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STANDARDS TIP OF THE WEEK

Posted 11/19/2013 Printable Fact Sheet

Week 49: November 19-26
Cold Weather Cap

AIR FORCE
Sage Green Watch Cap. Watch cap may be worn only when approved by the installation commander and only when wearing ABU authorized outer garments or physical training uniform (PTU). Cap will fit snugly over top of head (tight fit). Adjust cap so it may fit squarely on head. Fold edge of cap all the way around, adjust crease so that the folded edge is no more than 3 inches wide. The back of the cap should run across the nape of the neck and the front should rest within ½ inch of the eyebrows. The watch cap should reflect a diagonal line across the ears moving downwards, from front to back. No bunching and no sagging. It will be commercially designed, plain, solid, sage green knit or fleece/micro fiber material. Rank insignia is not worn on the sage green watch cap.

Air Force Instruction 36-2903 6.2.8-6.2.8.3

ARMY

Soldiers may not mix or match PFU and IPFU items. When soldiers wear either the PFU or IPFU as a complete uniform, they will keep the sleeves down on the sweatshirt or jacket, the legs down on the pants, and they will tuck the T-shirt inside the trunks. Soldiers may not roll or push up the sleeves of the PFU sweatshirt or the IPFU jacket. Soldiers may wear the sleeves of the PFU sweatshirt cuffed or uncuffed; they may not cuff the IPFU jacket sleeves. Soldiers will wear the black knit cap pulled down snugly on the head, with the bottom edge of the cap folded up; soldiers will not roll the edge of the cap. A similar, commercially designed black knit cap is authorized for wear. There are no restrictions on the combination of IPFU items worn, unless the commander has prescribed a particular combination for formation.

Army Regulation 670-1 14-6.a.

MARINE CORPS

Marines are allowed to purchase the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) items (as optional uniform items and may wear them with the utility uniform at their option during cold or inclement weather, except when specifically prohibited by the commander for reasons of uniformity. Marines are authorized to wear ECWCS items with the traditional woodland pattern with the desert and woodland combat utility uniforms per the commander's guidance.

Marine Corps Order P1020.34G Chapter 3 3011 CH 5.1

NAVY

Description. Made of navy blue wool, closely knitted, bell shaped, pullover style, 11 to 12 inches long, 8-1/4 inches wide at bottom, with 5/8 inch border. Correct Wear. The watch cap will be double folded approximately 2-1/2 inches - 3 inches, and worn diagonally from the base of the back of the head, across the ears and on the forehead with the bottom of the fold ¼ inch above the eyebrows. Rank/rate insignia is not authorized to be worn on the watch cap. Ownership Markings. Initials and last four digits of SSN, on a label on the inside.

U. S. Navy Uniform Regulations 3501.11

Week 48: November 12-19
Saluting Vehicles

AIR FORCE
When the salute is rendered to a senior officer in a vehicle, hold the salute until it is returned by the officer or after the vehicle has passed.
AFI 34-1201 8.1.1.2

ARMY
The practice of saluting officers in official vehicles (recognized individually by rank or identifying vehicle plates and/or flags) is considered an appropriate courtesy and will be observed. Salutes are not required to be rendered by or to personnel who are driving or riding in privately owned vehicles, except by gate guards who will render salutes to recognized officers in all vehicles unless duties are of such a nature as to make the salute impractical. When military personnel are acting as drivers of a moving vehicle, they should not initiate a salute.
Army Regulation 1-5.d

Week 47: November 5-12
Hand Salutes

AIR FORCE
The hand salute is the form of greeting and recognition exchanged between persons in the armed services. All Air Force personnel in uniform are required to salute when they encounter any person or situation entitled to the salute. When the salute is rendered to another person, the junior member initiates the salute accompanied with an appropriate verbal greeting, e.g., ―Good Morning, Sir/Ma'am. Salute and extend the verbal greeting at a distance at which recognition is easy and audible. Offer your salute early enough to allow the senior time to return it and extend a verbal greeting before you pass. All salutes received when in uniform shall be returned; at other times, salutes received shall be appropriately acknowledged.
AFI 34-1201 8.1.1+8.1.1.1

ARMY
All Army personnel in uniform are required to salute when they meet and recognize persons entitled to the salute. Salutes will be exchanged between officers (commissioned and warrant) and enlisted personnel, and with personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard), the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service entitled to the salute. The junior person shall salute first. Accompanying the rendering of the hand salute with an appropriate greeting such as, "Good Morning, Sir" or "Good Morning, Ma'am" is encouraged. Personnel will not salute indoors except when reporting to a superior officer.
Army Regulation 1-5.b-c

MARINE CORPS

Individuals entitled to a salute. As a service member, you will salute all officers who are senior to you in rank in any of the Armed Forces of the United States or of friendly foreign governments, officers of the Coast Guard, Geodetic Survey, and of the Public Health Service who are serving with the armed forces of the United States.
MCRP 6-11B W/CH 1 Customs, Courtesies and Traditions 5(8)d(1)(a)

NAVY
The salute by persons in the naval service shall be rendered and returned with the right hand, when practicable. With arms in hand, the salute appropriate thereto shall be rendered or returned. Juniors shall salute first. All salutes received when in uniform and covered shall be returned; at other times salutes received shall be appropriately acknowledged. Persons uncovered shall not salute, except when failure to do so would cause embarrassment or misunderstanding.
Navy Regulations 199 Chapter 12 1209.2-3

