Army Regulation 670–1
and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia
Department of the Army
Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia This major revision, dated 25 May
2017— o Clarifies the restricted area for tattoos (para 3–3c). o Authorizes
use of headphones in gyms and fitness centers (para 3–6a(3)).
Clarifies wear policy for shoulder bag to prohibit cross-body
style wear (para 3–7f(2)).
Changes the name of the food service uniform to the garrison
culinary uniform (chaps 7, 8, and glossary). o Adds chef jacket and
trousers to culinary uniform composition (paras 7–2 and 8–2). o Adds beret as
a uniform accessory item (para 18–3). o Adds fleece cap as a
uniform accessory item (para 18–12).
Clarifies wear of branch and senior enlisted leader collar
insignias for command sergeants major and sergeants major (paras 19–9i(3)
Removes WARTRACE wear policy for shoulder sleeve insignia (para
Adds authorization of the shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime
service for Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (para 19–17b(13)).
Adds authorization of the shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime
service for Djibouti in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (para 19–17b(17)).
Removes leader’s identification insignia (chap 19).
Clarifies authorization for wear of the distinctive unit insignia
based on assignment history in personnel record (para 19–23).
Updates computation of overseas service (para 19–28).
Adds authorization of the overseas service bar for Djibouti in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom (para 19– 28a(12)).
Adds authorization of the overseas service bar for Djibouti in
support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (para 19– 28a(16)).
Clarifies maximum number of oak leaf clusters worn on ribbons
(para 20–11a). o Removes hospital duty uniform (throughout). o Incorporates
Army Directives 2016-34 and 2017-03 (throughout).
Department of the Army
Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia
Academy, only when their respective uni- and forwarded through their
higher headform regulations do not include sufficient quarters to the policy
proponent. Refer to guidance or instruction. It does not apply to AR 25–30 for
the Chief of
Staff of the Army, or former
Chiefs of Staff of the Army, each of
internal control process. This may prescribe his or her own
uniform. Por- regulation contains internal control provitions of this
regulation are punitive. Viola- sions in accordance with AR 11–2 and idention
of the specific prohibitions and require- tifies key internal controls that
must be ments of specific portions by Soldiers may evaluated (see appendix B).
adverse administrative and/or . Supplementation of charges under the
Uniform Code of Mili- Supplementation
tary Justice. this regulation and the establishment of command or local
forms are prohibited
and exception authority. without prior approval from the Deputy
History. This publication is a major revision.
Summary. This regulation prescribes Department of the Army policy for proper
wear and appearance of Army uniforms and insignia, as worn by officers and
enlisted personnel of the Active Army and the U.S. Army Reserve, as well as
by former Soldiers.
Applicability. This regulation applies to the Regular Army, the Army National
Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve,
unless otherwise stated. In addition, it applies to the Reserve Officers’
Training Corps and the Corps of Cadets, United States Military
The proponent of this regulation is the Deputy Chief
of Staff, G–1. The proponent has the authority to approve exceptions or
waivers to this regulation that are consistent with controlling law and
regulations. The proponent may delegate this approval authority, in writing,
to a division chief within the proponent agency or its direct reporting unit
or field operating agency in the grade of colonel or the civilian equivalent.
Activities may request a waiver to this regulation by providing justification
that includes a full analysis of the expected benefits and must include
formal review by the activity’s senior legal officer. All waiver requests
will be endorsed by the commander or senior leader of the requesting activity
300 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 22310–0300.
Suggested improvements. Users are invited to send comments and suggested
improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank
Forms) directly to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G–1 (DAPE–ZA)
(Uniform Policy), 300 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 22310–0300.
Distribution. This publication is available in electronic media only and is intended
for command levels A, B, C, D, and E for the Active Army, the Army National
Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve.
Chief of Staff, G–1 (DAPE–ZA) (Uniform
(Listed by paragraph and page number)
page 1 Purpose • 1–1,
References • 1–2, page 1
Explanation of abbreviations and terms • 1–3, page 1
Responsibilities • 1–4, page 1
Records management requirements • 1–5, page 1
Authority • 1–6, page 1
Recommending changes to Army uniforms • 1–7, page 1
Classification of service and combat/utility/field uniforms
• 1–8, page 1
*This regulation supersedes AR 670–1,
dated 10 April 2015, and Army Dir 2016–20,
dated 6 May 2016.
670–1 • 25 May 2017 i
Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) and Commanding General, U.S. Army
Materiel Command • 2–1, page 2
Administrative Assistant to the
Secretary of the Army • 2–2, page 2
Deputy Chief of Staff, G–1 • 2–3,
Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4 •
2–4, page 3 Commanders
• 2–5, page 3
Director and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Army and
Air Force Exchange Service • 2–6, page 4
Soldiers • 2–7, page 4
Personal appearance policies •
3–1, page 4
Hair and fingernail standards and grooming policies •
3–2, page 5 Tattoo,
branding, and body mutilation policy • 3–3, page 11 Jewelry • 3–4, page 12
Wear of Army uniform at national, regional, and local
events • 3–5, page 13 Uniform
appearance and fit • 3–6, page 14
Required or prohibited wearing of the Army uniform • 3–7,
Distinctive uniforms and uniform items • 3–8, page 16
Civilian clothing • 3–9, page 16
Eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses • 3–10, page
Identification tags and security identification badges
• 3–11, page 17 Personal
protective or reflective clothing • 3–12, page 17
Organizational protective or reflective clothing •
3–13, page 17 Heraldic
items • 3–14, page 18
Religious jewelry, apparel, or
articles • 3–15, page 18
Religious accommodations • 3–16, page 19
Authorization for wear • 4–1,
Composition • 4–2, page 22
Occasions for wear • 4–3, page 23
Authorization for wear • 5–1,
Composition • 5–2, page 23
Occasions for wear • 5–3, page 23
Authorization for wear • 6–1,
Composition • 6–2, page 24
Occasions for wear • 6–3, page 24
Authorization for wear • 7–1, page 24
Composition • 7–2, page 24
Occasions for wear • 7–3, page 25
Composition • 8–2, page 25
Occasions for wear • 8–3, page 25
Authorization for wear • 9–1, page 26
Composition • 9–2, page 26
Occasions for wear • 9–3, page 26
Authorization for wear • 10–1, page 26
Composition • 10–2, page 26
Occasions for wear • 10–3, page 27
Authorization for wear • 11–1, page 27
Composition • 11–2, page 27
Occasions for wear • 11–3, page 27
Authorization for wear • 12–1, page 28
Composition • 12–2, page 28
Occasions for wear • 12–3, page 28
Authorization for wear • 13–1, page 29
Composition • 13–2, page 29
Occasions for wear • 13–3, page 29
Authorization for wear • 14–1, page 29 Composition • 14–2, page 29
Occasions for wear • 14–3, page 30
Authorization for wear • 15–1, page 30
Composition • 15–2, page 30
Occasions for wear • 15–3, page 30
