PERMANENT MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD

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CHAPTER 2

 

 

DESIGNATED UNIFORMS AND OCCASIONS FOR WEAR

 

 

 

PARAGRAPH

DESIGNATION OF UNIFORMS ................................

 

2000

 

EVENING DRESS UNIFORMS .................................

 

2001

BLUE DRESS UNIFORMS ....................................

 

2002

BLUE-WHITE DRESS UNIFORMS ..............................

 

2003

SERVICE UNIFORMS .......................................

 

2004

UTILITY UNIFORMS .......................................

 

2005

PHYSICAL TRAINING UNIFORMS .............................

 

2006

MATERNITY UNIFORMS .....................................

 

2007

TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS ............

 

2008

 

FIGURES

 

 

 

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EVENING DRESS “A” (FIELD OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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EVENING DRESS “B” (GENERAL OFFICER) (MALE)

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EVENING DRESS “B” (COMPANY OFFICER) (MALE)

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EVENING DRESS (SNCO) (MALE)

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EVENING DRESS (SNCO) (FEMALE)

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BLUE DRESS “A” (FIELD OFFICER) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “A” (FIELD OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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BLUE DRESS “A” (SNCO) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “B” (COMPANY OFFICER) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “B” (NCO) (FEMALE)

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BLUE DRESS “B” (ENLISTED) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “C” (COMPANY OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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BLUE DRESS “C” (NCO) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “D” (NCO) (FEMALE)

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BLUE-WHITE DRESS “A” (COMPANY OFFICER) (MALE)

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BLUE-WHITE DRESS “A” (ENLISTED) (MALE)

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SERVICE “A” (COMPANY OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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SERVICE “A” (NCO) (MALE)

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SERVICE “B” (NCO) (FEMALE)

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SERVICE “B” (NCO) (MALE)

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SERVICE “C” (FIELD OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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SERVICE “C” (SNCO) (MALE)

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MATERNITY SERVICE UNIFORM (NCO)

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MATERNITY SERVICE UNIFORM (COMPANY OFFICER)

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WOODLAND COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM (SNCO) (FEMALE)

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DESERT COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM (FIELD OFFICER) (MALE)

 

 

 

TABLES

 

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UNIFORM EXPLANATION CHART

 

2-2

TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS FOR MALE OFFICERS

 

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TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS FOR FEMALE OFFICERS

 

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TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS FOR ENLISTED MALE

 

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TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS FOR ENLISTED FEMALE

 

 

 

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2000.  DESIGNATION OF UNIFORMS

 

1.  Designated uniforms will be worn only as authorized by this chapter.  Commanders may prescribe as the uniform of the day only those uniforms listed in male and female minimum requirements lists, as provided by annual edition of MCBUL 10120 for enlisted and chapter 9 of this manual for officers.  Commanders authorized supplementary allowances per MCBUL 10120 may prescribe uniforms provided by the allowance.

 

2.  Authorized uniforms for Marine officers are designated as evening dress, blue dress, blue-white dress, service, and utility uniforms.

 

3.  Authorized uniforms for enlisted Marines are designated as blue dress, service, and utility.  The evening dress and blue-white dress uniforms are authorized for wear by staff noncommissioned officers (SNCOs).

 

4.  The blue dress and blue-white dress uniforms, except blue dress “A” and blue-white dress “A”, and service uniforms may be prescribed for leave and liberty within the United States.

 

2001.  EVENING DRESS UNIFORMS (See figs. 2-1 through 2-6.)

 

1.  The officers' evening dress "A" uniform will be prescribed for official formal evening functions at which civilians would normally wear evening clothes or "white tie" during both winter and summer.  The evening dress "A" uniform with white waistcoat for male officers and long skirt for female officers is appropriate for the following "white tie" occasions:

 

a. State occasions at the White House, or at foreign Embassies/Legations.

 

b. Inaugural receptions and dinners.

