designed, short or long sleeved with barrel or French cuff; Conventional soft dress-style with turn-down collar with 1/4 inch pleats or 1/8 inch pin tuck pleats. Cuff links and studs are optional, but must be worn as a set. Worn with blue satin inverted-V tie tab with self-fastening tails. Military creases are BlouseXXBlue long- or short-sleeved, pointed collar with blue inverted-V tie tab with or without self-fastening tails. Tie tab mandatory with long sleeve, optional with short sleeve. Unseamed with fuller body to accommodate epaulets over jumper only when wearing shoulder mark insignia. Military creases are 2 AUGUST 2006XXXBlue long-sleeved with pointed collar with blue inverted V tie tab with or without self-fastening tails. Enlisted personnel wear sleeve chevrons only; officers wear shoulder mark insignia. Button epaulets over jumper only when wearing shoulder mark insignia. Military creases are BlouseXXXX White long-sleeved blouse with semi-formal and mess dress uniforms with blue satin inverted-V tie tab with self-fastening tails. Enlisted personnel wear sleeve chevrons only; officers wear shoulder mark insignia. Button epaulets over jumper only when wearing shoulder mark insignia. Military creases are (Maternity)XWear with blue maternity blouses with tie tab. Button epaulets of blouse over the jumper only when wearing shoulder mark insignia. Tie tab optional with short sleeve blouse, mandatory with long sleeve blouse. Jumper length will be no shorter than the top of the kneecap nor longer than the bottom of the DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200667Jumper (Mess Dress & Semi-Formal)XXX Wear with white, long-sleeved maternity blouse only. Enlisted personnel wear sleeve chevrons only; officers wear shoulder mark insignia. Button epaulets over jumper only when wearing shoulder mark insignia. NOTE: Miniature medals are worn instead of ribbons, if worn in place of the mess dress uniform; ribbons are worn with semi-formal fit naturally over the hips with no bunching at waist or bagging at seat; bottom front of slack legs rests on the front of shoe or boot with a slight break in the crease; back of legs is approximately 7/8 of an inch longer than the front. Tailored, straight hanging, no flare at bottom, with two one-quarter front pockets and center fly-front opening or center front closure with front and back waist darts, two one-quarter top side pockets, and waistband with five belt serge with expansion DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/Materials68AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20065Skirt (Polyester Wool)XXXX Skirt hangs naturally over the hips with a slight flare; skirt length will be no shorter than the top of the kneecap nor longer than the bottom of the kneecap; straight style with belt loops, a kick pleat in back, two pockets, and a darted front; skirts have a back zipper and lining attached to the SkirtXXModified A-line, six-gore, free hanging, with or without belt loops. Skirt has a left zipper and lining attached to the inside; skirt length will be no shorter than the top of the kneecap nor longer than the bottom of the SkirtXXXPolyester serge with expansion Dress SkirtXXAnkle length (no higher than ankle, no longer than the bottom of the heel), one-panel front, and one-or-two panel back. Straight hanging, with no flare from hip to hem; seam on left side split to top of and BuckleXXXX With skirt or slacks with belt loops; silver tip end of the belt extends beyond the buckle facing the wearer's right; no blue fabric DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006697Tie TabXXXXXXXXBlue inverted-V tie tab, polyester herringbone with self-fastening satin inverted-V tie tab with self-fastening under collar; silver metallic cloth, lame', crescent-shape, 1-inch with open edge of pleats facing up; blue satin with mess dress, silver with formal (Dress Boots)XXXXXXXHeels of a height suitable to the individual but no higher than 2 1/2 inches (measured from inside sole of the boot to end of heel lift). Wear boots with skirt or slacks; however, if worn with skirt, remove boots and wear pumps or oxfords while in work place. Plain, black, commercial design without ornamentation such as buckles, bows, or straps. High gloss or patent finish DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/Materials70AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006 Pumps (Black)XXXXXXXXXX Low cut, rounded throat shoe, with a raised heel no higher than 2 inches (measured from the inside sole of shoe to the end of heel lift), without fastening. Tip of heel cannot be less than and no larger than the body of the shoe. Wear must be plain, black, smooth, scotch-grained leather or man-made material, patent or high gloss finish, commercial design without ornamentation such as, buckles, bows, straps. Black satin optional for mess dress and formal dress. Faddish styles will not be worn (extreme toes -- pointed or squared or extreme heel shapes).Slip-On ShoesXXXXXXXBlack step-in shoe where the top of the shoe goes over the top of the foot (not mules) with rounded toe or plain rounded capped toe; without design. Wear must be plain, black, smooth, scotch-grained leather or man-made material, patent or high gloss finish, commercial design without ornamentation such as, buckles, bows, straps. Faddish styles will not be worn (extreme toes -- pointed or squared or extreme heel shapes).AB DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200671Low Quarters (Black)XXXXXXXBlack oxford; lace-up style with a plain rounded toe or a plain rounded capped toe; without design; sole will not exceed inch in thickness and the heel will not exceed 1 inch in height (measured from the inside front of the heel); may have low wedge heel. Wear must be plain, black, smooth, scotch-grained leather or man-made material, patent or high gloss finish, commercial design without Boots (Black/ Jungle Boot)XXXXXWith or without safety toe; must have a plain rounded toe or rounded capped toe with or without perforated seam; zipper or elastic inserts are optional; no designs. Wear with slacks , sheer, nylon in neutral, dark brown, black or off-black, or dark blue shades that complement the uniform and the individual's skin tone. Do not wear patterned (Black)XXXXXXPlain without design. Plain white socks may be worn with combat boots or dress boots. Wear black socks over white socks to preclude white socks from showing. Wear hose if not wearing socks. Wear only with DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/Materials72AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200612Outer garmentsOutdoors and removed in an office environment except as noted below. Use good judgment in choosing appropriate garments for wear based on weather conditions and duties. May wear with civilian clothes if grade is removed. See figure for rank placement. Ensure bottom of blouse is not visible below the bottom of all outer garments: service dress coat, pullover or cardigan sweaters and lightweight blue SweaterXXAll wool or wool/acrylic blend, V-neck, long-sleeved, with cuffed sleeves. Indoor or outdoor garment; tie tab is optional; wear collar of blouse inside or outside sweater; not exposed when wearing another outer garment. Place metallic nametag on wearer's right side with the bottom of the nametag level centered between the middle of the sleeve seam and the seam of the neckline; position at an appropriate level down from shoulder seam. Tie and tabs are optional. NOTE: Local commanders retain the option to require the wear of a tie or tab with all uniform combinations based on specific DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200673Cardigan Sweater (Blue)XXXXXX50 percent acrylic and 50 percent non-irritation wool; washable; long sleeved, with cuffed or uncuffed sleeves; indoor or outdoor garment; buttoned or unbuttoned indoors; must be buttoned outdoors; when buttoned, sweater will be completely buttoned; tie tab is optional; wear collar of shirt inside or outside sweater; not exposed when wearing another outer garment. Hospital personnel do not wear with white uniforms. Maternity may be worn Sweater (White)XXXWhite. Worn in a work area or under an outer garment. Maternity may be worn DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/Materials74AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Lightweight Jacket (Blue)XXXXIndoor and outdoor garment. Zip up at least halfway; not authorized for wear when service dress uniform is designated or more appropriate. May wear over pullover and cardigan sweaters; however, sweater is not exposed. Partially lined, water repellent, waist length, zipper front, with two slant pockets and knitted cuffs; worn with or without insulated liner. May wear men's style jacket as long as it presents a neat, professional appearance. The AF Symbol may be embroidered on the jacket at member s expense. May not be worn with civilian clothes if the AF symbol is embroidered on the jacket. Women are authorized to wear the men s lightweight blue DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200675Topcoat (Blue)XXXXXXXXXXStand-up collar, six-button front, shoulder epaulets with buttons, sleeve straps with buckles. Water resistant, double breasted with belt and buckle, button throat closure, shoulder straps, sleeve straps, center back vent, facing tabs, and zip-out liner. Coat will fit loosely enough to accommodate shoulders of a uniform without binding at armholes when arms are moved; sleeves will extend 1/2 inch beyond service coat sleeves; loose fitting with bottom of coat extending to between bottom of knee cap and mid calf; Coat may be modified from double breasted to single-breasted during pregnancy; remove all buttons from the front of the garment and instead attach three buttons to the left side front as follows: position the buttons approximately 1 1/2 inches from the left edge of the coat; align the top button with the first buttonhole and sew the other two buttons to align vertically with the top button; belt the coat in the back. Return buttons to original positions following pregnancy. (See Note 3) May wear over pullover and cardigan DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/Materials76AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006All-Weather Coat (Blue)XXXXXXXXXX Stand-up collar, eight-button front, shoulder epaulets with buttons, sleeve straps with buckles. Water resistant, double breasted with belt and buckle, button throat closure, shoulder straps, sleeve straps, center back vent, facing tabs, and zip-out liner. Coat will fit loosely enough to accommodate shoulders of a uniform without binding at armholes when arms are moved; sleeves will extend 1/2 inch beyond service coat sleeves; loose fitting with bottom of coat extending to between bottom of knee cap and mid calf; Coat may be modified from double breasted to single-breasted during pregnancy; remove all buttons from the front of the garment and instead attach three buttons to the left side front as follows: position the buttons approximately 1 1/2 inches from the left edge of the coat; align the top button with the first buttonhole and sew the other two buttons to align vertically with the top button; belt the coat in the back. Return buttons to original positions following pregnancy. (See Note 3) May wear over pullover and cardigan DE F GHI J KL MLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200677ABCDEF GHI J KLLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsScarf (black)XXXXX Tucked in with authorized outergarments. Not authorized with pullover and cardigan sweaters; will not exceed 10 inches in width. All wool or cotton simplex, with or without napped or Mittens (black)XXXXX Leather, knitted, tricot or suede; or, a combination of leather, knitted, tricot, and (Women s Service Cap)XXXXXXXSquarely on the head; center large size hat insignia on the front of the cap. Rounded design, sides form a front brim, with blue hat cover. Clear plastic rain scarf or white net wind scarf optional; helmet-type designed to cover headgear and tie under chin. Service cap mandatory for majors and above; optional for all Winter CapXXXXX Only with full-length outer garments, commercial design with ear and neck flaps, ribbon tie or strap with covered metal snap fastener. Do not wear rank Cap (Knit)(Black or Navy Blue)XXCommercial design. Wear when approved by installation commanders and only with authorized outergarments and service dress uniform. Grade insignia is not 2 AUGUST 2006Flight Cap(Women s)XXXXXXXSlightly to the wearer's right with vertical crease of the cap in line with the center of the forehead, in a straight line with the nose; approximately 1 inch from the eyebrows in the front, opening of cap is to the rear; when not wearing, tuck under the belt on either side, between first and second belt loops; cap will not fold over the belt. Cap has dark blue colored edge braid for Enlisted personnel, silver-colored edge braid for General Officers, and silver and blue in a diamond pattern edge braid for all other Officers; all shades and materials are authorized with any uniform combination. See Figure for grade insignia placement. Mandatory for all female personnel. Authorized to wear the current men s flight (Black)XXXXX (commercial design of any material). Wear only with authorized outer garments and service dress silver highly polished or satin finished to match cuff linksXXXXX Wing and Star design; satin finish with AF symbol; or plain silver highly polished, cuff links. Optional with all GHI J KLLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20067917Hand-bags(Leather optional)XXXXXXXXXXPlain black leather or vinyl without ornamentation, with or without plain fold-over flap with or without single-placed silver or gold-colored clasp. May have up to two adjustable shoulder straps with or without buckles. May be patent leather or high gloss not to exceed 13 x 9 x 4 1/2 inches (Shoulder)XXXXXXXXXXPlain black leather or vinyl without ornamentation, with or without plain fold-over flap with or without single-placed silver or gold-colored clasp. May have up to two adjustable shoulder straps with or without buckles. May be patent leather or high gloss not to exceed 13 x 9 x 4 1/2 inches StyleXXXXXXXXXXPlain black smooth or scotch-grain leather, patent leather, or high gloss, or manmade material without ornamentation. Fabric, suede or patent leather with mess dress, formal dress, and ceremonial dress. Purse will be no larger than 6 1/2 x 11 inches or smaller than 5 x 9 inches. It must have a concealed closure and may have a wrist strap. EXCEPTION: Do not use patent leather purse when wearing semi-formal GHI J KLLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/Materials80AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006NOTES:1. The mess dress is optional for enlisted personnel and mandatory for officers. Only officers wearthe formal dress. Only enlisted personnel wear the semi-formal dress. 2. Enlisted personnel receive a supplementary clothing allowance according to AFI 36-3014 formaternity uniforms. Officers and enlisted personnel begin wearing the maternity uniform whenwear of other service uniforms is impractical. Maternity uniform up to 6 months after and enlisted personnel wear the maternity service dress coat or jumper with white blouseand blue satin polyester herringbone twill tie tab when attending functions requiring dress uni-forms. 3. Commanders may recommend the following outer garments for pregnant women (1st choice blue overcoat (move buttons over) - 2nd choice parka - 3rd choice Gortex) 18Under-garments (Mandatory)XXXXXXXXXXBra and panties with all uniforms; wear other appropriate undergarments as necessary, provided they are not visible at the neck when worn with an open collar; may wear the white crew-neck style undershirt when wearing closed collar service and dress uniforms. Undershirt will be tucked into slacks or of each uniform shows proper placement of accouterments and gives a description of each. The finish of all accouterments must GHI J KLLINE ItemsService Dress UniformLong-Sleeved BlouseShort-Sleeved BlouseMaternity Service DressMaternity JumperLong-Sleeved Maternity BlouseShort-Sleeved Maternity BlouseMess DressFormal DressSemi-Formal DressWear Instructions/MaterialsAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200681Table Women's Battle Dress Uniforms. A B C L I N E Items Maternity Battle Dress Uniform Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) Wear Instructions/Materials 1 Shirt (Long- Sleeved) X X Long-sleeved camouflage pattern may be rolled up; if rolled up, sleeve material must match shirt and will touch or come within 1 inch of forearms when arm is bent at 90-degree angle. Ensure chevron is partially visible; shirt may be removed in the immediate work area. Cotton and nylon twill or rip stop cotton; single-breasted with four bellow pockets with flaps; straight-cut bottom sleeve tabs, and side body panels with or without take-up tabs. Military creases are prohibited. 2 Trousers X Cotton and nylon twill or rip stop cotton with a front stretch panel with elastic waistband, side pockets with flaps on both legs, and six pockets. Material of shirt and slacks must match. May or may not be bloused. If not bloused, tie straps will be removed and trousers will be ankle length and hang naturally, barely resting on the boot without a break in the crease. X Cotton and nylon twill or rip stop cotton with button front closure, strap ankle adjustment, and six pockets. Blouse trousers over combat boots. Blousing is defined as: to gather in and drape loosely (cannot be folded or a have a tapered look). Material of shirt and trousers must match. 3 Belt and Buckle X Black tip of belt may extend up to 2 inches beyond the buckle facing the wearer's left or right; blue woven cotton web or elastic with black metal tip and matching buckle. Black web or black riggers belt with nondescript black buckle authorized as an optional item with BDU. 82AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20064 Footwear (Combat Boots) (Black/Jungle Boot) X X Black, with or without safety toe, plain rounded toe or rounded capped toe with or without perforated seam. Zipper or elastic inserts optional, smooth or scotch-grained leather, or man-made material, and may have a high gloss or patent finish, optional. Hot-weather, Tropical Boots X X Green or black cloth or canvas and black leather with plain toe with zipper, or elastic inserts. 5 Socks (Black) X X Plain without design. Plain white socks may be worn with combat boots. Wear black socks over the white socks to preclude white socks from showing. 