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Dress and Appearance

Recent Updates to Policy

The Air Force Dress and Appearance Program website is a one-stop shop for all questions on wear of the uniform, insignias, awards and decorations. It also provides the latest news updates and policy changes. For local installation guidance, consult your chain of command for clarification and further guidance on standards and policies.

 

NOTE: All personnel are encouraged to review the entire AFI. Members should also note that any dress and appearance standards not listed as authorized in AFI 36-2903 are unauthorized.

 

CHANGES, UPDATES TO AFI 36-2903

(NOTE: This list is not all inclusive). The policy changes are effective Feb. 9, 2017. Specific changes to AFI 36-2903 are listed in the Summary of Changes section of the AFI:

 

•Anodized medals are now authorized on the mess dress uniform

•Slacks are now authorized with the enlisted female semi-formal dress uniform

•Mock necks are authorized to be worn with the ABU

•Blocking of the patrol cap is authorized

•Headphones and earphones [iPods, MP3-type players, etc.] are authorized during travel on public transportation, not just air travel

•Gym bags can now be solid dark-blue, black, olive drab, Air Force sage green or ABU pattern with matching stitching

•Back packs can now be solid black, olive drab, Air Force sage green or ABU pattern in color, and may be worn with any uniform combination. Small logos are authorized

•Low quarters are now authorized with the enlisted female semi-formal uniform

•The Physical Training Uniform and Improved Physical Training Uniform will now be referred to as Physical Training Gear (PTG)

•Short and long-sleeved form fitting undershirts, (i.e. spandex, lycra or elastic material) to include those with a mock neck may be worn and visible under the short-sleeved PTG shirt. Undershirt must be tucked in. There is no color restriction on the form fitting undershirt; undershirt may have visible small trademark logo

•Added authorization to wear the Army Aircrew Combat Uniform (A2CU)

•Informal uniform khaki trousers can be with or without pleats and with or without cuffs

•Clarification guidance on the Cyberspace Operations Badge

 

CLARIFICATION OF PHYSICAL TRAINING GEAR WEAR POLICY

Paragraphs 7.1.4 and 7.1.5 removed color restrictions when wearing the form fitting undershirt and short, mid, and full length form fitting sportswear.  However, removing the color restrictions does not authorize the wear of patterned materials. Therefore, the form fitting undershirt and short, mid, and full length form fitting sportswear must be solid and may have a small visible trademark logo.

 

Additional information may be found by viewing the complete AFI. Questions should be addressed through your chain of command or by calling the Total Force Service Center at DSN 665-0102 or Commercial 210-565-0102.

CLARIFICATION OF FLIGHT DUTY UNIFORM/DESERT FLIGHT DUTY UNIFORM POLICY

AFI 36-2903, paragraph 8.3.7 currently states:

“Sleeves. The FDU/DFDU will have sleeves rolled down to the wrist when performing aircrew duties in-flight. Sleeves may be rolled under if not performing in-flight duties; if rolled under the sleeve will not end above the natural bend of the wrist when the wearer's arms are hanging naturally at their side.”

 

MAJCOMs were notified on/about Jan. 23, 2017 that AF/A3 approved the following change to FDU/DFDU wear (A3 Exception to Policy memorandum):

“Personnel will have sleeves rolled down to the wrist when performing aircrew duties in-flight. Sleeves may be rolled under or pulled up if not performing in-flight duties; if pulled up (using Velcro to hold in place), the sleeves will end at, or within 1 inch [above] the natural bend of the elbow, when the wearer’s arms are hanging naturally at their side.” 

 

This change will be included in the next rewrite of AFI 36-2903.

 

BATTLEFIELD AIRMEN

This policy change is effective Oct. 19, 2017; source documents are available on myPers and will be incorporated into the next revision of AFI 36-2903.

 

•Airmen assigned to Battlefield Airmen (BA) units are authorized to wear the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP)

 

•This authorization applies to all Airmen assigned to BA units and is not limited to those Air Force Specialties listed as BA in AFI 10-35, Battlefield Airmen.

New Maternity ABUs

The Air Force is pleased to announce that the new Maternity Airman Battle Uniform is available for purchase on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) website.

 

Numerous improvements to the Maternity Airman Battle Uniform include:

-Modified lower pockets to have the same look as the standard ABU coat

-Added pencil and pen pocket

-Adjusted fit to the chest area to improve user performance without constriction

-Creation of a more adjustable waist tab for Airmen's convenience 

 

The Air Force appreciates your patience as the Air Force uniform and logistics teams, Defense Logistics Agency, and AAFES worked diligently to make the new uniforms available for purchase. 

 

For convenience, the direct link to purchase the new Maternity Airman Battle Uniforms is provided below.

 

https://www.shopmyexchange.com/s?Dy=1&Nty=1&Ntt=MABU

Male Uniforms

Male Blues UniformsMale Formal UniformsMale Airman Battle UniformsMale Physical Training UniformsMale Informal Uniform

Flight Duty Uniforms

Officer Flight Duty UniformMale Enlisted Flight Duty UniformFemale Enlisted Flight Duty UniformDesert Flight Duty UniformLeather A-2 Flight JacketFlight Jacket

Optional Uniform Items

                            Blue CardiganBlue Sweater

Female Uniforms

Female Blues UniformsFemale Formal UniformsFemale ABUsFemale PTUsFemale Informal Uniforms

Cold Weather Uniform Items

Sage Green Fleece UniformAPECS Parka UniformCold Weather Parka with ABUsCold Weather Parka with Service UniformLightweight Blue Jacket UniformTopcoat_All Weather Coat Uniform

Battlefield Airmen

                            Male OCPsFemale OCPs