 

c. Formal dinners.

 

2.  The officers' evening dress "B" uniform with scarlet waistcoat (general officers only) or scarlet cummerbund (all other officers) will be prescribed for official social functions at which civilians would normally wear dinner dress or "black tie" during both winter and summer.  Females may wear the long or short skirt, depending on the degree of formality of the function.  The evening dress "B" uniform is appropriate for the following "black tie" occasions:

 

a.  Club affairs.

 

b.  Dinner parties.

 

c.  Dinner dances.

 

d.  Evening celebrations in honor of the Marine Corps Birthday.

 

>Ch 5 3.  Officers not required and who do not possess evening dress who attend functions at which evening dress uniform is prescribed will wear the blue dress "A" or blue-white dress "A" uniform as appropriate for the occasion/season.

 

4.  SNCOs may optionally wear the SNCO evening dress uniform in lieu of the blue dress uniform for social functions at which civilians would normally wear white or black tie during winter and summer.

 

Figure Hyperlinks:

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EVENING DRESS “A” (FIELD OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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EVENING DRESS “B” (GENERAL OFFICER) (MALE)

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EVENING DRESS “B” (COMPANY OFFICER) (MALE)

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EVENING DRESS (SNCO) (MALE)

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EVENING DRESS (SNCO) (FEMALE)

 

2002.  BLUE DRESS UNIFORMS (See figs. 2-7 through 2-16.)

 

1.  The blue dress "A" uniform may be worn for parades, ceremonies and formal or semiformal social functions, for NCOs and below throughout the year and for officers and SNCOs as appropriate to the season or those occasions requiring uniformity with NCOs and below.  The blue dress "A" uniform will be is worn for the following official military/social occasions:

 

a.  Parades, ceremonies, reviews, solemnities, and entertainments when the commander/senior officer present desires to pay special honors to the occasion.

 

b.  Official visits of, or to, United States civil officials, officers of the United States Armed Forces, and officials/officers of foreign governments, according to chapter 12, U.S. Navy Regulations.

 

c.  Receptions given by, or in honor of, officials/officers listed in chapter 12, U.S. Navy Regulations.

 

d.  At daytime formal or semiformal occasions.

 

2.  The dress "B" uniforms consist of the same items as the corresponding dress "A" uniforms, except that ribbons are worn in lieu of medals.  Shooting badges may be prescribed.  The blue dress "B" uniform may be worn for parades, ceremonies, informal social functions, for NCOs and below throughout the year and for officers and SNCOs as appropriate to the season or those occasions requiring uniformity with NCOs and below; and as the uniform of the day for those commands that receive the appropriate clothing allowance.  The blue dress "A" uniform will be is worn for the following official military/social occasions:

 

a.  Official visits of, or to, United States civil officials, officers of the United States Armed Forces, and officials/officers of foreign governments, according to chapter 12, U.S. Navy Regulations.

 

b.  At informal daytime receptions to which a Marine is invited in an official capacity.

 

3.  Blue dress uniforms are designated as follows:

 

a.  The blue dress "A" uniform includes the blue dress coat with large medals.  This uniform will not be worn for leave or liberty.

 

>Ch 5 b.  The blue dress "B" uniform consists of the same items as blue dress "A" except that ribbons are worn in lieu of medals.  This uniform is authorized for leave and liberty. 

 

c.  The blue dress uniform with long sleeve khaki shirt (without coat), and tie for male Marines and tab for female Marines, is designated as blue dress "C."  Commanders may prescribe blue dress "C" as the uniform of the day for specified occasions or duties.  Commanders may prescribe this uniform for honors, parades, and ceremonies on and off the military activity.  This uniform is authorized for leave and liberty.  The blue dress sweater may be worn as part of the blue dress "C" uniform at the option of the individual except on those occasions when the wear of the blue coat would be more appropriate.  The sweater may be worn as part of the duty uniform both on and off the military installation and for commuting to and from work.  The sweater may be worn as the uniform of the day and on leave and liberty but will not be worn for inspections, ceremonial formations, or parades.