Authorization for wear • 16–1, page 31
Composition • 16–2, page 31
Occasions for wear • 16–3, page 31
Authorization for wear • 17–1, page 32
Composition • 17–2, page 32
Occasions for wear • 17–3, page 32
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Belts and buckles • 18–2, page
Beret • 18–3, page 33 Boots • 18–4, page 33
Buttons • 18–5, page 33
Capes (officers only) • 18–6, page 33 Chaplain’s apparel • 18–7,
Coat, black all-weather (male and female) • 18–8, page 33
Cover, cap, rain • 18–9, page 33
Cuff links and studs • 18–10, page 33
Cummerbunds (male and female) • 18–11, page 33
Fleece Cap • 18–12, page 33 Gloves • 18–13, page 33
Handbags • 18–14, page 33 Hat, drill sergeant • 18–15,
Judge’s apparel • 18–16, page 33
Military police accessories • 18–17, page 33
Neckgaiter • 18–18, page 33
Neck tabs, female • 18–19, page 33
Neckties, male • 18–20, page 33
Overcoat, ceremonial, blue • 18–21, page 34
Overshoes, black • 18–22, page 34 Scarves • 18–23, page 34
Shirts, white • 18–24, page 34
Shoes • 18–25, page 34
Socks • 18–26, page 34
Suspenders • 18–27, page 34 Sweaters • 18–28, page 34
Umbrella • 18–29, page 34 Undergarments • 18–30, page
Vest, male • 18–31, page 34
Windbreaker • 18–32, page 34
General • 19–1, page 34 General description • 19–2, page 35
Headgear insignia • 19–3, page 35
U.S. Insignia • 19–4, page 35
Grade insignia for general officers • 19–5, page 35
Grade insignia for other officers • 19–6, page 35
Grade insignia for enlisted personnel • 19–7, page 35
Other grade insignia • 19–8, page 35 Branch insignia • 19–9, page
Branch insignia-other • 19–10, page 36
Insignia for aides • 19–11, page 36
Branch insignia-how worn • 19–12,
Insignia for United States
Military Academy staff • 19–13, page 36
Branch insignia-officer candidates • 19–14, page 36
Insignia for warrant officer candidates • 19–15, page 36
Shoulder sleeve insignia—current organization • 19–16,
Shoulder sleeve insignia–former wartime service •
19–17, page 38 Wear
of U.S. flag embroidered insignia • 19–18, page 41
Branch colors • 19–19, page 41
Branch scarves • 19–20, page 41
Distinctive unit insignia • 19–21, page 41
Regimental distinctive insignia • 19–22, page 42
Insignia representing regimental affiliation • 19–23,
Insignia, distinguishing, U.S. Army nametape and nameplate
• 19–24, page 42
Aiguillette, service • 19–25, page 42 Aiguillette, dress • 19–26,
page 42 Service stripes
• 19–27, page 42
Overseas service bars • 19–28, page 43
Brassards • 19–29, page 44
Distinctive items authorized for infantry personnel •
19–30, page 44
Distinctive items authorized for other than infantry
personnel • 19–31, page 45
Authorization • 20–2, page 45
When wearing awards is prohibited • 20–3, page 45
Order of precedence by category of medal • 20–4, page 46
Order of precedence within categories of medals •
20–5, page 46 Wear
of service ribbons and lapel buttons • 20–6, page 46
Full-sized U.S. and foreign decorations and service
medals • 20–7, page 46 Miniature
decorations and service medals • 20–8, page 46
Multiple neck ribbons, broad sashes, and stars • 20–9,
U.S. and foreign unit awards • 20–10, page 47
Appurtenances • 20–11, page 47
Badges authorized for wear on Army uniforms • 20–12,
Badges not authorized for wear on Army uniforms • 20–13,
Categories of badges authorized for wear on Army
uniforms • 20–14, page 49 Marksmanship
badges and tabs • 20–15, page 50
Combat and special skill badges • 20–16, page 50
Identification badges • 20–17, page 50
Foreign badges • 20–18, page 50
Occasions of ceremony • 21–1, page 50
Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve • 21–2,
page 50 Retired
personnel • 21–3, page 51
Former members of the Army • 21–4, page 52 Medal of Honor recipients •
21–5, page 52 Medals
on civilian clothes • 21–6, page 52
Prohibition on uniform wear • 21–7, page 52
Uniform similar to the Army uniform • 21–8, page 52
Distinctive unit insignia on civilian clothing •
21–9, page 53 Uniforms
worn by United States civilians • 21–10, page 53
Internal Control Evaluation, page 58
Figure 3–1: Measurement figure, page 7
Figure 3–2: Male grooming standards, page 8
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Figure 3–3: Prohibited male
haircuts, page 9
Figure 3–4: Female hairstyle
standards, page 10
Figure 3–5: Hijab, page 20 Figure 3–6: Beard figure,
Figure 3–7: Turban figure, page 22
The Army is a profession. A Soldier’s appearance
measures part of his or her professionalism. Proper wear of the Army uniform is
a matter of personal pride for all Soldiers. It is indicative of esprit de
corps and morale within a unit. Soldiers have an individual responsibility for
ensuring their appearance reflects the highest level of professionalism.
Leaders, at all levels, have a responsibility for implementing and applying the
standards contained in this regulation to ensure the best interests of the Army,
including our shared traditions and customs. This regulation prescribes the
authorization for wear, composition, and classification of uniforms, and the
occasions for wearing all personal (clothing bag issue), optional, and commonly
worn organizational clothing and individual equipment uniforms. It prescribes
the uniforms, awards, insignia, and accouterments authorized for wear. It also
provides general information on the authorized material and design of uniforms
and the uniform quality control system.
1–2. References See appendix
1–3. Explanation of abbreviations and
terms See the glossary.
See chapter 2 for responsibilities.
AR 25–400–2 governs the maintenance and disposition of
Army information and implements policy on record-keeping requirements for Army
regulations prescribing the creation and maintenance of records under
functional programs. Detailed information about aviation personnel management
records is located on the Records Retention Schedule-Army module of Army
Records Information Management System (ARIMS) (available at https://www.arims.army.mil).
Portions of this regulation are punitive. Violation of the
specific prohibitions and requirements of specific portions
by Soldiers may result in adverse administrative action
and/or charges under the provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice
Only uniforms, accessories, and insignia prescribed in this
regulation, or in the common table of allowances (CTA), or as approved by
Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), will be worn by personnel in the
U.S. Army. Unless specified in this regulation, the commander issuing the
clothing and individual equipment will establish wear policies for
organizational clothing and individual equipment. No item governed by this
regulation will be altered in any way that changes the basic design, or the
intended concept of fit, as described in AR 700–84, including plating,
smoothing, or removing detailed features of metal items, or otherwise altering
the color or appearance.
AR 70–1 prescribes Department of the Army (DA) policies,
responsibilities, and administrative procedures by which all clothing and
individual equipment used by Army personnel are initiated, designed, developed,
tested, approved for acquisition, fielded, and modified.
AR 385–10 prescribes DA policies, responsibilities, and
administrative procedures and funding for protective cloth-
ing and equipment.
In accordance with 10 USC 771, no person except a member of
the U.S. Army may wear the uniform, a distinctive
part of the uniform, or any part of which is similar to
a distinctive part of the U.S. Army uniform, unless otherwise authorized by
law. Soldiers are not authorized to wear distinctive uniforms or uniform items
of the U.S. Army or of other U.S. Services with or on civilian clothes, except
as authorized by this regulation.
1–7. Recommending changes to Army
uniforms See DA Pam 670–1.
1–8. Classification of service and
combat/utility/field uniforms See DA Pam 670–1.
