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Air Force JROTC Uniform and Grooming Standards

Issuance of Cadet Uniform Items

Issuance of Cadet Uniform Items

 

Each cadet will be issued various AFJROTC uniform items at no financial cost to the cadet, and each cadet and their parent must acknowledge receipt by completing a uniform hand receipt. The completed receipt will be filed in the Cadet’s personnel file until the uniform is returned.  Upon return of the uniform in a serviceable condition the school treasurer will be notified to clear the uniform debt from the students financial obligations. Cadets are responsible for the proper cleaning of their uniform and are personally responsible for safeguarding the Air Force property in your possession. Cadets will be held financially responsible for damaged or lost uniform items, or any uniform item returned that is not dry cleaned.. Additionally, certain uniform items, slacks, trousers, coat sleeves may require tailoring to ensure proper fit. The unit will ensure the cadet receives a properly tailored uniform.

Air Force JROTC Uniform and Grooming Standards Overview

Uniform and Grooming Standards Overview

 

Professional Military Image

As a cadet in JROTC, you are required to wear an AFJROTC uniform once a week. You are responsible for keeping your uniform neat, clean, and professional and wearing it according to all given regulations.

 

A neat, clean uniform shows that you are disciplined, professional, and responsible. It is reflective of yourself as a cadet and your accomplishments. A uniform is a poster for all that you have done in JROTC; along with your rank, you may display all ribbons, medals, and badges you have earned. Wear your uniform with pride and make a professional military image.

 

Proper Uniform Wear

  • The Director of AFJROTC prescribes the uniform, uniform devices and the manner of wear for all AFJROTC cadets. The Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) determines the uniform wear day, in this case every Tuesday. The uniform of the day prescribed by the SASI is to be worn the entire school day, not just during the class period you are enrolled in AFJROTC. Exceptions to this policy will be granted only if you have asked your SASI for guidance. Failure to wear the appropriate uniform item on the day prescribed by the SASI will result in loss of all uniform points for that week.
  • While enrolled in the AFJROTC program, cadets will comply with the personal appearance and grooming standards prescribed by the Air Force (AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel) and the AFJROTC Uniform and Awards Guide. The Uniform and Awards Guide (posted on the classroom bulletin board) outlines the different insignias, which may be worn on your uniform and where these insignias should be placed on the AFJROTC uniform. If in doubt about proper grooming standards or placement of insignias on your uniform, consult your cadet group staff or AFJROTC instructors for guidance.
  • Inappropriate conduct while in uniform is a long-standing taboo. It is a disgrace to the uniform, and the branch of service represented. Remember, once you put the uniform on, you become part of something much larger than yourself. 

Cadet Dress and Appearance Standards

 

As a cadet in JROTC, you are required to wear an AFJROTC uniform once a week. You are responsible for keeping your uniform neat, clean, serviceable and professional, and wearing it according to AFI 36-2903.

 

A neat, clean uniform shows that you are disciplined, professional, and responsible. It is reflective of yourself as a cadet and your accomplishments. A uniform is a poster for all that you have done in JROTC; along with your rank, you may display all ribbons, medals, and badges you have earned. Wear your uniform with pride and make a professional military image. Failure to wear the uniform properly could result in your dismissal from AFJROTC and you will fail to be awarded any academic credit for any portion of the course you have completed. 

Cadet Male and Female Hair Standards

This page outlines personal grooming while wearing any Air Force JROTC uniform or civilian clothing in an official capacity. SASI’s discretion may be used to determine if individual’s personal grooming is within Air Force JROTC standards. SASI’s do not have authority to waive grooming and appearance standards. The personal grooming standards listed are minimum standards that represent common appearance issues and are not all-inclusive. Although Cadets have the right, within established limits, to express their individuality through their appearance, the Air Force has defined what is and what is not an acceptable, professional military image for Cadets. Except for minor variations based on gender differences, all Air Force JROTC cadets must comply with the same personal grooming standards. AFJROTC Instructors have the responsibility to determine compliance with the letter and intent of these instructions and to correct the obvious violations regardless of whether the situation identified is clearly written in the standards.