Week 46: October 29 - November 5
PT uniforms

AIR FORCE
Physical Training Uniform (PTU) and Improved Physical Training Uniform (IPTU). PTU refers to the existing PT uniform items and IPTU refers to the improved PT uniform items. The PTU and IPTU are authorized for wear by Air Force military personnel and the Secretary and Under Secretary of the Air Force. All components making up the PTU and IPTU are considered uniform items. Installation commanders may temporarily adjust wear policy to address immediate safety or mission/operation concerns and may be more restrictive with wear policy (e.g., no hats during organized fitness events, no head/ear phones due to safety concerns, etc.) to support unit cohesion and present a standardized image. Commanders determine the required PTU/IPTU configuration during organized PT events. Wear of the PTU/IPTU is mandatory during physical fitness assessments and while participating in organized PT events as designated by the commander.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 7.1.0-2

ARMY
The physical fitness uniform (PFU) is authorized for year-round wear by all personnel, when prescribed by the commander. The improved PFU (IPFU) replaces the PFU. Soldiers may wear the PFU until 30 Sep 2003; mandatory possession for the IPFU is 1 Oct 2003. Soldiers may not mix or match PFU and IPFU items. When soldiers wear either the PFU or IPFU as a complete uniform, they will keep the sleeves down on the sweatshirt or jacket, the legs down on the pants, and they will tuck the T-shirt inside the trunks. Soldiers may not roll or push up the sleeves of the PFU sweatshirt or the IPFU jacket. Soldiers may wear the sleeves of the PFU sweatshirt cuffed or uncuffed; they may not cuff the IPFU jacket sleeves. Soldiers will wear the black knit cap pulled down snugly on the head, with the bottom edge of the cap folded up; soldiers will not roll the edge of the cap. A similar, commercially designed black knit cap is authorized for wear. There are no restrictions on the combination of IPFU items worn, unless the commander has prescribed a particular combination for formation.
Ref: Army Regulation 670-1, 14.1+6.a

MARINE CORPS
The standard physical training (PT) uniform consists of the green general purpose trunks and the standard olive green undershirt. Footwear or headgear with PT uniforms will be as prescribed by the commander.
Ref: Marine Corps Order P1020.34G Chapter 2 Paragraph 2006

NAVY
General. This section, supported by the articles in Chapter 3, section 5 (3501 series), describes new uniform components for the Physical Training Uniform (PTU) and pertain to all personnel unless specified otherwise. This section should be used in conjunction with the rest of the Uniform Regulations. Occasion for Wear. The PTU is designed primarily for group/unit physical training activities and the semi-annual Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA); however, it can be worn both on and off base for fitness and/or leisure unless determined otherwise by regional coordinators or commanding officers. The PTU is not authorized to be worn in lieu of the working, service, or dress uniform while in a limited or light duty status. In-port and when performing command-directed "group/unit" physical training activities, semi-annual Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) (to include Body Composition Assessment (BCA) and Physical Readiness Test (PRT)), the PTU shirt will be tucked into the PTU shorts. At sea, the wearing of the PTU will be at the discretion of the commanding officer. During individual physical training activities, shirts may be worn tucked in or out of shorts. Pregnant Sailors will wear the shirt out and will discontinue wearing the PTU when it becomes too tight. Additional undergarments are authorized for all hands but must not protrude outside the PTU Shirt or Shorts
Ref: U. S. Navy Uniform Regulations 3601

Week 45: October 22-29
Cold Weather Gear

AIR FORCE
Sage Green Fleece. Only worn outdoors with the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU); remove when indoors. (Exception: Local commanders have the authority to allow indoor wear of the sage green fleece jacket as mission needs dictate.) The sage green fleece is authorized for wear as an outer garment with the ABU only. It can only be worn over the ABU coat. It is not authorized to be worn solely over a t-shirt, thermal underwear, etc.
Ref: Air force Instruction 36-2903, 6.1.10

ARMY
The parka is authorized for wear as an organizational issue item. Soldiers will wear insignia of rank and the nametape on the parka. The insignia of rank is centered on the tab located in the center of the chest. Soldiers may wear either pin-on or embroidered slip-on cloth loop insignia of rank. The nametape is worn on the pocket flap of the left sleeve of the parka.
Ref: Army Regulation 670-1, 7-7.a.1.a-b

MARINE CORPS
Marines are allowed to purchase the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) items may be worn as an optional uniform item and may wear it with the utility uniform at their option during cold or inclement weather, except when specifically prohibited by the commander for reasons of uniformity. Marines are authorized to wear ECWCS items with the traditional woodland pattern with the desert and woodland combat utility uniforms per the commander's guidance.
Ref: Marine Corps Order P1020.34G MARADMIN 504/07 Chapter 5 Section 3011.1

NAVY
The parka is the authorized outerwear worn with the NWU. Close the zipper at least 3/4 of the way. It has a detachable black fleece liner that provides extra comfort and protection during extremely cold conditions. The accompanied black fleece liner is the only liner authorized to be worn with the NWU. The black fleece liner is the authorized to be worn as a stand-alone outerwear worn with the NWU Type I. When wearing as an optional garment, the fleece will be worn over the NWU blouse zippered at lease 3/4 of the way and must have a sewn on center chest tab. The fleece liner will provides extra comfort and protection during mild conditions.
Ref: U. S. Navy Uniform Regulations, 2201.3 NWU Footnotes 12-13

Week 44: October 15-21

Ribbons

AIR FORCE
Wear regular or miniature size medals and ribbons, except for the Medal of Honor (neck decoration). Do not mix sizes. Do not wear medals and ribbons on outergarments such as all-weather coat, overcoat, and lightweight blue jacket. Wear only authorized Air Force awards and devices when wearing ribbons and medals.
Ref: Air force Instruction 36-2903, 4.1