2–1. Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) and Commanding
The CG, AMC is responsible for the Uniform
Quality Control Program (UQCP). ASA (ALT) and CG, AMC will ensure that Program
Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) and Project Manager, Soldier Protection
and Individual Equipment, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier
Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), will—
and maintain military specifications, purchase descriptions, and master
patterns for optional uniform items,
as recommended by the Army Uniform Board and approved by the
Chief of Staff, Army in accordance with AR 70–1.
and disseminate periodic bulletins to industry that provide guidance and
information regarding changes in military specifications, testing and
certification requirements, uniform regulations, or adoption of new optional
specifications, purchase descriptions, master patterns, shade standards, and
other information about optional
uniforms to industry, when
and examine laboratory test reports, manufacturer certifications, and samples
from commercial manufactur-
ers, custom tailors, military tailors, and
other suppliers of optional uniform items, as required. Require manufacturers
to provide requested laboratory test reports, manufacturer certifications, and
samples of optional uniform items at no cost to the Army.
certificates of authority to manufacturers whose samples meet or exceed
standards established by specifications of purchase descriptions. Certificates
will be supplemented by documents showing the specific optional uniform items
that the manufacturer is authorized to produce. Provide a list of certified
manufacturers and products that will be furnished to the U.S. Army and Air
Force Exchange Service and posted on appropriate Army Web sites. Revoke or
suspend certificates when the certificate holder has violated any of the
expressed conditions under which the certification was granted, as determined
by PEO Soldier.
inspections and otherwise monitor manufacturers for compliance with certificate
terms and conditions. Re-
view optional uniform items to verify
compliance with, or appropriate exemption/waiver from, applicable domestic
source requirements as set forth in 10 USC 2553a. Coordinate with designated
service points of contact to ensure that outside the continental United States
produced optional uniform items are evaluated and approved prior to being sold
within theater to Soldiers. Outside the continental United States Army service
component commands (ASCCs) will establish service points of contact to direct
local textile and uniform producers desiring to sell optional uniform items to
Soldiers to NSRDEC for coordination.
manufacturers and suppliers of optional uniform items do the following:
Obtain certification required under the UQCP from NSRDEC or
Project Manager (Soldier Protection and Indi-vidual Equipment) before
manufacturing any optional uniform items for sale.
Affix a label with the following information certifying the
optional uniform items were manufactured in accord-ance with the UQCP prior to
offering the items for sale: This item is warranted to meet or exceed the
standards of specification number and was produced under certificate number
from basic material warranted by the manufacturer as having been produced in
accordance with the sample under current certification. This item is not
authorized for turn-in to central issue facilities.
Familiarize themselves with Army specifications, purchase
descriptions, testing/certification requirements, shade standards, and other
pertinent information for optional uniform items, and submit required samples
and information to NSRDEC or Project Manager (Soldier Protection and Individual
Equipment) for approval.
Comply with all terms of the certification. Certificates may be
revoked or suspended if the certificate holder has violated any of the
expressed conditions of the certification.
2–2. Administrative Assistant to the
Secretary of the Army The AASA ensures that The Institute of
Heraldry (TIOH) will—
the Heraldic Quality Control Program in accordance with AR 672–8, to ensure
heraldic items are manufac-
tured according to Government specifications or purchase
manufacturers with Government-loaned tools and specifications for heraldic
the manufacture of heraldic items and issue certificates of authority to
manufacture items in accordance
with the provisions of AR 672–8.
designs for distinctive unit insignia (DUI), regimental distinctive insignia
(RDI), shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI), flags, and badges, as authorized by this
and maintain specifications, manufacturing drawings and purchase descriptions
for insignia worn on the Army uniforms.
The DCS, G–1 will—
the authority of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve
Affairs), develop policies re-
garding wear and appearance of Army uniforms and insignia.
as a member of the Army Uniform Board, which is established in accordance with
with Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the DCS, G–4, as required, to
changes or additions to this regulation and/or DA Pam
responsible for the life cycle management of clothing and individual equipment,
in accordance with AR 70–1.
the Army Uniform Board meetings in accordance with AR 70–1.
Commanders of Army commands (ACOMs)/ASCCs/direct reporting units
(DRUs) will thoroughly evaluate all sub-mitted proposals (with a significant
proposed change) to change or add uniforms, accessories, or wear policies for
uniforms, insignia, and awards.
Senior commanders may prescribe the uniform for wear in
formations. When not prescribed by the senior com-
mander, unit commanders will prescribe the uniform for wear
Senior commanders; the Chief, Army Reserve for U.S. Army
Reserve (USAR); and State Adjutants General for the Army National Guard (ARNG)
may publish, in writing, restrictions on the wearing of utility and
organizational uniforms off military installations.
The commander in charge of units on maneuver may prescribe
the uniform for wear within the maneuver area.
Commanders of ceremonial units or with ceremonial details.
Members of honor guards, color guards, and similar details will
wear the prescribed Army service, dress, or util-ity uniforms with authorized
accouterments. These members may wear accessories authorized in CTA 50–900
(such as individual equipment, belts, white gloves, and slings) when authorized
by the commander. Commanders will prescribe uniform wear policies for these
Only those units authorized to wear a distinctive uniform in
accordance with CTA 50–900 for ceremonial duties, such as the Old Guard and the
U.S. Army Band, are exempt from the policy to wear the Army service, dress, or
utility uniforms in the performance of ceremonial duties. Commanders of special
units will prescribe the wear policy for all distinctive uniform items and
Commanders will not require individuals to purchase optional uniform
items. Likewise, they will not restrict or dis-courage them from wearing
optional uniform items authorized by this regulation, except in those instances
where uniformity is required, such as parades or formations.
Commanders will ensure that the Soldiers assigned to their
unit are aware of the grooming and appearance provisions
of this regulation and will ensure compliance with the
provisions of DA Pam 670–1 within their unit.
Commanders will conduct periodic inspections to ensure that
all personnel under their command comply with the
Soldiers possess the minimum quantities of uniforms prescribed in
this regulation, AR 700–84, and CTA 50–900.
Uniforms must fit properly and be in serviceable condition.
Soldiers wear only authorized insignia and awards, as prescribed
in this regulation.
Soldiers wear only uniform and heraldic items produced by
certified manufacturers, and they meet the specifica-tions for quality and
will promptly submit quality deficiency reports on uniforms and individual
equipment, in accordance
with AR 702–7–1 regarding those items that do not meet the
requirements in paragraphs 2–5h(1) through (3).
will ensure that only those controlled heraldic items that are of quality and
design covered in the spec-
ifications, and that have been produced by certified
manufacturers or procured through the military supply system, are worn by
personnel under their command. Commanders procuring controlled heraldic items,
when authorized by local procurement procedures, will purchase only from
manufacturers certified by TIOH. Commanders may forward a sample insignia to
TIOH for quality assurance inspection if the commander feels the quality does
not meet standards.
2–6. Director and Chief Executive
Officer, U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service Director and Chief
Executive Officer, U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service will—
manage, and supervise the Military Clothing Stores (MCS) Program worldwide, in
accordance with the
terms of a memorandum of understanding between DA and U.S.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Dallas, Texas.
responsible for the control, storage, and distribution of “issue” MCS
inventories and optional-wear military cloth-
ing items from certified manufacturers,
according to DA specifications and as developed by PEO Soldier, 5901 Putnam
Road, Building 328, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060–5852, in conjunction with the
textile technology team at the Natick Soldier Center, Natick, MA 01760.
(Optional-wear items are those not considered “issue” items.) Responsibility
does not include war reserve stock management.
a. Soldiers purchasing uniforms,
uniform items, or heraldic items from establishments other than the MCS must
ensure that the items are authorized for wear and that they conform to
appropriate military specifications or are manufactured in accordance with the
UQCP or the heraldic quality control system. When items appear deficient,
Soldiers should submit a Standard Form (SF) 368 (Product Quality Deficiency
Report) through their servicing MCS, where forms are available. Commercially
purchased items that are authorized for wear in lieu of military-issued items
must conform to the basic specification of the military-issued item, unless
otherwise specified in this regulation.
All Army uniforms, uniform items, and heraldic items procured by
the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support and sold in the MCS are produced in
accordance with appropriate military specifications and are authorized for
wear. However, in those MCS with multi-Service support agreements, some items
are sold that are authorized for wear by members of other Services, but not by
Army personnel. Soldiers are responsible for verifying with their chain of
command which items are authorized for wear by Army personnel. Uniform items
with defects in workmanship or material should be returned to the MCS for
replacement or repair.
Optional uniforms and other uniform clothing items sold in the
MCS, in exchanges, or by commercial sources will contain a label, stamp, or certificate
issued by the textile technology team at the Natick Soldier Center. Components
of some optional uniforms (such as men’s commercial white shirts, studs, and
cuff links) are not included in the UQCP.
All heraldic items purchased from an exchange, MCS, or commercial source
will contain a hallmark or label cer-tifying that the item was produced in
accordance with the appropriate military specification by a manufacturer
certified by TIOH.
