Army Uniform Regulations For 2022 - Operation Military Kids (2022)

The different branches of the military all have their own individual uniform types and regulations that they expect their members to strictly adhere to.

The Army is no exception.

They have some of the most strict and time-honored uniform regulations of any branch of the service.

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Currently, the Army is the only branch of the service that does not have three uniforms but that’s about to change.

At the current time, there is only a combat uniform and a service uniform that leans more towards being a dress uniform.

So no matter what job a soldier is doing, they always wear their combat uniform a majority of the time.

That will change when the Army Greens uniform has been fully integrated into the uniform system.

Then those in office-like environments and non-field positions will wear the Army Greens instead of the more traditional combat uniform.

Starting in 2020, most new Army members will then be issued all 3 main uniforms.

The Army uniform selection will then consist of the new Army Greens, the Army Dress Uniform (formerly known as the service uniform), and the Army Combat Uniform.

Army Combat Uniform

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This has long served as the daily uniform no matter what type of job a US Soldier performed on a regular basis.

That will not change much for most Army members even with the addition of the new Army greens.

Army Combat uniforms come in two different camouflaged colors:

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This includes the more traditional green camouflaged uniforms that many are familiar with and the tan camouflaged uniforms that have become popular to match the terrain of the fighting that has been conducted in the Middle East.

Cap

Most Army soldiers will wear the traditional patrol cap.

Insignia must be worn front and centered and the name in the middle of the back.

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Some Army specialties are allowed to wear special headgear with the combat uniform.

This includes such job-specific headgear as Green Beret’s (Special Forces), Red Beret’s (Airborne Rangers), and Tan Beret’s (all other Ranger units).

Those who wear berets must center the logo over the left eye and wear the excess material to the right side of the face.

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Jacket or Outer Shirt

The newer tan camouflaged Army Combat uniforms and the more traditional green camouflaged Army uniforms all have to be worn the same way.

They must be buttoned or zipped all the way up to the top of the chest with only a very slight portion of the undershirt showing.

The Army has a drawing demonstrating how a cold-weather coat / field jacket should look, see below:

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Undershirt

Each color camouflage uniform has a designated undershirt color to be worn with it.

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For the traditional green camouflaged Army uniforms, the standard t-shirt color is called tan.

Even though it’s actually more of a greenish/light brown color in appearance.

For the newer tan camouflaged uniforms, the designated t-shirt color is called sand.

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This is a very light-colored tannish t-shirt.

Pants

All Army Soldier’s combat uniform pants must match the color of the jacket or outer shirt.

The pants are required to be tucked into the boots or bloused.

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Boots

Darker coyote leather boots will be worn with the traditional green camouflaged Army uniforms, and tan boots will be worn with the newer tan camouflaged Army Combat uniforms.

Belt

The belt is very similar to the t-shirts in that it must coincide with the color of the camouflage being worn.

For the traditional green camouflaged Army combat uniforms, the standard belt color is once again called tan.

For the newer tan camouflaged Army Combat uniforms, the designated belt color is called sand.

Only one electronic device is allowed to be worn on the belt or a belt loop.

Insignias

All army members are required to wear several removable insignias on their combat uniforms.

This includes the American flag (not worn when deployed), rank, current unit, and other approved insignias.

Badges

Each Army member must be careful to never mix sewn-on badges with pin-on badges.

There are separate places on the jacket for each.

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Army Greens Uniform

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This is the newest uniform for the Army which is not expected to be fully phased in until the year 2028.

As was mentioned, it will become the new Army service uniform that will be worn in most non-field and non-deployed environments.

It is designed based on the popular Army uniforms from the World War II era.

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They are currently scheduled to be released as follows:

November 2018 – March 2020

Phase II includes:

Limited User Test 1: 200 uniforms to recruiters

Limited User Test 2: 500 uniforms to recruiters

Limited User Evaluation: 500 uniforms to Army Senior Leaders, Old Guard, and Army Band

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PHASE III – ROLL OUT

April 2020 (T)

Available for purchase through Army and Air Force Exchange Service

July 2020 (T)

Issued to Soldiers upon completion of Advanced Individual Training

Details on the regulations that will be adhered to with the new Army Greens have not been fully established yet.