ARMY
General. Ribbons are worn in order of precedence from the wearer's right to left, in one or more rows, with either no space between rows or 1⁄8-inch space between rows. No more than four ribbons are worn in any one row. Soldiers will not start a second row unless they are authorized to wear four or more ribbons. The determination of whether three or four ribbons are worn in each row is based upon the size of the coat and the position of the lapel. The first and second rows will contain the same number of ribbons (three or four) before starting a third row. The third and succeeding rows will contain the same number of ribbons as the first two rows, but may contain less. The top row is centered on the row beneath, or may be aligned to the wearer's left, whichever presents the best appearance
Ref: Army Regulation 670-1, 29-7.a.2.a

MARINE CORPS
Marines will wear all ribbons to which they are entitled on service and dress "B" coats. Ribbons will be worn on the dress "A" coats only as authorized in paragraph 5202. When the blue dress "C"/"D" or service "B"/"C" uniforms are worn the wearing of ribbons on khaki shirts is at the individual's option unless the commander prescribes that ribbons be worn. If ribbons are worn on these uniforms, either all ribbons, or personal U.S. decorations with U.S. unit awards and the Good Conduct Medal, may be worn at the individual's option. Ribbon bars will be worn on a bar or bars and pinned to the coat or shirt. No portion of the bar or pin will be visible. Ribbon bars are normally worn in rows of three; however, rows of four may be worn when displaying a large number of awards. Two-ribbon rows may be worn when ribbon bars are worn in successively decreasing rows per subparagraph 5301.5. Female Marines may also wear two-ribbon rows when a three-ribbon row would not lay flat or would extend too close to the armhole seam.
Ref: Marine Corps Order P1020.34G MARADMIN 504/07 Chapter 5 Section 5301.1-4

NAVY
Ribbons are worn on the service coat or jumper of Service Dress Blue, Dress White, and on the shirt of Service Khaki, E6 and below Service Uniform. Ribbons are not authorized on formal dress, dinner dress, or working uniforms. Wear up to three ribbons in a single row. When more than three ribbons are authorized, wear them in horizontal rows of three each. If ribbons are not in multiples of three, the top row contains the lesser number, and the center of this row sits over the center of the one below it. Wear ribbons without spaces between ribbons or rows of ribbons. Wear ribbons with the lower edge of the bottom row centered 1/4 inch above the left breast pocket and parallel to the deck. To prevent coat lapels from covering ribbons, ribbons may be aligned so the border to wearer's left is aligned with left side of pocket. Rows of ribbons where more than 50% of the ribbon is covered by the coat lapel may contain two ribbons each and be aligned with left border.
Ref: U. S. Navy Uniform Regulations, 2201.5.5312.1


Week 43: October 8-14

Female Hair Standards

AIR FORCE
Minimum length is one inch, unless approved by the commander upon recommendation from a military treatment facility for medical reasons, to a maximum bulk of three inches from scalp. Hair will end above the bottom edge of collar and any side of an invisible line drawn parallel to the ground. When in doubt, assess correct length of hair with Airman standing in the position of attention. Except in the physical training uniform (PTU), hair lengths that would be below the bottom edge of the collar will be pinned-up with no loose ends. Bangs will not touch either eyebrow, to include an invisible line drawn across eyebrows and parallel to the ground. If worn, hairpins, combs, headbands, elastic bands and barrettes must match the hair color (i.e., blonde, brunette, natural red, black, grey), but hair must still comply with bulk and appearance standards. Ornaments are not authorized (i.e., ribbons, beads, jeweled pins). Scrunches are not authorized. Exception: While wearing the PTU, long hair will be secured but may have loose ends and may extend below the collar; i.e. ponytails.
Ref: Air force Instruction 36-2903, 3.1.3.

ARMY
Females will ensure their hair is neatly groomed, that the length and bulk of the hair are not excessive, and that the hair does not present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. Likewise, trendy styles that result in shaved portions of the scalp (other than the neckline) or designs cut into the hair are prohibited. Females may wear braids and cornrows as long as the braided style is conservative, the braids and cornrows lie snugly on the head, and any hair-holding devices comply with the standards in 1-8a(3)(d) below. Dreadlocks (unkempt, twisted, matted individual parts of hair) are prohibited in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Hair will not fall over the eyebrows or extend below the bottom edge of the collar at any time during normal activity or when standing in formation. Long hair that falls naturally below the bottom edge of the collar, to include braids, will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned, so no free-hanging hair is visible. This includes styles worn with the physical fitness uniform/improved physical fitness uniform (PFU/IPFU).
Ref: Army Regulation 670-1, 1-8.a.3.a

MARINE CORPS
Hair Regulations. The requirement for hair regulations is to maintain uniformity within a military population. Women's hairstyles require non-eccentric and non-faddish styles, maintaining a conservative, professional appearance. For the purpose of these regulations, women's hairstyles will be organized into three basic categories; short length, medium length and long hair. Short Hair Length. Short hair is defined as hair length that extends no more than 1 inch from the scalp (excluding bangs). Hair may be no shorter than 1/4 inch from the scalp, but may be evenly graduated to within 2 inches of the hair line. Bangs, if worn, may not fall into the line of sight, may not interfere with the wear of all headgear, and when worn with headgear must lie neatly against the head. The width of the bangs may extend to the hairline at the temple. Medium Hair Length. Medium hair is defined as hair that does not extend beyond the collar's lower edge (in all uniforms), and extends more than 1 inch from the scalp. Medium hair may fall naturally in uniform and is not required to be secured. When worn loose, graduated hair styles are acceptable, but the length, from the front to the back, may not exceed one inch difference in length, from the front to the back (see Figure 1-3). The regulations for the wear of bangs detailed above are relevant. No portion of the bulk of the hair as measured from the scalp will exceed approximately 2 inches. Long Hair. Long hair is defined as hair that extends beyond the collar's lower edge. Long hair will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned, except that bangs may be worn. The regulations for the wear of bangs detailed above are relevant. No portion of the bulk of the hair, as measured from the scalp, will exceed approximately 2 inches (except a bun, which may extend a maximum of 3 inches from the scalp) and no wider than the width of the head.
Ref: Marine Corps Order P1020.34G MARADMIN 504/07 Chapter 5.1.b.1.a.1-3

