HomeNewsArticle Display

Air Force updates to AFI-36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced a series of uniform updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel, effective July 13, 2018.

“These changes stemmed from the 100th Air Force Uniform Board, which incorporated direct feedback from Airmen,” said Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel, and Services. “There are additional Uniform Board initiatives that are ongoing and still being analyzed for consideration and implementation by senior leaders.”

The notable changes are, but not limited to:

Grooming and Appearance Standards
- No minimum hair length for females, but up to a maximum bulk of three-and-half inches from scalp, allowing for proper wear of headgear.
- Females are also authorized locs, which must be lightly fused or interwoven to present a neat, professional appearance.

Dress Uniform
- All enlisted personnel may wear three-and-a-half inch or four-inch chevrons.
- All or some ribbons and devices may be worn on service dress uniform.
- All, some or no ribbons and devices may be worn on blue service uniform.

Outer Garments, Headgear, Rank Insignia and Accessories
- While off duty in civilian clothes males are authorized to wear earrings on or off installation.
- Females are authorized to wear round or square white diamond, gold, white pearl or silver earrings as a set with any uniform combination.
- Eyeglasses and sunglasses may have a small logo that can contrast with frame color or lenses. Conservative, clear, slightly tinted or photosensitive lenses are also authorized.
- Airmen may wear either a sling style backpack or two strap backpack.
- Handbags for all uniform combinations will be solid black leather or vinyl without ornamentation with black or white stitching.

Physical Training Gear
- Short- and long-sleeved solid white, black or light gray form fitting undershirts may be worn and visible under the short-sleeved shirt.
- A balaclava (black) may now be worn with PT gear while performing physical fitness activities outdoors.

For the complete list of changes, Airmen should go to: http://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_a1/publication/afi36-2903/afi36-2903.pdf


Facebook Twitter
Watch as #USAF #Pararescueman from @KadenaAirBase participate in a search & rescue training scenario during… https://t.co/vmkZfFwuB4
This 100th CES civilian #Airman @RAFMildenhall is saving the Earth while on top of the ‘World’.… https://t.co/KOWrCWPxSi
.@403rdWing Medical technicians solve puzzles to save lives. @USAFHealth https://t.co/tkQEdcB0X1 https://t.co/ThBTN2aTWL
.@SecAFOfficial, @SecArmy & @SecNav76 host the first national discussion on sexual assault & sexual harassment at A… https://t.co/qE6gsyvs7U
RT @DeptofDefense: Today is Gold Star Spouses Day, a time to honor the husbands and wives of fallen service members who keep their loved on…
In what may become the next evolution to the way the #USAF develops space technology, @Buckley_AFB #Airmen recently… https://t.co/GGDxCoDxSB
Tune in now to Day 2 of the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America's Colleges, Univ… https://t.co/B0O6H4npWV
Are you ready to take off into the weekend? #B52 aircraft, deployed from @TeamBarksdale, take off at #RAFFairford,… https://t.co/d7zhzyxTvO
Whenever there is an issue involving specialty vehicles at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates in @USAFCENT, t… https://t.co/XH3uVN3p7l
More than 1,400 #Airmen and @USNavy #Sailors participated in the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibi… https://t.co/pieJhiHICc
RT @DeptofDefense: Today, @NATO will mark 70 years since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty by its 12 founding nations. Learn more…
RT @SecAFOfficial: Our students deserve a safe place to learn. @secnav76, @SecArmy, & I are working with our nation's colleges & universiti…
RT @DeptofDefense: .@FEMA celebrates 40 years of helping our nation before, during and after disasters. We send the @USNationalGuard to dis…
.@SecAFOfficial, @GenDaveGoldfein outline to Senate committee #AirForce progress, need for larger force.… https://t.co/MntGs8noHQ
RT @SASCMajority: Watch live: Chairman @JimInhofe convenes a hearing on the Posture of the @usairforce. @SecAFOfficial and @GenDaveGoldfein
#AirForce Chief of Staff @GenDaveGoldfein wishes @NATO a #HappyAnniversary & explains the importance of coalition p… https://t.co/PMapqhN3DA
When your mission is to rescue those in need anywhere and at any time, proper training is crucial. Take a look as c… https://t.co/lBXEUJkTDN
Without an engine, aircraft are mere devices of lethal airpower. Propulsion #Airmen @20FighterWing ensure the power… https://t.co/LB0mxPqMTn
.@Offutt_AFB firefighters are taking their training virtual while maintaining readiness and saving money at the sam… https://t.co/WRB3wqiMLZ
Avionics #Airmen are jacks of all trades, working hand-in-hand to master operating systems. Read on for more about… https://t.co/3YyEJeSSKG