 

d.  The blue dress uniform with short sleeve khaki shirt (without coat) is designated as blue dress "D."  Commanders may prescribe blue dress "D" as the uniform of the day for specified occasions or duties.  During the winter uniform period, commanders may, at their discretion when the weather requires, authorize blue dress "D" as the uniform of the day.  Commanders may prescribe this uniform for honors, parades, and ceremonies where climatic conditions preclude the comfortable wear of the blue dress "A" or "B" uniforms.  This uniform is authorized for leave or liberty.

 

>Ch 5 4.  Female Marines may wear slacks as part of the blue dress uniforms per paragraph 3028.

 

5.  Individuals may wear either the all-season polyester/wool gabardine uniform or the all-wool blue uniforms on a year-round basis on all occasions for which the blue dress uniforms are prescribed or authorized.

 

6.  Male field grade officers and below may continue to wear blue coats with blue trousers of different fabrics; however, the future purchase/sale of blue dress uniforms with coats and trousers of different fabrics is prohibited.  For female Marines, the coat and skirt must be of the same material; however, if the coat is worn with slacks, the coat and slacks may be of different materials.

 

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BLUE DRESS “A” (FIELD OFFICER) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “A” (FIELD OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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BLUE DRESS “A” (SNCO) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “B” (COMPANY OFFICER) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “B” (NCO) (FEMALE)

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BLUE DRESS “B” (ENLISTED) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “C” (COMPANY OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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BLUE DRESS “C” (NCO) (MALE)

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BLUE DRESS “D” (NCO) (FEMALE)

 

2003.  BLUE-WHITE DRESS UNIFORMS (See figs. 2-17 and 2-18.) 

 

1.  The officer/staff noncommissioned officer blue-white dress "A" and "B" uniforms will be prescribed when appropriate to the season for the same types of official military/social occasions for which the equivalent blue dress uniform is prescribed per subparagraphs 2003.1 and 2003.2.  The blue-white dress uniform will not be worn in ceremonies with enlisted Marines who are not authorized white trousers as part of an organizational property issue.  On such occasions, the prescribed uniform will reflect what the junior enlisted personnel wear (in most cases that will be the service uniform).  The dress blue white “A” uniform may only be prescribed for official parades, ceremonies, and reviews, and formal/semiformal social occasions and will not be worn on leave or liberty.  (ALMAR 144/95)

 

2.  The blue-white dress "A" uniform consists of the same items as the blue dress "A" except the trousers/skirt/slacks will be white.  Female Marines will wear black pumps, black oxfords, or black dress flats (per the guidance at subparagraph 3012), black handbag/purse (when required or desired), skin-tone nylon hose (with coat and skirt) or either dark hose or black socks (with coat and slacks), optional gold or pearl earrings as authorized with the equivalent blue dress uniform (when desired) and white shirt with necktab.  Officers will wear the scarlet necktab with the dress blue white “A”/”B” uniforms.  Staff noncommissioned officers will wear the black necktab with the dress blue white “A”/”B” uniforms. 

 

3.  Only those female officers in assignments requiring the wear of blue slacks will be required to possess white slacks.  Trousers, skirts, and slacks for enlisted Marines or white slacks for female officers will be procured from commercial sources utilizing specifications, patterns, and materials obtained from CG MCLB Albany, per subparagraph 1007.5. 

 

4.  The blue-white dress "B" uniform consists of the same items as the blue-white dress "A" uniform, except that ribbons are worn in lieu of medals (shooting badges may be prescribed).  This uniform will be worn under the same conditions as the blue dress "B" uniform.  This uniform can be worn on leave and liberty.