NAVY
Women. Hairstyles shall not be outrageously multicolored or faddish, to include shaved portions of the scalp (other than the neckline), or have designs cut or braided into the hair. Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual. Haircuts and styles shall present a balanced appearance. Lopsided and extremely asymmetrical styles are not authorized. Ponytails, pigtails, widely spaced individual hanging locks, and braids which protrude from the head, are not authorized. Multiple braids are authorized. Braided hairstyles shall be conservative and conform to the guidelines listed herein. When a hairstyle of multiple braids is worn, braids shall be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (approx. 1/4 inch), and tightly interwoven to present a neat, professional, well groomed appearance. Foreign material (i.e., beads, decorative items) shall not be braided into the hair. Short hair may be braided in symmetrical fore and aft rows (corn rowing) which minimize scalp exposure. Corn row ends shall not protrude from the head, and shall be secured only with inconspicuous rubber bands that match the color of the hair. Appropriateness of a hairstyle shall also be judged by its appearance when headgear is worn. All headgear shall fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without distortion or excessive gaps. Hair shall not show from under the front of the brim of the combination hat, garrison, 8 point cover or command ball caps. Hairstyles which do not allow headgear to be worn in this manner, or which interfere with the proper wear of protective masks or equipment are prohibited. When in uniform, the hair may touch, but not fall below a horizontal line level with the lower edge of the back of the collar. With jumper uniforms, hair may extend a maximum of 1-1/2 inches below the top of the jumper collar. Long hair, including braids, which fall below the lower edge of the collar shall be neatly and inconspicuously fastened, pinned, or secured to the head. No portion of the bulk of the hair as measured from the scalp will exceed approximately 2 inches. A maximum of two small barrettes/combs/ clips, similar to hair color, may be used in the hair. Additional bobby pins or rubber bands matching hair color may be used to hold hair in place, if necessary. Fabric elastics and colored rubber bands/pins are not authorized. Hair ornaments shall not present a safety or FOD (Foreign Object Damage) hazard. Hair nets shall not be worn unless authorized for a specific type of duty. Grooming Standards Exception: During group/unit PT, Commanding Officers are authorized to standardize unit policy for the relaxation of female hair grooming standards with regard to having hair secured to head. Hair restraining devices, if worn, will be black or Navy blue in color. For performing individual PT, female Sailors are authorized to decide whether or not to secure hair to the head.
Ref: U. S. Navy Uniform Regulations, 2201.1.b

Week 42: October 1-7

Male Hair Standards
AIR FORCE
Males' hair will not touch the ears or protrude under the front band of headgear. Cleanly shaven heads, military high-and-tight or flat-top cuts are authorized. Prohibited examples (not all inclusive) are Mohawk, mullet, cornrows, dreadlocks or etched design.
Ref: Air force Instruction 36-2903, 3.1.2.

ARMY
The hair on top of the head must be neatly groomed. The length and bulk of the hair may not be excessive or present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. The hair must present a tapered appearance. A tapered appearance is one where the outline of the soldier's hair conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point at the base of the neck. When the hair is combed, it will not fall over the ears or eyebrows, or touch the collar, except for the closely cut hair at the back of the neck. The block-cut fullness in the back is permitted to a moderate degree, as long as the tapered look is maintained. In all cases, the bulk or length of hair may not interfere with the normal wear of headgear or protective masks or equipment. Males are not authorized to wear braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks (unkempt, twisted, matted, individual parts of hair) while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Hair that is clipped closely or shaved to the scalp is authorized.
Ref: Army Regulation 670-1, 1-8.a.2.a

MARINE CORPS
Hair Length. Hair will be neat and closely trimmed. The hair may be clipped at the edges of the side and back and will be evenly graduated all the way around the head (blended or faded and not edged as an outline) from zero length at the hairline in the lower portion of the head to the upper portion of the head. Hair will not be over 3 inches in length fully extended (an extended hair, not the style, determines proper length) on the upper portion of the head. The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately two inches. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair protrudes from the scalp when styled. The back and sides of the head below the hairline may be shaved to remove body hair.
Ref: Marine Corps Order P1020.34G MARADMIN 504/07 Chapter 5.1.a

NAVY
Keep hair neat, clean and well groomed. Hair above the ears and around the neck shall be tapered from the lower natural hairline upwards at least 3/4 inch and outward not greater than 3/4 inch to blend with hair­style. Hair on the back of the neck must not touch the collar. Hair shall be no longer than four inches and may not touch the ears, collar, extend below eyebrows when headgear is removed, show under front edge of headgear, or interfere with properly wearing military headgear. The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately two inches. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair protrudes from the scalp.
Ref: U. S. Navy Uniform Regulations, 2201.1

Week 41: September 25-30

Hair color
AIR FORCE
If applied, dyes, tints, bleaches and frostings must result in natural, human hair colors. The hair color must complement the member's complexion and skin tone. Examples of natural human hair colors are brown, blonde, brunette, natural red, black or grey.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 3.1.1.

