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Enlisted Mess Dress


  • Name tag and headgear is not worn
  • Saluting is not required when outdoors
  • Center all miniature medals between lapel and arm seam and midway between top shoulder seam and top button of jacket
  • Center 4 inch sleeve chevrons halfway between shoulder seam and elbow bent at 90-degree angle
  • OCCUPATIONAL BADGES (reflect Air Force specialty; e.g. Logistics, Maintenance, Civil Engineer, Public Affairs): Members are highly encouraged to wear their current occupational badge Chaplain, Aeronautical and Space badges are mandatory, other occupational badges are optional
  • Wear only midsize or regular size occupational badges, do not mix occupational badge sizes
  • Center Chaplain, Aeronautical, Space and other occupational badges 1/2 inch above medals midway between shoulder and top button on wearer's left side
  • NOTE: No more than two occupational badges are authorized for wear in this position

  • DUTY OR MISCELLANEOUS BADGES (duty badges reflect position of assignment; e.g. HAF, Joint Staff, Recruiting Service, European Command Badge): Center duty or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch below bottom row of medals or comparable position when no medals are authorized  
  • Center a second duty or miscellaneous badge on the wearer's right side in the same relative position as the duty or miscellaneous badge worn on the left
  • Only miniature size duty or miscellaneous badges will be worn on Mess Dress uniform
  • Missile badge is centered 1/2 inch below bottom row of medals on wearer's left
  • Excellence-In-Competition badge is worn centered 1/2 inch below medals on wearer's left
  • Mandatory: White formal long sleeve shirt
  • Mandatory: Blue satin bow tie
  • Mandatory: Matching cuff links and studs as a set. Wear either silver wing and star design, satin finish with Air Force symbol or plain silver highly polished cuff links
  • Mandatory: Blue satin cummerbund with pleats up, around waist, halfway between pants and shirt

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