All individuals purchasing uniform or insignia items from commercial
sources must ensure that the items con-form to the requirements in paragraph
2–7a(1) through (3).
b. All enlisted personnel will—
Maintain their clothing bag items and any supplemental clothing
items they are issued, as prescribed in AR 700–84 or CTA 50–900.
Ensure that their uniforms and insignia conform to this
regulation and DA Pam 670–1. c. All officers will—
(1) Procure and maintain
the uniforms and accessories appropriate to their assigned duties. See DA Pam
(2) Ensure that their
uniforms and insignia conform to this regulation and in DA Pam 670–1.
d. Soldiers will comply with all standards for
uniforms and grooming for the Soldier’s gender. The Army recognizes
a Soldier’s gender by the Soldier’s gender marker in the
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.
Soldiers will present a professional image at all times and will
continue to set the example in military presence, both on and off duty. Pride
in appearance includes Soldiers’ physical fitness and adherence to acceptable
weight standards in accordance with AR 600–9.
A vital ingredient of the Army’s strength and military effectiveness
is the pride and self-discipline that American Soldiers bring to their Service
through a conservative military image. It is the responsibility of commanders
to ensure that military personnel under their command present a neat and
soldierly appearance. Therefore, in the absence of specific procedures or
guidelines, commanders must determine a Soldier’s compliance with standards in
The Army uniform regulations for standards of personal
appearance and grooming are as specific as is practicable in
order to establish the parameters
with which Soldiers must comply.
Soldiers may wear religious apparel, articles, or jewelry with the
uniform, to include the physical fitness uniform, as authorized by paragraph
3–15 of this regulation. Requests for other religious accommodations related
to the wear and appearance of the uniform, personal appearance, and personal
grooming practices must be submitted in accordance with, AR 600–20. Wear and
appearance standards for Soldiers with approved religious accommodations for
hijabs, beards, and turbans are provided in paragraph 3–16.
Portions of this chapter are punitive. Violation of the
specific prohibitions and requirements set forth in this chapter
may result in adverse administrative action and/or charges
under the provision of the UCMJ.
Note. This paragraph is punitive with regard to
Soldiers. Violation by Soldiers may result in adverse administrative action
and/or charges under the provisions of the UCMJ.
(1) General. The requirement
for hair grooming standards is necessary to maintain uniformity within a
military population. Many hairstyles are acceptable, as long as they are neat
and conservative. It is the responsibility of leaders at all levels to exercise
good judgment when enforcing Army policy. All Soldiers will comply with hair,
fingernail, and grooming policies while in any military uniform, or in civilian
clothes on duty.
Leaders will judge the appropriateness of a particular hairstyle
by the guidance in this chapter and by the ability to wear all types of
headgear (such as beret, patrol cap, or service cap/hat) and any protective
equipment (such as protective mask or combat helmet) properly. Hairstyles
(including bulk and length of hair) that do not allow Soldiers to wear any
headgear properly, or that interfere with the proper wear of any protective
equipment, are prohibited. Headgear will fit snugly and comfortably, without
bulging or distortion from the intended shape of the headgear and without
excessive gaps between the headgear and the head. Hairstyles that pose a health
or safety hazard are not authorized.
Extreme, eccentric, or faddish haircuts or hairstyles are not
authorized. If Soldiers use dyes, tints, or bleaches, they must choose a
natural hair color. Colors that detract from a professional military appearance
are prohibited. Therefore, Soldiers must avoid using colors that result in an
extreme appearance. Applied hair colors that are prohibited include, but are
not limited to, purple, blue, pink, green, orange, bright (fire-engine) red,
and fluorescent or neon colors. It is the responsibility of leaders to use good
judgment in determining if applied colors are acceptable, based upon the
overall effect on a Soldier’s appearance.
Soldiers who have a texture of hair that does not part naturally
may cut a part into the hair or style the hair with one part. The part will be
one straight line, not slanted or curved, and will fall in the area where the
Soldier would normally part the hair. Soldiers will not shape or cut designs
into their hair or scalp.
(2) Male haircuts. The hair
on top of the head must be neatly groomed. The length and bulk of the hair may
not be excessive and must present a neat and conservative appearance. The hair
must present a tapered appearance. A tapered appearance is one where the
outline of the Soldier’s hair conforms to the shape of the head (see scalp line
in fig 3–1), curving inward to the natural termination point at the base of the
neck. When the hair is combed, it will not fall over the ears or eyebrows, or
touch the collar, except for the closely cut hair at the back of the neck. The
block-cut fullness in the back is permitted to a moderate degree, as long as
the tapered look is maintained. Males are not authorized to wear braids,
cornrows, twists, dreadlocks, or locks while in uniform or in civilian clothes
on duty. Haircuts with a single, untapered patch of hair on the top of the head
(not consistent with natural hair loss) are considered eccentric and are not
authorized. Examples include, but are not limited to, when the head is shaved around
a strip of hair down the center of the head (mohawk), around a u-shaped hair
area (horseshoe), or around a patch of hair on the front top of the head (tear
drop). Hair that is completely shaved or trimmed closely to the scalp is
authorized. (See figs 3–1 and 3–2.)
Sideburns. Sideburns are hair grown in front of the ear
and below the point where the top portion of the ear attaches to the head.
Sideburns will not extend below the bottom of the opening of the ear (see line
A of fig 3–1). Sideburns will not be styled to taper, flair, or come to a
point. The length of the individual hairs of the sideburn will not exceed 1/8
inch when fully extended.
Facial hair. Males will keep their face clean-shaven when
in uniform, or in civilian clothes on duty. Mustaches are permitted. If worn,
males will keep mustaches neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy. Mustaches will not
present a chopped off or bushy appearance, and no portion of the mustache will
cover the upper lip line, extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn upward
from the corners of the mouth (see lines C and D of fig 3–1), or extend above a
parallel line at the lowest portion of the nose (see line B of fig 3–1).
Handlebar mustaches, goatees, and beards are not authorized. If appropriate
medical authority allows beard growth, the maximum length authorized for
medical treatment must be specific. For example, “The length of the beard
cannot exceed 1/4 inch” (see TB Med 287). Soldiers will keep the growth trimmed
to the level specified by the appropriate medical authority, but are not
authorized to shape the hair growth (examples include, but are not limited to,
goatees, “Fu Manchu,” or handlebar mustaches).
Wigs and hairpieces. Males are prohibited from wearing
wigs or hairpieces while in uniform, or in civilian clothes on duty, except to
cover natural baldness or physical disfiguration caused by accident or medical
When worn, wigs or hairpieces will conform to the standard
haircut criteria, as stated within this regulation.
(3) Female haircuts and
hairstyles. The illustrations provided in figure 3–4 are intended only to
clarify language regarding authorized hair lengths and bulks. The requirements
for hair regulations are to maintain uniformity within a military population
for female Soldiers while in uniform, or in civilian clothes on duty, unless
otherwise specified. Female hairstyles may not be eccentric or faddish and will
present a conservative, professional appearance. For the purpose of these
regulations, female hairstyles are organized into three basic categories: short
length, medium length, and long length hair.
Short length. Short hair is defined as hair length that
extends no more than 1 inch from the scalp (excluding bangs). Hair may be no
shorter than 1/4 inch from the scalp (unless due to medical condition or
injury), but may be evenly tapered to the scalp within 2 inches of the hair
line edges. Bangs, if worn, may not fall below the eyebrows, may not interfere
with the wear of all headgear, must lie neatly against the head, and not be
visible underneath the front of the headgear. The width of the bangs may extend
to the hairline at the temple.
