Proper Wear of the Civil Air Patrol Uniform

Representing CAP

The Civil Air Patrol is an active Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. As such, we follow in the traditions, customs, and courtesies of the Air Force. This includes the utility, dress, Physical Training (PT), and Color Guard style of uniforms.

In accordance with Interim Change Letter 2, released 6 March 2016, and Interim Changes; Interim Change 1 and Interim Change 3, released 2 March 2018, the Civil Air Patrol is acting under Civil Air Patrol Manual (CAPM) 39-1, dated 26 June 2014. All uniform requirements are listed under this manual and the associated change letters. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact SM Joshua Drake.

The current utility uniform of CAP is the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU)

There are several CAP uniform types. The three primary uniforms discussed here are:

In many cases, the CAP 229 Squadron has uniforms available for cadets. There is no guarantee that they will be available. Before purchasing any ABU uniform apparel, contact Commander Wendy Iskyan to request uniforms.

In the event that the unit does not have CAP uniforms available, they can be purchased from Vanguard military clothing store. There are many other sources for uniforms, including:

The CAP (Air Force) Uniform Types

Utility Uniforms – The Airman Battle Uniform (ABU)

Male ABU Requirements

Female ABU Requirements

Dress Uniforms

Male Dress Blues Requirements

Female Dress Blues Requirements

Senior Member Uniforms

The Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) Standards of Wear

The ABU is the US Air Force utility uniform, with the Tiger Stripe pattern. As in all uniforms, ABU’s shall be maintained to demonstrate the attention to detail and pride in uniform. The pants and shirt should be pressed. Heavy starch is recommended to keep creases sharp and maintain a wrinkle-free appearance.

The Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) Tiger Stripe Pattern
The Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) Tiger Stripe Pattern

It consists of:

ABU Shirt

ABU insignia, rank, and patch wear is outlined in CAPM 39-1 Section 5.1.1. Note that the Battle Dress Uniform specified in the uniform manual was replaced with the ABU as the standard uniform as of 18 July 2011 by order AFI  36-2903 issued by the Secretary of the Air Force.

Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 ABU shirt with insignia
Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 ABU shirt with insignia

 

Proper Wear of ABU Rank, Insignia, and Patches

Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 ABU shirt with insignia
Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 ABU shirt pocket right name tape
Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 ABU shirt pocket right squadron patch
Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 ABU shirt pocket left name tape
Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 ABU shirt rank

ABU Pants

ABU pants must be cotton and nylon twill or ripstop cotton camouflage pattern (Tiger Stripe Pattern) with button front closure, strap ankle adjustment, and six pockets. Material of shirt and trousers must match. Blouse trousers over combat boots. Tucking the BDU trousers into the boot is optional. Whether tucked in or bloused, the trouser must be evenly bloused (gathered in and draped loosely) over the top of the combat boot and must present a bloused appearance. Material of shirt and trousers must match.

Airman Battle Uniform pants
Airman Battle Uniform pants

ABU Headgear (Cap)

Wear of headgear is mandatory. The BDU Cap, the CAP Baseball Cap or the Black Watch cap (when in a cold weather environment), may be worn. Headgear must match all other Squadron personnel as prescribed by the CAP Squadron Commander.

Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 ABU head gear cap hat
Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 ABU head gear cap hat

Tan T-shirt

A tan short or long sleeved t-shirt will be worn under the ABU shirt. Unit commanders may prescribe unit designation emblems, subject to the approval of the wing commander, not to exceed 5 inches in diameter, in cloth or silk screen, worn on the left side of chest.

Airman Battle Uniform prescribed tan t-shirt
Airman Battle Uniform prescribed tan t-shirt

Black Combat Style Boots

Black socks and black combat boots are mandatory with this uniform. Black combat boots will be without design and can be worn with the service
dress and service uniforms. They will be highly polished, high gloss or patent leather.

Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 military combat boots black leather
Standard Issue Black All-Leather Combat Boots
Jungle Style Combat Boots
Civil Air Patrol Squadron 229 Bates military combat boots black leather
Bates Tactical Side Zip Combat Boots are a popular choice for approved style and comfort.