Uniforms

What Army Regulation covers the wear and appearance of the military uniform?
AR 670-1

Why is the flag worn on the right shoulder of the Utility Uniform?
The flag is worn on the right shoulder to give the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves
forward.

Why are all Soldiers in the U.S. Army now authorized to wear the Reverse-Side Full-Color U.S.
Flag Cloth Replica upon gaining permission from their commander?
The Nation is at war and will be for the foreseeable future. As an expeditionary Army, our Soldiers'
commitment to fight and win our Nation's War, at home and abroad, is best exemplified by permanently
wearing the U.S. Flag insignia on the utility uniforms.

What AR covers the issue and sale of personal clothing?
AR 700-84

When is the only time that commercially designed protective headgear is authorized for wear
with uniform?
When operating motorcycles, bicycles or like vehicles but once the travel is complete protective headgear
must be removed and army headgear donned

When must Identification Tags be worn?
When directed by the commander, engaged in field training, in an aircraft, or OCONUS

What does "ECWCS" stand for?
Extended Cold Weather Clothing System

What are the ranks that shoulder boards come in?
Corporal through SGM of the Army and also the Officer Ranks.

What is a CVC uniform?
Combat Vehicle Crewman's Uniform (Tanker's Uniform)

Exposed pens in pockets are allowed on which uniforms?
•        Hospital duty Uniforms
•        Food Service Uniforms
•        Flight uniforms
•        CVC Uniforms

How is the beret properly worn?
The beret is worn so that the headband (edge binding) is straight across the forehead, 1 inch above the
eyebrows. The flash is positioned over the left eye, and the excess material is draped over to the right ear,
extending to at least the top of the ear, and no lower than the middle of the ear. Personnel will cut off the
ends of the adjusting ribbon and secure the ribbon knot inside the edge binding at the back of the beret.
When worn properly, the beret is formed to the shape of the head; therefore, soldiers may not wear
hairstyles that cause distortion of the beret.

Who is authorized to wear insignia of branch on the Patrol cap?
Chaplains

When is the wear of Army uniforms prohibited?
•        In connection with the furtherance of any political or commercial interests, or when engaged in off-duty
civilian employment.
•        When participating in public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches, rallies, or public
demonstrations, except as authorized by competent authority.
•        When attending any meeting or event that is a function of, or is sponsored by, an extremist
organization.
•        When wearing the uniform would bring discredit upon the Army.
•        When specifically prohibited by Army regulations.

Soldiers will wear headgear with the Army uniform except under which circumstances?
•        Headgear is not required if it would interfere with the safe operation of military vehicles.
•        The wear of military headgear 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 commander, such as for indoor ceremonial activities.
•        Male and female soldiers are not required to wear headgear to evening social events (after Retreat)
when wearing the Army blue and white uniforms, the enlisted green dress uniform, the Army green
maternity dress uniform (females only), or the mess and evening mess uniforms.

Army Green Service Uniform (Class A)

How will service ribbons be worn on the male Class A uniform?
The ribbons centered 1⁄8 inch above the left breast pocket. Ribbon mounts will remain centered above the
pocket even if the top ribbon row is offset

How will service ribbons be worn on the female Class A uniform?
The ribbons centered on the left side, with the bottom row positioned parallel to the bottom edge of the
nameplate. Females may adjust the placement of the ribbons to conform to individual body-shape
differences

Where are unit awards worn on the male Class A uniform?
Emblems with or without frames are worn centered with the bottom edge of the emblem 1/8 above the right
breast pocket flag

Where are unit awards worn on the female Class A uniform?
Emblems with or without frames are worn centered on the right side of the uniform, with the bottom edge
1⁄2 inch above the top edge of the nameplate

What are the dimensions of the dress uniform nameplate?
1 x 3 x 1/16 of an inch


How are marksmanship badges worn on the male Class A uniform?
Marksmanship badges are worn on the upper portion of the left breast pocket flap, or on the lower portion
of the pocket flap, if special skill badges are worn.

How are marksmanship badges worn on the female Class A uniform?
Marksmanship badges are worn on the left side, 1⁄4 inch below the bottom ribbon row, or in a similar
location if ribbons are not worn. Personnel may adjust the placement of badges to conform to individual
body-shape differences.