Medium length. Medium hair is defined as hair length that
does not extend beyond the lower edge of the collar (in all uniforms), and
extends more than 1 inch from the scalp. Medium hair may fall naturally in
uniform, and is not required to be secured. When worn loose, graduated hair
styles are acceptable, but the length, as measured from the end of the total
hair length to the base of the collar, may not exceed 1 inch difference in
length, from the front to the back. Layered hairstyles are also authorized, so
long as each hair’s length, as measured from the scalp to the hair’s end, is
generally the same length giving a tapered appearance. The regulations for the
wear of bangs detailed in paragraph 3–2a(a), apply. No portion of the
bulk of the hair, as measured from the scalp, will exceed 2 inches.
Long length. Long hair is defined as hair length that
extends beyond the lower edge of the collar. Long hair will be neatly and
inconspicuously fastened or pinned above the lower edge of the collar (except
when worn in accordance with para 3–2a(j)), except that bangs may be
worn. The regulations for the wear of bangs detailed in paragraph 3– 2a(3)(a)
apply. No portion of the bulk of the hair, as measured from the scalp as
styled, will exceed 2 inches (except a bun, which is worn on the back of the
head and may extend a maximum of 3 1/2 inches from the scalp and be no wider
than the width of the head).
Additional hairstyle guidelines. Faddish and exaggerated
styles, to include shaved portions of the scalp other than the neckline,
designs cut in the hair, unsecured ponytails (except during physical training),
and unbalanced or lopsided hairstyles are prohibited. Hair will be styled so as
not to interfere with the proper wear of all uniform headgear. All headgear
will fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without
bulging or distortion from the intended shape of the headgear and without
excessive gaps. When headgear is worn, hair should not protrude at distinct
angles from under the edges. Hairstyles that do not allow the headgear to be
worn in this manner are prohibited. Examples of hairstyles considered to be
faddish or exaggerated and thus not authorized for wear while in uniform or in
civilian clothes on duty include, but are not limited to hair sculpting
(eccentric texture or directional flow of any hairstyle to include spiking);
buns with loose hair extending at the end; hair styles with severe angles or
designs; and loose unsecured hair (not to include bangs) when medium and long
hair are worn up.
Devices. Hair holding devices are authorized only for the
purpose of securing the hair. Soldiers will not place hair holding devices in
the hair for decorative purposes. All hair holding devices must be plain and of
a color as close to the Soldier’s hair as is possible or clear. Authorized
devices include, but are not limited to, small plain scrunchies (elastic hair
bands covered with material), barrettes, combs, pins, clips, rubber bands, and
hair/head bands. Such devices should conform to the natural shape of the head.
Devices that are conspicuous, excessive, or decorative are prohibited. Some
examples of prohibited devices include, but are not limited to: large, lacy
scrunchies; beads, bows, or claw or alligator clips; clips, pins, or barrettes
with butterflies, flowers, sparkles, gems, or scalloped edges; and bows made
from hairpieces. Foreign material (for example, beads and decorative items)
will not be used in the hair. Soldiers may not wear hairnets unless they are
required for health or safety reasons, or in the performance of duties (such as
those in a dining facility). No other type of hair covering is authorized in lieu
of the hairnet. The commander will provide the hairnet at no cost to the
Braids, cornrows, twists, and locks. Medium and long hair
may be styled with braids, cornrows, twists, or locks (see glossary for
definitions). Each braid, cornrow, twist, or lock will be of uniform dimension,
have a diameter no greater than 1/2 inch, and present a neat, professional, and
well-groomed appearance. Each must have the same approximate size of spacing
between the braids, cornrows, twists, or locks. Each hairstyle may be worn
against the scalp or loose (free-hanging). When worn loose, such hairstyles
must be worn per medium hair length guidelines or secured to the head in the
same manner as described for medium or long length hair styles. Ends must be
secured inconspicuously. When multiple loose braids, twists or locks are worn,
they must encompass the whole head. When braids, cornrows, twists, or locks are
not worn loosely and instead worn close to the scalp, they must stop at one
consistent location of the head and must follow the natural direction of the
hair when worn back, which is either in general straight lines following the
shape of the head or flowing with the natural direction of the hair when worn
back with one primary part in the hair (see para 3–2a(1)(c)).
Hairstyles may not be styled with designs, sharply curved lines, or zigzag
lines. Only one distinctive style
(braided, rolled, twisted, or locked) may be worn at one
time. Braids, cornrows, twists, or locks that distinctly protrude (up or out)
from the head are not authorized. The bulk of the hair may not be such that it
impairs the ability to wear the advanced combat helmet (ACH) or other
protective equipment or impedes the ability to operate one’s assigned weapon,
military equipment, or machinery. A fully serviceable ACH including all of its
component parts must be worn in accordance with its technical manual to ensure
a proper fit for safety.
Hair extensions. Hair extensions are authorized.
Extensions must have the same general appearance as the individual’s natural
hair and otherwise conform to this regulation.
Wigs. Wigs, if worn in uniform or in civilian clothes on
duty, must look natural and conform to this regulation.
Wigs are not authorized to cover up unauthorized
Physical training. Long length hair, as defined in
paragraph 3–2a(3)(c), may be worn in a pony tail during physical
training. A single pony tail centered on the back of the head is authorized in
physical fitness uniforms only when within the scope of physical training,
except when considered a safety hazard. The pony tail is not required to be
worn above the collar. When hair securing devices are worn, they will comply
with the guidelines set in paragraph 3–2a(3)(e). Hairstyles
otherwise authorized in this chapter (such as braids, twists, and locks) may
also be worn in a pony tail during physical training.
Physical training in utility uniforms. Pony tails are
authorized using guidelines set forth in paragraph 3–2a(3)(j),
while conducting physical training in utility uniforms. However, if the helmet
is worn during physical training, hair must be secured using guidelines in
paragraph 3–2a(3)(a) through (k).
Standards regarding cosmetics are necessary to maintain
uniformity and to avoid an extreme or unprofessional appearance. Males are
prohibited from wearing cosmetics, except when medically prescribed. Females
are authorized to wear cosmetics with all uniforms, provided they are applied
modestly and conservatively, and that they complement both the Soldier’s
complexion and the uniform. Leaders at all levels must exercise good judgment
when interpreting and enforcing this policy.
Eccentric, exaggerated, or faddish cosmetic styles and colors, to
include makeup designed to cover tattoos, are inappropriate with the uniform
and are prohibited. Permanent makeup, such as eyebrow or eyeliner, is
authorized as long as the makeup conforms to the standards outlined above. Eyelash
extensions are not authorized unless medically prescribed.
Females will not wear shades of lipstick that distinctly contrast
with the natural color of their lips, that detract from the uniform, or that
are faddish, eccentric, or exaggerated.
Females will comply with the cosmetics policy while in any
military uniform or while in civilian clothes on duty.
Fingernails. All personnel will keep fingernails clean and
neatly trimmed. Males will keep nails trimmed so as not to extend beyond the
fingertip unless medically required and are not authorized to wear nail polish.
Females will not exceed a nail length of ¼ inch as measured from the tip of the
finger. Females will trim nails shorter if the commander determines that the
longer length detracts from a professional appearance, presents a safety
concern, or interferes with the performance of duties. Females may only wear
clear polish when in uniform or while in civilian clothes on duty. Females may
wear clear acrylic nails, provided they have a natural appearance and conform
to Army standards.
Hygiene and body grooming. Soldiers will maintain
good personal hygiene and grooming on a daily basis and wear
the uniform so as not to detract from their overall military
3–4. Female hairstyle standards
Tattoos and brands are permanent markings that are difficult to
reverse (in terms of financial cost, discomfort, and effectiveness of removal
techniques). Before obtaining either a tattoo or a brand, Soldiers should
consider talking to unit leaders to ensure that they understand the Army tattoo
and brand policy. The words tattoo and brand are interchangeable in regards to
following types of tattoos or brands are prejudicial to good order and
discipline and are, therefore, prohibited
anywhere on a Soldier’s body:
Extremist. Extremist tattoos or brands are those
affiliated with, depicting, or symbolizing extremist philosophies,
organizations, or activities. Extremist philosophies, organizations, and
activities are those which advocate racial, gender, or ethnic hatred or
intolerance; advocate, create, or engage in illegal discrimination based on
race, color, gender, ethnicity, religion, or national origin; or advocate
violence or other unlawful means of depriving individual rights under the U.S.
