1 AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel containing change 2 (dated 28 May 08), is void and hereby rescinded as of the date of its issuance. The publication was improperly routed and mistakenly failed to incorporate the provisions of AFI 36-2903, change 1, dated 6 August 2007, into its publication. If you downloaded or printed any copies of the erroneous document, please destroy those copies. Also, if you've posted local supplements to the AFI based on this void and rescinded document, rescind the publication as of the date of issuance.
2 BY ORDER OF THE AIR Force INSTRUCTION 36-2903. SECRETARY OF THE AIR Force 2 AUGUST 2006. Incorporating Change 1, 6 August 2007. Certified Current 17 February 2009. Personnel Dress AND Personal Appearance . OF AIR Force PERSONNEL. COMPLIANCE WITH THIS PUBLICATION IS MANDATORY. ACCESSIBILITY: Publications and forms are available on the e-Publishing website at for downloading or ordering. RELEASABILITY: There are no releasability restrictions on this publication. OPR: HQ AFPC/DPSOOC Certified by: HQ AFPC/DPS. (Col William D. Foote). Supersedes AFI 36-2903, 29 September 2002 and Pages: 161.
3 AFI36-2923, 25 May 2004. This instruction implements Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) , Wearing of the Uniform, 26 October 2005, Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) , Accommodation of Religious Prac- tices Within the Military Services, 3 February 1988; and Air Force Policy Directive 36-29, Military Stan- dards. It applies to all active duty Air Force members, members of the United States Air Force Reserve (USAFR), and members of the Air National Guard (ANG). It directs the wear of uniforms, insignias, awards and decorations.
4 Describes minimum standards of Personal Appearance of Air Force members. Failure to observe the prohibitions and mandatory provisions of this instruction to include Table regarding tattoos/brands/body piercing by active duty Air Force members; USAFR members on active duty or inactive for training; ANG members in Federal service, is a violation of Article 92, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Violations of these provisions can be prosecuted under Article 92 of the UCMJ, as well as any other applicable articles of the UCMJ, when appropriate.
5 The Commander, Mili- tary Personnel Flight (MPF) assigns an office within the Customer Support Section to be the Office of Pri- mary Responsibility (OPR) for this instruction. Refer to Attachment 1 for a Glossary. Authorized supplements to this instruction and requests for uniform changes will be processed in accordance with Chapter 7, Uniform Changes and Supplements. SUMMARY OF CHANGES. Updates Table , Wearing the Uniform and Table , Conditions for Wear of Uniform. A margin bar ( | ) indicates newly revised material. Chapter 1 COMMANDERS' AUTHORITY AND INDIVIDUALS' RESPONSIBILITIES 6.
6 Commanders' Authority.. 6. Members Identified as not presenting a Professional Military Appearance .. 6. 2 AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006. Individuals' Responsibilities.. 6. Table Commanders' Responsibilities.. 7. Table How Members Acquire Uniform Items (see notes).. 8. Table Wearing the Uniform (see notes).. 9. Table Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU) (See notes).. 11. Table Personal Grooming Standards (see notes).. 12. Chapter 2 SERVICE Dress , Dress , BATTLE Dress , AND STANDARDIZED. FUNCTIONAL UNIFORMS 17. Figures and Tables.. 17. Figure Men's Service Dress .
7 17. Figure Men's Mess Dress Uniform.. 19. Figure Men's Semi-Formal Dress Uniform (Enlisted only).. 20. Figure Men's Short-Sleeved Shirt.. 21. Figure Men's Long-Sleeved Shirt.. 22. Figure Men's and Women's Physical Fitness Gear (PT).. 24. Figure Men's and Women's Battle Dress Uniform (BDU).. 26. Figure Women's Maternity Battle Dress Uniform (BDU).. 27. Figure Pullover Sweater.. 29. Figure Cardigan Sweater.. 30. Figure Lightweight Blue Jacket.. 31. Figure Men's and Women's Headgear.. 32. Figure Proper Placement of Insignia on Outergarments and Battle Dress Field Jacket (Men and Women).
8 34. Figure Women's Service Dress Uniform.. 36. Figure Women's Mess Dress Uniform.. 37. Figure Women's Semi-Formal Dress Uniform (Enlisted only).. 38. Figure Women's Short-Sleeved Blouse.. 39. Figure Women's Long-Sleeved Blouse.. 40. Figure Maternity Service Dress Uniform (Jumper).. 41. Figure Maternity Mess Dress Uniform.. 43. AFI36-2903 2 AUGUST 2006 3. Figure Women's Semi-Formal Dress (Maternity-Enlisted Only).. 44. Figure Maternity Jumper (When Not Worn as Service Dress , Mess Dress , or Semi-Formal).. 45. Figure Maternity Long-Sleeved Blouse.
9 46. Table Men's Service And Dress Uniforms (see note).. 48. Table Men's Battle Dress Uniform.. 56. Table Women's Service And Dress Uniforms (see notes).. 60. Table Women's Battle Dress Uniforms.. 81. Table Body/Physical Appearance Modification Standards.. 86. Table Clothing/Accessory Standards.. 89. Table When To Wear Battle Dress .. 92. Table When To Wear Headgear.. 92. Table Religious Apparel Waivers.. 93. Chapter 3 ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT 94. Organizational Clothing and Equipment.. 94. Aircrew Flight Dress Uniforms.
10 94. Table Distinctive Uniforms--USAF Honor Guard, and Arlington National Cemetery Chaplains.. 98. Table Distinctive Uniforms--Installation and Base Honor Guard, Color Guard, Drill Team, and Military Funeral Detail.. 100. Table Distinctive Uniforms The USAF Band, USAF Academy Band, USAF Regional Bands.. 101. Table Distinctive Uniforms--Security Forces (SF).. 103. Table Distinctive Uniforms--Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Military Security Force .. 105. Table Distinctive Uniforms--Miscellaneous.. 107. Table Distinctive Uniforms--Air Force Fitness Center Staff Uniforms.