Which direction does the belt tab on the army belt extend to on the male Class A uniform?
The wearers left

Which direction does the belt tab on the army belt extend to on the female Class A uniform?
The wearers right

How many marksmanship badges are authorized for wear at one time on the Class A Uniform?
No more than 3

What is the maximum number of clasps that can be attached to each marksmanship badge?
No more than 3

How are service ribbons worn on the male Class A uniform?
The ribbons centered 1⁄8 inch above the left breast pocket. Ribbon mounts will remain centered above the
pocket even if the top ribbon row is offset

How are service ribbons worn on the female Class A uniform?
The ribbons centered on the left side, with the bottom row positioned parallel to the bottom edge of the
nameplate. Females may adjust the placement of the ribbons to conform to individual body-shape
differences

How is the Regimental Distinctive Insignia (RDI) worn on the male Class A Uniform?
The RDI centered 1⁄8 inch above the top of the pocket flap, or 1⁄4 inch above any unit awards or foreign
badges that are worn. When the coat lapel obscures the insignia, soldiers may wear the RDI aligned to the
right edge of unit awards or the nameplate.

How is the Regimental Distinctive Insignia (RDI) worn on the female Class A Uniform?
The RDI centered 1⁄2 inch above the nameplate, or 1⁄4 inch above any unit awards or foreign badges that
are worn. When the coat lapel obscures the RDI, soldiers may wear the RDI aligned to the right edge of unit
awards or the nameplate.

How is the branch insignia worn on the male Enlisted Class A uniform?
Enlisted males wear their branch insignia centered on the left collar, with the bottom of the disk
approximately 1 inch above the notch, with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the
lapel

How is the branch insignia worn on the female Enlisted Class A uniform?
Enlisted females wear their branch insignia on the left collar. The insignia is worn so the bottom of the disk
is centered between the outside point and inside edge of the collar, approximately 5⁄8 inch up from the
notch, with the centerline of the branch insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel.

How is the U.S. insignia disk worn on the male Class A uniform?
The bottom of the U.S. insignia disk is placed approximately 1 inch above the notch, centered on the right
collar, with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel

How is the U.S. insignia disk worn on the female Class A uniform?
the bottom of the U.S. insignia disk is centered on the right collar, approximately 5⁄8 inch up from the collar
and lapel seam, with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel

How are service stripes placed on the Class A uniform?
The service stripes are worn centered on the outside bottom half of the left sleeve on the Army green
uniform coat. The service stripe is placed at an angle of 45 degrees with the lower end toward the inside
seam of the sleeve, and it is placed 4 inches from the bottom of the sleeve. For each additional period of 3
years honorable service, another service stripe is added above and parallel to the first stripe, with a 1/16-
inch space between stripes

One service stripe represents how many years?
3

Army Blue Service Uniform

What is the most noticeable difference between the Army Blue Service Uniform trousers worn by Soldiers
in the ranks of PVT through SPC and those worn by NCOs in the ranks of CPL through SMA?
The trousers worn by Soldiers in the ranks of PVT through SPC will not have a gold stripe along the legs
which can be found on the trousers worn by CPL through SMA.

As a “rite of passage” when a Soldier progresses in rank and enters the NCO Corps, what is
added to the Army Blue Service Uniform?
The trousers will have a gold stripe added and the wear of the beret will be replaced with a Service Cap.

How will service ribbons be worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
The ribbons centered 1⁄8 inch above the left breast pocket. Ribbon mounts will remain centered above the
pocket even if the top ribbon row is offset

How will service ribbons be worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
The ribbons centered on the left side, with the bottom row positioned parallel to the bottom edge of the
nameplate. Females may adjust the placement of the ribbons to conform to individual body-shape
differences

How is the Regimental Distinctive Insignia (RDI) worn on the male Army Blue Service Uniform?
The RDI centered 1⁄8 inch above the top of the pocket flap, or 1⁄4 inch above any unit awards or foreign
badges that are worn. When the coat lapel obscures the insignia, soldiers may wear the RDI aligned to the
right edge of unit awards or the nameplate.

How is the Regimental Distinctive Insignia (RDI) worn on the female Army Blue Service Uniform?
The RDI centered 1⁄2 inch above the nameplate, or 1⁄4 inch above any unit awards or foreign badges that
are worn. When the coat lapel obscures the RDI, soldiers may wear the RDI aligned to the right edge of unit
awards or the nameplate.

Where are unit awards worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
Emblems with or without frames are worn centered with the bottom edge of the emblem 1/8 above the right
breast pocket flag

Where are unit awards worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
Emblems with or without frames are worn centered on the right side of the uniform, with the bottom edge
1⁄2 inch above the top edge of the nameplate

How are marksmanship badges worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
Marksmanship badges are worn on the upper portion of the left breast pocket flap, or on the lower portion
of the pocket flap, if special skill badges are worn.

How are marksmanship badges worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
Marksmanship badges are worn on the left side, 1⁄4 inch below the bottom ribbon row, or in a similar
location if ribbons are not worn. Personnel may adjust the placement of badges to conform to individual
body-shape differences.