Constitution, and Federal or State law (see AR 600–20).
Indecent. Indecent tattoos or brands are those that are
grossly offensive to modesty, decency, propriety, or professionalism.
Sexist. Sexist tattoos or brands are those that advocate
a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on gender.
Racist. Racist tattoos or brands are those that advocate
a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on race, ethnicity, or
or brands, regardless of subject matter, are prohibited on the head, face
(except for permanent makeup, as provided in paragraph 3–2b(2)), neck
(anything above the t-shirt neckline to include on/inside the eyelids, mouth,
and ears), (below the wrist bone), and hands, except Soldiers may have one ring
tattoo on each hand, below the joint of the bottom segment (portion closest to the
palm) of the finger. Previously documented tattoos on the neck or hands, for
which Soldiers have a tattoo validation memorandum, continue to be
grandfathered. Accessing applicants must adhere to this same policy.
d.Soldiers may not cover
tattoos or brands with bandages or make up in order to comply with the tattoo
will perform an annual check for new tattoos or brands above the neckline,
wrists, and hands. If any unauthorized tattoos are found, the Soldier must be
processed in accordance with paragraph 3–3f. Tattoos on the face or head
(to include on/inside the eyelids, mouth, and ears) were never authorized
locations for tattoos. Soldiers with tattoos on the head or face must be
processed in accordance with paragraph 3–3f,below, unless the Soldier
received a written waiver upon entry into the Army. Commanders will also
conduct a simultaneous check for extremist, indecent, sexist, and racist
tattoos. If such tattoos exist, the Soldier must be processed in accordance
with paragraph 3–3f.
f. Commanders will
ensure that Soldiers understand the tattoo policy. If a Soldier has any tattoo
or brand that is prohib-
ited under paragraph 3–3b, has any tattoo or
brand that is not authorized (such as a tattoo or brand on the face or head or
a tattoo on the neck or hand that is not grandfathered), or acquires any new
tattoo or brand in violation of paragraph 3–3c, his/her commander will—
Counsel the Soldier in writing. The DA Form 4856 (Developmental
Counseling Form) will state that the Soldier is not in compliance with AR
670–1, paragraph 3–3, and will explain how the tattoo or brand violates the
specific prohibition in the policy (for example, the tattoo is extremist
because it is a known symbol for a specific hate group; or the new tattoo is in
a prohibited location).
Provide the Soldier with no less than a period of 15 calendar
days to seek medical and/or legal advice, fully con-sider all available
options, and respond to the counseling, in writing, by informing the commander
that he/she will appeal the finding that the tattoo or brand is in violation of
policy, pursue medical procedure(s) to have the tattoo or brand removed (or
changed, if applicable), or not have the tattoo or brand removed (or changed,
If the Soldier elects to appeal the finding that the tattoo or
brand is in violation of policy, the commander will for-ward the matter to the
first O–6 commander in the chain of command for a final determination.
If the Soldier elects to have the tattoo or brand removed, the
commander will counsel the Soldier on a plan for scheduling the medical
procedure(s). Soldiers will receive a reasonable amount of time to schedule the
necessary medical procedure(s) and pay for such procedure(s) (if not available
at a military treatment facility). Commanders must also determine if
operational requirements will delay the medical procedure(s).
If the Soldier declines to have the tattoo or brand removed, the
commander will counsel the Soldier in writing.
The DA Form 4856 will state that the Soldier’s refusal to
remove extremist, indecent, sexist, or racist tattoos or brands anywhere on the
body, or refusal to remove any unauthorized tattoo or brand in accordance with
paragraph 3–3b constitutes a violation of a lawful order and will result
in adverse action. The commander will then initiate administrative separation
Company-level commanders will make determinations for current Active
and Reserve Component Soldiers that tattoos or brands comply with this policy.
This authority will not be delegated further. If a tattoo or brand is
discovered to violate this policy or the Soldier wishes to appeal the
determination, the commander must submit the Soldier’s request to the first O–6
commander in the chain of command for decision.
g. Appropriate authorities for accession
determinations are listed in subparagraphs (1) through (6), below.
Accessions recruiting battalion commanders (O–5 or above), or the
recruiting battalion executive officer (O–4) who has been appointed as acting
commander via assumption of command orders in the absence of the battalion
commander, will make initial entry determinations for new accessions that
tattoos or brands comply with this policy for Active Army (AA) and USAR
Soldiers. This authority will not be delegated further.
Recruiting and retention managers (O–5 or above) will make
initial entry determinations for ARNG Soldiers that tattoos or brands comply
with this policy. This authority will not be delegated further.
Commanders (O–5 or above) of Soldiers applying for officer
accession programs including Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and State
and Federal officer candidate and warrant officer candidate programs will make
initial determinations for their Soldiers that their tattoos and brands comply
with this policy including the provision listed in paragraph 3–3g,
Professors of military science (O–5 or above) will make
determinations for ROTC cadets, prior to contracting and prior to
commissioning, that tattoos or brands comply with this policy. This authority
will not be delegated further.
Superintendent, United States Military Academy will make initial
determinations for United States Military Academy cadets, prior to enrollment
and prior to commissioning, that tattoos or brands comply with this policy.
This authority may be delegated further.
The commandants of State and Federal officer candidate and
warrant officer candidate programs will make deter-minations for candidates,
prior to starting the course and prior to commissioning or appointment, that
tattoos or brands comply with this policy. This authority will not be delegated
Determinations for accessions are required when it is reported
(either by visual sighting or annotated on the DD Form 2807–1 (Report of
Medical History)/DD Form 2808 (Report of Medical Examination)) that a tattoo
may be prohibited per paragraph 3–3b. Determinations will be fully
documented, in writing, and will include a description of all existing tattoos
and their location on the body. The Soldier or applicant will receive a copy of
all documentation. Unless otherwise directed by the DCS, G–1, these
determinations are final. If a tattoo is discovered to violate this policy
after an initial determination has been documented, commanders must submit
requests for an exception to policy or for discharge through the Soldier’s
chain of command to the ACOM/ASCC/DRU for approval. Appeals to the
ACOM/ASCC/DRU decision will be forwarded to the DCS, G–1 for decision.
Exceptions to policy for accessing applicants not meeting the
criteria outlined in paragraph 3–3c must be approved by the Director of
Military Personnel Management, DCS, G–1. Such exceptions must be documented and
uploaded into the Soldier’s Army Military Human Resource Record (AMHRR) upon
accession into the Army. Any previous delegation of approval authority for
exception to policy for accessing applicants is revoked. This authority will
not be further delegated.
Soldiers are prohibited from any unauthorized form of body
mutilation, which is the willful mutilation of the body or any body parts in
any manner. This prohibition does not include authorized medical alterations
performed at a medical treatment facility or cosmetic, reconstructive, or
plastic surgery procedures the commander normally approves. Examples of
unauthorized body mutilation include, but are not limited to, tongue
bifurcation (splitting of the tongue), ear gauging (enlarged holes in the lobe
of the ear that are greater than 1.6mm), unnatural shaping of teeth, ear
pointing (or elfing), scarification (cutting to create intentional scarring),
or body modifications for the purpose of suspension (hanging by body hooks).
