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Officer 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
  • Officers place shoulder board insignia as close as possible to shoulder seam
  • 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, space, cyberspace and missile operations 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
  • COMMAND INSIGNIA: The commander's insignia is worn on the wearer's right side. Current commanders wear insignia centered, adjacent to top of miniature medals. Graduated commanders wear insignia centered, adjacent to bottom row of miniature medals. The Air Force Command Insignia is mandatory.
  • 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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