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dress & appearance Policy

This webpage is a one-stop reference to help answer questions regarding proper wear of approved Air Force uniform items, insignias, awards and decorations, etc. It also provides the latest updates and changes to policy from Air Force senior leadership and the Uniform Board. For local guidance, Airmen are encouraged to consult their immediate chain of command for clarification on standards and policies.

NOTE: Official changes to policy and the overall uniform program fall under the discretion of Headquarters Air Force and the Uniform Board. All personnel are encouraged to review the entire Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress & Appearance of Air Force Personnel, available under the Policy expandable menu. Airmen should also note that any dress and appearance standards not listed as explicitly authorized in AFI 36-2903, or subsequent guidance updates, are unauthorized. 


Airmen are authorized to wear previously–owned, serviceable OCPs, including the Operation Enduring Freedom-Camouflage Pattern commonly referred to as the Multi-cam.

Airmen will wear a basic configuration consisting of name and USAF tapes, U.S. Flag and rank:

  • The subdued black and green cloth flag is authorized for wear until Sept. 1, 2020, then the spice brown US flag will be the only accepted version. Infrared US flags are not authorized
  • The USAF name tape, blouse name tape and rank must be either Velcro or sewn--they must all be affixed in the same manner
  • Independently, the patrol cap name tape and occupational badge may be either sewn or Velcro and do not have to match the rest of the blouse or each other in that manner

Higher headquarters and unit patches will be mandatory on April 1, 2021, or when color conversion to spice brown is completed, whichever is soonest. Until then, current subdued versions of HHQ and/or unit patches may be worn. Colored patches are not authorized with one exception:  combat patches earned by prior-service Soldiers can be worn in their current color configuration and will not be converted to the spice brown color criteria.

Squadron patches will be worn on the right sleeve along with the U.S. flag. The higher headquarters patch will be worn on the left sleeve of the OCP.

Occupational badges will be worn 1/2-inch above the US Air Force name tape, including those previously worn on the pocket.

Authorized duty identifier tabs are listed in Table 5.3.

Airmen may wear other services' qualification badges, if earned and awarded, i.e.:  Ranger tab, SERE, etc. Award criteria for other services’ qualification badges will be in accordance with the awarding service’s directives.

The two-piece flight suit, or 2PFDU, is now authorized to be worn in both garrison and deployed locations.



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