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Uniform Wear by Retirees and Veterans

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Air Force Instruction 36-2903 addresses the wear of Air Force uniforms by Air Force retirees and Air Force veterans.

Retirees. Air Force retirees may wear the uniform under the following circumstances:

(1) military funerals, weddings, memorial services, and inaugurals

(2) patriotic parades on national holidays, other military parades or ceremonies in which any active or Reserve US military unit is taking part

(3) at educational institutions when engaged in giving military instructions or responsible for military discipline

(4) at social or other functions when the invitation has been influenced by the member's active military service

(5) when traveling to and from any function listed above, when travel in uniform is within 24 hours of the scheduled function.

Discharged Veterans. Veterans who served honorably (this includes honorable and general discharges) in the Air Force (including service with an air component of the Army before the Air Force was established), during a declared or undeclared war, may wear the uniform:

(1) at military funerals, memorial services, and inaugurals

(2) patriotic parades on national holidays; military parades or ceremonies in which any active or Reserve US military unit is taking part

(3) on any other occasion when authorized by law

Separated Airmen (regardless of whether or not they served during a time of war) may wear the uniform from place of discharge to home, within 3 months after discharge.

Medal of Honor Recipients. Medal of Honor recipients may wear the uniform at any time except:

(1) participating in public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches or rallies, or in any public demonstration when the Air Force sanction of the cause for which the activity is conducted may be implied.

(2) furthering political activities, private employment, or commercial interests.

(3) working in an off-duty civilian capacity.

(4) participating in civilian court proceedings when the conviction would bring discredit

Note: Any individual wearing a US Military uniform is expected to reflect the high personal appearance standards and esprit de corps that the US Military in uniform represent. To this end, particular attention will be paid not only to the correct and military wear of uniform components, but also to the individual’s personal and physical appearance. All personnel exercising the privilege of wearing a US Military service or dress uniform will comply fully with their service's grooming and weight control standards.

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