6 Headgear (BDU Cap) Mandatory X X Squarely on the head with no hair protruding in front of the cap; when not being worn, may be stowed in either of the lower cargo pockets on the trousers. BDU caps required for all deployments, field training, and mobility exercises. Hat may not be pushed, rolled, folded or tucked in. ( : Ranger Fold) A B C L I N E Items Maternity Battle Dress Uniform Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) Wear Instructions/Materials AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200683Organizational Baseball Cap X X The organizational commander must request (initial or changes) installation commander s approval to wear an organizational baseball cap. These caps are to be worn at squadron level and above only; they are not authorized for wear while in uniform by organizations below squadron level ( , Honor Guard, Prime Beef, etc.). They are to be worn in and around the local area of the members permanent duty location and may be worn on CONUS and OCONUS TDY s when not in a combat area or in support of a contingency. The installation commander prescribes wear of the organizational baseball cap during local exercises and contingencies. When authorized by the installation commander, wear the baseball cap with the BDU; it is not to be worn with the all-weather coat, overcoat, raincoat, or lightweight jacket. Installation commanders prescribe the color, unit designation, and cloth or silkscreen organization emblem, or cloth or silkscreen badge to be worn on the front of the cap, centered above visor. Caps may contain both organizational lettering, numbering and badge or emblem. Modest shadowing of contrasting colors to delineate organizational lettering and numbering on the front crown may contain white and no more than two other colors (excluding patch). Clouds and darts are authorized for Majors and above on the bill of the cap. No other features such as stars, designs, individual's name, are authorized. Officer grade insignia is required if other grade insignia is visible. When worn, officers will wear regular size subdued or non-subdued metal grade insignia centered above visor. Enlisted personnel do not wear grade insignia. When not worn, the cap may be attached to either lower cargo pocket on the BDU trousers. 7 Outer garments X X Worn outdoors only, remove in a work environment, except as noted below. Use good judgment in choosing appropriate garments for wear based on weather conditions and duties. May wear with civilian clothes if grade is removed. See Figure for grade insignia placement. A B C L I N E Items Maternity Battle Dress Uniform Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) Wear Instructions/Materials 84AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006a Camouflage Field Jacket X X Configure accouterments the same as the BDUs except officers wear subdued cloth or metal grade insignia on the epaulets. b Woodland Patterned (Gortex Parka and Pants) X X (Optional item) Gortex Parka, cold weather. Nylon lining, nylon inner and outer layer, plastic intermediate layer, knitted inners layer, taffeta lining with plain weave outers layer. Printed camouflage. Jacket hood may be stowed in neck collar area. Enlisted personnel wear slide-on subdued grade insignia; officers wear slide-on or pin-on subdued grade insignia. NOTE: Gortex liner will not be worn as an outer garment. Individuals may wear the Gortex parka and pants while performing duties in inclement weather. Parka may be worn without the Gortex pants, however Gortex pants must be worn with parka. (See Chapter 3) c Double-Breasted All-Weather Coat X X Stand-up collar, six-button front, shoulders epaulets with buttons, sleeve straps with buckles, split raglan and set in the back. Coat will fit loosely enough to accommodate shoulders of BDUs and food service uniform will fit without binding at armholes when arms are moved; sleeves will extend 1/2 inch beyond service coat sleeves; length of coat will fall between knee length to 6 inches below back crease of knee; top button may be left unbuttoned; fly front, with zip-out liner, split raglan sleeves, slash-through pockets, center vents. 9 Scarf (black) X X Tucked in with outer garments only, except sweater. Will not exceed 10 inches in width; all wool or cotton simplex, with or without napped surface. 10 Gloves (black) X X Wear with outer garments only. EXCEPTION: May wear with BDU without outer garments; leather, knitted, tricot or suede, or a combination of leather, knitted, tricot, and suede. A B C L I N E Items Maternity Battle Dress Uniform Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) Wear Instructions/Materials AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20068511 Earmuffs (Black) X X (Commercial design of any material). With outer garments only and service dress uniform. 12 Undergarments X X Mandatory. See Table , line 18. Undershirt X X Brown or black. V-neck, U-neck, crew-neck, or athletic style or sleeveless style without pockets. Undershirt will be tucked into trousers. EXCEPTION: MAJCOM commanders may approve long-sleeved black or brown turtlenecks, dickies, or thermal undershirt. Members may wear white thermal undershirts even if exposed at neck. Installation commanders may prescribe unit designation, and cloth or silk screen emblem, to be worn on left side of chest not to exceed 5 inches in diameter. NOTE: When worn with maternity uniform, maternity t-shirt is not required to be tucked in. 13 Other X X MAJCOM or installation commanders prescribe other functional clothing usually worn with BDUs and list them in a supplement to this instruction. X X Joint Task Force commanders prescribe the wear of the US flag as red, white, and blue; subdued colored flags are not authorized. Flag worn on left shoulder; approximately 2 x 3 inches and placed with star field to face forward or the flag s own right. The appropriate replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the reverse side flag. Flag is not worn in the CONUS. 14 Watch Cap (Knit) (Black or Navy Blue) X X Commercial design. Wear when approved by installation commanders and only with authorized outer garments and service dress uniform. Grade insignia is not worn. A B C L I N E Items Maternity Battle Dress Uniform Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) Wear Instructions/Materials 86AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Body/Physical Appearance Modification Standards. A B L I N E To present the proper military image will be 1 Body Alteration or Modification Prohibited, if it is intentional and results in a visible, physical effect that detracts from a professional military image. Failure to observe these mandatory provisions and prohibitions by active duty Air Force members, USAFR members on active duty or inactive duty for training and ANG members in Federal service is a violation of Article 92, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). See note 1. 2 Tattoos/Brands (Unauthorized-content) Tattoos/brands anywhere on the body that are obscene or advocate sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination are prohibited in and out of uniform. Tattoos/brands that are prejudicial to good order and discipline or that are of a nature that tends to bring discredit upon the Air Force are prohibited in and out of uniform. Tattoos that are commonly associated with gang affiliations are prohibited both in and out of uniform. Unauthorized (content): Members who receive tattoos/brands not meeting the standards after the implementation of this policy are required to initiate tattoos/brands removal at their own expense upon notification by their Commander. Initial Accessions must disclose any tattoos and must complete removal of inappropriate tattoos prior to being accepted in the Air Force. Members failing to remove or alter unauthorized tattoos in a timely manner may be subject to disciplinary action or involuntary separation. Failure to observe these mandatory provisions and prohibitions by active duty Air Force members, USAFR members on active duty or inactive duty for training and ANG members in Federal service is a violation of Article 92, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). (See notes 2, 3, 4 and 5). AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200687Tattoos/Brands (Inappropriate-military image) Excessive tattoos/brands will not be exposed or visible (includes visible through the uniform) while in uniform. Excessive is defined as any tattoo/brands that exceed 1/4 of the exposed body part and those above the collarbone and readily visible when wearing an open collar uniform. Members should not be allowed to display excessive tattoos that would detract from an appropriate professional image while in uniform. Commanders should use these guidelines in determining appropriate military image and acceptability of tattoos displayed by members in uniform. Air Force members with tattoos not meeting an acceptable military image should be required to (a) maintain complete coverage of the tattoos using current uniform items ( long-sleeved shirt/blouse, pants/slacks, dark hosiery, PT running suit, etc.) or (b) remove tattoo(s). Depending on the circumstances, commanders may seek Air Force medical support for voluntary tattoo removal. PTDY is not authorized in this situation and is at member s expense. Members failing to remove, cover, or alter excessive tattoos or who choose not to comply with acceptable military standards may be subject to disciplinary action or involuntary separation. Failure to observe these mandatory provisions and prohibitions by active duty Air Force members, USAFR members on active duty or inactive duty for training and ANG members in Federal service is a violation of Article 92, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). (See notes 2, 4, 5 and 6). 3 Body Piercing In Uniform: Members are prohibited from attaching, affixing or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to or through the ear, nose, tongue, eye brows, lips or any exposed body part (includes visible through the uniform). EXCEPTION : Women are authorized to wear earrings. (See Table ) Civilian Attire: (1) Official Duty: Members are prohibited from attaching, affixing or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to or through the nose, tongue eye brows, lips or any exposed body part (or any exposed body part (includes visible through clothing). (2) Off Duty on a military installation: Members are prohibited from attaching, affixing or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to or through the nose, tongue eye brows, lips or any exposed body part (includes visible through clothing). Piercing of earlobes by women is allowed, but should not be extreme or excessive. A B L I N E To present the proper military image will be 88AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006NOTES:1. Members who intentionally alter or modify any part of their bodies in order to achieve a visible,physical effect that disfigures, deforms or otherwise detracts from a professional military imagemay be subject to disciplinary action or involuntary separation, as determined appropriate by themember s commander. Examples of prohibited conduct include (but are not limited to) tonguesplitting or forking, tooth filing and acquiring visible, disfiguring skin implants. 2. Installation or higher commanders may impose more restrictive standards for tattoos and bodyornaments, on or off duty, in those locations where Air Force-wide standards may not be adequateto address cultural sensitivities ( , overseas) or mission requirements ( ; basic training envi-ronments). 3. Members who receive tattoos/brands not meeting the standards are required to initiate tattoos/brands removal at their own expense (may not use Air Force Medical Centers for removal) uponnotification by their Commander. Members not complying with these requirements will be sub-ject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with Air Force Standards and may be involuntarilyseparated. 4. There may be situations where the commander can restrict the wear of non-visible body orna-ments. Those situations would include any body ornamentation that interferes with the perfor-mance of the member s military duties. The factors to be evaluated in making this determinationinclude, but are not limited to: impairs the safe and effective operation of weapons, militaryequipment or machinery; poses a health or safety hazard to the wearer or others; or interferes withthe proper wear of special or protective clothing or equipment (EXAMPLE: helmets, flack jack-ets, flight suits, camouflaged uniforms, gas masks, wet suits and crash rescue equipment.) 5. Tattoo/branding policy went into effect 15 March 1998. 6. Members who receive tattoos/brands not meeting the standards after the implementation of thispolicy are required to initiate tattoos/brands removal at their own expense upon notification bytheir Commander. Members not complying with these requirements will be subject to disciplin-ary action for failure to comply with Air Force Standards and may be involuntarily separated. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200689Table Clothing/Accessory Standards. A B I T E M To present the proper military image Will be 1 Clothing Neat, clean, pressed, proper fit, in good condition, zipped, snapped or buttoned. 2 Footwear Shined, in good repair. EXCEPTION: Boots that are designated as no-shine will be cleaned, polished and in good repair. 3 Watch (1 only) Conservative. Only one wristwatch is authorized for wear while in uniform. 4 Bracelet (1 only) Conservative, no wider than 1/2 inch, and must not present safety hazard. Worn around the wrist. Ankle bracelets are not authorized. The wear of traditional metal POW/MIA bracelets, which come in colors beside silver, bronze, or gold, remains authorized. Conservative is defined as plain, not drawing attention, or faddish. (must be gold or silver). Bracelets for identification for medical alert purposes are authorized as long as they meet the standards above (conservative). Bracelets espousing support for a cause, philosophy, individual or group are not authorized. Gemstones/tennis bracelets are authorized to be worn only with the mess dress uniform. 5 Rings A maximum of three rings on both hands combined. Wedding sets count as one ring. Will be worn only at the base of the finger. No thumb rings authorized. 6 Earrings (W) Small spherical, conservative round diamond, gold, pearl, or silver earrings with any uniform combination and worn as a set. If member has multiple holes only one set of earrings will be worn in the lower earlobe. When members wear civilian clothes for duty they will conform to AFI requirements. Matching earrings must be worn and should fit tightly without extending below the earlobe. EXCEPTION: Connecting band on clip earrings. 90AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20067 Eyeglasses and sunglasses Conservative ornamentation on frames and lenses. Authorize conservative ornamentation on non-prescription sunglasses or eyeglasses, frames may be black or brown material or gold or silver wire. Brand name glasses may be worn with small logo on frames or lenses. Logo must be same color as frames or lenses. Conservative wrap around sunglasses may be worn. Conservative, clear, slightly tinted or photosensitive lenses. Conservative lenses and frames (faddish styles and mirrored lenses prohibited). No sunglasses (to include darkened photosensitive lenses) in formation. Not worn around the neck or on top/back of head or exposed hanging on the uniform. Eyeglasses/sunglasses will be worn in the manner for which they were made. 8 Necklaces Concealed under collar or undershirt; not visible. 9 Pencils and pens Concealed. (EXCEPTION: When carried in compartment of left BDU pocket not to exceed two.) 10 Pager, cellular phone, and Personal Digital Assistant Must be solid or covered in black, silver, dark blue, or gray, and must be conservative. May be clipped to the left side of the waistband or purse or carried in left hand. Only one may be worn on the uniform belt. Members will not walk in uniform while using cell phones, radios, hands-free headsets unless required in the performance of official duties using a government issued device. 11 Umbrella Plain black, carried in left hand. 12 Attach case, gym bag, backpack Carried in left hand, on left shoulder, or both shoulders (not to interfere with rendering the proper salute). Attach case: black only; Gym bags: black or dark blue; Backpacks: Only solid-color black backpacks may be worn with blue uniform combinations; solid-color black, olive drab, or woodland camouflage are the only colors authorized with the BDU. Conservative manufacture s logo is allowed. Members may wear backpack using one or both shoulder straps. Allow small clutch or carry type with straps with mess dress. Small subdued logo (IAW sunglasses guidance). No ornamentation or design, nothing dangling. Color should be flat black, no high gloss. Gold or silver clasps, no chains. A B I T E M To present the proper military image Will be AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20069113 Common Access Card (CAC) Allowed only to wear on base or when required. Will be worn on the front of the body, displayed above the waist and below the neck. 14 Lanyard for access passes/badges/CAC Plain, dark blue or black lanyard, silver or plastic small conservative link chains, and clear plastic. Green may also be worn with the BDU. Must not present safety issue. 15 Religious head covering Indoors: Installation commander and chaplain may approve plain, dark blue or black religious head covering. Outdoors: Installation commander and chaplain may approve religious head covering which are concealed under headgear; requests for religious covering which are not concealed under headgear is processed according to Table 16 Other religious apparel and items Concealed except when worn during religious services. Process requests according to Table Do not wear approved items during parades, ceremonial details and functions or in official photos. 17 Safety items, rain suits, snowmobile suits Worn while riding or operating two-wheeled vehicles. NOTE:Rollerblades, roller skates, skateboard, etc., are not authorized when in uniform. 18 Athletic Shoes Medical waiver will only be approved by unit commander when recommended by appropriate medical authorities. Athletic shoes must be a conservative color ( , white, black, dark blue, gray, etc.) BDUs may be worn unbloused with athletic shoes. A B I T E M To present the proper military image Will be 92AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table When To Wear Battle Dress. Table When To Wear Headgear. : Armed Security Forces personnel or others bearing arms while performing duties. : Public Health personnel wear headgear while performing facility inspections. Members wear when they: Ye s No Optional Travel on Air Mobility Command (AMC) aircraft during intra-theater deployments and the command directs. (BDU & DCU only) X Eat in restaurants where most other diners wear business attire. X Eat at local establishments where people wear comparable civilian attire. X Go to establishments that operate primarily to serve alcohol. X Make short convenience stops (including shopping malls). X Attending off-duty education conducted off a military installation. X Deploy to perform emergency or periodic maintenance and do not traverse commercial airports. (BDU only) X Members In Uniform Wear Do not wear Optional X Outdoors. X While operating two-wheeled vehicles. EXCEPTION: Not required when wearing safety headgear. X When commanders specify for safety reasons. X Indoors. (See notes 1 and 2.) X No-hat areas the installation commander designates in a supplement. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200693Table Religious Apparel Waivers. To process religious apparel waivers Action Members Submit request letter addressed to Installation Commander through Military Personnel Flight (MPF) Customer Service Element. Request letter includes a picture or description of the item, unit commander's endorsement, Installation Chaplain's endorsement. Installation Chaplains Ensure a base chaplain interviews member to assess whether the apparel is in keeping with doctrinal or traditional observances of the member's faith. Endorse member's letter with findings. Unit Commanders Endorse request. Address affect on health or safety and impact on duties. Recommendations for disapproval should be unusual unless for safety or when precluded by military necessity. Requests should normally be approved unless approval would have an adverse impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, standards, or discipline. When requests are precluded by military necessity, commanders and supervisors should seek reasonable alternatives. MPFs Forward member's letter to installation commander and, if appropriate, to member's MAJCOM/FOA, Director of Personnel/A-1 or J-1, as applicable. Notify member of final decision. File approval letter in the member's personnel folder. Installation Commanders May approve requests that are IAW Table , item 15 & 16. Recommend approval or disapproval when head covering cannot be concealed under headgear while outdoors or if they do not fall under the above item. MAJCOM/FOA/DRU Director of Personnel Recommend approval or disapproval. Forward to Air Force Uniform Division (AF/A1DO). AF/A1DO AF/A1DO recommends approval or disapproval to Air Force Deputy, Chief of Staff, Personnel (AF/A1). Returns AF/A1 s decision through appropriate channels. Coordinates with AF/HC and AF/JA. AF/A1 Approves or disapproves. 94AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Chapter 3 ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT Organizational Clothing and Equipment. Organizations issue items listed in AS016. The clothingremains the property of the organization. It meets unique functional or work requirements and includesboth distinctive and functional clothing items. Members may sew reflective tape on organizational cloth-ing and equipment or use Velcro on field jackets so they can remove it during contingencies. See Table through Table for distinctive clothing items. The tables list only those itemsthat are unique to the uniform and are worn only when performing the duties for which they areissued; they may also be worn traveling to and from official activities. Functional clothing items such as parkas, protective footwear, specialized winter flight clothingwill be issued as required. MAJCOM or installation commanders will prescribe wear instructions insupplements to this directive. Aircrew Flight Dress Uniforms. (OPR: HQ USAF/A3) MAJCOMs or organizations requiringexception to Flight Dress Uniform (FDU) or aircrew Desert Flight Dress Uniform (DFDU) wear policyshould submit Exception to Policy (ETP) request through MAJCOM channels to HQ USAF/A3OT. General. Personnel authorized wear of the aircrew FDU/DFDU will comply with this instruc-tion, as well as applicable MAJCOM and installation supplements, regardless of AFSC or unit ofassignment. The FDU/DFDU is authorized for wear by; personnel assigned to a position identifiedwith Aircrew Position Identifier (API) 1 thru 9 and A thru G (Rated Officers or Career EnlistedAviators 1AXXX), Rated officers assigned to an API-0 positions that are on active aeronauticalorders, or those personnel identified as Operations Support/Non-interference flyers currently onactive aeronautical orders to perform inflight aircrew or parachutist duties IAW AFI 11-401, Avia-tion Management, Atch 3, or as authorized in AS016. Additionally, the FDU/DFDU is authorizedfor wear by personnel in the following Space/Missile Crew AFSCs 13SXA, 13SXB, 13SXC,13SXD, 13SXE and 1C6XX. Airmen authorized special articles of clothing under an allowancestandard will wear the uniform prescribed by the local unit commander and recommended for thetype of mission performed. FDUs/DFDUs are authorized functional clothing for those authorizedindividuals performing flying, parachutist, space and missile crew duties: Flight duty includespreparation, preflight, in-flight, post-flight, and other flight-related duties associated with aircraftoperations. Space operations duties will be defined by MAJCOM supplement to this instruction. Flight clothing worn by personnel not on aeronautical orders (authorized under AS016) isrestricted to flight-related duties. These personnel may not wear flight clothing on days whenactual flying is not planned/anticipated. EXCEPTION: Space/Missile crew FDU/DFDU wearguidance will be outlined in MAJCOM supplements to this instruction. The FDU may be worn off base under the same guidelines as the Battle Dress Uniform(BDU). The DFDU will not be worn as a day-to-day uniform. MAJCOM or Theater Commandersmay authorize DFDU to be worn during contingencies, exercises, deployments, and tactical train-ing requiring desert camouflage as appropriate for climatic conditions. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST Organizational/Installation commanders may prescribe further limits on the wear ofFDUs based on mission requirements and in the interest of morale, health, and welfare of theirpersonnel. Morale patches are not authorized for wear. Morale patches include, but are not limited tospecialty, competition, or recognition patches (except as noted in paragraphs , ). FDU/DFDUs and Jackets will be maintained IAW , Maintenance Instruc-tions Nomex Flight Gear, Coveralls, Gloves, Jacket and AFI 11-301V1, Aircrew Life Support(ALS) Program, Chapter 6, Aircrew Clothing and Equipment. Flight Duty Uniform. The FDU/DFDU will have sleeves rolled down to the wrist at all front zipper of the FDU/DFDU will be closed to approximately 3 inches from the neckline. Allother zippers will be completely closed. EXCEPTION: The flight cap may be stored in either lowerleg pocket without that pocket being fully zipped. A small portion of the cap may be exposed whilein the pocket. However, when the cap is removed, the pocket must be fully zipped. For HQ staff personnel, members may wear the FDU/DFDU configured as directed byDCS or equivalent. Velcro fasteners should normally be (green/tan) in color with a 2X4 inch rectangularpiece of Velcro on the left breast of the FDU/DFDU for placement of the nametag. Center a Velcrosilhouette of the MAJCOM or equivalent emblem on the right breast of the FDU/DFDU, abovethe right breast pocket. Velcro for shoulder patches will be 3 inches square. The pen pocket flap located on the left sleeve may be removed unless prohibited by MAJ-COM Supplement or restricted due to safety of flight concerns. Cell phone/pager/personal digital assistant will be worn IAW Table (item 10) Cloth-ing/Accessory Standards. Flight Jacket. The Installation commander determines seasonal requirements. Either greenNomex or the leather A-2 flying jacket may be worn with the FDU. The desert style Nomex orthe leather A-2 flying jacket may be worn with the DFDU. Jackets are required to be zipped at leasthalfway. Accouterments on the Nomex jacket will be configured the same as the FDU/DFDU. Leather A-2 Flying Jacket is authorized for wear as prescribed in Table of thisinstruction. Wear of the leather A-2 jacket in flight is authorized unless prohibited by MAJCOMSupplement or restricted due to safety of flight concerns. Authorized individuals are listed below. Aircrew Members. Rated, Career Enlisted Aviators, and Non-rated Aircrew mem-bers who have been permanently awarded an aeronautical badge IAW 11-402. The aeronauti-cal order permanently awarding the aeronautical badge constitutes authority for wear of theleather A-2 flying jacket. Space and Missile Officer/Enlisted. Qualified 13SX officers are authorized wearupon completion of qualification training in one of the following AFSC s 13SXA, 13SXB,13SXC, 13SXD, 13SXE. Space Systems Operations personnel must complete qualificationtraining and be certified as a mission ready crewmember in the 1C6XX AFSC. EXCEPTION: CSAF is the approval/waiver authority for issue of the leather A-2 flyingjacket to all other individuals. 96AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST Gortex Parka and Pants are authorized for wear with the FDU/DFDU while performingground duties. Individuals may wear the Gortex parka and pants while performing duties ininclement weather. Parka may be worn without the Gortex pants, however Gortex pants must beworn with parka. Gortex is not authorized for wear in flight by aircrew members. These itemswill be worn IAW Table , Line 7, of this instruction. Nomex flight jackets may not be worn with service uniforms. Headgear. Flight cap is worn with the FDU as described in Chapter 2 of this for the DFDU will be the flight cap, DCU hat, or desert style floppy hat. Headgear is notrequired while involved in or around aircraft operations. Stocking cap (Watch Cap) is authorized for wear by personnel subject to prolonged expo-sure to adverse weather only. Color is restricted to black or dark blue. When worn, a jacket mustalso be worn. Organizational baseball caps are not authorized for wear with the FDU/DFDU. EXCEP-TION: When approved by MAJCOM/CC, aerial demonstration teams may wear organizationalbaseball caps while performing demonstration duties. Individuals authorized to wear berets in Table may wear their berets with the FDU/DFDU. Accouterments: Grade Insignia. Officers will wear subdued cloth grade insignia on each shoulder of theFDU/DFDU and Nomex style flight jackets (Plastic covered grade insignia is not authorized).Grade will be sewn-on 5/8 inches from the shoulder seam, centered on the shoulder. Officer gradeinsignia cloth and cable (thread) standards: FDU base cloth is OG 107, Flag Blue cable #67124except 2nd LT and Major which are Brown cable #67136; DFDU base cloth is Khaki 2120, Blackcable #67138 except 2nd LT and Major which are Brown Cable #67136. Enlisted grade isincluded on the nametag of the FDU/DFDU and Nomex style flight jackets. Both officer andenlisted grade insignia on the Leather A-2 Flying Jacket is on the name tag only. EXCEPTION: Placement of General Officer (GO) stars on the FDU/DFDU and NOMEX jacketswill be centered on the shoulder halfway between the neck and shoulder seam. Generals wear1-inch stars on flight suits; 3/4-inch stars may be used if there is insufficient room for the 1-inchstars. GO grade insignia will be on base cloth identified in , GO stars will be Flag Bluecable #67124 and displayed point-to-center. Nametags. Cloth nametags for FDU/DFDU and Nomex style flight jackets will be 2X4inches in size, and worn over the left breast pocket. As a minimum, Aeronautical badge or Spacebadge (if awarded) are mandatory and nametags will contain individual s name and grade (gradeis only mandatory for enlisted personnel). Embroidered badges will be silver (white) in color. Inthe case of subdued nametags, embroidered badges will be black or dark blue in color. MAJCOMsupplements to this instruction will standardize nametags ( , background/border colors, squad-ron logos, naming convention, etc). Nametags for Leather A-2 Flying Jacket will be 2 x 4 inches,brown or black leather, simulated leather. Emboss with silver wings/badges, first and last name,grade, and USAF. NOTE: Commanders authorized to wear the Commanders Badge will wear thebadge on the left side of the nametag. The badge will be worn only while performing commanderduties. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST Right Breast Pocket. MAJCOM or equivalent emblem will be centered above the rightbreast pocket. MAJCOM or equivalent emblem for the right breast area of the Leather A-2 FlyingJacket will have a brown or black leather, simulated leather background. Left Sleeve. Normally the US flag, emblem of appropriate wing, group, or center, posi-tioned no lower than 1 inch from shoulder seam in accordance with MAJCOM supplements to thisinstruction. Members may wear the Weapons School Patch, USAF Test Pilot School Patch, (grad-uate or instructor) upon completion of the appropriate school when authorized by MAJCOM sup-plement to this instruction. If wearing the US flag, it will be red, white, and blue in colorportraying a straight flag, not a waving flag. The flag will be approximately 2X3 inches, with theunion to the front and stripes trailing. Chapter 1, Title 4, United States Code, specifies the flag col-ors as red, white, and blue; therefore, subdued flag replicas are not authorized for wear on theFDU/DFDU. Right Sleeve. The unit emblem (squadron patch) will be worn as authorized throughMAJCOM supplement to this instruction. When authorized to fly with another unit, individualsmay wear the emblem of the unit they are assigned to for flight duties. Add-On Patches. MAJCOMs will publish guidance on wear of add-on patches ( , fly-ing hour milestone, instructor, flight examiner scroll, etc). Campaign/exercise patches are notauthorized. MAJCOM commanders must approve all emblems/patches not specifically addressed inthis instruction. Neckwear. The wear of scarves will be addressed by MAJCOM supplements. Whenauthorized, scarves will be worn around the neck and tucked in. Undergarments. Undergarments are required; during flight operations they must be cotton orfire retardant material due to added protection. Undergarments made of 100 percent nylon or polyes-ter are not authorized during flight. Undershirts will be crewneck style and black or brown in of any other color undershirt and/or undershirts with pockets is prohibited when wearing theFDU/DFDU. EXCEPTION: Commanders may authorize crewmembers to wear a designated unitstandardized color undershirt at home station on Fridays. Brown or black colored dickies and turtle-necks are authorized for wear as weather conditions warrant. Thermal undergarments will be black,brown, white, or cream colored and are authorized for wear with the FDU/DFDU as weather condi-tions warrant. Gloves. In-garrison glove wear is IAW Chapter 2, Table or Table (as applicable).Gloves may be worn with FDU/DFDU without outer garments. Flight Gloves will be worn IAW AFI11-301V1, Chapter 6, and applicable AFI 11-2(MDS Specific) Volume-3 guidance. Footwear. In-garrison, wear any combat boot that is authorized in Chapter 2, Table orTable (as applicable). Mandatory for flight operations; the primary aircrew boots authorized inAS016, are the FWU-3P, FWU-8/P, and the lightweight model 700, 770, and 790 Bellville AircrewBoot. Lace-up zipper inserts may be used. Boots, flying, extreme cold, Sorrel Premium, Mukluks, aswell as vapor barrier thermal are authorized for wear during winter flight operations at the discretionof the unit commander. 98AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST Socks. White socks may be worn with boots. During exercises and contingencies, wear blacksocks, or black socks over the white socks to preclude white socks from showing. Socks should bemade of cotton or wool. Table Distinctive Uniforms--USAF Honor Guard, and Arlington National Cemetery Chaplains. Item Description Ceremonial Uniform (See note 1) Coat Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, European Double Vent, 3/4-inch silver braid sewn 3 inches from bottom of sleeve; 1/8 inch sewn creases, front and back; 1/8 inch sewn creases on outer seams of coat back from sleeve seam to bottom of coat. USAF HONOR GUARD or USAF CHAPLAINCY arc positioned 1/2 inch down from left shoulder seam. Chrome buttons. Trousers and Slacks Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, 3/4-inch silver braid sewn centered on outseam from bottom of waistband to hemline; 1/8 inch sewn creases, front and back. Belt Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, silver braid along top and bottom edges. Chrome buckle with Wing and Star design. Headgear Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, high gloss bill, trimmed in silver; silver chin strap on front and black functional high gloss chin strap on back with chrome buckle; Wing and Star insignia (M&W). Gloves White year around. Black during inclement winter. Shirt and Blouse White, long, or short sleeved. Socks Black, cotton, or nylon (M&W). Footwear Double or triple-soled, high gloss, poromeric low quarter with metal taps. Black leather boots authorized in winter. Outer garments All-weather coat, Air Force shade 1157. Overcoat, Air Force shade 1605; worn with 3/4 inch silver braid sewn three inches from bottom of sleeve. Worn with USAF HONOR GUARD or USAF CHAPLAINCY arc positioned 1/2 inch down from left shoulder seam, with chromed buttons. Lightweight blue jacket, Air Force shade 1620 with USAF HONOR GUARD or USAF CHAPLAINCY arc positioned 1/2 inch down from the shoulder seam. Scarf Black wool with all-weather coat or overcoat. Ascot White with patch for Drill Team, Marching Unit, or Recruiting Team. Aiguillette (See note 2) Ceremonial, silver, single loop, chrome tip with raised Wing and Star emblem; worn grounded on left shoulder seam of the ceremonial overcoat and blouse. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200699NOTES:1. Wear ceremonial uniform to, during, and from official ceremonies. 2. Enlisted personnel wear closed-end loop aiguillette on top of epaulet, grounded to left shoul-der seam when wearing summer uniform. Officers wear the open-end loop aiguillette underthe epaulet, grounded to left shoulder seam when wearing coat and summer uniform. Medals Personnel will wear all authorized full size anodized medals on their ceremonial blouse. Travel Uniform (see note 2) Black Jumpsuit Wear with Aircrew Style Name Patch, unit or wing patches, and American flag. Ascot White with patch for Drill Team, Marching Unit, or Recruiting Team. Headgear Black baseball cap with USAF HONOR GUARD embroidered on front. Summer Uniform Shirt and Blouse Light blue, short sleeve without tie or tie tab; no name tag; wear applicable ribbons and badges. Trousers and Slacks Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620. Headgear Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620. Belt Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620; worn around waist of trousers or slacks. Aiguillette (see note 2) Ceremonial, silver; worn grounded on left shoulder seam. Item Description 100AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Distinctive Uniforms--Installation and Base Honor Guard, Color Guard, Drill Team, and Military Funeral Detail. NOTES:1. Wear ceremonial uniform to, during, and from official ceremonies. 2. Women wear slacks in marching formations. 3. Women may wear flight cap to and from functions when wearing skirt. Blue winter cap,shade 1578, authorized in winter. Ceremonial Uniform (see note 1) Item Description Coat(see note 5) Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, 3/4-inch silver braid sewn 3 inches from bottom of sleeve; 1/8 inch sewn creases, front and back; 1/8 inch sewn creases on outer seams of coat back from sleeve seam to bottom of coat; BASE HONOR GUARD arc worn 1/2 inch down from left shoulder seam; chrome buttons. Trousers and Slacks(see note 2) Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, 3/4-inch silver braid sewn centered on outseam from bottom of waistband to hemline; 1/8 inch sewn creases, front and back. Skirt Air Force shade 1620, without silver braid. Belt Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, silver braid along top and bottom edges; chrome buckle with Wing and Star design. Headgear(see note 3) Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, high gloss bill, trimmed in silver; silver chin strap on front and black functional high gloss chin strap on back with chrome buckle; Wing and Star insignia (M&W). Shirt and Blouse Blue, long or short sleeved. Footwear Single/double-soled, high gloss, poromeric low quarter with metal taps. Boots authorized in winter. Aiguillette (see note 4) Ceremonial, silver, single loop, chrome tip with raised Wing and Star emblem; worn grounded on left shoulder seam. Summer Uniform Shirt and Blouse Light blue, short sleeve without tie and tie tab; no name tag; wear applicable ribbons and badges. Do not wear ribbons or badges if a color guard flag bearer is wearing slings. Trousers and Slacks Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620. Headgear Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620. Belt Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620; wear around waist of trousers and slacks. Aiguillette (see note 4) Ceremonial, silver; worn grounded on left shoulder seam. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20061014. Enlisted personnel wear closed-end loop aiguillette on top of epaulet, grounded to left shoul-der seam, when wearing summer uniform. Officers wear the open-end loop aiguillette underthe epaulet, grounded to left shoulder seam when wearing coat and summer uniform. 