How to Wear an ROTC Uniform

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Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a college elective program that aims to teach students many of the core values of the U.S. Armed Forces, including ethics, strategy, and leadership. The program can also serve as a recruiting tool for all branches of the military (with emphasis on the Army) because some ROTC students go on to serve. There are at least three different types of ROTC uniforms, but Class A uniforms are the basic type that all corp members have an opportunity to wear.

Things You'll Need

  • ROTC Class A Uniform
  • Put on the AG-415 green shirt and black tie. This shirt is standard in the ROTC for both men and women and is the first part of the uniform. Add a black necktie or necktab to the AG-415 green shirt. The uniform is incomplete without a tie or tab.

  • Put on black trousers or a black skirt. Women have the option of either trousers or skirt, while men are required to wear black trousers with their uniform.

  • Position the Garrison cap. Men and women both wear a Garrison cap with the bill over the forehead. The front crease should be in line with the nose. Men and women must tuck or pin their hair back so that it does not show on the forehead. Add rank insignia to the Garrison cap. If you have any rank in the ROTC or the military, then you will wear your Distinctive Unity Insignia (DUI) on the left curtain of the Garrison cap, about 1 inch to the left of the front crease.

  • Put on the Army green coat. This coat completes the basic uniform. Add any insignia of rank that you have earned to this coat. DUI should be placed on the shoulder loops of the coat, in the center and aligned with the outside of the coat's top button.

  • Add black essentials. In addition to Army standard items, you must wear black socks, black Oxford shoes, and a black belt with a brass buckle and tip. In cold weather your overcoat must also be black.

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