ARMY
(b) Extreme, eccentric, or trendy haircuts or hairstyles are not authorized. If soldiers use dyes, tints, or bleaches, they must choose those that result in natural hair colors. Colors that detract from a professional military appearance are prohibited. Therefore, soldiers should avoid using colors that result in an extreme appearance. Applied hair colors that are prohibited include, but are not limited to, purple, blue, pink, green, orange, bright (fire-engine) red, and fluorescent or neon colors. It is the responsibility of leaders to use good judgment in determining if applied colors are acceptable, based upon the overall effect on soldiers' appearance.
Ref: Army Regulation 670-1, 1-8.a.1.b

MARINE CORPS
If applied, dyes, tints, bleaches and frostings, which result in natural colors, are authorized. The hair color must complement the person's complexion tone. Color changes that detract from a professional image are prohibited. MARADMIN 504/07
Ref: Marine Corps Order P1020.34G

NAVY
Men. Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual. Faddish styles and outrageous multicolored hair are not authorized.
Women. Hairstyles shall not be outrageously multicolored or faddish, to include shaved portions of the scalp (other than the neckline), or have designs cut or braided into the hair. Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual.
Ref: U. S. Navy Uniform Regulations, 2201.1

Week 40: September 18-24
 
Handbags
AIR FORCE 
Handbags for all uniform combinations will be solid black leather or vinyl without ornamentation, with or without plain fold-over flap, with or without single-placed silver or gold-colored clasp, with black stitching only. Handbags may have up to two adjustable shoulder straps with or without buckles on the straps. Handbags will not exceed 13(W) x 9(H) x 4 ½ in bulk.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.4.4.

ARMY
Handbag, shoulder, black. The handbag is a commercial design, black, in polyurethane or leather, with a shoulder strap attached. Females may carry this handbag with the service and Army blue uniforms, and with utility uniforms while in a garrison (non-field) environment. Females may carry the bag in the hand or wear it over one shoulder. Soldiers may not wear the shoulder bag in such a manner that the strap is draped diagonally across the body, with the purse resting on the hip opposite the shoulder holding the strap.

MARINE CORPS
The optional handbag must be of plain natural grain black leather or synthetic leather. Exotic materials such as eel skin, alligator, or ostrich are not authorized. The closure hardware will be brass-plated or gold-colored. The handbag will be of rectangular design with a flap. If the flap has a closure, it must be a clasp (no buckles, zippers, or string ties are allowed). The handbag may not have any visible ornamentation, decorative stitching, embossed design, or manufacturer's logo. The handbag will not be any smaller than 7-1/2 inches wide by 5-1/2 inches high by 2 inches deep nor will it be larger than 12 inches wide by 8 inches high by 3-1/2 inches deep. The strap may be removable or non-removable and may have a gold-colored or black-coated buckle. It will be of the same material as the purse and no part of the strap will be made of chain. The strap will be of sufficient length to allow the handbag to be carried properly per subparagraph 3013.3.

NAVY
Women may wear civilian handbags while in uniform in the manner prescribed below. The handbag must be of plain black, brown, white grain leather or synthetic leather, rectangular in shape and designed with a flap (magnetic or zipper). The color of the handbag will match the color of the shoes worn. Dimensions must be between 7 1/2 to 14 inches in width, 5 1/2 to 11 inches in height, and 2 to 4 inches deep. Exotic materials such as eel, alligator, or ostrich skin are not authorized. The handbag may not have any visible ornamentation, decorative stitching, embossed design, or manufacturer's logo. The closure hardware will be brass-plated, silver or gold-colored (no oversized buckles or string ties are allowed). The strap (single or double) will be of the same material as the purse and may have a gold-colored or black-colored buckle. Handbags may be procured from commercial sources, provided the above criteria is followed. Carry over the left shoulder or forearm, placing the top of the handbag at waist level.

Week 39: September 11 - 17

Slacks
AIR FORCE
The slacks will be tailored, straight hanging, with no flare at the bottom or additional alterations to further taper the leg. They will have a center fly-front opening and front and back waist darts, two ¼ top side pockets, and a waistband with five belt loops. Note: Only women's slacks have waist darts. Men's slacks do not. Women may not wear men's slacks for the service uniform.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 4.10.4.

ARMY
Slacks will be fitted and worn so that the center of the waistband is at the natural waistline. The front crease of the slacks will reach the top of the instep, touching the top of the foot or the shoe at the shoelaces. Slacks will be cut on a diagonal line to reach a point approximately midway between the top of the heel and the top of the standard shoe in the back. The slacks may have a slight break in the front.

MARINE CORPS
Service and dress trousers will be full cut, straight hanging, zipper fly front, and without cuffs. Trouser legs will provide easy fit and will be long enough to break slightly over the shoe in front and to reach the juncture of the welt of the shoe in the rear. A variation of 1/4 inch above/below the welt is acceptable. Hems will be from 2 inches to 3 inches wide. Trousers will be pressed to present a smooth vertical crease at about the center front and rear of each leg. The crease will extend from the bottom of the hem to about 2 inches above the trouser crotch. Enlisted service and dress trousers are standard as issued/sold through the DoD Supply System. Optional high-waisted blue dress trousers with approval identification labels, as sold through Marine Corps exchanges or commercial sources, are authorized for optional purchase and wear by staff NCOs with the evening dress uniform. Officers' service trousers, of any authorized material, may be worn by SNCOs.

NAVY
Made of plain, authorized white fabric with fore and aft creases, left side zipper, and a waistband pocket in the upper right front. Fabric of slacks must match the Service Dress White coat. Button all buttons, close all fasteners and wear a belt through all loops. Slacks shall hang approximately 2 inches from the floor at the back of the shoe. Slacks should be tailored to include a 2 inch hem to provide material for adjustments.
Week 38 September 4-10
 
Watches
AIR FORCE
Watches must be conservative and only one can be worn around the wrist while in uniform, PTU, or civilian attire in an official capacity. Conservative examples (not all inclusive) are solid color black, brown, silver or gold. Prohibited examples are diamond-covered, neon, bright colors, and bands that exceed 1-inch width.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.1.3.