5. Wear the double-breasted all-weather coat in inclement weather as necessary. Table Distinctive Uniforms The USAF Band, USAF Academy Band, USAF Regional Bands. Item Description Concert Dress (see note 1) Coat/Jacket, Trousers/Skirt (Blue or White Mess Dress) Men: -inch aluminum braid SPEAR (7 x 5 inches) on sleeves, 3 inches from bottom of sleeves with embroidered or metal grade insignia, -inch aluminum braid on side of trousers. Women: -inch aluminum braid SPEAR (5 x 4 1/3 inches) on sleeves, 2 inches from bottom of sleeves. Miniature Medals, Occupational Badge Mandatory for all members. Footwear Men: low quarters. Women: pumps; high gloss, poromeric. Shirt and Blouse White mess dress. Women wear pearl buttons. Necktie Air Force shade 1160, bow shape, satin. Tie Lab Air Force shade 1160, pointed shape, satin. Cuff Links Plain silver, satin or shiny finish with studs. Cummerbund Air Force shade 1160, blue satin. Suspenders Men only. Blue or white at local commander s discretion. Ceremonial Uniform (see note 2) Service Dress Uniform Enlisted men wear 4-inch mess-dress chevrons. Women wear 3 -inch or 4 inch chevrons. Officers wear blue shoulder boards or metal grade insignia. Wear arc (7/8 inch wide, 3 inches long on top and 2 inches long on bottom with band ) inch down from left shoulder sleeve. Band designation tab/arc inch down from left shoulder sleeve. Wear -inch wide aluminum braid on sleeves 3 inches up from bottom and on side of trousers or slacks. Silver single-woven drill cord at local commander s option. Single vent or European double vent jacket with chrome buttons at local commander s discretion. 102AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006NOTES:1. Air Force Mess Dress Uniform maybe worn in lieu of concert dress at local commander s dis-cretion. Ceremonial Band Tunic May be worn in place of modified service dress for ceremonies at local commander s discretion. Single breasted 100% polyester twill, Air Force shade 1625, fully lined garment with French Fly front closure, banded collar 1 7/8 inches at center back; inch at front and four piece back. Eight chrome Air Force buttons evenly spaced down front closure. US insignias are embroidered on collar band inch in height, 3/8 inch in width. Unit designation is embroidered in an arc pattern on upper left sleeve cap, 3/8 inch in height and inch in width. -inch wide aluminum braid is sewn on sleeves 3 inches up from bottom and on side of trousers or slacks. Barudan block letters and silver metallic thread is utilized for embroidery. Enlisted personnel wear 4-inch mess-dress chevrons. Officers wear metal grade insignia. Ribbons/OccupationalBadge/US Insignia Mandatory for band members. Officers and drum majors are authorized to wear full-sized, highly polished medals in lieu of ribbons. Nametag Not authorized with the Ceremonial Uniform. Belt Buckle Shiny finish mandatory. Shirt and Blouse White or blue with blue tie and tab. Band commanders may specify short-sleeved blue shirt without tie or tab, with ribbons, career field badge, and shoulder arc in lieu of ceremonial coat or tunic. Headgear Service hat with silver-trimmed patent leather bill or plain black bill at local commander s option. Chrome wings with lyre and propeller overlay insignia. Silver bead around bill of hat. (see note 3) Socks Black cotton, wool or nylon. Men and women (see note 4). Footwear High gloss, poromeric low quarters. All-Weather Coat Band designation arc inch down from left shoulder sleeve at local commander s option. Overcoat Band designation arc inch down from left shoulder sleeve. Gloves Optional. White cotton or black at local commander s discretion. Scarf Black wool with overcoat or all-weather coat. Pullover Sweater May be worn for informal performances at local commander s option. Lightweight Jacket Wear with ceremonial trousers, slacks, skirt while traveling to and from ceremonies. Handbag Plain, black vinyl with plain, silver-colored clasp may be carried while traveling to and from ceremonies. Item Description AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20061032. USAF Band tunic may be worn in place of modified service dress for ceremonies at localcommander s option. 3. Women may wear flight cap to and from ceremonial functions when wearing skirt. Band per-sonnel may wear flight cap to and from ceremonial functions at local commander s discretion. 4. Band Commanders specify slacks only for women. Table Distinctive Uniforms--Security Forces (SF). NOTES:1. The SF full cloth flash will be sewn to the center of the stiffener, with hook and loop (Velcrobacking) for ease of change out for cleanliness of the flash, inch above and parallel to theheadband. Enlisted personnel wear the SF flash with SF insignia. Officers wear the plain (noinsignia) SF flash, and affix regular size bright metal grade insignia centered on the while in garrison with all authorized uniforms. Wear BDU cap when a subdued appear-ance is required, or while in the field. SF personnel do not wear organizational baseball caps(those prescribed in Table and Table ); this does not include caps worn to identify SFpatrols. 2. When installation commander authorizes. 3. Wear the Aircrew Style Name Patch on the left side of the jacket (YACC-89-3). Officers wearmetal grade insignia on the epaulets of the jacket. Item Description/Wear Provisions Beret (Blue) Position headband straight across the forehead, 1 inch above the eyebrows. Drape the top over the right ear and the stiffener. Align cloth flash above the left eye. Adjust ribbon for comfort, tie in a knot, and tuck inside or cut-off (see notes 1 and 7). Continue to wear SF shield and beret together while attending professional military education and recruiting duties. Belt Black leather, black or green nylon, without MAJCOM crest (see notes 4, 5, and 6). Gloves White (see note 2). Neck Scarf (Ascot) White or camouflage (see note 6). Raincoat, Cap Cover, Rubber Boots Inclement weather only, yellow outer garments, black boots when performing traffic or pedestrian control. Jacket Lightweight blue (not with service dress, maternity smock and coat) (see note 2). YAAC-89-3 (not with service dress or BDU uniforms). (see note 3). Brassard (Arm Band) Blue with gray (see note 2). Shield See note 7. 104AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20064. Armed in Service Dress Uniform: Black ammunition pouch, black leather holster with issuepistol, black leather pistol belt. Gather coat in tucks on each side of the body under the armsand hold in place with the belt. 5. Armed in BDU uniform: Wear green nylon holster and ammunition pouch on issue web beltwith 9mm pistol. 6. Gate guards wear basic uniform; however, the MAJCOM may authorize base entry controllersand MAJCOM elite guards to wear the following uniforms: a. Service Dress Uniform: Beret with SF flash, bloused boots with white laces or low quar-ters, black leather belt without MAJCOM crest. b. Light blue shirt: Beret with SF flash, bloused boots with white laces or low quarters, plainwhite scarf, black leather belt without MAJCOM crest. c. Battle Dress Uniform: Beret with SF flash, camouflage scarf, black nylon-web belt with-out MAJCOM crest. 7. Worn only by SF personnel assigned to officer Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) 31PX andenlisted AFSCs 3P0XX/A/B (or augmentees performing security forces duties when autho-rized by the Chief of Security Forces). EXCEPTION: Do not wear the shield with the MessDress Uniform. SF personnel working duty-out-of-control ( , SF member not assigned to a31PX or 3P0XX billet) will not wear a SF beret or shield). AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006105Table Distinctive Uniforms--Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Military Security Force. Item Description Ceremonial Uniform (see note 1) Coat Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, European Double Vent, 3/4-inch silver braid sewn 3 inches from bottom of sleeve; 1/8 inch sewn creases, front and back; 1/8 inch sewn on outer seams of coat back from sleeve seam to bottom of coat; chrome buttons. Trousers and Slacks Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, 3/4-inch silver braid sewn centered on outseam from bottom of waistband to hemline; 1/8 inch sewn creases, front and back. Shirt and Blouse White, long or short sleeved with dark blue polyester herringbone-twill tie/tie tab. Belt Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, silver braid along top and bottom edges. Chrome buckle with wing and star design. Headgear Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620, high gloss bill, trimmed in silver; silver chin strap on front and black functional high gloss chin strap on back with chrome buckle; Wing and Star insignia (M&W) (see note 2). Medals Wear all authorized full size anodized medals or ribbons on ceremonial coat. Gloves White, year around. Footwear Double-soled, high gloss, poromeric low quarter with nylon taps. Aiguillette Ceremonial, silver, single loop, chrome tip with raised wing and star emblem. Worn grounded on left shoulder seam of the ceremonial coat. Holster Black, high gloss, poromeric holster. Wear with ceremonial belt. Duty Uniform Shirt and Blouse Light blue, long- or short-sleeved with tie and tie tab. Wear nametag, applicable ribbons and badges. Trousers and Slacks Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620. Headgear Beret and or Ceremonial, Air Force shade 1620 (see note 2). 106AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006NOTES:1. Wearing ceremonial uniform to, during, and from official duties and ceremonies is authorized. 2. Ceremonial headgear will be worn at all times when members are under arms, to, during, andfrom official duties and ceremonies. 3. Enlisted personnel wear closed-end loop aiguillette on top of epaulet, grounded to left shoul-der seam, when wearing duty uniform. Belt Black, nylon, web. Wear with nylon holster and ammunition pouch around waist of trousers and slacks. Aiguillette Ceremonial, silver, single loop, chrome tip with raised wing and star emblem. Worn grounded on left shoulder seam of the shirt and blouse (see note 3). Item Description AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006107Table Distinctive Uniforms--Miscellaneous. Group Item Special Operations (Commando) Units Campaign (bush) hat with BDU. Basic Military Training Instructors Campaign (bush) hat with service uniform and BDU. Pararescue Personnel and Combat Rescue Officers (CRO) Maroon beret with device. Bloused trousers with combat boots (see note 1). CRO wear of maroon beret (with device and rank) and bloused trouser with combat boots. (see note 1 and 3). Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) (AFSC 1T0X1) Pewter green beret with SERE crest. Bloused trousers with combat boots (see note 1). Authorized to wear (SERE) arch on BDU s. Combat Control Personnel and Special Tactics Officers (STO) Scarlet beret with device. Bloused trousers with combat boots. (See note 1.) STO will wear of scarlet beret (with device and rank) and bloused trouser with combat boots. (see note 1 and 3). Air-Weather Service Parachutists Pewter gray beret with device. Bloused trousers with combat boots (see note 1). Air Liaison Officers (see note 2) (AFSC 11XXU/12XXU/13B3U) Black beret with Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) cloth flash and grade insignia. Bloused trousers with combat boots (see notes 1 and 2). Tactical Air Command and Control Specialists (AFSC 1C4X1) Black beret with TACP flash. Bloused trousers with combat boots (see notes 1 and 2). Defense Language Institute English Language Center Instructors Maroon campaign hat. Presidential Airlift Group Authorized to wear a distinctive lightweight blue jacket (male/female). Rank insignia for officers and enlisted will be placed on epaulet, 5/8 inch from edge. The Presidential patch will be placed on right side, front of jacket. Air Force One will be embroidered in white above the Presidential patch. The first and last name will be embroidered in white on the left side even with the Presidential patch. 108AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Presidential Logistics Squadron (PLS) Authorized to wear a navy blue utility uniform. NAME/USAF tapes will be navy blue with white embroidered letters. Occupational badges will be navy blue with white embroidering. Center US AIR FORCE tape immediately above left breast pocket. Center name tape immediately above right breast pocket. The Presidential patch will be placed on right side, 1/2 inch above name tape. The distinctive lightweight blue jacket is authorized to be worn with the utility uniform and all service uniform combinations. NOTE: A blue gortex jacket with the Presidential patch on the right side shall be worn with the utility uniform only. Cloth rank insignia will be will be worn on the front tab of the gortex jacket, blue cloth with white embroidered insignia. The PLS will wear a navy blue crew-neck undershirt with the Presidential Logistics logo on the left side of chest. Aeromedical Evacuation Technicians Aramid fabric flight suit. Basic Trainees Non-standard gym shoes unless individual requests government-issued shoes. Crew Members on USAF Water Craft Navy's fatigue dungarees, shirt, outer garments, and footwear (see Allowance Standard 016, part 1-6). Authorized Individuals Leather A-2 flying jacket with flight suit, hospital whites, or service uniforms (not service dress uniform). Do not wear with civilian clothes. Attach MAJCOM patch and nametag with velcro. Nametag is 2 x 4 inches, brown or black leather, simulated leather. Emboss with wings or qualifying badge, first and last name, rank, and USAF. Members may add an inside pocket, at their expense, when it does not detract from the external appearance. The Wing and Star patch maybe worn by individuals not assigned to a MAJCOM. Issue brown leather flying gloves may be worn. NOTE: Generals (4 Star), regardless of their Air Force Specialty Code are authorized to wear. Group Item AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006109NOTES:1. Do not wear beret or bloused trousers with combat boots with semi-formal, mess dress uni-forms. Commandant of professional military education (PME) course determines whether toallow wearing during inspections, graduations, and parades. 2. Graduates of USAF 1C431 technical training course or duty position formal training IAW AFI13-113, Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) and Air Support Operations Center Training Pro-gram (ASOC), serving in TACPs, ASOCs, or directly related staff positions only. 3. Metal style, miniature military rank will be worn centered and immediately below flashdevice on beret. The lower most edge of the rank will be level with and immediately next tothe top edge of the black border trim. The flash device will be positioned centered and nomore than 1/8 inch above metal rank. When positioned, flash device will not cover rank andrank will not cover black border trim. 4. Air Force Office of Special Investigations Agents do not wear rank except as directed byAFOSI (Chapter 5, para of this AFI). Aiguillette for General Officer Aides Ceremonial, silver, single loop, chrome tip with raised wing and star emblem. Wear the open end loop aiguillette under the epaulet, grounded to the left shoulder seam when wearing service dress uniforms. For mess dress: silver, double loop, two chrome tips with raised wing and star emblem. Wear the open end loop aiguillette under the epaulet, grounded to the left shoulder seam. Pin the closed loop under the left lapel even with the second stud on the shirt so that the chrome tips hang naturally along the lapel. Aiguillette for Enlisted Aides (AFSC 8A200) Ceremonial, silver, single loop, chrome tip with raised wing and star emblem. Wear closed end loop aiguillette on top of epaulet, grounded to left shoulder seam when wearing service uniform and grounded to shoulder seam when wearing service dress, semi-formal or mess dress uniforms. Chaplains MAJCOM/FOA/DRU Chaplains may authorize wear of clergy garments or appropriate civilian attire for chaplains while conducting chapel worship services and performing specific religious ministries and may also authorize appropriate alternative wear for chaplain assistants while supporting chapel worship services or specific religious ministries. AFOSI Agents SPECIAL AGENT tape above name in lieu of rank (See note 4) Group Item 110AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Distinctive Uniforms--Air Force Fitness Center Staff Uniforms. Authorized Combinations: As noted in the following table, an X in the column indicates the article is acceptable to wear with the article identified in the Item column. (see notes) Item Fitness Shirt Slacks Light Weight Jacket Warm-up Set Shorts T- s h i r t Sweatshirt Heavy Weight Jacket Description Fitness Shirt X X X X X X Heather gray short-sleeve shirt with blue stripe on collar and sleeves. Services logo embroidered in blue on upper left chest. Button all but the top button. Wear nametag on the upper right chest, grounded parallel to the logo, midway between the shoulder seam and the closest edge of the center placket. Wear the Services specialty badge on upper left chest, centered and inch above the Services logo. Tuck the shirt in. Slacks X X X X Navy blue pleated slacks without cuffs and with pockets. Length Table & Table Wear BDU Belt with the slacks. Light Weight Jacket (outdoor use only) X X Lightweight blue jacket with white and red accents. Services logo embroidered in white on upper left chest. Must zip up at least 3/4 way. Wear highly polished blue and silver metal pin-on rank insignia on left chest centered 1/2 inch above the Services logo. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006111Heavy Weight Jacket X X X Blue Services logo embroidered in white on upper left chest. Wear outdoors only. Button pockets and Zip fully. Wear no rank insignia or nametag. Warm-up Set X X X Blue warm-up jacket and pants with white accents on the jacket. Services logo embroidered in white on upper left chest. Zip up at least way. Wear highly polished blue and silver metal pin-on rank insignia on left chest centered inch above the Services logo. Shorts X X X Blue walking shorts with pleats and belt loops. Must be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee and no longer than 2 inches above the kneecap for both men and women. Wear the shorts and fitness shirt with white socks and black athletic shoes. Shorts may be worn under the warm-up pants, (allowing the warm-up pants to be removed). Must wear BDU belt. Shorts must fit loosely- not snugly. Authorized Combinations: As noted in the following table, an X in the column indicates the article is acceptable to wear with the article identified in the Item column. (see notes) Item Fitness Shirt Slacks Light Weight Jacket Warm-up Set Shorts T- s h i r t Sweatshirt Heavy Weight Jacket Description 112AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006T-shirt X Heather gray short-sleeve. Wear nametag on upper right chest. Bottom of the nametag will be parallel with bottom of the Services logo. Will only be worn with shorts and warm-ups, and will be tucked in. Sweatshirt (indoors only) X X X X Heather gray sweatshirt with Services logo embroidered in blue on upper left chest. Wear nametag on upper right chest. Bottom of the nametag will be parallel with bottom of the Services logo. Wear fitness shirt collar outside of the sweatshirt when the items are worn together White ankle or crew socks (no logos) X X White ankle socks must cover the ankle and be no higher than 2 inches above the top of the ankle. Crew socks must be solid white mid-calf length. Wear both styles of socks with shorts or the warm-ups only. Black crew socks (no logos) X Wear black, mid-calf length crew socks with slacks only. BDU belt X X Standard Air Force blue woven cotton or elastic belt with black metal tip and matching buckle, as authorized for wear with the BDU s. Wear with slacks and shorts. Authorized Combinations: As noted in the following table, an X in the column indicates the article is acceptable to wear with the article identified in the Item column. (see notes) Item Fitness Shirt Slacks Light Weight Jacket Warm-up Set Shorts T- s h i r t Sweatshirt Heavy Weight Jacket Description AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006113NOTES:1. DAILY UNIFORM - This is the uniform for wear when performing normal fitness duties ( ,customer interaction/front desk, administrative duties, conducting programs, etc.) - Fitness Shirt - Squadron cap/Services cap - Slacks/shorts - BDU belt - Shoes - Socks 2. ACTIVITY UNIFORM - This uniform may be worn when conducting sports or fitness pro-grams ( , intramural sports, personal training, special event, etc) inside or outside the fitnesscenter. - Fitness Shirt - Squadron cap/Services cap - Shoes - Shorts - Socks Squadron Cap X X X X X X X X Designated squadron cap. Shoes X X X X X X X X Black athletic shoes. Cross Trainer (See Note). Blue Cap X X X X X X X X Blue cap with Services logo embroidered in white on front of cap. Use when no approved squadron cap exists. Name Tag X X X Three lines including rank, name, position title, and unit/squadron numerical designation. Navy blue tag with white lettering, 1 inch high and 3 inches wide (See Note). Authorized Combinations: As noted in the following table, an X in the column indicates the article is acceptable to wear with the article identified in the Item column. (see notes) Item Fitness Shirt Slacks Light Weight Jacket Warm-up Set Shorts T- s h i r t Sweatshirt Heavy Weight Jacket Description 114AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006- Warm-up Jacket - Warm-up Pants 3. UTILITY UNIFORM -This uniform should only be worn when conducting maintenance typeactivities ( , equipment repair, field maintenance, etc.). - T-shirt - Shorts - Sweatshirt - Warm-up Pants - Squadron cap/Services cap - BDU belt - Shoes - Socks 4. NAME TAG - Mandatory: Two lines including rank, name, position title, and Unit/SquadronNumerical Designation. Navy blue tag with white lettering, 1 inch high and 3 inches first line (name) will be in bold lettering (Arial, font size 16) with upper case letters whileline 2 is in regular lettering (Arial, font size 14) with sentence case letters. Example: 5. USAF EXERCISE SPECIALIST PIN - Once earned, (recognition given as outlined in AFI34-266, paragraph ), wear the USAF Exercise Specialist on fitness shirt, centered 1/2inch above the nametag. 6. CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES - Military personnel are required to render the same customsand courtesies as they would in their standard military uniform. 7. OFF-DUTY WEAR - Fitness uniform will maintain same guidelines as the wear of the mili-tary uniform in regards to wearing the uniform to off-base establishments, ( , farewell lun-cheons are authorized, as well as brief stops on the way to and from the duty station). 8. EXCEPTIONS - Send requests for exceptions through MAJCOM and HQ Air Force ServicesAgency, Fitness and Sports Branch (HQ AFSVA/SVPAF), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite 402,San Antonio TX 78216-4138, to HQ AF/A1DF, 1040 Air Force Pentagon, Washington DC20330-1040. 9. SHOES Non-polished full grain leather, black, non marking soles. Fully lined with remov-able cushion insoles padded collar and tongue. All components to include laces, branding,upper and midsole must be black. MSgt JOSIE FITNESS Fitness Center Director AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006115Table Distinctive Uniform - Air Force Food Service Uniform. 1 Chef's Coat Commercial style Double-breasted chef s coat (Long Sleeved French Cuff or 3/4 Length Sleeve). White cotton, free of any design or colored trim, commercial grade, with pearl buttons and straight neck collar (mandarin/banded/straight stand-up style). Coat will be embroidered with individual's last name and appropriate Services occupational badge over wearer's left breast pocket. Center the wearer's last name in all capital style letters 1 inch above the right breast pocket. Letters will be 3/4-inch high, block style, and consist of dark navy blue color. Center name 1" above pocket. All military Food Service staff members will wear the appropriate occupational badge. 1 3/4 inch wide badge will be embroidered centered horizontally 1/2 inch above the name line in same color as last name. Coat will be embroidered with the official red, white and blue Air Force Services Food Service logo and will be worn on the wearer's left side, horizontally level with the name and centered between the right and left seams. NOTE: Supervisors/managers are allowed to wear the chef's jacket over the standard Air Force blue service uniform indoors only. Do not wear the Chef's coat over the BDU. (See note) 2 Trousers Commercial style, Air Force navy blue. Men: Full cut, straight hanging without cuffs. Two rear patch pockets, two side pockets, zipper, belt loops with plain front, and no pleats Wom en: Same as men, except with two darts in front and back. Trim-fit with no bunching at waist or bagging at seat, knee and bottom leg widths not altered beyond current specifications for the waist size; front of trouser legs rests on the front of boot with a slight break in the crease; back of trouser legs will be approximately 7/8 inch longer than the front. 3 Headgear - Chef s Cap Commercial style 8-inch cloth chef hat with velcro closure, with a 2 1/2 inch white sweatband containing official red, white & blue Air Force Services Food Service Logo embroidered on the front of the white band. Wear (squarely on the head, with no hair protruding in front of the cap) in food service preparation and serving areas as required in accordance with Department of Agriculture food code. Do not wear outdoors. Shift workers wear navy blue, First cooks wear white, and Shift Managers wear red hats to identify shift status. 116AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20064 Apron (Optional) Commercial style, bib type or waist style white apron with draw string tie closure back. The bib type apron will contain the embroidered official red, white and blue Air Force Services Food Service logo centered and 3" above the top seam. MAJCOM Services Directors may approve wear of this item. 5 Combat Boots (Black) Black with or without safety toe, plain rounded toe or rounded cap toe with or without perforated seam. Zipper or elastic inserts optional, smooth or scotch-grained leather, or man-made material. High gloss, dress, drill or patent finish boots are not authorized. 6 Low Quarters Not authorized due to safety issues within food service production areas. NOTE: Supervisor's wearing the chef's coat over their blue service uniform may wear while indoors in the performance of food service duties. 7 Headgear - Flight Cap Slightly to the wearer's right with vertical crease of the cap in line with the center of the forehead, in a straight line with the nose; the cap extends approximately 1 inch from the eyebrows in the front; hair may be visible in front of cap for women; if not worn, tuck under the belt on either side, between first and second belt loops; cap will not fold over belt. Cap has dark-blue colored edge braid for enlisted personnel, and silver and blue in a diamond pattern edge braid for all other officers; all shades and material of hat are authorized. Mandatory for enlisted personnel, optional for all others. See Figure for grade insignia placement 8 Socks (Black) Plain without design. Plain white socks may be worn with combat boots, wear black socks over the white socks to preclude white socks from showing. 9 Grade Insignia Enlisted personnel will wear 4-inch chevrons on the Chef s coat. Officers desiring to wear this uniform will have regular size blue embroidered grade insignia on the shoulders. Center grade insignia 5/8 inch from end of the shoulder seam. 10 Belt & Buckle (Blue) Woven cotton web or elastic, solid or woven, belt with matching silver-color metal tip and buckle chrome-like finish. Men: Silver tip end of the belt extends beyond the buckle facing the wearer's left; no blue fabric shows. Women: Silver tip end of the belt extends beyond the buckle facing the wearer s right; no blue fabric shows. 11 Handbags See Table AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006117NOTE:1. Center additional embroidered badge (aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous) 1/2 inchabove the first badge. A third badge (duty or miscellaneous) may be worn on lower portion ofleft pocket. NOTE: Instructor and Honor Guard badges are worn in this location. 12 Undergarments (Undershirts) White Only. Either V-neck, U-neck, crew neck, or athletic style without pockets. MAJCOM commanders may approve long-sleeved thermal undershirt without pockets. Members may wear white thermal undershirts even if exposed at neck. Will be tucked in trousers. 13 Headgear-Ball Cap (Optional) MAJCOM Services Directors may authorize wear of this item instead of or in addition to the Chef s cap. Commercial style, low-profile ball cap containing embroidered standard red, white & blue Air Force Services Food Service logo centered on the front or with embroidered, standard silver Services logo. Do not use BDU material/patterns. Wear in food preparation, storage, and serving areas indoors only. 14 Outergarments: Field Jacket, Camouflage Pattern and/or Gore-Tex field jacket Configure accouterments on jacket the same as the BDUs except officers wear subdued cloth grade insignia on the epaulets of the field jacket. If the field jacket does not have epaulets, wear grade insignia on the collar. 118AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Distinctive Uniforms--Flight Attendant (FA) Uniform. Item Description 1 Dress Commercial style, double or single-breasted coatdress, polyester wool blend, dark blue in color. Nametag will be worn on the wearer s left side. 2 Blazer (see note 2,3) Commercial style double or single-breasted, polyester wool blend, dark blue in color. Nametag will be worn on the wearer s left side. 3 Skirt Commercial straight style, polyester wool blend, dark blue in color. If made with belt loops, belt must be worn. 4 Slacks Commercial style, polyester wool blend, full cut and straight hanging, dark blue in color. If made with belt loops, belt must be worn. 5 Shirt/Blouse Commercial style conservative in color. Prints and stripes must be conservative. Long or short sleeves may be worn. Sleeves may be rolled up only while working in the galley or cargo compartment. 6 Vest (see note 3) Conservative commercial style, dark blue in color. Nametag will be worn on the wearer s left side. Must not be worn as an outer garment away from the airplane. May be worn under the blazer. 7 Cardigan Sweater (see note 3) Dark blue conservative commercial style. Embroider name on wearer s left side or wear nametag. Must not be worn as an outer garment away from the airplane. 8 Chef s Coat (Optional) Commercial style double-breasted chef s coat (Long sleeved French cuff or sleeve). White in color, free of design or colored trim with straight neck collar (mandarin/banded/straight stand-up style). Coat will be embroidered with first name over wearer s left breast pocket. Lettering will be high, cursive style, dark blue in color. May be worn only in galley. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20061199 Utility Shirt (Optional) Commercial Polo-style; cotton blend, dark blue, gray or burgundy in color. May be worn during airplane up/download. Make every effort to change prior to passenger arrival. May also be worn with khakis to make a casual uniform on certain support missions. 10 Overcoat Commercial style similar to the military overcoat, dark blue or black in color. May be worn anytime required by the climate. If the military overcoat is worn rank insignia will be removed while worn with the FA uniform. 11 Apron Commercial style, bib type or tie closure in back, dark blue in color. First name may be embroidered on left side (see Chef s Coat). For galley wear. On single FA crewed airplanes only, may be worn in the cabin during meal service (if worn in cabin name tag or embroidered name must be worn). 12 Name Tag 3 inches long and 5/8 inches wide with inch lettering. Shiny or brushed brass colored finish. Worn on the wearer s left side of the blazer, vest and dress. Will contain the Air Force Logo with individual s first name as in example Scarf/Tie Mandatory with the shirt/blouse/dress. Must be conservative commercial style. 14 Tie Clasp/Tack Scarf Pin/Brooch Optional. Must be conservative in style and in good taste. 15 Shoes/Belt Will be black, conservative and comply with military dress requirements in this instruction. Item Description 120AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006NOTES:1. The FA uniform is a conservative, civilian style, dark blue suit or dress. All uniform itemswill have a good tailored fit, not exceedingly loose or tight. Fit, to include length, will beIAW requirements of similar service items contained in this instruction. 2. While wearing slacks or skirt the blazer must be worn for passengers arrival and departure. 3. While wearing slacks or skirt, the blazer, vest or cardigan will be worn in the passenger cabinduring flight. 4. Socks, stockings, undergarments (mandatory), purses and grooming will be in accordancewith this instruction. Due to food handling, personal hygiene will be scrupulous. 5. Flight suits may be worn on KC-10, C-17 and C-141 missions a FA is augmenting. Coordi-nate with the aircraft commander to ensure the rest of the crew is in military uniform. If thecrew is traveling in civilian attire, the FA will wear the FA or casual uniform. Flight suits mayalso be worn on certain missions as determined by the MAJCOM/Unit Commander. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006121Figure Flight Attendant DressFigure Flight Attendant Slacks with Vest and Blazer. 122AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Distinctive Uniforms Medical Scrubs (see notes). NOTES:1. Surgical Scrubs will not be worn outside except during emergency situations ( , fires, evac-uations etc) EXCEPTION: Ambulance crews when authorized by the Medical Treatment Facility Com-mander. 2. Surgical Scrubs worn in the surgical theater will meet established infection control proce-dures. 3. Shoe covers, caps and masks will be removed when leaving areas where they are required tobe worn. 4. Scrubs are a utility uniform and will not be worn to and from work. Individuals will changeout of their duty uniform into scrubs at the start of their duty day. Item Description 1 Shirt Military Treatment Facility Commander authorized and procured solid conservative color surgical scrub shirt will match the color of the surgical scrub pants. The shirt will not be worn in combination with any military uniform item or with civilian clothing. The shirt may have a left breast pocket. The shirt can be worn tucked in or left out. 2 Pants Military Treatment Facility Commander authorized and procured solid conservative color surgical scrub pants and will match the color of the surgical scrub shirt. The pants will not be worn in combination with any uniform item or with civilian clothing. The pants may have a drawstring or elastic waste. 3 Socks White or Black. Socks must be same color as footwear 4 Outer garments Lab coat or smock as designated by the Medical Treatment Facility Commander (optional) 5 Undergarments Appropriate to the duty uniform of the day. Undershirts will be tucked in and sleeves will not extend past the scrub shirt. 6 Name Tag Blue name tag will be centered on the right side of the shirt with the bottom edge parallel to the top of the left breast pocket or in the same relative position if no pocket 7 Rank Metal rank insignia will be centered 1/2 inch above the name tag 8 Hospital/Organizational ID The hospital ID will be displayed on the left breast pocket or clipped to the shirt. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006123Chapter 4 AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Wear Instructions. Wear regular or miniature size medals and ribbons, except for the Medal ofHonor (neck decoration). Do not mix sizes. Do not wear medals and ribbons on outergarments such asall-weather coat, overcoat, and lightweight blue jacket. For order of precedence for awards and decora-tions, see Figure For arrangement of devices and ribbons, see Figure and Figure Forarrangement of medals by rows, see Table For arrangement of ribbons on service uniforms, seeTable For placement of medals on dress coat or jacket, see Table Wear only authorized AirForce awards and devices when wearing ribbons and medals. Foreign Decorations. Decorations proffered by foreign governments such as a ribbon, medaldevice, a badge, sash, sunburst, or neck-type decorations. Air Force Instruction 36-2803, The Air ForceAwards and Decorations Program, specifies how to accept foreign decorations and the authority requiredfor award acceptance by members. Members must have permission to wear foreign decorations theyaccept. Wear criteria depends on the type of device the decoration represents. Wear sash, sunburst, or neck-type foreign decorations with the formal dress uniform only,according to the customs of the awarding nation. Wear only one type at a time. Wear medals and ribbons on the service uniform, ceremonial uniforms, and semi-formal uni-forms when they are the same size as Air Force medals and ribbons. Wear badges or miniature medals on the mess dress or formal dress uniform. Wear only oneforeign badge. When wearing more than one foreign decoration (miniature medal), wear them in theorder earned. Non-Air Force Service Awards. Air National Guard (ANG) members wear state decorations whenserving in state status but not while on federal active duty. Wear other military service department awardsnot included in Figure in the order the awarding Service prescribes. EXCEPTION: Air Forceawards take precedence over equal awards. Wear awards for wars, campaigns, and expeditions in theorder earned. The Army Valorous Unit and Meritorious Unit Commendation awards are larger than AirForce ribbons. When members wear these awards with their Air Force ribbons, they must purchase rib-bons that are the same size as their Air Force ribbons. Wear of Awards and Decorations by Retirees and Honorably Discharged Veterans. Honorablydischarged and retired Air Force members may wear full-size or miniature medals on civilian suits onappropriate occasions such as Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day. Female members may wearfull-size or miniature medals on equivalent dress. Order of Precedence. Arrange ribbons and medals in the order shown in Figure Wear themedal with the highest precedence nearest the lapel on the top row. Description of Ribbons. Regular-size ribbons are 1 3/8 x 3/8 inches and miniatures are 11/16 x 3/8inches. Affix ribbons to the uniform using a detachable, metal and plastic clip-on device. Keep ribbonsclean and unfrayed. ribbons will not have a visible protective coating. 124AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST Description of Miniature Medals. Miniature medals are 1/2 the size of regular medals. The Medalof Honor is always full size. Figure Order of Precedence of Awards and Decorations. ORDER OF PRECEDENCE OF AWARDS AND DECORATIONS (See notes 1 - 9.) 