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Chapter 5





5.1.  Receipt for Uniform, Books, and Other Equipment.  When cadets are issued a uniform, they will sign a Custody Receipt Form and place their initials beside each issued uniform item.  Cadets will also sign for books and course materials that are issued to them on a Klein High School book issue or other receipt form showing quantity, control number, and condition.  Each item then becomes the property of the cadet who is responsible for its care. If the item is lost or willfully or negligently destroyed, beyond normal wear and tear, the cadet must pay for it at current replacement cost.  The ASI will publish a price listing for all accountable items. Any item substitution must be authorized by the ASI prior to purchase.


5.1.1.  With the exception of those cadets in Color Guard and Drill Teams, cadets will be issued one complete, clean uniform with all accessories and insignia.   Color Guard and Drill Team members will be issued an additional pair of trousers and shirt.


5.2.  Turn-In of Uniforms, Books, and Other Equipment.  Cadets will return all items issued except for shoes and socks or pay for  them at the end of the school year or upon disenrollment during the school year. Books must be returned in the same condition that they were issued,  minus normal wear and tear. CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION OF MILITARY TRAINING, REPORT CARDS, TRANSCRIPTS, AND/OR ANY OTHER OFFICIAL DOCUMENT WILL NOT BE  RELEASED UNTIL ALL ROTC UNIFORMS, COURSE MATERIALS, AND EQUIPMENT ARE RETURNED OR PAID FOR BY THE STUDENT. COLLECTION ACTION CAN ALSO BE INITIATED THROUGH THE APPROPRIATE AGENCIES.


5.3.   Recommendations to Prevent Paying For Items.  To prevent paying for uniforms, books, and equipment, we encourage cadets to:


5.3.1.  NOT leave items unattended or in unlocked or shared lockers.


5.3.2.  NOT lend items to other cadets.


5.3.3.  NOT allow others to turn in accountable items.


5.3.4.  NOT carry flight caps with books but place them in a book bag.


5.3.5.  Write their initials on the tag inside their hat.


5.3.6.  TURN IN any found uniform items to a AFJROTC instructor or to the main school office.


5.3.7.  RETURN uniform items that become worn or otherwise unserviceable to the ASI.   If unserviceable due to normal wear and tear, item will be replaced at no cost.  If a uniform item does not fit, return promptly for replacement.


5.4.   Uniform  Wear Standards.  Cadets will wear the uniform  as prescribed by AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance,  and AFOATSI 36-9. Refer to Figures 5.1 through 5.7 for proper  uniform wear and combination standards. When participating in orientation flights or field trips, the SASI will prescribe the uniform to be worn in a field memorandum.


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5.5.  Weekly Uniform Day Policies.  Cadets will wear the service dress uniform when directed by the SASI through the Cadet Group Commander.  On the Thursday mandatory uniform day, cadets will wear the uniform combination designated by the ASI. Cadets will be inspected on uniform wear and personal appearance on uniform days using the inspection sheet furnished by the ASI.  The ASI will prescribe in a memorandum who can wear specialized uniform items such as cords, berets, and ascots; and when they can be worn, and how they will be worn and maintained.


5.5.1.  Each cadet will ensure that the uniform is ready for inspection on the designated uniform day or for other mandatory uniform formations.   PLANNING AHEAD is the key. Assemble the uniform, iron shirts, and polish shoes the night before. "The uniform is in the cleaners, is too small, or I am missing uniform items" are not excuses for not wearing the uniform.   Cadets must coordinate beforehand with the ASI if they need replacement items from the supply room. Cadets not wearing the uniform on scheduled uniform days or events will receive a zero if they do not present an acceptable excuse from their parents or guardian.   The excuse must state why the cadet is not in uniform. An “excuse” submitted by parents must not be perceived as automatically being approved by the SASI. The SASI will thoroughly review the “excuse” prior to approving or disapproving it. If a cadet is absent and is excused in accordance with school policies, there is no penalty as long as  the cadet makes up the missed uniform day. This is normally accomplished prior to the following Thursday Inspection. Unexcused absences or failure to make up the missed uniform day will result in a zero. Cadets must present an excused absence admission form to the SASI/ASI upon their return to school. Cadets will wear the uniform for the entire school day, and have the SASI/ASI inspect them to receive uniform credit.   Failure to wear the uniform as directed and to not make up any excused absences will seriously jeopardize the course grade. SASI will consider disenrollment after three failures to wear the uniform during any grading period.


5.6.  Uniform and Civilian Clothing.  Cadets will not mix uniform and civilian clothing.   If they have a legitimate reason not to wear the uniform or any uniform item due to medical conditions, they must present medical documentation and receive a SASI waiver.


