Uniforms

Uniforms —“I’m new to CAP, do I need a uniform? What type? Where do I get it?”

CAPM 39-1, (plus Interim Change Letters*) is our reference document.

We are directed to obtain, and maintain for wear, either of the minimum basic uniforms:  Minimum USAF-style Uniform OR Minimum Corporate-style Uniform. [CAPM 39-1, section 1.2.1]:

Uniforms are required for activities such as flight on a CAP aircraft, official functions and working with cadets.  The uniform helps present a professional image to those who see us. It also helps us keep a professional attitude in our work at CAP. The following is a summary for quick reference.

Uniforms are divided into two general categories:

·         USAF-style                  ·     CAP Corporate-style

Many uniform items can be purchased through Vanguard.
Others may be purchased at the Exchange clothing store on base.

For new senior members without grade, the initial suggested uniform is the CAP Corporate Working Uniform (see below).  This will get you by until you can obtain the other uniforms.


CAP Corporate Working Uniform (Informal, polo shirt style) [CAPM39-1, chap. 5, fig. 5.3]

Item Uniform Vanguard Ref.
Shirt Short or long-sleeve CAP polo Shirt CAP0968G or CAP0969G
Undershirt (optional) White v-neck n/a
Pants Medium gray slacks n/a
Belt Plain, black, conservative, silver buckle n/a
Socks Black dress socks CAP25001 or commercial
Shoes Plain, black shoes n/a
Headgear (optional) CAP baseball cap is authorized CAP0990L
Jacket Not required; CAP light blue windbreaker w/CAP logo is authorized. CAP5100

Other uniforms to consider in the near future:

Aircrew:

Ground crew:

CAP business functions: (CAPM39-1, table 1-1)

  • USAF Service Dress
  • CAP Corporate Service Dress

All uniforms require adherence to grooming standards (CAPM 39-1, chap. 3). The USAF-style has additional grooming and weight standards [CAPM 39-1, section 3.2]

*Interim change letters that are not found in CAPM39-1:

  1. Transition to ABUs
  2. Update on wear of ABUs
  3. COWG clarification of weight and grooming standards

AF ABU

Headgear Air force digitized tiger stripe print
Coart (shirt) Air force digitized tiger stripe print
T-shirt Desert tan
Trousers Air force digitized tiger stripe print
Belt Desert Tan
Footwear Black combat boots
Outerware (cold weather), outdoors only ABU gortex parka or AF green fleece jacket

ABU Officer Insignia

Headgear Light silver or gold embroidered on dark blue cloth
Coat (shirt)
collar Grade insigia -Light silver or gold embroidered on dark blue cloth
above left breast pocket “CIVIL AIR PATROL” nametape–Light silver embroidered on dark blue cloth
Above left nametape Aviation /occupational badge (2 max); Light silver embroidered on dark blue cloth
above right breast pocket “LASTNAME” nametape–Light silver embroidered on dark blue cloth
Left breast pocket Full color patch
Right breast pocket Full color patch
Left sleeve full color wing patch
Right sleeve none
Parka – front button strap Grade insignia
Jacket
above left breast pocket “CIVIL AIR PATROL” nametape–Light silver embroidered on dark blue cloth
above right breast pocket “LASTNAME” nametape–Light silver embroidered on dark blue cloth
Above right name tape Grade insignia–Light silver or gold embroidered on dark blue cloth