Soldiers who entered the Army with approved body mutilation before 31 March
2014 may request an exception to policy from DCS, G–1. See DA Pam 670–1 for
Note. This paragraph is punitive with regard to
Soldiers. Violation by Soldiers may result in adverse administrative action
and/or charges under the provisions of the UCMJ
a. Soldiers may wear a
wristwatch, a wrist religious or identification bracelet, and a total of two
rings (a wedding set is considered one ring) with Army uniforms, unless
prohibited by the commander for safety or health reasons. Soldiers may also
wear one activity tracker, pedometer, or heart rate monitor. Any jewelry or
monitors Soldiers wear while in uniform or civilian clothes on duty must be
conservative. Bracelets are limited to medical alert bracelets, missing in
action, prisoner of war, killed in action (black or silver color only), and
religious bracelets similar in size and appearance to identification bracelets.
Soldiers are authorized to wear only one item on each wrist while in uniform or
in civilian clothes on duty. In addition to the one item (watch or
identification bracelet) authorized to be worn on each wrist, Soldiers may wear
an activity tracker, pedometer, or heart rate monitor. Male Soldiers may wear
a conservative tie tack or tie clasp with a necktie. Female Soldiers may wear
earrings as described in paragraph 3–4d.
b. No jewelry, other than that
described in paragraphs 3–4a or 3–4d, below, can appear exposed
while in uniform, or in civilian clothes on duty. Additional guidance on
religious items is described in paragraph 3–15. Pens and/or pencils of any
color may be worn exposed in the pen/pencil slots on any uniform with such
c. Attaching, affixing or
displaying objects, articles, jewelry, or ornamentation to, through, or under
their skin, tongue, or any other body part is prohibited. This applies to all
Soldiers on or off duty. The only exception is the wear of earrings consistent
with paragraph 3–4d. (The term “skin” is not confined to external skin
but includes the tongue, lips, inside the mouth, and other surfaces of the body
not readily visible.)
d. Females only are
authorized to wear earrings with the service, dress, mess, and evening mess
Earrings may be screw-on, clip-on, or post-type earrings in gold,
silver, white pearl, or diamond. The earrings will not exceed 6 mm or 1⁄4
inch in diameter, and they must be unadorned and spherical. When worn, the
earrings will fit snugly against the ear. Females may wear earrings only as a
matched pair, with only one earring per ear lobe.
Females are not authorized to wear earrings with any Class C
uniform (combat, utility, garrison culinary, physical fitness, field, or
When in civilian clothes on duty, female Soldiers must comply
with the specifications listed in subparagraph (1), above, when wearing
earrings, unless otherwise authorized by the commander. Male Soldiers may not
wear earrings when in civilian clothes on duty.
When male and female Soldiers are not in uniform and off duty,
earring wear is not restricted as long as the ear-rings do not create or
support ear gauging (enlarged holes in the lobe of the ear, greater than
Ankle bracelets, toe rings, necklaces (other than those
described in paragraph 3–15), faddish (trendy) devices, me-
dallions, amulets, and personal talismans or icons are not
authorized for wear while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty.
The use of gold caps, platinum caps, or caps of any unnatural color
or texture (permanent or removable) for purposes of dental ornamentation is
prohibited. Teeth, whether natural, capped, or veneered, will not be decorated
with designs, jewels, initials, or similar ornamentation. Unnatural shaping of
teeth for nonmedical reasons is prohibited. Commanders may consider waivers for
permanent caps that were applied prior to the effective date of this
regulation. Such waivers must be approved by the first O–5 commander in the
chain of command and documented in an official memorandum, which must be
uploaded to the Soldier’s AMHRR. A picture of the permanent caps must be
appended as an enclosure to the memorandum.
Army participation in a public event has been approved in accordance with AR
360–1, commanders are re-
sponsible for determining the appropriate uniform for
the event. Generally, protocol standards dictate standards of dress. For
instance, when an invitation calls for business attire, the appropriate Army
uniform is the service or dress uniform. However, in some instances, the Class
C uniform may be appropriate. Commanders should make use of their protocol or
other appropriate supporting staff for a decision regarding the appropriate
should use their discretion and consider the following when determining the
appropriate uniform for
(1) The nature and
location of the event (for example, on or off-post).
(2) Whether the event is
open to the public or not.
(3) The solemnity of the
(4) Who is being
recognized at or by the event (is the event recognizing current Soldiers or
(5) Who is hosting the
(6) Who is attending the
(7) Whether the media
will be present.
When attire is listed as “duty uniform,” the activities undertaken
drive the appropriate uniform. “Duty uniform” does not necessarily indicate
Class C uniform wear. When “duty” is listed as the uniform for an event,
commanders need to exercise good judgment for participants and attendees.
If an event recognizes the service and sacrifice of Soldiers for
named operations, then the Army combat uniform (ACU) may be appropriate. If the
event recognizes the shared sacrifice of our veterans on Veteran’s Day, then
the service uniform is appropriate. In all cases, the Army is on display.
Commanders are expected to recognize the difference and prescribe a uniform
appropriate for an event.
When commanders are in doubt regarding the appropriate
uniform, they should seek guidance from their higher
headquarters and/or the appropriate public affairs or
personnel will maintain a high standard of professional dress and appearance.
Uniforms will fit properly; the proper fitting of uniforms is provided in DA
Pam 670–1. Personnel must keep uniforms clean, serviceable, and roll- pressed,
as necessary. Soldiers must project a military image that leaves no doubt that
they live by a common military standard and uphold military order and discipline.
the following when wearing items on uniforms:
Keys or key chains will not be attached to the uniform on the
belt, belt loops, or waistband, unless they are not visible (to include making
a bulky appearance under the uniform). When authorized by the commander,
Soldiers may attach visible keys or key chains to the uniform when performing
duties such as charge of quarters, armorer, duty officer or noncommissioned
officer (NCO), or other similar duties.
Soldiers may wear an electronic device on the belt, belt loops,
or waistband of the uniform. Only one electronic device (for example, cell
phone) may be worn. The body of the device may not exceed the size of a
Government- issued electronic device, and the device and carrying case must be black;
no other colors are authorized. If security cords or chains are attached to the
device, Soldiers will conceal the cord or chain from view. Other types of
electronic devices are not authorized for wear on the uniform, unless medically
prescribed. If the commander issues and requires the use of other electronic
devices in the performance of duties, the Soldier will carry them in the hand,
pocket, briefcase, purse, bag, or some other carrying container.
Soldiers will not wear keys, key chains, or electronic devices on
the uniform when the commander determines such wear is inappropriate (such as
in formation or during parades or ceremonies).
Soldiers will not walk while engaged in activities that would
interfere with the hand salute and greeting of the day or detract from a
professional image. Examples include, but are not limited to, walking while
eating, using electronic devices, or smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes.
Soldiers are not authorized to wear wireless or non-wireless devices/earpieces
while wearing Army uniforms, except for headphones as prescribed below.
Hands-free devices while operating a personal, commercial, or military vehicle
(to include a motorcycle or bicycle) are allowed if not otherwise prohibited by
policy or law in accordance with AR 385–10.
Unless the unit or installation commander otherwise prohibits,
Soldiers may use headphones, including wireless or non-wireless devices and
earpieces, in uniform while performing individual physical training in indoor
gyms or fitness centers. Soldiers may not wear headphones while taking the Army
Physical Fitness Test. Soldiers may not wear headphones beyond the permitted
area in any manner, including around the neck or attached to the uniform.
Headphones will be conservative and discreet. Ear pads will not exceed 1 1/2
inches in diameter at the widest point. Soldiers may wear electronic devices,
such as music players or cell phones, as prescribed above; Soldiers may also
wear a solid black armband to store and carry electronic devices in the gym or
fitness center. Soldiers may not wear the armband beyond the permitted area.
While in uniform, personnel will not place their hands in their
pockets, except momentarily to place or retrieve objects. Soldiers will keep
uniforms buttoned, zipped, and snapped. They will ensure that metallic devices
such as metal insignia, belt buckles, and belt tips are free of scratches and
corrosion and properly polished or properly subdued, as applicable. Soldiers
will ensure all medals and ribbons are clean and not frayed. Personnel will
keep boots and shoes cleaned and/or shined, as appropriate. Soldiers will
replace the insignia listed in AR 700–84 when it becomes unserviceable or no
longer conforms to standards.