5.7.  Name Tag.  Cadets will wear the standard Air Force laminated ultramarine blue name tag, with white, block style letters engraved on the plastic, secured with clutch-type fasteners.   Nametag size is 3 3/16 x 5/8 inches with 1/4 inch lettering. Males wear it over the right breast pocket, parallel with the top seam of the pocket. Females place it on an imaginary line parallel to the ground and no lower than the second button and centered, aligned with the ribbons.


5.8.  Prohibited Activities When Wearing the Uniform.  Cadets may not hitch hike, perform labor, engage in sports activities, or do anything that would dishonor the uniform.  Furthermore, questionable behavior in school or in public while wearing the uniform creates an unfavorable impression of the AFJROTC program, Klein High School, and the Air Force.  Conversely, proper conduct and pride reflects favorably upon the cadet and enhances the corps’ image throughout the community. Thus, wear the uniform PROUDLY and constantly strive to present a neat, clean, and well groomed appearance at all times.




5.9.  General Policy.  There are two combinations of  male cadet uniforms. The Service Dress or Class A Uniform which includes the coat, shirt, trousers, and accessories; and the Class B uniform which constitutes the short sleeve light blue shirt, trousers, and accessories.  See AFROTCI 36-9, this handbook, and the Leadership I textbook for proper placement and maintenance of authorized uniform accessories.


5.10.   Belt. Dark blue with silver tip, 1¼ inches wide and worn by threading through the belt loop to the wearer's left.  The silver tip extends beyond the buckle to the wearer's left with no blue fabric showing. The male cadet’s

"gig" line is the straight line formed by the front edge of the shirt, the belt buckle, and the trousers fly.  Check frequently to ensure the "gig" line is straight.

5.11.  Coat, Service Blue.  With arms hanging naturally, sleeves should end ¼ inch from the heel of the thumb.  Bottom of the coat should be fingertip length when hands are slightly cupped. All buttons must be buttoned and NOTHING is carried in outside pockets.  Flat items may be carried in the inside pockets. The coat may be removed in classrooms or in the media center when it becomes uncomfortably warm or when a lab coat must be worn, or it may be unbuttoned in the classroom to avoid binding or wrinkling.  It will NOT be unbuttoned or removed in public areas (hallways, common areas, or cafeteria). When removed it will be hung up or carefully draped over the back of a chair . The coat must be put back on and BUTTONED before leaving the classroom. The coat will have the unit patch on the right sleeve and the AFJROTC patch on the left sleeve as prescribed in AFROTCI 36-9. Reference Figure 5.2.


5.12.  Cap, Blue Service ("Wheel Cap").  This is an optional item for cadet officers and Command CMSgt only.   It is worn squarely on the head with a two finger spacing between the bridge of the nose and the bill of the cap.   Service cap will have a plain visor. Reference Figure 5.1.


5.13.  Cap, Blue Garrison ("Flight Cap").  Worn slightly to the wearer's right with vertical crease of the cap in line with the center of the forehead, in a straight line with the nose; the cap extends approximately 1 inch from the eyebrows in the front. When not worn, the cap will be tucked under the belt on left side, between first and second belt loops, with the opening of cap to the rear. The cap will not fold over the belt. Cap will not be tucked under epaulets. When worn, the crown will not be crushed.  Flight caps will not have officer silver braid. Cadet officers will place the officer insignia on the wearer’s left side of the cap as shown in Figure 5.1. Enlisted cadets do not wear cap insignia.


5.14.  Jacket, Light Weight, Blue Windbreaker.  It must be zipped up at least halfway. Sleeve cuff, collar, and side sizing tabs on lower side hems must be buttoned.  The windbreaker will not be worn over the service dress jacket or with civilian clothing. The jacket will have the unit patch on the right sleeve and the AFJROTC patch on the left sleeve as prescribed in AFROTCI 36-9. Reference Figure 5.6.


5.15.  Shirt, Light Blue, Short Sleeve with Epaulets.  With arm bent at a 90 degree angle, the bottom of the sleeve should barely touch or come within one inch of the forearm.  This shirt will be worn with a tie and all buttons will be buttoned. The shirt tail is pulled down into the trousers tightly and tucked at the sides to make it nearly form-fitting.  The only creases on the shirt are down the sleeves. Nothing may be carried in the shirt. Bulky items such as glasses will not be carried. Reference Figure 5.3


5.16.  Socks. Socks must be BLACK and FULL LENGTH.  Other dark colors are not authorized.


5.17.  Tie, Blue.  The tie is secured by either a windsor or four-in-hand knot.  The tip of the tie will extend no more than 1½ inches above or below the belt line.  It is worn outside the shirt and is not tucked in. Pretied ties are not authorized; however, cadets are authorized to wear the tie tac or clasp bearing the official Air Force Coat.  See Figure 5.8.


