Proper Wear of the Civil Air Patrol Uniform
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:
- The Airman Battle Uniform (ABU)
- Dress Uniforms, including Class A and Class B types
- Physical Training (PT) Uniforms
- Senior Member Corporate Working Uniforms
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
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.
It consists of:
Proper Wear of ABU Rank, Insignia, and Patches
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.
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.
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.
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.