 

 Hair-male and female. Will be clean, well-groomed, present a professional appearance, allow proper wear of headgear. Will not contain excessive amounts of grooming aids (e.g. gel, mousse, pomade, moisturizer), appear lopsided, touch either eyebrow, or end below an imaginary line across the forehead at the top of the eyebrows that is parallel to the ground. If applied, dyes, tints, bleaches and frostings must result in natural, human hair colors. The hair color must complement the member’s complexion and skin tone. Examples of natural human hair colors are brown, blonde, brunette, natural auburn, black or grey. Prohibited examples (not all inclusive) are burgundy, purple, orange, fluorescent or neon colors. Exception: SASI may temporarily authorize cancer patients to wear approved caps (black/tan), wigs or maintain baldness due to a temporary medical condition (i.e., radiation/chemotherapy). If wigs are worn, they must comply with the standards for natural hair. 

 

Female Hair Grooming Standards

 

Hair

(Females) Your hair should be no longer than the bottom of the collar edge at the back of the neck. Your hairstyle must be conservative and look professional and allow you to wear uniform headgear in the proper manner, so your hair must not be too full or too high on the head. In addition, your hairstyle shouldn’t need many grooming aids. If you use pins, combs, barrettes, elastic bands or similar items, they must be plain, similar in color to your hair, and modest in size. Your hair must be a natural color (blonde, brown, black, auburn), compliment your skin tone, and not degrade the military uniform. Wigs or hairpieces must also conform to these guidelines. Faddish hairstyles are forbidden in uniform, this includes dreadlocks, twisties, flattops and mohawks/fauxhawks. However, braids and cornrows are permitted. The SASI and/or ASI are the final authority on whether your chosen hairstyle is appropriate for the Air Force uniform. When in doubt, please consult with your instructor before changing your hairstyle to make sure that it will meet the uniform wear standards.

 

 

Male Hair Grooming Standards

 

Hair-Male. Tapered appearance on both sides and the back of the head, both with and without headgear. A tapered appearance is one that when viewed from any angle outlines the member's hair so that it conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point without eccentric directional flow, twists or spiking. A block-cut is permitted with tapered appearance. Hair will not exceed 1 inch in bulk, regardless of length and 1/4 inch at natural termination point; allowing only closely cut or shaved hair on the back of the neck to touch the collar. Hair will not touch the ears or protrude under the front band

 

Keep your hair clean, neat, and trimmed. It must not contain large amounts of grooming aids such as greasy creams, oils, and sprays that remain visible in the hair. When your hair is groomed, it should not touch your ears or eyebrows, and only the closely cut or shaved hair on the back of your neck should touch the collar. Your hair must be a natural color (blonde, brown, black, auburn), compliment your skin tone, and not degrade the military uniform. Wigs or hairpieces must also conform to these guidelines. Faddish hairstyles are forbidden in uniform. Additionally, males may not wear mohawks, fauxhawks, twisties, braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks.  The SASI and/or ASI are the final authority on whether your chosen hairstyle is appropriate for the Air Force uniform. When in doubt, please consult with your instructor before changing your hairstyle to make sure that it will meet the uniform wear standards. Additionally, beards or goatees are not permitted in uniform. Your face must be clean shaven when wearing the uniform, with the exception of a mustache. However, if you wear a mustache it must not extend beyond the outside edge of your lips on either side. Sideburns are permitted but they must not extend beyond the bottom of the ear opening and they must be squared where the hair terminates at or near the ear opening. 

Jewelry/Glasses/Tattoos/Piercings Standards

Jewelry

You may wear a wristwatch and a maximum of three finger rings, however, no more than two rings on either the left or right hand. Thumb rings are not allowed in uniform. You may wear one bracelet if it is neat and conservative; however, the bracelet must not detract from military image, must not be wider than one-half inch, and must not subject anyone to potential injury. Colored bracelets that support a cause are not allowed.

 

You may not wear ornaments on your head (such as headbands). If you wear a chain or necklace no portion of it may be visible while wearing the uniform. It must be tucked inside your t-shirt, which is worn under your uniform blouse or uniform shirt.  This includes religious jewelry.

 

Female cadets in uniform may wear earrings if the earrings are conservative. You may wear one small, spherical (diamond, gold, white pearl, or silver) earring on each earlobe. Earrings may not be worn in the cartilage of the ear.  Both earrings must match and not extend below the earlobe.

 

Male cadets may not ever wear earrings while in uniform.

 

Lip rings, tongue rings, eyebrow rings, nose rings, and any other piercing not of the ears cannot be worn while in uniform by either gender. Neither gender may have gauged earlobes. 

 

Glasses

You cannot have any ornaments on the frames or lenses. All glasses must be conservative, although they may have tinted or light-sensitive lenses. Sunglasses are allowed, but not while in a military formation. Neither eyeglasses nor sunglasses can be worn around the neck while in uniform.