5.18.  Trousers, Dark Blue.  Trim fitted with no bunching at the waist or bagging at the seat.  The bottom of the trousers will rest on the front of the shoes with a slight break in the creases.  The back of the trouser leg will extend approximately 7/8 inch longer than the front. The trousers must be of matching material to the service coat and the cap.  The rear pocket of the trousers will always be buttoned and articles should not be bulky and visible. The zipper tab will be pressed down to permit the fly to be neatly closed.


5.19.  Shoes. Black male oxfords.  Shoes will be laced to the top and highly shined.  The soles and heel edges will be coated with sole and heal dressing.  Optional high gloss black corfam shoes or patent leather are authorized at the cadet's own expense.   Note: Black corfams are only authorized for second year cadets and above.


5.20.  Undergarments (T-Shirts) will be worn with the uniform and will be conservative, commercial style, white in color with no writing on them, and either with a “V” neck or “U” neck design.



5.21.  Hair. Must be clean, neat, and trimmed.  It should present a groomed, tapered appearance.  The thickness and length of the hair will not exceed 1¼ inch in bulk or interfere with the proper wear of issued headgear.  The hair must not touch the ears or collar or protrude below the front band of the headgear. It will not be worn in an extreme or faddish style (i.e., spiked hair).  No highlights or dying of hair in an outlandish manner, i.e., freaky red. Sideburns will be neatly trimmed in the same manner as the hair. Sideburns will not extend beyond the bottom of the ear opening, must be straight and even in width, and end with a clean shaven, horizontal line.  


5.22.  Jewelry.  Earrings are not authorized to be worn while in uniform nor at anytime in ROTC facilities, i.e., classrooms and storerooms.  Fingernails will be neat, clean and, trimmed. No more than three rings will be worn at any one time and one bracelet may be worn which can not be wider than one half inch, detract from the military image, or be a safety hazard.  Cadets may wear watches.


5.22.1.  When in civilian clothes, males may not enter the premises of the AFJROTC facilities wearing earrings and in addition, shirts must be tucked in.




5.23.  General Policy.  The two female uniform combinations are  the Class A Uniform (Service Dress) which includes the coat, blouse, trousers or skirt, and accessories; and the Class B Uniform which includes the short sleeve blouse with trousers or skirt.  Authorized accessories are placed and maintained as outlined in AFROTCI 36-9, this handbook, and the Leadership I textbook.


5.24.  Service Coat, Blue.  Coat should follow the contours of the figure but allow ease of movement without pulling in the back of the waist.  The sleeves should come to the base (heel) of the hand. The coat and slacks or skirt must match the color shade and material.  Items will not be carried in the jacket pockets. It may also be unbuttoned in the classroom to avoid binding or wrinkling. It will not be removed  in school public areas such as hallways, common areas, or the cafeteria. The coat will be put on and buttoned before leaving the classroom. Reference Figure 5.4.


5.25.  Flight Cap, Blue. Worn slightly to the wearer's right with vertical crease of the cap in line with the center of the forehead, in a straight line with the nose; approximately 1 inch from the eyebrows in the front. When not worn, the cap will be tucked under the belt on left side, between first and second belt loops, with the opening of cap to the rear. The cap will not fold over the belt. Cap will not be tucked under epaulets. When worn, the crown will not be crushed.  Flight caps will not have officer silver braid. Cadet officers will place the officer insignia on the wearer’s left side of the cap as shown in Figure 5.1.


5.26.  Hose. Commercial sheer, nylon hose in black or off-black, dark blue, dark brown, or neutral color that complements the uniform and the cadet's skin color.  Patterned hose is not allowed.


5.27.  Socks. Black, commercial socks without design and full length will be worn with slacks and oxfords.


5.28.  Jacket, Light Weight, Blue Windbreaker.  Should fit loosely over the hips when zipped.  Cuffs of the sleeves should cover the wrists but not extend beyond.  Blouse is not exposed below the jacket. Jacket must be zipped up at least halfway. Reference 5.6.


5.29.  Blouse, Light Blue, Short Sleeve, and Pointed Collar.  Blouse is worn tucked in and must be worn with a tab. Reference 5.5.


5.30.  Slacks, Blue.  Will fit naturally over the hips with no bunching at the waist or fullness in the seat.  Bottom of slacks will rest on the front of the shoes with a slight break in the creases. Back of the slacks will extend approximately 7/8  inch longer than the front. Slacks are tailored to straight hanging and any alterations to modify

the leg shape must be approved by the ASI.  Articles carried in the pockets will not be visible or present a bulky appearance.


