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Air Force Dress and Appearance

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Service Uniform

This uniform consists of the light blue, long- or short-sleeved shirt/blouse, and trousers/slacks or skirt (women). The following paragraphs provide further guidance on the service uniform:

Short-Sleeved Shirt/Blouse (See above Photo). Sleeves must touch or come within 1 inch of touching the forearm when the arm is bent at a 90-degree angle. The tie (men) and tie tab (women) are optional unless the short-sleeved shirt is worn with the service dress uniform. Mandatory and optional accoutrements consist of the following:

Mandatory Accoutrements. Mandatory accoutrements include:

Name Tag. Men center the name tag on but not over the edge of the right pocket. Women center the name tag on the right side, even with to 1 1/2 inches higher or lower than the first exposed button.

Chevrons. Center the 3 1/2- inch sleeve chevron halfway between the shoulder seam and bottom edge of sleeve. Senior NCOs (SNCO) may wear shoulder mark insignia.

Aeronautical Badges. Aeronautical badges are mandatory. See below for information on the wear of aeronautical badges and other badges.

Optional Accoutrements. Optional accoutrements include:

Ribbons. Men center ribbons resting on but not over the edge of the left pocket between the left and right edges. Women center ribbons on the left side parallel with the ground, aligning the bottom of the ribbons with the bottom of the name tag. Air Force members may wear only authorized awards and devices when wearing ribbons. When worn, all ribbons and devices must be worn. Members wear regular- or miniature-size ribbons. Sizes are not mixed. Ribbons must be kept clean and unfrayed and will not have a visible protective coating. Wear the ribbon with the highest precedence nearest the lapel on the top row. Ribbons are not worn on outergarments such as raincoats, all-weather coats, or lightweight blue jackets. For additional information on placement and arrangement of ribbons, see AFI 36-2903.

Badges. A maximum of four earned badges may be worn on all blue service uniforms. A maximum of two badges are worn on the left side of the uniform above ribbons or pocket if ribbons are not worn. Wear only aeronautical, occupational, and miscellaneous badges in this location. Aeronautical badges are worn above occupational and miscellaneous badges. When more than one aeronautical badge is worn, the second badge becomes optional. A maximum of two occupational badges may be worn; the badge representing the current career field (regardless of level earned) is worn in the top position. Wear highly polished badges only, resized or regular; do not mix sizes. The following paragraphs provide specific guidance for men and women on the wear of badges:

  • Men. Aeronautical badges are mandatory. Others are optional. Center the aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above ribbons or pocket if not wearing ribbons. Center an additional badge 1/2 inch above the first one. Center the duty or miscellaneous badge on the lower portion of the left pocket between the left and right edges and bottom of the flap and the pocket, and/or on the right pocket between the left and right edges and bottom of the flap and bottom of the pocket. EXCEPTION: The missile badge is only worn centered on the left pocket.

  • Women. Aeronautical badges are mandatory. Others are optional. Center the aeronautical, occupational, or miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above ribbons or pocket if not wearing ribbons. When not wearing ribbons, center the badge parallel to the name tag. Center an additional badge 1/2 inch above the first one. Center the duty and miscellaneous badge 1/2 inch above the name tag. EXCEPTION: The missile badge is worn 1/2 inch above the name tag.
Tie Tack or Tie Clasp (Men). Center the tie tack or clasp (Air Force coat of arms, grade insignia, or wing and star) between the bottom edge of the knot and bottom tip of the tie.

Above information derived from AFPAM36-2241V1, PME Study Guide

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