 

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BLUE-WHITE DRESS “A” (COMPANY OFFICER) (MALE)

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BLUE-WHITE DRESS “A” (ENLISTED) (MALE)

 

2004.  SERVICE UNIFORMS (See figs. 2-19 through 2-28.)

 

1.  The service "A" uniform may be prescribed for parades, ceremonies, social events, and as the uniform of the day.  It will normally be worn when reporting for duty, unless otherwise prescribed by the commander.  The service "A" uniform will be prescribed for the following official military occasions:

 

a.  When assigned as a member of courts-martial or courts of inquiry.

 

b.  Official visits and calls of, or to, United States civil officials, officers of the United States Armed Forces, and officials/officers of foreign governments per chapter 12, U.S. Navy Regulations.

 

c.  When visiting the White House and the temporary White Houses at all times, except in a tourist capacity or when an individual is specifically invited either on a social or official occasion for which another uniform is indicated on the invitation.

 

2.  Service uniforms are designated as follows:

 

a.  The service "A" uniform includes the service coat.  When the service "A" uniform is prescribed as the uniform of the day, it is appropriate to remove the coat in office buildings within the confines of a military activity or establishment.  Females may wear either the long or short sleeve khaki shirt and green neck tab with this uniform.  The service "A" uniform is authorized for leave and liberty.

 

b.  The service "B" uniform is the same as the service "A" uniform except that the service coat is not worn.  This uniform may be worn as the uniform of the day and for leave and liberty, unless otherwise prescribed by the commander, and may be prescribed for formations at parades or ceremonies on and off the military activity.  This uniform will not be worn for formal or semi-formal social events.

 

c.  The short-sleeve khaki shirt with appropriate service trousers or skirt/slacks is designated as the service "C" uniform.  During the

winter season, commanders may, at their discretion when the weather requires, authorize the service "C" uniform.  This uniform may be worn as a uniform of the day and for leave or liberty, unless otherwise prescribed by the commander, and may be prescribed for formations at parades or ceremonies on and off the military activity.  This uniform will not be worn for formal or semiformal social events. 

 

 

>CH 5 3.  The service sweater may be worn at the individual's option as a component of the service "B"/"C" uniforms when worn as the uniform of the day, unless the commander determines that the service "A" uniform is more appropriate.  Commanders may prescribe the service uniform with sweater for inspections; however, this uniform will not be worn for ceremonial formations or parades on or off the military installation.  The service uniform with sweater may be worn on leave or liberty.  Service sweaters with or without epaulettes may be worn per paragraph 3031.

 

4.  Individuals may wear either the all-season polyester/wool gabardine service uniform or the phase-out summer weight service uniform on a year-round basis for all formations, inspections, and for duty, leave, or liberty.  Individuals electing to wear the phase-out summer weight uniform will replace it with the all-season gabardine service uniform when it becomes unserviceable.  Individuals may wear the phase-out winter weight service uniform on leave, liberty, and for duty when uniformity is not required.

 

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SERVICE “A” (COMPANY OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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SERVICE “A” (NCO) (MALE)

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SERVICE “B” (NCO) (FEMALE)

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SERVICE “B” (NCO) (MALE)

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SERVICE “C” (FIELD OFFICER) (FEMALE)

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SERVICE “C” (SNCO) (MALE)

 

2005.  UTILITY UNIFORMS (See figs. 2-32 through 2-34.)

 

>CH 5 1.  Commanders may prescribe the utility uniform as the uniform of the day, in accordance with the below guidance.  The uniform is authorized for parades, reviews or other ceremonies, and informal social functions.  The utility coat may be removed only for physical training and work details. When the Marine Corps combat utility uniform (MCCUU) is worn during the summer season the desert Marine Pattern (MarPat) with the sleeves rolled up, will be worn.  When the MCCUU is worn during the winter season the commander) the woodland MarPat will be worn with the sleeves down.  ALMAR 035/07 and ALMAR 07/08