5.31.  Skirt, Blue.  Will be free hanging with zipper closure in the back.  Length will be no shorter that the top of the kneecap and no longer than the bottom of the kneecap.  Hose will be worn with the skirt.


5.32.  Undergarments will be worn with the uniform and will be conservative, commercial style, and white in color. The wear of “V” or “U” neck white t-shirts are highly recommended.


5.33.  Shoes. Cadets will be issued black oxford shoes to be worn with uniform.  Shoes will be laced to the top and highly shined. Optional scotch grain black leather or high gloss finish pumps are authorized for female cadets at their own expense.  Optional high gloss black corafram or patent leather shoes are also authorized at the cadet's own expense. Heel height must not exceed 2 1/2 inches. Shoes will have plain closed toe and heel, and will not have any ornamentation such as bows, buckles, or straps. First year cadets are not authorized to wear Coraframs.


5.34.  Purse. May carry a small, black purse.  The standard Air Force purse may be purchased and carried at the cadet's expense.




5.35.  Jewelry.  Female cadets will not wear or carry exposed on the uniform: pencils, pens, handkerchiefs, and jewelry to include ankle bracelets.  One bracelet is permitted if it is neat and conservative and not wider than one half inch. They may wear wristwatches, identification bracelets, and pearl, silver, diamond, or gold stud earrings if they do not extend or dangle below the bottom of the ear lobe.  Earrings must be spherical or of plain design. Cadets may wear no more than three rings at any one time. Thumb rings art not allowed to worn in uniform.


5.36.  Hair. Will not exceed 3 inches in bulk or prevent proper wear of headgear.  Must be styled to permit wear of any military head gear and will not be worn in any style longer than the bottom of the collar edge at the back of the neck.  Exaggerated styles with excessive fullness or extreme heights are prohibited. Hair ornaments such as ribbons will not be worn; however, pins, combs, or barrettes VERY SIMILAR in color to the individual's own hair may be worn.  No dying of hair in an outlandish manner, i.e., freaky red.


5.37.  Cosmetics must be conservative and in good taste.


5.38.  Finger nails must be neat, clean, and nail polish, if worn, must be conservative in color and not contain any ornamentation.         




5.39.  Replace buttons promptly.  Buttons on the service dress are oxidized silver as are most of the insignia.  DO NOT polish.


5.40.  Trim loose strings ("cables") and frayed seams on the uniform.


5.41.  Necklaces, pendants, and other conspicuous adornments are not to be exposed at all while in any uniform.  


5.42.  Ribbons.  All authorized ribbons must be worn.  Ensure they do not become frayed or worn.  Cadets may wear ribbons earned while enrolled in other JROTC programs.  Four Civil Air Patrol ribbons (General Spaatz, Earhart, General Mitchell, and General Curry) may also be worn.  Normal order of wear is AFJROTC, CAP, and then other service ribbons grouped by service and by year achieved. Medals and ribbons will not be worn together.  


5.43.  Physical Education teachers will determine whether cadets in uniform are excused from dressing out for physical education class on AFJROTC uniform day.  

5.44.   Gum chewing, SMOKING or use of any tobacco product, and playing of  portable tape recorders, stereos, and CD players are prohibited.


5.45.   Umbrellas.  Optional, commercial, plain solid dark blue or black without ornamentation are authorized when weather conditions dictate their use.


5.46.   Airman Battle Uniform (ABU).  Only AS-300s and AS-400s may wear the ABUs during “drill days”. The Cadet Group Commander will recommend to the SASI when ABUs may be worn (only once a month).  They will be worn in accordance with this handbook (Figure 5.7) and AFROTCI 36-9.




5.47.  The SASI has authorized special teams or membership associations (i.e., color guard, drill teams, academic, physical training (PT), Kitty Hawk, and rocketry) to wear additional uniform items or wear a distinctive yet conservative military uniform. These additional items and/or distinctive uniform are worn only when performing duty as a member of the specialized group. The only exception is the cord which is authorized to be worn with the regular uniform as long as the cadet is a member of good standing of said special team or association. The wear of the additional uniform items are further described in Chapter 7 under the corresponding special team or association.






Figure 5.1.  Male Headgear




Figure 5.1 (Continuation).  Female Headgear



Figure 5.2.  Cadet Male Service Dress





Figure 5.3.  Cadet Male Light Blue Shirt



Figure 5.4.  Cadet Female Service Dress



Figure 5.5.  Cadet Female Light Blue Blouse





Figure 5.6.  Cadet Light Weight Blue Jacket



Figure 5.7.  Cadet Battle Dress Uniform (BDU)




Figure 5.8 Tie Tying Instructions

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