3.2. The Cadet and the Uniform
3.2.1. Your uniform, no matter how handsomely tailored, will not present a good appearance unless
you present a good appearance. Good appearance requires certain checks before wearing the uniform
in public. The standards are established in AFI 36-2903, and its applicable supplements as well as
AFJROTC Cadet Uniform and Award Guide. This handbook highlights the basic requirements for
18.104.22.168. Click Here for Figures 3.1 through 3.11 which illustrate
AFJROTC uniforms, uniforms item, and the correct placement of items on the
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22.214.171.124. Table 3.2. explains the grading process for uniform wear.
3.2.2. The uniform nor any parts of the uniform will be not worn unless on uniform days or if you
are participating in official AFJROTC activities. Cadets are also precluded from wearing mock, pseudo,
other services', or other countries' uniforms or parts thereof to school or school activities.
3.2.3. The four standards for wear of the Air Force uniform are: neatness, cleanliness, safety and
3.2.4. The shirt shall be tucked neatly into the pants with the shirt facing aligned with the fly of the
pants and the edge of the belt buckle (gig line).
3.2.5. The pants are designed to be worn at the wearers navel.
3.2.6. Button all buttons, except for the top button of the short sleeve shirt when not wearing a tie
and the top button of the Battle Dress uniform.
3.2.7. Push the belt through the left front loop (males) or the right front loop (females) first, then all
loops around the waist.
3.2.8. Place no bulky objects in pockets.
3.2.9. Shoes must be shined including heels, welt and the outer edge of the sole. Socks must be black
crew length without design.
3.2.10. The male fight cap is worn squarely on the head, tilted slightly to the wearer’s right.
3.2.11. No hair will protrude from the front of headgear when properly worn, except when a female is
wearing the female flight cap.
3.2.12. Whenever possible, check your appearance in a mirror or ask someone to check your
3.2.13. The skirt will hang naturally over the hips from the waist with a slight flare. Skirt length will be
no shorter than the top of the kneecap or longer than the bottom of the kneecap.
126.96.36.199. Three rings per two hands are authorized. Excessive size, shape, or wearing them
above the knuckle will be not be condoned.
188.8.131.52. A wristwatch may be worn.
184.108.40.206. A conservative bracelet may be worn, but not on the same wrist as the watch.
Bracelets must not be plastic, rubber or string.
220.127.116.11. Earrings/Nose Rings/Other Body Piercings:
18.104.22.168.1 Males will not wear any type of earring while in uniform.
22.214.171.124.2. When in uniform, females may wear one earring in each ear at the
bottom of ear lobe. Earrings must be small gold, silver, or pearl, diamond, or black.
Earrings will be small and spherical or round in appearance.
126.96.36.199.3. When in uniform, males and females will not wear any type of nose ring
or other visible body piercing, including those that can be seen through the uniform or
prohibit the proper wear of the uniform.
3.2.15. Nail Polish: Nail polish, if worn, will conform to and complement the appearance of the uniform.
French manicure can only be clear and white. Males will not wear nail polish.
3.2.16. Hair Standards:
188.8.131.52.1. Hair must be neatly and cleanly trimmed, tapered, must not exceed 1 ¼
inches in bulk, and will present a nicely groomed appearance. A neatly trimmed and
tapered box-cut is authorized for the back of the head. However, hair will not touch
the ears nor the shirt collar except the closely cut hair on the back of the neck. The
hair in front will be groomed so that it is not lower than the top of the eyebrows and will
not protrude below the band of properly worn headgear. In no case will the bulk or
length of hair interfere with the proper wear of the issued headgear. The hair will
present a well-groomed and neat appearance. Males are allowed to shave the head bald.
No visible grooming aids will be used.
184.108.40.206.2. Sideburns will be neatly trimmed in the same manner as the hair. They
will not extend below the lowest part of the outside ear opening; will not be more than
one-half inch wide, and will end with a clean shaven horizontal line. Sideburns will not
be "pork-chop" in shape but will be square or oblong.
220.127.116.11.3. Hairpieces/Wigs will not be worn while in uniform except to cover natural
baldness or a physical disfiguration.
18.104.22.168.4. Cadets will be clean-shaven when in uniform. This includes the cheeks,
jaw line and neck. Goatees are not authorized. A mustache may be worn. However,
it will be neatly trimmed between the upper lip and the nose and will not extend beyond
the edges of the mouth or to the upper lip.
22.214.171.124.1. Hair will be styled so that it is no longer than the bottom edge of the blouse
or jacket/coat collar at the back of the neck and will not exceed 3 inches in bulk.
126.96.36.199.2. Only small conservative hair bands, combs and pins that match the natural
hair color may be worn. No jewelry or visible grooming aids may be worn
188.8.131.52.3. It will be styled to permit the proper wear of the issued headgear (beret,
flight cap, service hat). The hairstyle will not be excessively full or high on the head,
but will be in good military taste. If a wig, wiglet or extensions are worn, it will conform
to the rules that apply for natural hair. Females are not allowed to shave their head bald.