Lapels and sleeves of service/dress and mess coats and jackets
will be roll-pressed, without creasing. Skirts will not be creased. Trousers,
slacks, and the sleeves of shirts and blouses will be creased. Personnel are
not authorized to sew military creases into the uniform.
Although some uniform items are made of wash-and-wear materials,
or are treated with a permanent-press finish, Soldiers may need to press these
items to maintain a neat, military appearance. However, before pressing or roll
pressing uniform items, Soldiers should read and comply with care instruction
labels attached to the items. Use of starch, sizing, and any process that
involves dry-cleaning or steam pressing will adversely affect the treatments
and durability of the wash-and-wear uniforms and is not authorized. See DA Pam
670–1 regarding specific guidance pertaining to each uniform.
b. Fit. Instructions for fit of uniforms
are contained in DA Pam 670–1.
a. All personnel will wear an Army uniform when on
duty, unless granted an exception by the commander to wear
civilian clothes. The following personnel may grant
(1) Commanders of
(2) The Secretary of
Defense or designee, the Secretary of the Army, or the Assistant Secretaries of
(3) Heads of Department
of Defense (DOD) agencies.
(4) Heads of DA Staff
agencies or HQDA principal officials.
Personnel traveling on Air Mobility Command and non-Air Mobility
Command flights on permanent change of station orders, temporary duty (TDY),
emergency leave, or space-available flights are authorized to wear civilian
clothes. Personnel must ensure that the clothing worn is appropriate for the
occasion and reflects positively on the Army. (See DODD 4500.54E for
information concerning mandatory wear of civilian clothing in foreign
countries. The individual’s travel orders will reflect information authorizing
wear of civilian clothing.)
Personnel on official travel and traveling by commercial
travel means may wear the service uniform, the ACU, or
appropriate civilian attire, unless restricted by the
Soldiers may wear optional uniform items as prescribed in this
regulation and DA Pam 670–1. All uniform combi-nations are authorized for
year-round wear. However, Soldiers should use appropriate discretion based upon
weather conditions and duties. Wearing combinations of uniform items not
prescribed in this regulation, DA Pam 670–1, or other authorization documents
approved by HQDA is prohibited. Commanders will not prescribe seasonal wear dates
for uniform items, but may prescribe uniform(s) based on safety reasons (for
example, for extreme cold or hot weather based on temperature).
Wearing a combination of civilian and military clothing is
prohibited, unless prescribed in this regulation or directed
by the Secretary of the Army.
Bags, handbags, purses, and backpacks are authorized, but
must adhere to the following criteria:
Hand carried bags will be conservative and professional in
appearance. Bags (to include civilian gym bags, civil-ian backpacks, or other
similar civilian bags) must be carried only in the hand if they do not meet the
criteria outlined in paragraph 3–7f(2). DA Pam 670–1 provides additional
descriptions and wear occasions for handbags.
If Soldiers choose to wear a shoulder bag while in uniform, the
bag must be black or match the camouflage pat-tern uniform being worn, and may
not have any commercial logos. The contents of the bag may not be visible;
therefore, see-through plastic or mesh bags are not authorized. Soldiers may
carry authorized bags by hand, on one shoulder using a shoulder strap, or over
both shoulders using both shoulder straps. Soldiers may not wear a shoulder bag
in such a manner that the strap is draped diagonally across the body, with the
bag resting on the hip opposite the shoulder holding the strap.
Commanders may prescribe the wear of organizational issue
rucksacks in garrison and field environments.
Soldiers may continue to wear issued uniform items changed in
design or material as long as the item remains in
serviceable condition, unless specifically prohibited by
this regulation or DA Pam 670–1.
Civilian clothing is considered appropriate attire for individuals
who are participating in civilian outdoor activities, such as volksmarches,
orienteering, or similar activities. Soldiers who are spectators at these
activities may wear the service uniform. Soldiers who are participating in, or
observing these events, are not authorized to wear utility or field uniforms.
However, commanders of participating units or of those units that provide
support personnel (such as medical and traffic control personnel) may prescribe
appropriate uniforms, to include utility or organizational uniforms, if
warranted by the occasion, weather conditions, or activity.
Soldiers may wear experimental uniform items while actively
engaged in an experimental uniform test program ap-
proved by Headquarters, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine
Command; Headquarters, AMC; or the Army Uniform Board, HQDA. Soldiers will not
wear experimental items after completion of the test, unless such wear has been
ARNG technicians, who are also members of the ARNG, will wear
the appropriate Army duty uniform while engaged
in their civil service status.
Wearing Army uniforms is prohibited in the following
(1) In connection with
the furtherance of any political or commercial interests, or when engaged in
off duty civilian employment.
(2) When participating in
public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches, rallies, or public
demonstrations, except as authorized by the first O–5 in the chain of command.
(3) When attending any
meeting or event that is a function of, or is sponsored by, an extremist
(4) When wearing the
uniform would bring discredit upon the Army, as determined by the commander.
(5) When specifically
prohibited by Army regulations.
l. Soldiers will wear headgear with the Army
uniform, except under the following circumstances:
Headgear is not required if it would interfere with the safe
operation of military vehicles. Wearing military head-gear is not required
while in or on a privately owned vehicle (to include a motorcycle, bicycle, or
convertible automobile), a commercial vehicle, or on public conveyance (such as
a subway, train, plane, or bus).
Soldiers will not wear headgear indoors, unless under arms in an
official capacity, or when directed by the com-mander, such as for indoor
Male and female Soldiers are not required to wear headgear to
evening social events (after retreat) when wearing the Army service and dress
uniforms or the mess and evening mess uniforms.
Soldiers will carry their headgear, when it is not worn, in their
hands while wearing service, dress, mess, and evening mess uniforms. Soldiers
are authorized storage of the headgear, when it is not worn, in the Class C
uniform cargo pockets, if applicable. Soldiers must fold the headgear neatly so
as not to present a bulky appearance. They may also elect to store it at the
small of the back, with the bill tucked in the belt, provided there is no bulky
appearance and the headgear remains hidden from view. Soldiers will not attach
headgear to the uniform or hang it from the belt.
a. For purposes of applying the provisions of 10
USC 771, the following uniform items are distinctive and will not be
sold to or worn by unauthorized
(1) All Army headgear,
when worn with insignia.
(2) Badges and tabs
(identification, marksmanship, combat, and special skill).
(3) Uniform buttons (U.S.
Army or Corps of Engineers).
(4) Decorations, service
medals, service and training ribbons, and other awards and their appurtenances.
(5) Insignia of any
design or color that the Army has adopted.
will remove all distinctive items before disposing of unserviceable uniform
instructions regarding uniforms and uniform items are contained in DA Pam
clothing is authorized for wear when off duty, unless the wear is prohibited by
the senior commander. Com-
manders down to unit level may restrict the
wear of civilian clothes by those Soldiers who have had their pass privileges
revoked. Within the confines of a military base or a DOD installation, civilian
clothing will be worn subject to local regulations.
on duty in civilian clothes or off duty and outside of their personal dwelling,
Army personnel will present a professional image that does not detract from the
profession, unless specifically exempted by the commander for specific mission
are associated and identified with the Army in and out of uniform, and when on
or off duty. Therefore, when civilian clothing is worn, Soldiers will ensure
that their dress and personal appearance are commensurate with the high
standards traditionally associated with Army service. Commanders are charged
with determining and publishing the local civilian clothing policy. When on a
military installation, civilian headgear will be removed indoors in accordance
with established norms.
civilian clothing has been authorized by competent authority for wear in a duty
status in lieu of a uniform, the civilian clothing will be of the same