The uniforms will be custom measured and shipped to new military members after they have reported to their first duty assignment.

Cap

This will be a folding garrison cap very similar to that which the Air Force, Navy, and Marines currently use on their service uniforms.

Jacket

The ‘Marshall’ bomber style jacket will be one of three jacket options that are currently being explored for use with the Army Greens uniform.

All of the jackets will be darkish green/brown in nature (called heritage green).

The more common ‘Ike’ jacket prototype will be a belted style jacket.

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Shirt

The shirts will be lighter in tone than the jacket.

More like a dark tan in color.

A soldier must have every button, including the neck button fastened.

Undershirt

The undershirt will not be seen if the uniform is worn correctly so the color should not be an issue.

Pants

The pants will be lighter in tone and match the color of the shirt.

Footwear

Brown leather shoes are required to be worn with this uniform.

Special Forces and ranger troops will be allowed to wear brown jump boots with the Army Greens uniform.

Ties

Both men and women will be required to wear ties or a similar neck decoration with the Army Greens.

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Army Service/Dress Blues

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With the addition of the new Army Greens, this uniform will now morph into a more traditional Army dress uniform.

It will only be worn for more formal military occasions after that.

Cap

The preferred cap will be a beret that signifies the soldier’s particular job and will be plain in nature for those soldiers that have no specific beret assigned to their Army job specialty.

The berets must be worn so the center of the logo is directly over the left eye and wear the excess beret material to the right side of the face.

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Jacket

The jacket will be one of two colors.

A dark blue version is worn by general officers.

All other officers and enlisted personnel will wear a version that is a slightly lighter blue color in nature.

Only pinned on named tags, insignia, badges, and medals will be worn on the jacket.

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Shirt

The shirt worn under the jacket will be a white button-down dress shirt.

It must have every button, including the neck button fastened.

This shirt is very similar in nature to the dress shirt a businessman will wear under a suit.

Undershirt

The undershirt will not be seen if the uniform is worn correctly so the t-shirt color should not be an issue.

Pants

The pants will match the jacket and the color will be along the same lines.

The darker blue version is worn by general officers

All other officers and enlisted personnel will wear slightly lighter blue color pants.

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Footwear

Black leather shoes are the footwear that most will wear with the Army Dress Uniform.

Belt

Only black belts are allowed to be worn with this uniform.

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Interesting Army Uniform Facts

Here is something that many soldiers don’t realize.

Army personnel can wear their service uniform even after they have been discharged.

This can be done up to 90 days after a soldier has left the Army.

Of course, the uniform must be worn in accordance with the same strict standards that it was worn before the soldier was discharged.

This rule was said to be made so those that have proudly served their country in the Army can celebrate homecomings and other significant events in the military member’s life shortly after their discharge.

President Trump was not a big fan of the new Army Greens but he helped push their approval through anyway.

He generally liked the style but stated they were too costly in nature.

President Trump especially liked the bomber jacket and the addition of the outer belt to the new uniform.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What uniform does the US Army wear?

Currently, the US Army has a combat uniform and a more-formal service uniform. Starting in 2020, the Army Greens will be phased in to bridge the gap for those in non-field positions.

What Army regulation covers the wear and appearance of the military uniform?

Army Regulation 670-1 dictates the proper wear and appearance of the uniform and insignia for active and reserve personnel. It also dictates the wear of the Army uniform by former service members. Learn more about Regulation AR 670-1 compliance here.

Do you have to pay for your uniforms in Basic Training?

The Army issues all your required uniform items in Basic Training. Thereafter, you will receive a stipend to replace uniform items from AAFES, or the Army Air Force Exchange Service. Learn more about what you’ll need to bring to Army basic training here.