 

Tattoos

Tattoos or brands anywhere on the body are not allowed if they are obscene or if they advocate sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination. Tattoos or brands that might

harm good order and discipline or bring discredit upon the Air Force are also barred, whether you are in or out of uniform. 

 

Piercings

Cadets in uniform are not allowed to attach or display objects, articles, jewelry, or ornamentation to or through the ear, nose, tongue, or any exposed body part (including anything that might be visible through the uniform). Female cadets in uniform, however, are allowed to wear conservative earrings in their earlobes. 

Uniform Shoes/Socks/Undergarments

Socks/Shoes/Undergarments

 

Both males and females will only wear black colored calf length socks with the uniform.

 

The only shoes permitted with the blue uniform are the AFJROTC issued black leather low quarters. The only shoe permitted with the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) is the sage green AFROTC approved combat boot. 

 

A plain white v-neck t-shirt must be worn males under blue service uniform. Additionally, females may only wear white undergarments (bra) under their blue shirts. Neither the white t-shirt or undergarment may possess any ornamentation (logo, writing, etc.) on the garment.  A plain tan t-shirt or tan t-shirt with the unit logo may be worn under the ABU blouse. 

Non-AFJROTC Issued Items

Civilian Clothing Items

Civilian (non issued AFJROTC) clothing may not be worn with the AFJROTC uniform while in any building or during normal weather conditions.  The only exception is in adverse weather conditions (cold or rain) a heavy coat or raincoat may be worn over the uniform while traveling to or from school or home. Once you enter the school building or any other public location the civilian clothing item must be immediately (within one minute) removed. If it is cold and you wish to wear gloves and or a knit cap, they both must be solid black in color.

Weekly Uniform Inspections

Proper Uniform Wear

 

There are three types of uniform wear: service dress,service wear, and the Airman Battle Uniform. Service dress includes the jacket and tie; service wear is just the blue shirt. Some variations and specifications may be made, such as instead of wearing the service jacket, you wear the lightweight blue jacket. Once a month, on the designated Tuesday, cadets may wear the Airman Battle Uniform. Whatever uniform wear is announced in the classroom or on School Loop, you are expected to wear that uniform combination, that week. Any deviation from the announced uniform expectation, for that week, will result in you not receiving grade credit for that weeks uniform wear. 

 

Weekly Uniform Inspections and Cadet Consequences For Inspection Failure

 

Cadet leadership in coordination with the Staff (SASI and ASIs) will conduct a uniform inspection each week.  Uniform inspections conducted by cadets will be reviewed and certified by the staff before a grade is entered.

 

Cadets that fail a weekly cadet conducted, staff reviewed, inspection will receive a verbal counseling from their Cadet Squadron Commander.  Additionally, notification letters will be provided to parents if a cadet has a uniform or grooming violation that does not meet the standards. The Cadet Squadron Commander at a minimum will review the uniform regulations and requirements, and will advise the cadet of the consequences of any further uniform failures.  This counseling will be witnessed by a member of the instructor staff, and will be recorded in the cadet’s personnel file. 

 

The second time a cadet fails a uniform inspection a conference either in person or via phone will be conducted by the SASI or designated ASI with the cadet and his or her parent/guardian.  This conference will be recorded in the cadet's personnel file.  A follow-up letter will also sent to the parent/guardian clearly stating that any further failures could result in the cadet being removed from the program. 

 

The third time a cadet fails a uniform inspection, coordination will begin with SASI, Principal, counselors and parent/guardian for removal from the program.  Program removal will be at the earliest possible time, based on school counselor and administrator guidance, but no later than 3 weeks after recommended for removal.  If a cadet is designated for removal from program, but that removal is delayed for any reason, they will not be allowed to wear the uniform, and will be asked to return the uniform dry-cleaned as soon as possible.

 

Cadet Leadership and Instructors will be posted at entrances to the building and in cafeteria before school to insure cadets are adhering to uniform regulations while traveling to and arriving at school. They will also post at various exits to the building after school to insure cadets departing are adhering to uniform regulations.  Cadet leadership as well as instructor staff will conduct spot inspections throughout the school day to insure cadets maintain dress and appearance standards at all times while in uniform.  Minor discrepancies will be addressed and corrected on the spot, if discrepancies would have resulted in the cadet failing the uniform inspection conducted in class the record and grade for that cadet will be corrected and updated.  This updated failure will also initiate or continue the previously outlined process.