ARMY
Soldiers may wear a wristwatch, a wrist identification bracelet, and a total of two rings (a wedding set is considered one ring) with Army uniforms, unless prohibited by the commander for safety or health reasons. Any jewelry soldiers wear must be conservative and in good taste. Identification bracelets are limited to medical alert bracelets and MIA/POW identification bracelets. Soldiers may wear only one item on each wrist.

MARINE CORPS
Inconspicuous watches are authorized for wear in uniform.

NAVY
NO ARTICLES SHALL PROTRUDE FROM OR BE VISIBLE ON THE UNIFORM, including such items as personal electronic pagers/cellular phones, pencils, pens, watch chains, key chain fobs, pins, jewelry, combs, large wallets, cigars, cigarettes, pipes, or similar items. (Jewelry, tie clasps, cuff links, shirt studs and earrings shall be worn as prescribed elsewhere in these regulations.)

Week 37 August 28 - September 3

Gym Bags
AIR FORCE
Gym bags will be solid dark-blue or black in color with matching stitching and carried in the left hand. When wearing ABUs, Airmen can also use olive drab, Air Force sage green or ABU patterned gym bags. Small logos are authorized. Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.4.2.

ARMY
Soldiers may carry civilian gym bags, civilian rucksacks, or other similar civilian bags while in uniform. Soldiers may carry these bags by hand, on one shoulder using a shoulder strap, or over both shoulders using both shoulder straps. If the soldier opts to carry a bag over one shoulder, the bag must be carried on the same side of the body as the shoulder strap; therefore, soldiers may not carry the bag slung across the body with the strap over the opposite shoulder. If soldiers choose to carry a shoulder bag while in uniform, the bag must be black with no other colors and may not have any logos. The contents of the bag may not be visible; therefore, see-through plastic or mesh bags are not authorized. There is no restriction on the color of civilian bags carried in the hand. These rules do not apply to purses. Commanders govern the wear of organizational issue rucksacks in garrison and field environments.

MARINE CORPS
Only organizationally issued bags, to include special issue equipment bags (i.e. camera bags) designed to be worn over the shoulder(s), may be worn on the uniform (with the uniform it was designed for) per the commander's guidance. You may not wear personally owned bags (except for the purse as described in paragraph 3014 herein), to include book/gym bags and computer bags, but may hand carry them. Organizationally issued or commander approved hydration systems may be worn per the commander's guidance with the utility and PT uniforms. Motorcyclists/bicyclists riding in uniform may wear organizationally issued bags or affix personally owned bags to the motorcycle/bicycle. MARADMIN 504/07

NAVY
Bags (i.e. briefcases, gym bags, backpacks, lunch bags, suit cases, garment bags, etc. (this does not include women's handbags/purses)) shall be hand carried with the following exceptions: (1) Backpacks/gym bags may be worn when riding a bicycle or motorcycle, but shall be hand carried upon dismounting. (2) Women's Navy certified handbags shall be carried over the left shoulder or forearm, placing the top of the handbag at waist level. (3) A full seabag may be carried/worn on the shoulders. Bags should be carried in the left hand to facilitate saluting.

Week 36 August 21-27

Hand Saluting
AIR FORCE
A member not in formation but in uniform will salute a USAF officer senior in rank, the President and Vice President of the US, the Secretary of Defense, service secretaries, and other US officers senior in rank when in a government-owned vehicle when it is distinguished by vehicle plates or flags. Reference Air Force Instruction 34-1201, 8.1.3.

ARMY
The practice of saluting officers in official vehicles (recognized individually by rank or identifying vehicle plates and/or flags) is considered an appropriate courtesy and will be observed. Salutes are not required to be rendered by or to personnel who are driving or riding in privately owned vehicles, except by gate guards who will render salutes to recognized officers in all vehicles unless duties are of such a nature as to make the salute impractical. When military personnel are acting as drivers of a moving vehicle, they should not initiate a salute.

MARINE CORPS
You will salute all officers in their government or personal vehicles, but give no verbal greeting. The D.O.D. sticker on the front left hand bumper or center windshield of an officer's vehicle will be blue. You will salute that vehicle regardless of who the driver is and whether or not he or she is in uniform.

NAVY
Enlisted personnel and officers salute all senior officers riding in vehicles.

Week 35 August 14-20
Jewelry

AIR FORCE
Airmen may wear one bracelet around their wrist. If worn, the bracelet will be conservative (moderate, being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme) (which is defined as plain, not drawing attention or faddish) in design, no wider than ½ inch, gold or silver in color, and will not have any inappropriate pictures or writing. MINIMIZING FREQUENCY OF CEREMONIAL Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.1.2.

ARMY
Soldiers may wear a wrist identification bracelet with Army uniforms, unless prohibited by the commander for safety or health reasons. Any jewelry soldiers wear must be conservative and in good taste. Identification bracelets are limited to medical alert bracelets and MIA/POW identification bracelets.

MARINE CORPS
Articles that are not authorized for wear as a part of a regulation uniform will not be worn exposed with the uniform unless otherwise authorized by the Commandant or higher authority. This includes bracelets.

NAVY
While in uniform, only one may be worn. Ankle bracelets are not authorized while in uniform.