Can I wear my old Army uniform?

Retirees and honorably discharged war veterans may wear service or dress uniforms at formal events and patriotic ceremonies. The combat uniform, however, is prohibited.

Can I wear jewelry with my Army uniform?

Jewelry permitted with uniforms is regulated for safety and conservative appearance. Soldiers may wear a watch, an ID bracelet, and a total of two rings. Females are permitted to wear earrings in dress and service uniforms. Learn more about this here.

Conclusion

The Army and other branches of the service are constantly trying to improve the quality of the camouflage in the uniforms that they offer to their soldiers.

In addition to the combat and service uniforms, the Army has implemented the new line of the green service uniform to bridge the gap between combat and dress occasions.

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The green service uniform is a nice addition to be used in environments that require a more business dress code than the everyday combat uniform. The service uniform will be reserved for formal events only.

Whichever uniform is required to be worn for the day will surely be worn with pride and distinction.

References

https://www.army.mil/article/220449/army_uniform_policy

https://www.army.mil/uniforms/#faqs-bar

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/01/04/new-in-2019-the-new-army-greens-uniform-is-scheduled-for-a-grand-summer-debut/

https://history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/docs/AR670-1.pdf

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/04/19/trump-new-army-greens-uniforms-were-very-expensive/

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FAQs

Are Army veterans allowed to wear their uniforms? ›

A person who is discharged honorably or under honorable conditions from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Space Force may wear his uniform while going from the place of discharge to his home, within three months after his discharge.

Can you hug while in military uniform? ›

PDA. Because members are required to maintain professionalism in uniform, personal displays of affection are typically frowned upon except in certain situations. For instance, moderate kissing and hugging is acceptable when there's a homecoming or deployment.

What is a Class C uniform? ›

Class C uniforms are “work” or specialty BDU (battle dress uniforms) uniforms for specific units, such as that need to be stealthy and those which do more physically demanding tasks such as K9 patrol.

Can a non military person wear their uniform? ›

(h) While attending a course of military instruction conducted by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Space Force, a civilian may wear the uniform prescribed by that armed force if the wear of such uniform is specifically authorized under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the military department ...

Can veterans render a hand salute? ›

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un- uniformed service members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.

Can a veteran salute the flag? ›

Federal law authorizes veterans to salute the flag in several situations: The Pledge of Allegiance (Title 4 USC section 4) During hoisting, lowering, or passing of the American flag (Title 4 USC section 9) National Anthem (Title 36 USC section 301)

Can soldiers chew gum in uniform? ›

(1) While walking in uniform, officers must not eat, drink, or chew gum.

Why can't Army put hands in pockets? ›

To explain this further, the front pockets of the uniforms for military personnel are typically welted or not cut and sewn to allow for an opening for hands to slip into. This prevents pocketed hands from showing a bulge through the pockets and ruining the uniforms' clean lines.

Can a girlfriend live on a military base? ›

The short answer is YES! Most people can visit a military base with no issue. However, it's not like visiting grandma where you can just pull up and walk in. You must bring all required documents and be willing to submit to a background check.

What is a Class B Army uniform? ›

The Army is phasing in the new Army Green Service Uniform, which is often called Class B. The style of uniform is a classic throw-back to the popular style after World War II. The decision came about in 2018, and the new uniforms are available to buy for those already in the Army.

What is a Class B uniform? ›

The Class B uniform is the tactical uniform worn by firefighters on the job, including their station wear and field apparel. A full range of firefighter apparel includes a shirt, gloves, pants, boots, and a hat.

What is class A uniform Army? ›

Class A uniform consists of the following: (1) Male - Garrison beret, Army service coat and trousers, white service shirt (short or long sleeve), a black four-in hand necktie, black oxford shoes, black socks, black belt with brass buckle and tip, black all weather coat (optional), uniform brass and accessories.