>CH 5 2.  The utility uniform is a working uniform and not appropriate for wear in a civilian environment.  Wear of the MCCUU is authorized while commuting to and from work via privately owned vehicles.  However, en route stops while off-base are not authorized except for bonafide emergencies, such as medical emergencies, vehicle breakdown, or vehicle accidents.  Marines and Sailors may only wear the MCCUU at off base establishments when using drive-thru services such as ATMs, fast food restaurants, or dry cleaners when they do not exit the vehicle. ALMAR 035/07

 

5.  Regulations for wearing utility uniforms are detailed in paragraph 3037. 

 

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WOODLAND COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM (SNCO) (FEMALE)

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DESERT COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM (FIELD OFFICER) (MALE)

 

2006.  PHYSICAL TRAINING UNIFORMS

 

1.  The standard physical training (PT) uniform consists of the green general purpose trunks and the standard olive green undershirt.  Footwear or headgear with PT uniforms will be as prescribed by the commander.

 

>CH 5 2.  The cold weather PT uniform consists of an olive green sweat shirt and olive green sweat pants, with "USMC" lettering and Marine Corps emblem on the left breast of the shirt and upper left leg of the pants per paragraph 3023.  This uniform may be prescribed for unit physical training when the weather requires. 

 

>CH 5 3.  The Marine Corps running suit is comprised of a green jacket and trousers with reflective piping material and inserts, a silver Marine Corps emblem on the left breast of the jacket and upper left thigh of the trousers.  There is a scarlet and gold “USMC” on the front of the lower right trouser leg and a scarlet and gold “MARINES” on the upper back portion of the jacket.  The uniform is meant to be worn in combination with the existing physical training (PT) uniforms, except as indicated below and as per outlined in paragraph 1005.2.  ALMAR 019/08

 

>CH 5 4.  The standard, Marine Corps running suit or cold weather PT uniform will be prescribed for all command PT activities except on those specific occasions when the commander determines that the wear of shirts with unit distinct markings, or when the modified wear of another uniform or other clothing is more appropriate to the respective unit’s physical training objective.  ALMAR 019/08

 

>CH 5 a.  Except for the conduct of physical training, PT gear is not authorized for wear during leave and liberty (to include green undershirt and shorts), with the below two exceptions.  ALMAR 019/08

 

>CH 5    (1) The sweatshirt may be worn during leave and liberty as an outergarment or as a layering garment (e.g. under a jacket). ALMAR 019/08

 

>CH 5    (2) The running suit jacket may be worn during leave and liberty as an outergarment.  When worn on leave and liberty, the jacket must be zipped at least halfway to the top of the zipper. ALMAR 019/08

 

>CH 5 b.  The running suit can be worn in any combination with the green general purpose trunks and green undershirt, but is not authorized for wear in any combination with the sweat suit. ALMAR 019/08

 

>CH 5 2007.  MATERNITY UNIFORMS (See figs. 2-29 and 2-30).  The appropriate maternity uniform will be worn as the uniform of the day by pregnant females per paragraph 3017.

 

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MATERNITY SERVICE UNIFORM (NCO)

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MATERNITY SERVICE UNIFORM (COMPANY OFFICER)

 

2008.  TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS.  Table 2-1 summarizes the currently authorized uniform combinations and appropriate occasions for the wear of each uniform.  This table is designed and intended for local reproduction, posting and distribution as desired by local commanders.  See tables 2-2 through 2-5 for more detailed information on the types and components of authorized uniforms.  In using these tables, it is important to note that wherever a uniform choice or option is indicated, reference paragraphs should be referred to for complete regulations.


Table Hyperlinks:  

Table 2-1

UNIFORM EXPLANATION CHART

Table 2-2

TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS FOR MALE OFFICERS

Table 2-3

TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS FOR FEMALE OFFICERS

Table 2-4

TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS FOR ENLISTED MALE

Table 2-5

TYPES AND COMPONENTS OF AUTHORIZED UNIFORMS FOR ENLISTED FEMALE

 

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