Week 33 July 31-August 6

When Not to Wear the Air Force Uniform
While in civilian attire, do not mix or wear military unique uniform items with civilian clothes; for example, rank insignia, cap devices, badges, and other US or Air Force insignia, devices, buttons, etc. Exception: Tie tacks and lapel pens are authorized when wearing business attire.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-203, 1.4.9.

Week 32 July 24-30

When Not to Wear the Air Force Uniform
Do not wear the Air Force uniform when discharged for bad conduct, undesirability, unsuitability, inaptitude, or other than honorably, Airmen will not wear the Air Force uniform upon discharge.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 1.4.5.

Week 31 July 17-23

When Not to Wear the Air Force Uniform
Do not wear the Air Force uniform while participating in public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches or rallies or in any public demonstration when participation may imply Air Force sanction of the cause.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 1.4.2.

Week 30 July 10-16

When Not to Wear the Air Force Uniform
Air Force personnel may not wear their military uniforms when using frequent flyer miles to upgrade to business or first class. Even when both are legitimate, military personnel should avoid wearing the uniform to avoid the public perception of the misuse of government travel resources.
Ref: Air force Instruction 36-2903, 1.4.13.

Week 29 July 3-9

When Not to Wear the Air Force Uniform
When off base eating at restaurants where most diners wear business attire or at establishments that operate primarily to serve alcohol, do not wear utility uniforms such as ABUs, BDUs, etc., or the flight duty uniform.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 1.4.12.

Week 28 June 26-July 2

When Not to Wear the Air Force Uniform
Do not wear the Air Force uniform at any public meeting, demonstration, march, rally or interview if the purpose may be to advocate, express or approve opposition to the Armed Forces of the United States or when it would discredit the Armed Forces.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 1.4.3., 1.4.4.

Week 27: June 19-25

When Not to Wear the Air Force Uniform
Do not wear the Air Force uniform at any public meeting, demonstration, march, rally or interview if the purpose may be to advocate, express or approve opposition to the Armed Forces of the United States or when it would discredit the Armed Forces.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 1.4.3., 1.4.4.

Week 26: June 12-18
 
Personal Grooming Standards
Female Airmen will not wear shades of lipstick that distinctly contrast with their complexion, that detract from the uniform, or that are extreme colors. Some examples of extreme colors include but are not limited to, purple, gold, blue, black, bright (fire-engine) red and fluorescent colors.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 3.3.

Week 25: June 5-11

Personal Grooming Standards
Males' hair will not touch the ears or protrude under the front band of headgear. Cleanly shaven heads, military high-and-tight or flat-top cuts are authorized. Prohibited examples are Mohawk, mullet, cornrows, dreadlocks or etched design.
Ref: Air force Instruction 36-2903, 3.1.2.

Week 24: May 29-June 4

Personal Grooming Standards
If applied, dyes, tints, bleaches and frostings must result in natural, human hair colors. The hair color must complement the member's complexion and skin tone. Examples of natural human hair colors are brown, blonde, brunette, natural red, black or grey.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 3.1.1.

Week 23: May 22-28

All Airman/ Individual Responsibilities

When in uniform or civilian clothes, in an official capacity, the following actions are prohibited while walking or in a formation, including organized or unit PT: Do not stand or walk with hands in pockets, except to insert or remove an item. Do not smoke or use smokeless products in other than designated smoking areas.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 2.13.7, 2.12.7.1., 2.13.7.2.

Week 22: May 15-21

Slacks

The slacks will be tailored, straight hanging, with no flare at the bottom or additional alterations to further taper the leg. They will have a center fly-front opening and front and back waist darts, two 1/4 top side pockets, and a waistband with five belt loops. Note: Only women's slacks have waist darts. Men's slacks do not. Women may not wear men's slacks for the service uniform.

Week 21: May 8-14 

Watches
Watches must be conservative and only one can be worn around the wrist while in uniform, PTU, or civilian attire in an official capacity. Conservative examples (not all inclusive) are solid color black, brown, silver or gold. Prohibited examples are diamond-covered, neon, bright colors, and bands that exceed 1-inch width.
Ref: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.1.3.

Week 20: May 1-7 

Gym Bags
Gym bags will be solid dark-blue or black in color with matching stitching and carried in the left hand. When wearing ABUs, Airmen can also use olive drab, Air Force sage green or ABU patterned gym bags. Small logos are authorized.
Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.4.2.

Week 19: April 24-30

Hand Salute
A member not in formation but in uniform will salute a USAF officer senior in rank, the President and Vice President of the US, the Secretary of Defense, service secretaries, and other US officers senior in rank when in a government-owned vehicle when it is distinguished by vehicle plates or flags.
Reference: Air Force Instruction 34-1201, 8.1.3.

Week 18: April 22-26 Tip of the Week

GYM BAGS
Gym bags will be solid dark-blue or black in color with matching stitching and carried in the left hand. When wearing ABUs, Airmen can also use olive drab, Air Force sage green or ABU patterned gym bags. Small logos are authorized.
Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.4.2.


Week 17: April 10-17 Tip of the Week

SLACKS
Women will not wear men's slacks in the service dress uniform or the blues uniform. They will have a center fly-front opening and front and back waist darts, two ¼ top side pockets and a waistband with five belt loops. The slacks material will be 100% polyester, polyester wool tropical or wool blend with a serge weave.
Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 4.10.4., 4.13.4.

Week 16: April 3-9 Tip of the Week

HAND HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Handheld electronic devices are small electronic equipment such as cellular phones, personal or official, MP3 or similar players, radio or hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth. Handheld electronic devices will be plain black, silver, dark blue or gray. Holster and other storage devices used to carry handheld electronic devices will be plain black, silver, dark blue or gray.
Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.3.