Which direction does the belt tab on the army belt extend to on the male Army Blue Service
uniform?
The wearers left

Which direction does the belt tab on the army belt extend to on the female Army Blue Service
uniform?
The wearers right

How many marksmanship badges are authorized for wear at one time on the Army Blue Service
Uniform?
No more than 3

What is the maximum number of clasps that can be attached to each marksmanship badge?
No more than 3

How are service ribbons worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
The ribbons centered 1⁄8 inch above the left breast pocket. Ribbon mounts will remain centered above the
pocket even if the top ribbon row is offset

How are service ribbons worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
The ribbons centered on the left side, with the bottom row positioned parallel to the bottom edge of the
nameplate. Females may adjust the placement of the ribbons to conform to individual body-shape
differences

How is the branch insignia worn on the male Enlisted Army Blue Service uniform?
Enlisted males wear their branch insignia centered on the left collar, with the bottom of the disk
approximately 1 inch above the notch, with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the
lapel

How is the branch insignia worn on the female Enlisted Army Blue Service uniform?
Enlisted females wear their branch insignia on the left collar. The insignia is worn so the bottom of the disk
is centered between the outside point and inside edge of the collar, approximately 5⁄8 inch up from the
notch, with the centerline of the branch insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel.

How is the U.S. insignia disk worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
The bottom of the U.S. insignia disk is placed approximately 1 inch above the notch, centered on the right
collar, with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel

How is the U.S. insignia disk worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
the bottom of the U.S. insignia disk is centered on the right collar, approximately 5⁄8 inch up from the collar
and lapel seam, with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel

How are service stripes placed on the Army Blue Service uniform?
The service stripe is worn centered from seam-to-seam on the outside bottom half of both sleeves. The first
stripe is sewn on an angle of 30 degrees, with the lower end inserted in the front inside seam, 1⁄4 inch
above the cuff braid. The upper end of the stripe is inserted in the back seam of the sleeve. Each
additional stripe is spaced 1⁄8 inch apart from the last, and above the first stripe.

One service stripe represents how many years?
3

BDU - Battle Dress Uniform

Which items are considered part of the ACU ensemble and also authorized for wear with the
BDU?
•        Rigger Belt
•        Moisture Wicking T-Shirt (tan)
•        Green socks
•        Army Combat Boots – Hot weather and Temperate weather (tan)

Can the Black all-weather coat be worn as a raincoat while wearing BDUs?
Yes, but only in a Garrison environment when organizational rain gear has not been issued

What is the proper distance of the shoulder patch from the seam of the shoulder on the BDU?
1/2 inch

How is the Reverse-Side Full-Color U.S. Flag Insignia placed on the BDU Uniform?
If the Soldier has a Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Former Wartime Service (SSI-FWTS) (Also commonly called
a "combat patch), the insignia is placed 1/8 inch below the SSI-FWTS. If the Soldier does not have a SSI-
FWTS, the insignia is placed 1/2 inch below the right shoulder seam.

ACU - Army Combat Uniform

What is the estimated lifetime of the new ACU?
6 months. (ACU is made with the same nylon/cotton rip-stop fabric as the current Enhanced Hot Weather
BDU (EHWBDU). The current EHWBDU has an estimated wear life of six months.)

Explain the new digitized pattern.
The new pattern is designed to work in the three primary combat environments, -- Woodland, Desert and
Urban. Though not optimized for any particular environment, it is effective in all three.

Describe the rank and grade insignia on the ACU.
The rank and grade will be black emroidery on the digitized fabric with hook fastener, expect major and
2nd lieutenant; which will be bronze embroidery with hook fastener. The olive drab areas of the warrant
officer rank will be foliage green.

Can embroidered badges be worn on the ACU?
No, embroidered badges will not be worn on the ACU.

Describe the Name tape / U.S. Army tape for the ACU.
The U.S. Army Tape will be black embroidery on the digitized fabric with hook fastener. The finished length
will be 5 inches.

How is the Name tape / U.S. Army tape worn on the ACU?
Immediately above and parallel with the slanted chest pocket flaps

Describe the rank insignia dimensions used on the ACU.
Private through Colonel – 2 inches by 2 inches with hook fastener
Brigadier General and Major General – 2 inches by 2 inches overall with hook fastener
Lieutenant General – 2 inches by 3 ¼ inches with both hook and loop fasteners attached.
General Officer – ¾ inch stars point to vertex 1/8 inch apart

Soldiers may wear up to five skill badges on the ACU. All skill badges will be worn above the U.S.
Army tape in order of precedence from the wearers left. How would you wear 1,2,3,4, or and 5
skill badges?
1 Badge – Worn 1/8 inch above and centered on the U.S. Army tape.
2 Badges – Worn vertically 1/8 inch above and centered on the U.S. Army tape with ¼ inch between
badges.
3 Badges - Worn vertically 1/8 inch above and centered on the U.S. Army tape with ¼ inch between
badges.
4 Badges – Worn vertically and side by side in stacks of two, 1/8 inch above and centered on the U.S.
Army tape, with 1.4 inch between badges vertically and ½ inch between badges horizontally.
5 Badges - Worn vertically and side by side in stacks of two, 1/8 inch above and centered on the U.S. Army
tape, with 1.4 inch between badges vertically and ½ inch between badges horizontally. The 5th badge is
placed ¼ inch above and centered on the top two badges.