Is Stolen Valor a crime? ›

The Stolen Valor Act of 2013 was signed by President Barack Obama on June 3, 2013. The Act makes it a federal crime to fraudulently claim to be a recipient of certain military decorations or medals in order to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit.

Can you post pictures in military uniform? ›

With the ease of social media, in any part of the globe at any time, a Soldier, Army civilian, or family member can post pictures from a deployment or talk about an Army mission.

Can I wear my dress blues to a funeral? ›

Service uniforms or dress uniforms are acceptable funeral wear, while the Battle Dress Uniform is not appropriate for the occasion. In most cases, the uniform should include all decorations, medals, badges, ribbons and insignia, although active personnel should defer to the commanding officer's directive.

Should a veteran salute the flag when not in uniform? ›

During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute.

Can a veteran salute the flag when not in uniform? ›

WASHINGTON -- Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform can now render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month.

Can veterans salute during taps at a funeral? ›

Military members should salute at the following points in any funeral involving the armed forces: When the hearse passes, during rifle volleys, and while Taps is being played. Nonmilitary friends and family need not salute, but should remove any hats and place it over their heart during gun volleys and taps.

Why do military not remove hats during National Anthem? ›

We are to take our hats off because it is respectful, but it's respectful because it's respectful. Hats do not typically cover faces and I don't know anyone who takes weapons to ball games or other sporting events where the anthem is traditionally played these days. So there. That's it, apparently.

Can retired military wear uniform for wedding? ›

Retired personnel, who are not on active duty, living or visiting a foreign country, may only wear a uniform to attend ceremonies or social functions when wearing a uniform is required by the terms of the invitations of customs of the country.

Can a former soldier salute in civilian clothes? ›

Veterans and Saluting Out of Uniform

This change adds to a provision which was passed in the 2008 Defense Bill, which authorized veterans and military personnel in civilian clothes to render the military salute during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag.

Can you smoke and walk in uniform army? ›

The regulation states there should be no eating, drinking, smoking or talking on a cell phone while walking in uniform. Most Soldiers only seem to know the part about smoking. This can lead to embarrassing situations. I encountered a prime example of this during my last trip to the sandbox.

Can you hold hands in uniform army? ›

Hand-holding, hugging and kissing are generally not allowed while in uniform.

Can you walk and smoke in the army? ›

AR 670-1. paragraph 3-6(d) 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.

At what age do most people join the military? ›

The average age of U.S. military members is slightly over 27 for enlistees, while officers average 34.5 years of age.
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The upper limit on age varies by service branch:
  • Air Force: 39.
  • Army: 34.
  • Coast Guard: 31.
  • Marines: 28.
  • Navy: 39.
  • Space Force: 39.
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Can military officers marry enlisted? ›

Military Marriage Rules

Otherwise, there are no rules on whom or when military members can marry. A set of rules also govern "military fraternization." Among other prohibitions, those rules generally say that an enlisted member and an officer cannot marry. However, there are many exceptions to this policy.

What do soldiers carry in their pockets? ›

Each pouch holds about two magazines; some can hold three. They are meant to be worn as near to weapon as is functional to keep the momentary time when a warfighter is out of action because of gear to a minimum.

Who pays more Army or Marines? ›

If you're considering a military career, you might wonder which military service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or Space Force – has the best pay and benefits. At a basic pay level, the answer is simple. The military pays the same regardless of branch, according to your pay grade and years of service.

Do male and female soldiers sleep in the same barracks? ›

In the U.S., nearly all barracks are coed, though individual bedrooms are still segregated. Once you are deployed, however, men and women often share the same quarters, especially if the base is in a remote location like Afghanistan.

Do soldiers have to pay for their meals? ›

The Army provides meals at dining facilities for enlisted Soldiers, at no cost. The Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) is a stipend of more than $250 per month provided to commissioned Officers, and to enlisted Soldiers who don't have access to Army dining facilities, to pay for food off base.