3.2.17. Good personal hygiene habits are expected of each cadet. Hair and fingernails are to be clean.
Fingernails shall be no longer than functional when typing. Underclothing and socks MUST BE worn, and
are to be changed. Deodorant is highly recommended so that offensive odors are eliminated insofar as
3.3. Wear of the Uniform
3.3.1. Ascots: Are not a part of the uniform except for special events as announced by the SASI/ASI.
3.3.2. Service Caps/Flight Caps/Berets/BDU Caps: Will not be worn indoors except by cadets
who are under arms as part of a drill team or color guard, or during inspections that are conducted
indoors. Wear of the headgear is mandatory outdoors. Cadets on a drill team are authorized to wear
berets once they have competed in a drill competition.
3.3.3. Service Caps: May be worn by cadet officers, the First Sergeant, and all AS-IV cadets (if hats
are available) in lieu of the fight cap/beret. Drill team members will use service caps during drill events.
3.3.4. Changing out of Uniform: Cadets are not authorized to change out of the uniform on the
designated day for wear of the uniform without specific approval of the SASI/ASI. Cadets failing to
adhere to this policy will be counseled by the SASI/ASI, awarded a uniform wear grade of zero for the
week, and be given ten (10) demerits for failure to wear uniform (Chapter 5, Table 5.2.). Repeated
violations will result in parental conferences and subject the cadet to possible disenrollment from the
3.3.5. Designated Days for Uniform Wear: The cadet uniform will NORMALLY be worn on Wednesday
each week during the school year and at other times prescribed by the SASI/ASI. These are the only
times that the uniform will be worn, unless approval is obtained from the SASI/ASI.
184.108.40.206. Cadets who fail to wear the uniform on the prescribed day will be required to wear it the
next day on which they attend AFJROTC class; will lose 40 points toward their leadership grade,
and will receive demerits as specified in chapter 5, Table 5.2.
220.127.116.11.1. Failure by a FRESHMAN to wear the uniform for three (3) scheduled
uniform days or failure by ALL OTHER CADETS to wear the uniform for two (2)
scheduled uniform days within the semester may be grounds for removal from
AFJROTC and awarding a grade of F for the semester.
18.104.22.168. At times the SASI/ASI will specify the uniform to be worn on designated uniform day.
Cadets who have a complete BDU uniforms may NORMALLY wear them on the first uniform
day of each month UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED. Cadets who purchase a unit
T-shirt may ONLY wear it as an alternate uniform when directed by the SASI or ASI.
3.3.6. Distinctive Uniforms: Members of drill teams and the color guard may wear a uniform of
distinctive military style while performing, e.g., beret, helmet, service hat, long-sleeved blue shirt,
combat boots, or white pistol belts. With the exception of berets, distinctive uniforms will not be worn
as part of the official AFJROTC uniform.
3.3.7. Medals: Cadets awarded medals may wear these medals on the AFJROTC uniform at the annual
Military Ball and the Dining-Out or at any other time prescribed by the SASI/ASI.
3.3.8. Name Tag: All cadets are required to wear the standard Air Force blue, clutch design name tag
on all issued uniforms with the exception of the Service Coat. The USAF Metal Name Tag is the only
name tag authorized for wear on the service coat. Cadets may wear the Air Force blue nametag
on BDU’s until their cloth OD nametape arrives.
3.3.9. Optional items: Cadets may purchase and wear any optional items authorized by AFI 36-2903,
at their own expense. Optional items may not be worn when a specific uniform is prescribed for wear.
Cadets may purchase Battle Dress Uniforms to include footwear, for wear on designated days.
3.3.10. Ribbons: When worn, in the order specified in Table 3.1.
3.3.11. Shoulder Cords (aiguillettes): Members of drill teams and the color guard are authorized to
wear shoulder cords (aiguillettes) with all service uniforms (not BDU’s) and with the distinctive drill team
or color guard uniform. They will be worn on the left only.
3.3.12. Service Coat/Lightweight Bluejacket: When wearing the service coat or lightweight blue jacket,
cadets may remove it during class provided that the correct rank and insignia are also worn on the
shirt or blouse. Cadets will insure that coats or jackets are hung on chairs or placed in a manner that
will prevent them from touching the floor or becoming soiled or wrinkled. When wear of the service
coat is specified, it will be worn at all times when outside the classroom. When wearing the coat, all
buttons will be buttoned. The zipper of the lightweight blue jacket will be closed at least half way when
it is worn. Wear of the tie/tab is recommended for wear with the lightweight blue jacket. The jacket
will not be worn during inspections. Cords are not authorized on the lightweight blue jacket.
3.3.13. Wear of Uniform during Classes Where Damage May Result: Cadets enrolled in classes where
damage may result will not wear the uniform during that class when such wear of the uniform would
subject it to damage, stains, etc. Cadets enrolled in such classes should change out of the uniform at
the beginning of the class and back into the uniform at the end of class.
3.3.14. When the uniform is authorized to be worn, it will be a complete uniform and will be worn
properly. Cadets will not allow friends to "try on" pieces of their uniform.
3.3.15. Male cadets must wear a white V-neck or “muscle” shirt at all times with the blue uniform.
Crew (round) neck shirts will not be worn. Female cadets may wear white under shirts that meet the
same requirements with the blue uniform. Brown or black crew neck T-shirts will be worn with BDU’s.
3.4. Ribbon Precedence
3.4.1. Ribbons will be worn on the Service Coat. They are optional on the short sleeve and long sleeve
shirt. Ribbons are worn in order of precedence, with the highest being at the wearer's right and the
lowest at the wearer's left.