Branch insignia will not be worn with the ACU with one exception. Who is allowed to wear
branch insignia and how is it worn?
U.S. Army Chaplaincy religious denomination insignia may be worn 1/8 inch above and centered on the
name tape. The insignia will be pin on only.

How will the SSI (Unit Patch) and the SSI-FWTS (Combat Patch) be worn on the ACU?
The SSI will be worn centered on the hook and loop faced pad already provided on the left sleeve of the
coat.
The SSI-FWTS will be worn centered on the hook and loop faced pad already provided on the right sleeve
of the coat.

How will the U.S. Flag insignia be worn on the ACU?
The U.S. Flag insignia is worn on the right shoulder pocket flap of the ACU coat.

How many skill tabs can be worn on the ACU?
No more than 3

How are skill tabs worn on the ACU?
Centered on the shoulder pocket flap of the hook and loop faced pad already provided on the left shoulder
of the ACU coat in order of precedence IAW AR 670-1.

Can a Soldier wear the Black All weather coat as a raincoat with the ACU?
Yes, but only in a Garrison environment.

How is the ACU patrol cap worn with the ACU?
Personnel wear the patrol cap straight on the head so that the cap band creates a straight line around the
head, parallel to the ground. The patrol cap will fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the
head without distortion or excessive gaps. The cap is worn so that no hair is visible on the forehead
beneath the cap. At their discretion, individuals may wear the earflaps down during cold weather, except in
formation when the commander may prescribe wear policy

What type of rank is authorized to be worn on the ACU patrol cap?
Sewn or Pin on rank.

How is the name tape worn on the ACU Patrol Cap?
The name tape will be worn centered on the hook and loop pad on the back of the ACU Patrol Cap.

When the ACU trouser leg is bloused, what is the maximum distance that it may extend down the
boot?
The bloused trouser legs should not extend below the third eyelet from the top of the boot..

Describe the proper process for washing the ACU.
1.        Wash in cold water and mild detergent containing NO optical brighteners or bleach.
2.        Tumble dry at low heat (not to exceed 130 degrees farenheit)
3.        Remove immediately from dryer and fold flat or place on a rustproof hanger to ensure heat from the
dryer does not set wrinkles.
4.        To drip dry, remove from the washer/water and place on a rustproof hanger. Do not wring or twist.

IPFU – Improved Physical Fitness Uniform

What are the components of the IPFU?
1.        Jacket, running, gray and black.
2.        Pants, running, black.
3.        Trunks, running, black, moisture-wicking.
4.        T-shirt, gray, short sleeve, moisture-wicking.
5.        T-shirt, gray, long sleeve, moisture-wicking.
6.        Cap, knit, black or Cap, Synthetic, Microfleece, Green

When authorized by the Commander, may the IPFU be worn on and off post and on and off duty?
Yes, Soldiers may wear all or part of the IPFU with civilian attire off the installation, when authorized by the
commander.

What is the only insignia authorized for wear on the IPFU according to AR 670-1?
The Physical Fitness Badge

How is the Physical Fitness Badge properly placed on the IPFU?
When the physical fitness badge is worn, it is sewn on the upper left front side of the IPFU T-shirt. On the
IPFU running jacket, the insignia is sewn centered 1⁄2 inch above the word “Army.”

Are Soldiers authorized to wear commercially purchased gray or black spandex shorts under the
IPFU trunks?
Yes, The length of the shorts must end above the knee or higher. The commercial shorts must be plain, with
no logos, patterns, or obtrusive markings. Soldiers are not required to buy the spandex shorts.

Who are the only Soldiers authorized to wear the IPFU shirt outside of the trunks?
Pregnant Soldiers

Can Commanders authorize the wear of commercial items be worn with the IPFU?
Commanders may authorize the wear of commercial running shoes, calf-length or ankle-length, plain white
socks with no logos, gloves, reflective belts or vests, long underwear, and other items appropriate to the
weather conditions and type of activity. If soldiers wear long underwear or other similar items, they must
conceal them from view when wearing the running jacket and pants of the IPFU.
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