Can retired military still wear their uniforms? ›

According to Department of the Air Force Instruction 36- 2903, retirees may wear the uniform as prescribed at date of retirement, or any of the uniforms authorized for active-duty personnel, including the dress uniforms. Retirees must not mix uniform items.

Can retired army wear uniform? ›

Military retirees–those who served for 20 years or more and receive or are eligible to receive military retirement pay–are permitted to wear their uniforms in more circumstances than those who separated from military service but did not reach the qualifying number of years of duty to draw retirement pay.

Do veterans wear their uniforms when they get married? ›

Dress Code and Uniform

It is up to the marrying couple to choose whether or not they will wear their military uniforms to their wedding, and whether or not they'd like attendees to wear their uniforms. If the couple would like the dress code to include uniforms, they should specify that in the invitation suite.

Can retired army officer wear the uniform? ›

All military personnel who have retired from service can wear uniform with badges of rank when attending ceremonial parades or events of military nature. Officers would normally wear the service dress of the Regt / Corps to which they belonged before retirement. Mess dress can be worn on appropriate occasions.

Can service members fly in uniform? ›

Soldiers can now wear the Army Combat Uniform while traveling on commercial planes, trains or automobiles. The change is effective immediately; the Army has lifted a restriction that was included in the last revision of the service's uniform and appearance regulation.

Is Stolen Valor a crime? ›

The Stolen Valor Act of 2013 was signed by President Barack Obama on June 3, 2013. The Act makes it a federal crime to fraudulently claim to be a recipient of certain military decorations or medals in order to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit.

Can I wear my dress blues to a funeral? ›

Service uniforms or dress uniforms are acceptable funeral wear, while the Battle Dress Uniform is not appropriate for the occasion. In most cases, the uniform should include all decorations, medals, badges, ribbons and insignia, although active personnel should defer to the commanding officer's directive.

What is a retired soldier called? ›

In the United States, a veteran is a person who has served in the armed forces (including the United States National Guard and Reserve) and was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

Do you keep your rank when you leave the military? ›

When an officer retires, their commission normally remains in force and effect forever. In return for the privilege of being legally entitled to being addressed by their military rank and getting all their retirement benefits, they basically remain an "officer of the United States" until death.

Is it illegal to wear a military uniform if not in the military? ›

TLDR – In the United States, it is legal for civilians to wear military uniforms. However, it is against the law to impersonate a member of the military for personal gains, such as wearing a uniform to commit fraud.

What is the Army divorce rate? ›

Overall, military personnel maintained a steady percentage of divorces between 2014 and 2019. The divorce rate during these years remained relatively stable at 3% to 3.1% for each year studied. Military couples residing in Illinois generally divide their marital property equally in half.

Can you wear military uniform to a civilian wedding? ›

Wearing formal military wear at formal civilian events is allowed per regulations (Army is AR 670-1, no clue for marines), but you have to be a special kind of a—hole to wear it to a non-military wedding without specific permission of the couple,” a former army sergeant wrote.

Is the Army getting rid of dress blues? ›

The current Army Blues Uniform will return to being a formal dress uniform, while the Army Greens will become the everyday business-wear uniform for all Soldiers. The Army Combat Uniform -- also known as the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) -- will remain the Army's duty/field uniform.

Can you wear Army dress blues to a civilian funeral? ›

Appropriate Clothing

A military funeral is not the time to wear your military mess dress. Civilians are expected to dress in formal attire much like you would if you were attending a church service.

Can a retiree wear a beard in uniform? ›

Retired sailors are now permitted to have facial hair while wearing Navy uniforms for authorized ceremonial events, the service said. “Facial hair must be neatly groomed and be in keeping with a professional appearance,” the Navy said in a new naval administrative message.

Why do military wear their uniforms in public? ›

Uniforms are also an important part of military service. Soldiers wear uniforms to increase identification with their fellow soldiers and their mission. Their uniforms also provide important protection and, sometimes, camouflage to help them do their jobs.

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