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. Airmen should also note that any dress and appearance standards not listed as explicitly authorized in AFI , or subsequent guidance updates, are unauthorized. Higher headquarters and unit patches will be mandatory on April 1, , or when color conversion to spice brown is completed, whichever is soonest.
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By Master Sgt. Skip to main content Press Enter. Home : News : Commentaries : Display. You are accountable for your appearance By Master Sgt. They were an awesome and motivated bunch of troops. What intrigued me the most was not how young they are, but their desire to represent what they thought was important.
They even did this while dressed in blues performing in the summer heat. That's dedication! Every single cadet was uniform. I credit this to their senior leadership who maintained standards and who held each cadet accountable. Do you feel that you are accountable to someone?
You should. This is what keeps individuals in check. Often our integrity gets pricked, but what do you do about it? Unfortunately, a lot of us have become desensitized to this feeling and it is up to the rest of us to bring that individual back around. I have corrected so many troops on just basic instruction that I've begun to wonder if those individuals are held to any standards. Experience doesn't seem to be a factor either. I always receive the same excuses no matter what rank.
The bottom line is a lack of integrity and accountability. Air Force Instruction has been around for a very long time, but it's fairly new since its rewrite a year ago. We are emerging from the dark ages and, as technology and culture evolve, the Air Force adjusts regulations to meet the need of its force It's important to emphasize when a whole new publication is rewritten, it is because there are so many messages out there.
A couple messages are easy to deal with, but when current messages override previous messages, it gets confusing to say the least. It's easy to visualize the changes in the newest version of AFI Let me say it like this, out of pages changed -- that's 82 percent and I find that extremely significant.
Chances are that if you are wearing the uniform the way you were, you are more than likely non-compliant. One of my favorite updates is the inclusion of the flight-duty uniform requirements. So many times we have to rely solely on supplements or other hard-to-get publications for guidance. This makes it much easier. Other inclusions and changes involve the wear of uniforms on commercial flights including desert combat uniforms , hair highlights and styles, how to wear the battle dress uniform hat, pressed uniforms, no hands in pockets, cell phone usage and color, rings, BDU belts and authorized colors, the wear of lanyards, common access cards and line badges.
Eventually we will find a new addition to include the wear of the Airman battle uniforms and the new service dress uniform. Most of us want to do what is right. Be proud of what you wear and stay current. The military has given us the tools and training to accomplish this. Integrity lies deep within, but becomes visible through actions. We wouldn't have a problem with integrity if we walk the walk and talk the talk. Just as blood circulates throughout our body, so should integrity encompass every facet of our daily living.
Once we have mastered this ourselves, mentor others and hold them accountable, no matter what rank.
You are accountable for your appearance
Skip to main content Press Enter. Home News Article Display. Dress Uniform - All enlisted personnel may wear three-and-a-half inch or four-inch chevrons. Outer Garments, Headgear, Rank Insignia and Accessories - While off duty in civilian clothes males are authorized to wear earrings on or off installation.
Air Force updates to AFI-36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The specific changes to AFI are listed in the attachment. The paragraphs listed replace the corresponding paragraphs in AFI or add new paragraphs.