Week 15:  March 27 -  April 2 Tip of the Week

BASIC PHILOSOPHY AND ENFORCEBILITY
A very important part of the military image an Airman projects and the impression they create is how he/she wears their uniform. As with other personal appearance standards, the Air Force emphasizes a neat, clean, professional image. Member's have a responsibility to keep their uniform clean, pressed; excluding the Airman Battle Uniform, and in good repair.
Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 1.1.3.

Week 14:  March 20-26 Tip of the Week

COLD WEATHER ACCESSORIES
Cold weather accessories will only be worn when wearing authorized outer garments Exception: gloves may be worn solely with the service dress uniform, ABUs and BDUs. With the exception of functional items, cold weather accessories are only worn while outdoors.
Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.8.

Week 13: March 13-19 Tip of the Week

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute if outdoors and indoors if information and wearing appropriate headdress. If indoors and without headdress, military members should stand at attention, remain silent, and face the flag. Military members in uniform do not recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Reference: Air Force Instruction 34-1201, 2.18.

Week 12: March 6-12 Tip of the Week

ACCOUTREMENTS
All or no ribbons and devices will be worn. If worn, center ribbons on wearer's left, parallel with ground. Align bottom of the ribbons with the bottom of the name tag. Foreign decorations, medals, and ribbons are not worn on the service, Class B, uniform. Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 4.14.2.3.2.

Week 11: Feb. 27-March 5 Tip of the Week

OCCUPATIONAL BADGES
Air Force members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge on all uniform combinations. A maximum of two occupational badges may be worn. When wearing two occupational badges, wear the one representing the current career field, regardless of level earned, in the top position. Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 10.4.

Week 10: Feb. 20-26 Tip of the Week

PTU/IPTU FOOTWEAR
Athletic style shoes are mandatory. Shoes will be conservative, plain, no bright/loud colors or excessive ornamentation. Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 7.1.6.2.

Week 9: Feb. 13-19 Tip of the Week

EYE GLASSES/SUNGLASSES/CONTACT LENSES
Eyeglasses and sunglasses may have 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. Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.2.1.

Week 8: Feb. 6-12 Tip of the Week

JEWELRY
Earrings. Female Airmen may wear small, not exceeding 6 mm in diameter, spherical, conservative which are moderate, being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme, round white diamond, gold, white pearl, or silver earrings as a set with any uniform combination. Earrings will match and fit tightly without extending below the earlobe unless the piece extending is the connecting band on clip earrings. Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.1.1.

Week 7: Jan.30 - Feb. 5 Tip of the Week

OTHER MARKS OF RESPECT
Juniors shall stand at attention (unless seated at mess or unless circumstances make such action impracticable or inappropriate) as follows: When addressed by an officer senior to them and when an officer of flag or general rank, the commanding officer, or an officer senior to the commanding officer, or an officer making an official inspection enters the room or space. Reference: Air Force Instruction 34-1201, 8.2.1., 8.2.2., 8.2.2.1., 8.2.2.2.

Week 6: Jan. 23-29 Tip of the Week

CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES
Making a Proper Introduction. When introducing two individuals, mention the honored or senior person first, example General Smith, I would like to introduce to you, Captain John Jones; Captain Jones, General Smith. Please note, proper etiquette suggests using, introduce to you, and not introduce you to. It is always appropriate to explain to the senior person where the junior person is assigned. Reference: Air Force Instruction 34-1201, 8.3.

Week 5: Jan. 16-22 Tip of the Week

CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES
Hand Salutes. A member not in formation but in uniform, salutes as follows: United States Air Force Officers Senior in Rank outdoors when recognized by the junior member, Indoors when reporting in, in a Government Owned Vehicle when distinguished by vehicle plates and/or flags, and in a personal owned vehicle is optional. Reference: Air Force Instruction 34-1201, 8.1.3.

Week 4:Jan. 8-15 Tip of the Week:

CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES
Hand Salutes. When the salute is rendered to another person, the junior member initiates the salute accompanied with an appropriate verbal greeting, e.g., ―Good Morning, Sir/Ma'am. Salute and extend the verbal greeting at a distance at which recognition is easy and audible. Offer your salute early enough to allow the senior time to return it and extend a verbal greeting before you pass. All salutes received when in uniform shall be returned; at other times, salutes received shall be appropriately acknowledged. Reference: Air Force Instruction 34-1201, 8.1.1.1.

Week 3:Jan. 2-8 Tip of the Week:

OUTER GARMENTS, HEADGEAR, RANK INSIGNIA AND ACCESSORIES
Scarf (black)- A scarf may be worn with all authorized outer garments except the pullover and cardigan sweaters (when worn solely as an outer garment). The scarf must be tucked in and will only be worn with an outer garment. The scarf will not exceed 10 inches in width and can be knit, all wool or cotton simplex, with or without a napped surface. Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.8.2.

Week 2: Dec.26- Jan.1 Tip of the Week:

OUTER GARMENTS, HEADGEAR, RANK INSIGNIA AND ACCESSORIES
Cold weather accessories will only be worn when wearing authorized outer garments. Exception, gloves may be worn solely with the service dress uniform, ABUs and BDUs. With the exception of functional items, cold weather accessories are only worn while outdoors. Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.3.8.

Week 1: Dec. 18-25, 2012  Tip of the Week:

OUTER GARMENTS, HEADGEAR, RANK INSIGNIA AND ACCESSORIES
The All-Purpose Environmental Clothing System, with an Air Force digitized tiger stripe print, will have a slip-on rank that will be worn on the rank tab. The APECS will be zipped no lower than mid-point on the rank tab at all times when worn. The hood will be stowed when not in use. Reference: Air Force Instruction 36-2903, 6.1.8.1.







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