1. Medal of Honor 2. Air Force Cross 3. Distinguished Service Cross 4. Navy Cross 5. Defense Distinguished Service Medal 6. Distinguished Service Medal (See note 1.) 7. Silver Star 8. Defense Superior Service Medal 9. Legion of Merit 10. Distinguished Flying Cross 11. Airman's Medal 12. Soldier's Medal 13. Navy-Marine Corps Medal 14. Coast Guard Medal 15. Bronze Star Medal 16. Purple Heart 17. Defense Meritorious Service Medal 18. Meritorious Service Medal 19. Air Medal 20. Aerial Achievement Medal 21. Joint Service Commendation Medal 22. Air Force Commendation Medal 23. Army Commendation Medal 24. Navy Commendation Medal 25. Coast Guard Commendation Medal 26. Joint Service Achievement Medal 27. Air Force Achievement Medal 28. Army Achievement Medal 29. Navy Achievement Medal 30. Combat Action Ribbon (See note 2.) 31. Distinguished/Presidential Unit Citation 32. Navy Presidential Unit Citation 33. Gallant Unit Citation 34. Joint Meritorious Unit Citation 35. Meritorious Unit Award 36. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200612537. Air Force Organizational Excellence Award 38. Prisoner of War Medal 39. Valorous Unit Award 40. Navy Unit Commendation 41. Coast Guard Unit Commendation 42. Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army/Navy/ Coast Guard) (worn in the order earned) 43. Navy E Ribbon 44. United States Nonmilitary Decorations (See note 3.) 45. Combat Readiness Medal 46. Air Force Good Conduct Medal 47. Good Conduct Medal 48. Navy Good Conduct Medal 49. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal 50. Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal 51. Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal 52. Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal 53. Naval Reserve Meritorious Service 54. Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal 55. Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal 56. Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon 57. Air Force Recognition Ribbon 58. China Service Medal 59. American Defense Service Medal 60. Women's Army Corps Service Medal 61. WWII Theater campaign Medals (See note 4.) 62. World War II Victory Medal 63. Occupation Medal (Navy/Army)(worn in the Order earned) (See note 5.) (See notes 1 - 9.) 64. Medal for Humane Action 65. National Defense Service Medal 66. Korean Service Medal 67. Antarctica Service Medal 68. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 69. Vietnam Service Medal 70. Southwest Asia Service Medal 71. Kosovo Campaign Medal 72. Afghanistan Campaign Medal 73. Iraq Campaign Medal 74. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 75. Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 76. Korean Defense Service Medal 77. Armed Forces Service Medal 78. Humanitarian Service Medal 126AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200679. Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal 80. Air and Space Campaign Medal 81. Air Force Overseas Ribbon (S/L) 82. Army Overseas Ribbon 83. Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon 84. Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Navy and Marine) 85. Coast Guard Special Operations Service 86. Coast Guard Sea Service 87. Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon 88. USAF Basic Military Training Instructor Ribbon 89. Air Force Recruiter Ribbon 90. Reserve Medals (Armed Forces/Navy and Marine Corps) (worn in order earned) 91. NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon 92. Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon 93. USAF BMT Honor Graduate Ribbon 94. Coast Guard Reserve Honor Graduate Ribbon 95. Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon 96. Navy Pistol Shot Medal (See Note 9) 97. Air Force Training Ribbon 98. Army Service Ribbon 99. Philippine Defense Ribbon 100. Philippine Liberation Ribbon 101. Philippine Independence Ribbon 102. Merchant Marine Combat Bar 103. Merchant Marine War Zone (worn in order earned) 104. Foreign Decorations (See Note 6) 105. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation 106. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation 107. Other Foreign Unit Citations (See note 6.) 108. United Nations Service Medal 109. United Nations Medal 110. NATO Medal 111. Multilateral Organization Awards (See note 8.) 112. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal 113. Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) 114. Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait) 115. Republic of Korea War Service Medal 116. Foreign Service Medals (See note 7.) AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006127NOTES:1. Wear the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) ahead of a Distinguished Service Medalawarded by the Army, Navy, and Coast Guard. 2. Awarded only by the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. 3. A few of the decorations awarded by federal agencies are: Medal of Merit, National SecurityMedal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Medal of Freedom, Gold and Silver Lifesaving Medals,NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Public Health Service Decorations (Distinguished ServiceMedal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Commendation Medal); US Maritime Service Decora-tions (Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Mariner s Medal). Do notwear these decorations unless you wear US military decorations and service medals. If you wearmore than one, arrange them in the order of acceptance. If you wear two or more from the sameagency, that agency decides the precedence. Ribbons must be the same size as Air Force only those decoration ribbons awarded by federal agencies and earned while in military ser-vice. 4. The American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and European-African-MiddleEastern Campaign Medal are World War II Theater Campaign Medals. If authorized more thanone, wear them in the order earned. 5. When awarded more than one clasp, wear in the order earned on the suspension ribbon. Do notwear clasps on the service ribbon. 6. Do not wear these decorations unless you wear other US military decorations and service authorized more than one, wear them in the order earned. If authorized more than one fromthe same foreign country, wear them in the order the country prescribes. On special occasions andas a matter of courtesy to a given country, you may wear the decorations of that country ahead ofall other foreign decoration 7. Before you wear Foreign Service ribbons, meet conditions in AFI 36-2803. When authorized towear more than one, wear them in the order earned. 8. Includes ribbons such as: Multinational Force Observers Medal and Inter-American DefenseBoard Medal. Wear these ribbons in the order earned and ensure they are the same size as AirForce ribbons. 9. Only personnel who have served in the Navy are authorized to wear either the Navy ExpertRifle or Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon/Medal 128AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Figure Placement of Devices on Ribbons and Medals. a maximum of four devices on each ribbon. Place silver devices to the wearer's right ofbronze devices. Replace the bronze device with a silver device after receipt of the fifth bronzedevice. Place clusters horizontally and tilt slightly downward to the wearer's right to allow maxi-mum number of clusters and other devices on the ribbon. Tilt all or none. 2. On medals, place clusters vertically with silver clusters and stars above similar bronze devices. 3. If all authorized devices do not fit on a single ribbon, wear a second ribbon. Wear a minimum of3 devices on the first ribbon before wearing a second ribbon. When wearing the second ribbon,place after the initial ribbon. It counts for one award. When future awards reduce devices to asingle ribbon, remove the second ribbon. 4. Wear regular devices on regular medals and regular ribbons; miniature devices on miniature rib-bons and medals. Wear all the same size devices. 5. There are two methods of affixing devices on ribbons: a separate device or single-constructeddevice (2 or more devices manufactured together). When affixing separate devices to the ribbon,space devices equally. If using single-constructed device, center it. If using single-constructeddevice on one ribbon, use it on all ribbons. Place silver clusters, stars, etc., above similar bronzedevices. EXCEPTION: Mix single-constructed devices with separate devices if the combina-tion of devices authorized is not available as a single-constructed device. In this event, place theAFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006129devices close to one another so they give the appearance of a single-constructed device as long asthe devices are the same; , bronze cluster and silver cluster. Wear only separate devices onmedals. Wear a maximum of 4 unless wearing more prevents adding a second medal. Wear rib-bons awarded by other Services with appropriate device that Service authorized. Figure Arrangement of Ribbons. 130AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Arrangement Of Medals By Rows (see note). R A B C D E F G H I J K L U L E If number and the the number of medals in each row is of medals size of with holding bar with mounting bar worn ismedals is bottom 2d 3d 4th bottom 2d 3d 4th 5th 6th 1 1 - 5 miniature 1 - 5 1-4 1 2 regular 3 6 miniature 6 4 2 4 regular 3 3 5 7 miniature 7 4 3 6 regular 4 3 7 8 miniature 4 4 4 8 regular 9 9 miniature 5 4 4 1 10 regular 11 10 miniature 5 4 4 2 12 regular 13 11 miniature 6 4 4 3 14 regular 4 4 3 15 12 miniature 6 6 4 4 4 16 regular 4 4 4 17 13 miniature 7 6 4 4 4 1 18 regular 5 4 4 19 14 miniature 7 7 4 4 4 2 20 regular 5 5 4 21 15 miniature 5 4 4 4 3 22 regular 23 16 miniature 6 4 4 4 4 24 regular 4 4 4 4 25 17 miniature 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 1 26 regular 5 4 4 4 27 18 miniature 6 6 6 4 4 4 4 2 AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006131NOTES:1. WITH HOLDING BAR: The maximum length of holding bars for medals is 2 3/4 inches. Whenwearing fewer than 5 miniature medals or 4 regular-size medals, expose all. If wearing more than4 miniature or 3 regular medals on one row, each medal equally overlaps the medal to the overlap does not exceed 50 percent. Expose the medal nearest the lapel. Stack and center thesecond or additional row of medals upward. The medal overlaps approximately 50 percent of theribbon on the row below. 2. WITH MOUNTING BAR: Wear the medal with the highest precedence on the top row nearestthe lapel. Stack and center the second and additional rows of medals below. The medal will over-lap approximately 50 percent of the ribbon on the row below. 28 regular 5 5 4 4 29 19 miniature 7 6 6 4 4 4 4 3 30 regular 5 5 5 4 31 20 miniature 7 7 6 4 4 4 4 4 32 regular 5 5 5 5 33 21 miniature 7 7 7 4 4 4 4 4 1 34 22+ miniature 6 6 6 + 4 4 4 4 4 2 R A B C D E F G H I J K L U L E If number and the the number of medals in each row is of medals size of with holding bar with mounting bar worn ismedals is bottom 2d 3d 4th bottom 2d 3d 4th 5th 6th 132AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Arrangement Of Ribbons On Service Uniforms (see notes). R A B C D E U L and the service coat is worn and the lapel E If the number of ribbons authorized is covers portions of the ribbons does not cover portion of the ribbons and the size of ribbons worn is then see notes and wear ribbons in 1 1, 2, 3, or 4 X regular a single row. 2 4 thru 8 X multiples of 3 or 4, centering any remaining ribbons on the top row. 3 4 thru 9 X 4 7 thru 9 X multiples of 3 or 4 in 2 bottom rows; but to prevent coat lapel from covering ribbons, each row thereafter may contain less than 3, with top row centered over the row immediately below. 5 10 or more X multiples of 3 or 4, with any remaining ribbons centered over the row immediately below. 6 10 or more X multiples of 3 or 4 in at least the 2 bottom rows; but to prevent coat lapel from covering ribbons, each additional row may contain less than 3 or 4 or less, with top row centered over the row immediately below. 7 1 thru 6 X miniature (see note 3) a single row. 8 1 thru 12 X multiples of 6 with remaining ribbons centered over the row immediately below. 9 7 or more X 10 13 or more X multiples of 6 in 2 bottom rows; but to prevent coat lapels from covering ribbons, each additional row may contain less than 6 with the top row centered over the row immediately below. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006133NOTES:1. There is no space between the rows of ribbons. 2. The lapel of the service coat may cover a portion of the ribbons and badges. 3. Women are authorized to wear ribbons in multiples of 4 or 6. Table Placement Of Medals On Dress Coat Or Jacket (see note). NOTES:1. Wear only the regular-size Medal of Honor from the neckband ribbon. Place the ribbon aroundthe neck outside the shirt collar and inside the coat collar. Wear authorized foreign neck decora-tions beneath the Medal of Honor. R U L E If the attire is Then wear miniature medals parallel to the ground on left side of coat or jacket and 1 mess dress jacket center miniature medals between lapel, and arm seam, and midway between top shoulder seam, and top button of jacket 2 civilian evening dress (men) align the top of the suspension medal of the top row with (not above) the top of the pocket. 3 civilian black tie center the holding bar of the bottom row of medals immediately above the pocket; do not wear pocket-handkerchief. 134AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Chapter 5 INSIGNIA, NAME TAGS, BADGES AND DEVICES Wear of Grade Insignia. Members wear grade insignia as a distinctive part of the uniform. SeeTable Office of Special Investigations (OSI) agents do not wear grade insignia unless AFOSI 2 of this instruction shows proper placement of grade insignia on uniforms. Wear of the Command Chief Master Sergeant and First Sergeant Insignia. See Table chief master sergeants assigned to an approved command chief master sergeant authorization andserving in Reporting Identifier 9E000 may wear the command chief master sergeant insignia. Thosesenior noncommissioned officers assigned to a valid first sergeant authorization serving in Special DutyIdentifier 8F000 and have graduated from the USAF First Sergeants Academy, the Air Staff functionalmanager, and enlisted instructors of the First Sergeant course wear the First Sergeants insignia. Memberswill remove this special insignia when no longer assigned to command chief master sergeant or first ser-geant duties. Name Tags. Blue Shirt Nametag. Laminated ultramarine blue plastic material with white, block-style let-ters engraved on the plastic and a clutch-type fastener. The epoxy name tag is authorized. Make nodeviations to the nametag, do not add or change ( , emblems, flags, thickness, dimensions, color,etc.) EXCEPTIONS: Use smaller letters to fit name within standard tag length and half-size lettersif the name has more than 1 capital letter such as MacMANN. Non-physician providers, , physi-cian assistants, obstetrics and gynecological nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners, primarycare nurse practitioners, and independent duty medical technicians (only when performing IDMTduties) wear 2-line nametags to identify their profession. Services personnel wearing organizationaluniforms may wear their rank designation on the same line as their last name, , SSGT BRANCH. Service Dress and Pullover Sweater Nametag. Metal engraved brushed satin finish and blueletters. Make no deviations to the nametag, do not add or change ( , emblems, flags, thickness,dimensions, color, etc.) EXCEPTIONS: Use smaller letters to fit name within standard tag lengthand half-size letters if the name has more than 1 capital letter such as MacMANN. Non-physicianproviders, , physician assistants, obstetrics and gynecological nurse practitioners, pediatric nursepractitioners, primary care nurse practitioners, and independent duty medical technicians (only whenperforming IDMT duties) wear 2-line nametags to identify their profession. Services personnel wear-ing organizational uniforms may wear their rank designation on the same line as their last name, ,SSGT BRANCH. USAF/Name Tapes. These cloth tapes specify our service, Air Force, and the military mem-ber s surname. Tape is approximately 6 1/4 inches long and 1 inch wide with 3/4-inch lettering. The Air Force tape is placed over the left pocket, while the name tape is placed over the right no deviations to the USAF/Name tapes. EXCEPTION: Use smaller letters to fit name within stan-dard tape length. The tape color will correspond to the particular utility uniform. Standard Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). Subdued olive green with flag-blue letters embroideredon tape. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST Desert BDU. Tan in color with brown letters embroidered on tape. Airman Battle Uniform. Tan in color with midnight blue letters embroidered on tape. Badges and Specialty Insignia. Table , Table , and Table show placement and wearinstructions for each authorized badge and specialty insignia. See Figure for pictures of variousbadges. Aeronautical and Space Badges. For specific award criteria for Aeronautical Badges, refer to AFI11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges. For award criteria for theSpace Badge, refer to Note 11 of Table Duty Badges. Refer to Table for a listing of issuing organizations and their duty badges. Dutybadges reflect positions of assignment ( Presidential Service Badge). Miscellaneous Badges. Refer to Table for a listing of miscellaneous badges authorized to beworn on the uniform. Occupational Badges. Refer to Table for a listing of officer and enlisted Air Force SpecialtyCodes (AFSC) and their occupational badges. Occupational badges are reflective of your AF specialty: General officers. Wear the basic badge, representative of the organization s mission, uponentering a headquarters staff or command position, unless previously qualified for a higher-levelbadge. Wear the next higher-level badge after 12 months. Continue to upgrade to next higher levelevery 12 months. Officers. Wear the basic badge after graduating from technical school (or after attaining a fullyqualified AFSC when technical school is not required). Wear the senior badge after 7 years in the spe-cialty and the master badge after 15 years in the specialty. EXCEPTION: Medical Service officers' time in specialty will include any constructiveservice credit awarded at the time of appointment. Medical Service officers may verify their con-structive service credit to determine eligibility for award of badges by contacting HQ AFPC/DPAMF2, 550 C Street West Suite 25, Randolph AFB TX 78150-4727. Enlisted. Wear the basic badge after completing technical school. Wear the senior badge afteraward of the 7-skill level, and the master badge as a master sergeant or above with 5 years in the spe-cialty from award of the 7-skill level. EXCEPTION: Air Traffic Controllers (1C1X1) are not autho-rized to wear the basic badge until facility qualified. EXCEPTION: Chief Master Sergeants who crossflow into a new CEM Code wear thebasic badge of their new career field upon award of the CEM Code, the senior badge after 12months, and the master badge after 5 years. Retrainees. Credit toward new badges starts upon entry into new AFSC. Prior enlisted officers. Officers who formerly served as enlisted members may wear the highestawarded occupational badge for the career field in which they served as an enlisted member. Whenserving as an officer in the same career field as when enlisted, count both time in the enlisted andofficer career fields to determine the earned badge level. Time in Sister Service career fields is notused to determine earned badge level for Air Force occupational badges. 136AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST When Performing Special Duties or Attending Professional Military Education. Wear primaryAFSC occupational badge. Upgrade to the next higher-level badge is awarded in accordance withparagraph or respectively. Additional Uniform Devices Aiguillettes. Aiguillettes distinguish officer aides and attach s. The aide to the President andVice President of the US, White House social aides and aides to foreign heads of state, wear aiguilletteon the right; other aides and attach s on the left. See Table for eligibility and wear criteria. Commanders Insignia. See Figure The commanders pin is worn above the name tag onthe service dress uniform when in command of a squadron, group, wing, NAF, MAJCOM, or UnifiedCommand. The pin is worn below the nametag upon completion of similar command. Wear on thelight blue uniform shirt is similar, above the name tag when in command and below the name tag uponcompletion of command. No longer associated with commander's pay. Additional approvals for wear made by CSAF. Maj - Col wear. Must EXERCISE UCMJ Authority. Must be competitively selected by a board (AFPC/MAJCOM/FOA, etc). Commanders must be filling: Squadron, Group, or Wing positions. May be worn in the AOR (Per CENTAF, current or prior commanders authorized). May not be worn by "temporary" or "acting" commanders. Temporary or Acting com-manders may not permanently wear the pin. Commanders must serve entire tenure (usually two years) for permanent wear. Above the name tag during command; below the nametag post command. Vice and Deputy Commanders are not authorized wear of the insignia. However, theymay wear the insignia as a graduated commander from previously held command positions. Flag Officers are not authorized wear of the insignia. Detachment Commanders are not authorized the wear of the commanders insignia. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006137Table Officer/Enlisted USAF Ranks 138AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Wear of Badges On The BDU, Service, Service Dress, Mess, Formal, And Semi-Formal Dress Uniforms (see notes). R A B C U L E If individual wears the And OPR 1 Chaplain Badge (Mandatory) if authorized both Chaplain and Aeronautical Badge, wear Chaplain insignia 1/2 inch above aeronautical badge. HQ USAF/HCX. 2 Air Force Aeronautical and Space badges (Mandatory) if more than one aeronautical or space badge is worn, wear the badge that reflects current job in the highest position. HQ USAF/XOOT.(Aeronautical) (See note 9) HQ USAF/XOS. (Space) (See note 10) 3 Aeronautical badges of other US services (Optional) (See note 10) if both are worn, wear Air Force aeronautical badge in the highest position. 4 Air Force Occupational badges (Optional) if more than one badge is worn, wear badge that reflects current job in the top position. HQ AFPC/DPSOOC. Miscellaneous Badges 5 Combat Infantry, Combat Medical and CAB only while permanently assigned to and performing duties with other services. Sister Service Directive - Army MilPERCEN - Navy - BUPERS etc. (See note 11) 6 US Army Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Ranger Tab only while permanently assigned to and performing duties with other services. Sister Service Directive - Army MilPERCEN - Navy - BUPERS etc. (See note 11) 7 Parachute Riggers Badge only while permanently assigned to and performing duties with other services. Sister Service Directive - Army MilPERCEN - Navy - BUPERS etc. (See note 11) 8 Scuba Badge when awarded. HQ USAF/XOOS. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006139 maximum of 4 earned badges may be worn on all blue service uniforms. A maxi-mum of 2 badges are worn on the left side of uniform above ribbons or pocket if ribbonsare not worn. Wear only aeronautical, occupational, and miscellaneous badges in thislocation. 2. Aeronautical and space badges are worn above occupational and miscellaneous more than 1 aeronautical or space badge is worn, the second badge becomesoptional. The parachutist badge is not considered an aeronautical badge, however it doestake precedence over other badges. 9 Foreign badges (aviation, medical insignia, parachutist badges) only in the conferring country or while attending official and social functions hosted by the awarding government. Do not wear foreign aviation badges unless wearing a US aviation badge. None. 10 Distinguished International Shooter Badge when awarded. HQ AFSVA. 11 Air Force Distinguished Rifleman and Pistol Shot Badge 12 Silver Excellence-in-Competition Rifle and Pistol Badge with Wreath 13 Bronze Excellence-in-Competition Rifle and Pistol Badge with or without wreath 14 Badges of military societies of the US that honor wars, campaigns, or expeditions in which the US was engaged. when a member of the awarding society and only while attending functions of the awarding society None. 15 Outstanding Airman Badge for the year after formal presentation HQ USAF/CCC. R A B C U L E If individual wears the And OPR 140AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20063. Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge on alluniform combinations. A maximum of 2 occupational badges may be worn. Whenwearing 2 occupational badges, wear the one representing the current career field (regard-less of level earned) in the top position. Centered 1/2 inch above the first one. 4. Men may attach duty badges to service uniforms with a clear plastic tab holder not visiblebeyond sides or bottom of insignia. maximum of 3 earned embroidered badges may be worn on all BDUs. A maximumof two badges are worn on the left side of the uniform above the pocket. The third embroi-dered badge should be worn on the left pocket (such as the missile badge) or on the rightside of the uniform (such as the Commanders Insignia). Wear only aeronautical, occupa-tional and miscellaneous badges in this location. 6. Wear regular size embroidered cloth badges or specialty insignia on the BDU. 7. Midsize and regular size badges may not be worn together; EXCEPTION: Resized wingsmay be worn with a regular size occupational badge, or regular size medical badge. Aregular size duty badge is not worn with a midsize duty badge. 8. Only highly polished badges are worn. EXCEPTION: Oxidized/satin finished Heritagewings may be worn. Badges must be all regular or all midsize. 9. AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges, for spe-cific award criteria. 10. Guidelines for wear of the Space Badge. a. The Space Badge is worn by officers and enlisted personnel designated as USAF Cre-dentialed Space Professionals (CSPs). b. Order of Precedence The Space Badge is equal in precedence to aeronautical badgesand worn above all other occupational badges and the parachutist badge. Whenawarded both Aeronautical and Space Badges, wear the Space Badge above the Aero-nautical Badge only when occupying a space billet. c. The criteria to earn the basic, senior and command space badges, respectively, aredirectly linked to the 3-level Space Professional Certification Program. For enlistedpersonnel, badge award is not solely linked to skill level attainment. Officer andenlisted personnel may verify their Credentialed Space Professional certification levelby contacting the Space Professional Management Office, AFSPC/A1FX, 150 Van-denberg St Suite 1105, Peterson AFB, CO 80914-4450. Call them at DSN 692-3494 orvisit their website at: d. Basic Space Badge Certification Level 1 Completion of Space 100, maintain cur-rency with all acquisition or operational position-specific training requirements, 1 yearsatisfactory performance in a space-coded billet culminating with Space ProfessionalCertification briefing to Wing CC/CV or equivalent. Additionally, enlisted CSPs mustattain the 5 skill level to earn the Basic Space Badge. e. Senior Space Badge Certification Level 2 Completion of Space 200, maintain cur-rency with all position-specific requirements, 6 years satisfactory performance inspace-coded billets. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006141f. Command Space Badge Certification Level 3 Completion of Space 300, maintaincurrency with all position-specific requirements, 9 years satisfactory performance inspace-coded billets. Additionally, enlisted CSPs must complete requirements forCCAF degree in space operations to earn the Command Badge. g. CDRUSSTRATCOM and AFSPC/CC are authorized wear of the command SpaceBadge upon assumption of their position. Not authorized for wear when no longerholding these positions unless it was previously earned. h. For General Officers not previously awarded the badge, award the basic Space Badge1 year after assumption of position and completion of the National Security SpaceInstitute s Space Operations Executive Level Course. Award senior and commandbadges at one year increments. i. AFSPC/CC, as the Space Professional Functional Authority approves qualifying spacespecialties and award criteria for allied and other US service members. Once the awardcriteria are approved, allied and other US services will control badge awarding fortheir respective service members. 11. Permanent assignment denotes non TDY status. This rule also applies to other badges orpatches , Army Combat Patches earned or awarded by sister service Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to an Air Force unit the member will removethem. 142AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Table Issuing Organizations and Their Duty Badges. R A B C U L E Issuing Organization wear OPR 1 Security Forces Security Forces Shield while performing duties in control AFSC 31PX or 3P0XX billets only. Continue to wear while attending professional military education and recruiting duties. HQ USAF/XOF 2 Civil Engineering Fire Protection Shield while performing duties, professional military education attendance and recruiting duties. Worn by group level personnel and above. HQ USAF/ILE 3 Defense Commissary Agency Commissary Badge while performing duties only. HQ DECA/DO 4 Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD Badge during and after assignment to the specific duty. OASD MM&PP 5 Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS Identification Badge during and after assignment to the specific duty. JCS/J1 6 Headquarters Air Force Badge Headquarters Air Force Identification Badge during and after assignment to the specific duty. AF/A1(See Note 1) 7 Army Military Personnel Center Army Staff ID Badge while performing duties only. Army MILPERCEN 8 North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO Badge while performing duties only. USAFE/A1AP 9 Presidential Service Presidential Service Badge or Vice-Presidential Service Badge during and after an assignment to White House duty. Military Assistant to the President (See Note 2) 10 United Nations United Nations Command Badge while performing duties only. UN 11 Defense Information Systems Agency DISA Command Badge while performing duties only. DISA 12 Air Education and Training Command AETC Instructor Badge while performing assigned duties. Continue to wear while attending professional military education. HQ AETC/TT AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006143Air Force Recruiting Service Badge while performing assigned duties. Continue to wear while attending professional military education. HQ AETC/RS Air Force Reserve Recruiting Service Badge while performing assigned duties. Continue to wear while attending professional military education. AFRES/RS Jr. ROTC Instructor Badge while performing assigned duties. Continue to wear while attending professional military education. AFROTC/OT Defense Language Instructor Badge while performing assigned duties. Continue to wear while attending professional military education. DLIFLC 13 Air National Guard Air National Guard Recruiter Badge while performing assigned duties. Continue to wear while attending professional military education. ANGCR/MPPAE 14 Defense Finance and Accoun-ting Service DFAS Identification Badge while performing duties only. DFAS 15 Professional Military Education Professional Military Education Badge while performing PME Instructor or PME Support duties. AF/A1 16 Military Postal Service Military Postal Service Identification Badge while performing postal duty. MPS 17 Defense Logistics Agency Defense Logistics Agency Command Badge while assigned to DLA only. DLA 18 USAF Honor Guard and USAF Base Honor Guard USAF Honor Guard and USAF Base Honor Guard while performing honor guard duties. HQ USAF/HG 19 Unified Command Unified Command Identification Badge for the duration of assignment to a Combatant Commander s (COCOM) staff . Unified COCOM 20 National Defense University National Defense University Identification Badge while assigned to the NDU faculty or staff. NDU R A B C U L E Issuing Organization wear OPR 144AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006NOTES:1. Guidelines for wear of the Headquarters Air Force Badge (as of 22 December 2005) a. Personnel assigned to Headquarters Air Force and Secretary of the Air Force areauthorized to wear the badge. Permanent wear of the badge is authorized for person-nel assigned to a qualifying position for at least 365 consecutive days. You are autho-rized it while you are in the position on the HAF or DRU/FOA within the NationalCapital Region (NCR). b. Reserve Members: Members of the Reserve Components are eligible to wear thebadge if they are assigned to any organization within Headquarters Air Force or Secre-tariat Staff. Further, recalled reservists are eligible for permanent award of the badgeonce they have served for a total of 365 days. Reservists assigned to Individual Mobi-lization Augmentee positions are eligible for permanent award after being assigned for1 year and performed satisfactorily in the augmentee position. c. Order of precedence: The order of precedence for the badge is similar to the OSD orJCS Badges. However, when wearing 3 badges, OSD and JCS badges have priorityover the HAF Badge. d. Wear of the badge is not mandatory. The badge is available in two sizes, large (stan-dard) and a miniature size. The miniature size will be worn on the Air Force BlueShirt. 2. The Presidential Service identification badge is worn on the Right Side. The Vice Presi-dential Service identification badge is worn on the Right Side. No other badges will movethe Presidential and Vice-Presidential ID badges. 21 USAF Academy Permanent Professor USAF Academy Badge during and after assignment to the specific duty. USAFA R A B C U L E Issuing Organization wear OPR AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006145Table Occupational Specialties and Their Badges (Excludes Aeronautical). A B C R U L E Officer Code or Career Field Enlisted Code or Career Field Badge Title Operations Career Group 1 (S Prefix) Safety Officer (16) Operations Support (1S, 1T) Safety, Survival Training, Life Aircrew Support, Pararescue Operations Support 2 None (1C) Command Control Systems Operations Command and Control (See note 1.) (13B) Air Battle Management (1C5X1D, 1A4X1D) Weapons Director Weapons Director (See note 2.) (13C) Air Traffic Control Operations (1C1) Air Traffic Control Operations Air Traffic Control 3 (13A) Astronaut (13S) Space and Missile Operations (1C6) Space Systems Operations Space/Missile (See note 3.) (13SXC) Missile Operations None Missile with Operations Designator (See note 4.) 4 (14) Intelligence (1N) Intelligence Intelligence 5 (15) Weather (1W) Weather Meteorologist Logistics Career Group (See note 5.) 6 (21A) Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions (2A, 2P, 2W) Manned Aerospace Maintenance, Precision Measurement, Munitions and Weapons Maintenance 7 None (2E) Comm-Electronics Systems 8 None (2R) Maintenance Management Systems 9 (21M) Space and Missile Maintenance (2M,2W) Missile and Space Systems Maintenance Missile Maintenance (See note 6.) (2W) Munitions and Weapons 10 (21R) Logistics Readiness Officer None Logistics Readiness Officer 146AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200611 None (2S, 2F) Supply, Fuels Supply/Fuels 12 None (2T) Transportation Transportation 13 None (2G) Logistics Plans Logistics Plans 14 (32) Civil Engineer (3E) Civil Engineer Civil Engineer (See note 7.) 15 (33) Communications and Information (3C) Comm-Computer Systems Communications and Information (See note 8.) 16 None (3A) Information Management 17 None (3V) Visual Information 18 (34) Services (3M) Services Services Support Career Group (See note 5.) 19 (35B) Band (3N1) Band Band 20 (35P) Public Affairs (3N0) Public Affairs Public Affairs 21 None (3H) Historian Historian 22 (37F) Manpower and Personnel (3S) Mission Support Manpower and Personnel (See note 9.) Support/Investigations Career Groups 23 (31) Security Forces (3P) Security Forces/CATM/ MWD Force Protection 24 (71) Special Investigations (7S) Special Investigations Professional Career Group 25 (51) Judge Advocate None Judge Advocate 26 (52) Chaplain None Chaplain 27 None (5J) Paralegal Paralegal 28 None (5R) Chaplain Service Support Chaplain Service Support 29 (61, 62) Scientific/Research, Developmental Engineering None Acquisition and Financial Management 30 (63) Acquisition 31 (64) Contracting (6C) Contracting A B C R U L E Officer Code or Career Field Enlisted Code or Career Field Badge Title AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006147NOTES:1. If both the Command and Control badge and Weapons Director badge are earned, subse-quent levels can be earned toward 1 badge only. 2. If both Air Battle Manager Wings and the Weapons Director badge are earned, subsequentlevels can only be earned on the Air Battle Manager Wings. 3. The old Space/Missile Badge is authorized for former space-experienced officers andenlisted space personnel who earned the badge, but permanently retrained to a new AFSCprior to 1 Nov 05. This includes a variety of AFSCs ( 18XX, 20XX, 27XX, 28XX,277XX, 207XX, 13SXX, 6XXXX, 1C6XX, 1NXXX, etc.) that were awarded the oldSpace/Missile Badge via AF Form 117. This badge is authorized for wear until the indi-viduals separate or retire. These personnel are not entitled to wear the Space Badge insti-tuted on 1 Nov 05. 4. The Missile Badge with Operations Designator is authorized for former 13SXX officerswho served in missile operations, but permanently retrained to a new core AFSC prior to 1Nov 05. This badge is authorized for wear until personnel separate or retire. These person-nel are not authorized to wear the Space Badge instituted on 1 Nov 05. 5. Officers in AFSC 20, Logistics Commander, and AFSC 30, Support Commander, wear thehighest badge the individual was awarded in the Logistics or Support career areas. If theAcquisition and Financial Management Career Group 32 (65) Financial Management (6F) Financial Management Medical Career Group 33 (40) (44) (45) (48) Physician (MC) None Medical Corps 34 (41) Health Service Administrator (MSC) None Medical Service Corps 35 (42) (43) Biomedical Science Officer (BSC) None Biomedical Science Corps 36 (46) Nurse Corps (NC) None Nurse Corps 37 (47) Dentist (DC) None Dental Corps 38 None (4XXXX) Enlisted Medical Service Member Enlisted Medical A B C R U L E Officer Code or Career Field Enlisted Code or Career Field Badge Title 148AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006individual was not awarded a Logistics or Support badge, wear the highest badge theywere awarded from the previous career area. 6. To qualify for the Missile Maintenance badge, individuals must meet all criteria outlinedin paragraph and meet time requirements in their entirety, to include the following: a. Munitions and Missile Maintenance Officers who do not attend Missile MaintenanceOfficers course, must directly supervise 2M/2W personnel in maintenance, loading orunloading of guided missiles or missile systems for a period of 12 months after com-pletion of Munitions Maintenance Officers course in order to wear the basic levels will be IAW paragraph b. 2W personnel must directly work with guided missiles or missile systems for a periodof 12 months after completion of technical training school in order to wear the basicbadge. Subsequent levels will be IAW paragraph 7. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Readiness will wear their specific duty badgesin addition to the CE Craftsmen Badge. 8. Officers in former AFSCs 13BXF (Adjutants), 33SX (Communications-Computers),33VX (Visual Information), and 37AX (Information Management), integrated into theCommunications and Information career field, wear the Communications and InformationBadge and maintain the same level (basic, senior, master) as worn on previous 13BXF,33SX, 33VX, and 37AX occupational badges. However, effective 1 Nov 96, stars andwreaths are earned on the new Communications and Information badge only. 9. Effective 1 Oct 05, officers in AFSCs 36XX Mission Support; Personnel and 38XX Man-power were integrated into a combined AFSC 37FX Manpower and Personnel careerfield. Officers previously in the AFSCs 36XX and 38XX may use that accrued time toupgrade to the next higher-level badge in accordance with paragraph Additionally,officers in the former Information Management career field (AFSC 37XX), who cross-flowed into AFSC 36XX prior to 1 Nov 96, may use that accrued time to upgrade to thenext higher-level badge in accordance with paragraph AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006149Figure Display of Badges. Acquisition & Financial Manager Air Traffic Control Astronaut Band Biomedical Science Corps Buddhist Chaplain Chaplain Service Support Civil Engineer Readiness Christian Chaplain Civil Engineer Command & Control Commander Communications & Information Dental Corps Enlisted Aircrew Enlisted Medical Explosive Ordnance Disposal Fire Fighter Flight Nurse Flight Surgeon Force Protection Historian Information Management Intelligence Jewish Chaplain Judge Advocate Logistics Plans Logistics Readiness Officer Maintenance Manpower & Personnel Medical Corps Medical Services Corps Meteorologist Missile Missile with Ops Designator Muslim Chaplain 150AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Navigator/Observer Nurse Corps Officer Aircrew Member Operations Support Parachutist Paralegal Pilot Public Affairs Security Forces Services Space Space/Missile Supply Fuels Transportation Weapons Director AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006151Chapter 6 WEAR OF UNIFORMS BY RESERVE, AIR NATIONAL GUARD, RETIRED OR SEPARATED PERSONNEL Conditions for Wear of Uniform. Table shows when and where to wear the uniform. Table When Reserve, ANG, Retired, Or Separated Personnel Are Required Or Authorized To Wear The Uniform (See note 1). RU L E A B C If the member is may wear the uniform and is authorized to wear the appropriate uniforms 1 in any of the categories when traveling to and from any function listed in this table, when travel in uniform is within 24 hours of the scheduled function. according to the rules below. 2 at any time, when he or she has been awarded the Medal of Honor and Chapter 1 does not prohibit wear of the uniform. 3 a reservist (on active duty) when participating in short periods of active duty (including active duty for training) listed in this instruction. 4 a reservist not on EAD and residing in the US, its territories, or possessions when participating in authorized inactive duty training, unit training assemblies, or equivalent training 5 when engaged in military flying activities, including traveling as a passenger on military aircraft 6 on occasions of military ceremony 7 social functions and informal gatherings of a military nature 8 when engaged in military instruction 152AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 20069 when responsible for military discipline at an educational institution 10 a reservist not on EAD and not residing in the US, its territories, or possessions when authority is granted by the Secretary of the Air Force listed in this instruction. 11 at military ceremonies or other functions of a military nature, provided authority is granted; such authority may be obtained by reporting to the nearest military attach 12 an airman with Air Force Reserve commission of his or her Reserve grade when attending meetings or functions of associations formed for military purposes (membership will be mostly officers or former officers) 13 an ANG technician according to ANG regulations while performing air technician duties, however, they do not receive a uniform allowance for voluntarily wearing the uniform (see notes 2 - 5) 14 an Air Reserve technician must when performing duty in civil service status as an Air Reserve Technician 15 an Air Reserve technician DELETED 16 retired at occasions of military ceremonies prescribed at date of retirement, or any of the uniforms authorized for active duty personnel, including the dress uniforms. Do not mix uniform items (see notes 6 and 7). RU L E A B C If the member is may wear the uniform and is authorized to wear the appropriate uniforms AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 200615317 military funerals, weddings, memorial services, and inaugurals 18 patriotic parades on national holidays, other military parades or ceremonies in which any active or Reserve US military unit is taking part 19 at educational institutions when engaged in giving military instructions or responsible for military discipline 20 at social or other functions when the invitation has been influenced by the member's active military service 21 separated (other than retired ANG or Reserve) (war service) at military funerals, memorial services, and inaugurals authorized at time of separation or any of the uniforms authorized for active duty personnel if they served honorably in the Air Force (including service with an air component of the Army before the Air Force was established), during a declared or undeclared war (see notes 8 and 9). 22 patriotic parades on national holidays; military parades or ceremonies in which any active or Reserve US military unit is taking part 23 on any other occasion when authorized by law RU L E A B C If the member is may wear the uniform and is authorized to wear the appropriate uniforms 154AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006NOTES:1. Members will conform to the same standards of appearance, military customs, practices, and con-duct in uniform prescribed for active duty members. Authorized To Wear the Uniform (see note1). 2. Title 10, , Section 772 entitles members of the ANG to wear the uniform as prescribed foractive duty members. 3. State-appointed ANG officers without federal recognition do not wear the uniform or any distinc-tive uniform item. Newly appointed ANG officers granted temporary federal recognition by a fed-eral recognition board wear the uniform. 4. Enlisted ANG members wear the uniform on enlistment. 5. Upon written request of the governor and the consent of the Air Force Chief of Staff, the Chief ofthe National Guard Bureau authorizes a state adjutant general, who holds a federally commis-sioned status in the Air Force, to wear the grade insignia of his or her state-appointed grade whileoccupying the federally recognized position on the state headquarters unit manning documents,provided that grade does not exceed Major General. 6. Members receive the retired lapel button at retirement. Retirees wear the retired lapel button onthe left lapel. Members whose assignments have included command at squadron, group or winglevel are also authorized to wear the command insignia pin on the left lapel, below the retiredlapel button. 7. Members whose last assignment prior to retirement was a First Sergeant and/or Command Chiefmay wear appropriate chevrons in all instances the uniform is worn. 8. Retirees may wear civilian clothing when flying in military aircraft. They will present a favorableappearance in good taste. Members of the reserve components who are eligible to retire but arenot at mandatory retirement age (60 years) do not wear the uniform while traveling on militaryaircraft. 9. Honorably discharged members who served during World War II wear the Honorable DischargeEmblem on the left lapel. 10. Installation commanders authorize such separatees to use military clothing sales stores (MCSS) topurchase uniforms and accessories required for special occasions such as military funerals,parades, or other ceremonies. Separatees purchase only the service dress or mess dress uniformsand accessories. Separatees may not purchase items commonly available from commercialsources. MCSSs establish adequate controls over quantities of uniform items each separatee pur-24 separated (other than retired, ANG, or Reserve) (non war service) from place of discharge to home, within 3 months after discharge of the highest grade authorized at time of separation (see note 9). RU L E A B C If the member is may wear the uniform and is authorized to wear the appropriate uniforms AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006155chases. Commanders ensure separatees present proof of honorable discharge under honorableconditions and know current uniform and grooming standards. other ceremonies. Separatees pur-chase only the service dress or mess dress uniforms and accessories. Separatees may not purchaseitems commonly available from commercial sources. MCSSs establish adequate controls overquantities of uniform items each separatee purchases. Commanders ensure separatees presentproof of honorable discharge under honorable conditions and know current uniform and groomingstandards. 156AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Chapter 7 UNIFORM CHANGES AND SUPPLEMENTS How To Recommend Uniform Changes. Submit proposals for new or changed uniform clothingitems and wear criteria into the Air Force IDEA Program Data System (IPDS [ ]). Process applications in accordance with AFI 38-401, The Air Force Innovative Develop-ment Through Employee Awareness (IDEA) Program. Process requests for reconsideration fordisapproved proposals the same as initial proposals. They are exempt from the automatic higher-levelreview provisions of AFI 38-401. Processing IDEAs. Host base MPF Customer Service Element considers each agencies, , hospital, and safety, provide comments as needed. The installation com-mander signs proposals recommended for approval with rationale for approval and forwards to thesubmitter s MAJCOM Director of Personnel. The MPF Commander has disapproval authority whenthe proposal is not a new idea, when it duplicates a previous idea with "ownership" rights, or when theproposal clearly is not beneficial or desirable. The MPF Commander will complete the evaluation inIPDS as the disapproving authority and will include the reason for the disapproval. For disapprovalreasons other than above, the MPF Commander will include the following statement in the text of theevaluation "not recommended for adoption, but disapproval not within the authority of this office". Uniform Boards. Uniform Boards. MAJCOMs conduct their own uniform boards to evaluateeach proposal. The commander, vice commander, or chief of staff signs proposals recommended forapproval and sends them to HQ AFPC/DPSOOC, 550 C Street West, Suite 37, Randolph AFB TX78150-4738. HQ AFPC/ DPSOOC will conduct a quality review and consolidate proposals to the AirForce Uniform Board (AFUB). The AFUB evaluates each proposal and makes recommendations tothe Chief of Staff, USAF. If the MAJCOM disapproves the proposal, return it and the reasons for dis-approval through command channels. Air Staff, Field Operating Agencies (FOA), and Direct Reporting Units (DRU) Recommenda-tions. FOA and DRU commanders, Air Staff Deputy Chiefs of Staff (DCS), and their assistants, sub-mit recommendations directly to the AFUB. Air Force Academy Uniform Board. The Superintendent, United States Air Force Academy(USAFA), appoints an Air Force Academy Cadet Uniform Board to review all proposed changes toAir Force cadet and preparatory school student uniforms. The Superintendent may approve changesregarding USAFA cadet and preparatory student uniform accessories and insignia, but must sendother proposed changes to the Chief of Staff, USAF, for final approval. Proposed changes to the stan-dard Air Force uniform or wear criteria are submitted directly to the AFUB. The AFUB. This board, composed of senior Air Force personnel, ensures the Air Force uni-form is plain and distinctive, and develops consistent policy on all uniform matters. It reviews andselects items of uniform clothing, accessories, and insignia, which the Chief of Staff, AF, changes are effective when incorporated into this instruction or other guidance as prescribedby AF/A1. Test Uniforms. Members wear test uniform items as part of an authorized test , otherwise directed, members may wear test uniform items approved for Air Force use after thetest period. AF/A1 determines which individuals, units or commands will test new uniform items. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST Processing Supplements. Include all rules for local wear and additional uniform guidance in a supplement to this direc-tive. Refer to AFI 33-360, vol 1, Air Force Content Management Program--Publications. MAJCOMs approve their base supplements if instructions are within the guidelines of the basicdirective. Coordinate any proposals deviating from current policy with Headquarters Air Force Per-sonnel Center, Current Operations Branch, (HQ AFPC/ DPSOOC), 550 C Street West, Suite 37, Ran-dolph Air Force Base, TX 78150-4737 before incorporating them into the supplement. DPSOOCapproves all MAJCOM and FOA supplements. Ensures all are consistent with this instruction. Uponpublication, send one copy and any changes to DPSOOC. Proposed ANG unit supplements are submitted through the state Adjutant General to the AirNational Guard Readiness Center, NGB/DPF- FOC, for approval. Each unit sends a copy of itsapproved published supplement and changes to the appropriate Adjutant General and Air NationalGuard Bureau Readiness Center, Director for Personnel, upon Prescribed Forms. There are no prescribed forms. Adopted Forms. AF Form 847, Recommendation for Change of Publication. ROGER A. BRADY, Lieutenant General, USAF DCS, Manpower and Personnel 158AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006Attachment 1 GLOSSARY OF REFERENCES AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION References DoDDs , 3 February 1988 DoDI , 11 August 1969 DODI , Military Awards Program, 1 July 2004 AFPD 36-29, 1 June 1996. Military Standards AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings And Badges AFI 13-113V1, Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) and Air Support Operations Center (ASOC) TrainingProgram AFI 33-360V1, Air Force Content Management Program--Publications AFI 38-401, The Air Force Innovative Development Through Employee Awareness (IDEA) Program AFI 36-3014, Clothing Allowances For Air Force Personnel AFI 10-248, Fitness Program AFI 11-301V1, Aircrew Life Support (ALS) Program AFI 36-2803, The Air Force Awards and Decorations Program AFMAN 36-8001, Reserve Personnel Participation and Training Procedures Abbreviations and Acronyms AAFES Army and Air Force Exchange Service ACC Air Combat Command AFI Air Force Instruction AFMAN Air Force Manual AFOSI Air Force Office of Special Investigations AFPD Air Force Policy Directive AFRES Air Force Reserve AFUB Air Force Uniform Board AMC Air Mobility Command AMLO Air Mobility Liaison Officer ANG Air National Guard ARPC Air Reserve Personnel Center AS Allowance Standard AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006159BDU Battle Dress Uniform COCOM Combatant Commander DCS Deputy Chief of Staff DoD Department of Defense DoDD Department of Defense Directive DSCP Defense Supply Center Philadelphia DRU Direct Reporting Unit DSM Distinguished Service Medal EAD Extended Active Duty FOA Field Operating Agency HQ Headquarters MAJCOM Major Command MCSS Military Clothing Sales Store MPF Military Personnel Flight NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NCO Noncommissioned Officer NGB National Guard Bureau NLT No Later Than OG Olive Green PME Professional Military Education SF Security Forces SNCO Senior Noncommissioned Officer SERE Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape TA CP Tactical Air Control Party USAF United States Air Force USAFA United States Air Force Academy USAFR United States Air Force Reserves Te r m s Accouterments Medals, ribbons, insignia, badges, US insignia, tie tack or clasp, belt buckle and cufflinks, emblems, tags, scarves, gloves, and so forth, authorized for wear on or with any uniforms. Field Conditions Those conditions that provide member with temporary sleeping accommodations notsuitable for regular occupancy, and subsistence that includes rations or prepared meals common to the160AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006operation. These conditions occur during operations, maneuvers, war games, and field exercises, actualor simulated. Gig Line When members wear shirt tucked into trousers or slacks with front fly opening, the buttonfront edge of the shirt, the outside of the belt buckle (when required), and the edge of the fly will alignment creates a gig line. The gig line should be straight and neat. Installation Commander The individual responsible for all operations an installation performs (JointPub 1-02). Mandatory Clothing Items Uniform clothing items each member must maintain. Optional Clothing Items Approved uniform clothing items (other than mandatory clothing items)approved for wear by all Air Force personnel. Service Cap Insignia Nickel antique finish with polished highlights. SPEAR Aluminized braid, pointed, fleur-de-lis shape. PHASEOUT DATES FOR UNIFORM ITEMSUNIFORM ITEMS ALREADY PHASED OUT Fourrageres and Lanyards 1 January 1993 White Ceremonial Dress Uniform 1 March 1993 Two-line Name Tags 31 October 1993 Blue Ceremonial Dress Uniform 1 August 1994 Blue Beret 30 September 1994 Maternity Smock 30 September 1994 Blue Formal Dress Headgear 30 September 1994 Olive Green T-shirts 1 October 1994 Satin/oxidized US insignia 1 June 1995 US Insignia With Circle 1 June 1995 Service Dress Coat, Shade 1549 30 September 1996 Officers Service Dress Coat, Shade 1620 With Officer Sleeve Rank and no Epaulets 30 September 1996 Long- and Short-Sleeved Blouse With Fly-Front Closure With Rounded Collar 1 January 1997 OG 107/507 Field Jacket 1 January 1997 Embroidered Badges and Specialty Insignia Worn on Dress Uniform Combinations 1 October 1997 AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006161BDU Aircrew Style Name Patch 1 October 1997 Women s Service Dress Hat (Blue and White) 1 October 1997 Men s and Women s Single-Breasted All Weather Coat 1 March 1998 Satin and Oxidized finish Belt Tip and Buckle 1 October 1998 Satin and Oxidized Finish Badges and Specialty Insignia, Regular and Miniature 1 October 1998 Service Dress Coat, Shade 1598 (Polyester Double-Knit) 30 September 1999 Service Dress Coat, Shade 1608 (Polyester Wool Tropical) 30 September 1999 Women s Ruffled Mess Dress Blouse 1 January 2000 Circles will be worn around the U. S. Insignias. Implementation 1 January 2007 SNCO s will no longer wear shoulder boards on their blue shirts. Shoulder boards will only be worn by SNCO s on the blue cardigan sweater. Junior NCO s and Airmen will continue to use the pin on rank. 1 August 2006 Gray Scarf 31 December 2010 Maternity Service Dress Coat Scarves, Gloves, Mittens, Earmuffs (Gray and Dark Blue) (5 years out)

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