How to Properly Wear an Army Class A Uniform

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To best represent the United States Army, it is important that you wear your Class A Uniform in a correct and presentable fashion. The United States Army has detailed regulations to ensure that Army servicemen and servicewomen properly represent their military unit.

Things You'll Need

  • Class A uniform slacks (or skirt, for women), shirt and jacket
  • Necktie or necktab
  • Shoes
  • Belt
  • U.S. Army Nameplate
  • U.S. or Branch Insignia
  • Service Ribbons and Badges

Preparing the Class A Jacket

  • For Noncommissioned Officers, the sew-on-rank should be in the center of the left sleeve, between the shoulder seam and elbow. The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia should be centered 1/2 inch below the top of the shoulder seam on the same sleeve.

  • Position the nameplate. For men, nameplates should be centered on the jacket's right breast pocket, between the top button and top of the pocket. For women, nameplates should be 1 to 2 inches above the top button, centered horizontally on the right hand side.

  • Affix the U.S./Branch Insignia. For men, the U.S./Branch Insignia should be be 1 inch above the notch, with the center of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel. For women, the U.S./Branch Insignia should be 5/8 inch from the notch, on center between the collar and lapel seam, with the center of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel.

    Center the Shoulder Insignia on the shoulder loop, with the base facing the shoulder seam.

  • Position the Service Ribbons. Service ribbons should be worn from left to right, with no more than four in a row. On men, these should be centered 1/8 inch above the left breast pocket. On women, they should be centered on the left with the bottom row parallel to the bottom of the nameplate.

  • Affix the Unit Awards. Wear unit awards with the laurel leaves facing up, on the right-hand side. For men, these should be centered 1/8 inch above the right breast pocket flap. For women, they should be centered 1/2 inch above the nameplate.

  • Place the badges. Badges should be worn right to left in order of precedence, specialty badges first. For men, they should be centered 1/8 inch below the top pocket and placed 1 inch apart. For women, they should be centered 1/4 inch below the ribbons and placed 1 inch apart.

Uniform Components for Men

  • Wear a Class A jacket. The jacket should be single-breasted and extend below the crotch. It should not flare. The sleeves should fall 1 inch below the bottom of the wrist.

  • Wear Class A Slacks. The slacks should sit on the waistline, have cuffs and be tailored diagonally. Wear the slacks with an approved belt with 1 1/4-inch buckle, ending on the left side.

  • Don the appropriate shirt. The Class A uniform is worn with a long-sleeved shirt that reaches to the center of the wrist.

  • Wear patent-leather Oxford-style shoes with three eyelets.

  • Wear a Class A Uniform necktie. The tie should extend to less than 2 inches above the belt and no longer than the bottom of the belt buckle.

Uniform Components for Women

  • Wear a Class A jacket. The jacket should be single-breasted and of hip length. It should not flare. The sleeves should fall 1 inch below the bottom of the wrist.

  • Wear a Class A skirt. The skirt should sit on the waistline. The length should be between 1 inch and 2 inches above the center of the knee.

  • Don a Class A shirt. The appropriate shirt is long-sleeved and reaches to the center of the wrist. Wear the shirt with a necktab.

  • Wear a belt with 1-inch buckle, ending on the right side.

  • Wear appropriate footwear. Women can wear patent-leather Oxford-style shoes with three eyelets and a heel no higher than 2 inches, or patent-leather pumps with a closed toe and heel. The heel height should be between 1/2 inch and 3 inches with a sole of less than 1/2 inch.

Tips & Warnings

  • The uniform should be clean, pressed and of a proper fit.
  • All brass components should be freshly polished.
  • Shoes should be in good condition and polished.
  • If you are unsure of any regulations regarding your Army Class A Uniform, refer to an official U.S. Army source before presenting yourself for inspection.

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