Cadet uniforms a. Authority. Each cadet authorized to participate in the Junior ROTC may be furnished at Government expense issue-in-kind uniforms. The authority for issuing in-kind uniforms to cadets is CTA 50–900. Schools that provide a cadet-type uniform or desire to purchase issue-type uniforms from the Army or commercial sources may be authorized to do so in place of receiving Army-issued uniforms. The operating policies and procedures concerning the supply of issue uniforms to schools are outlined in AR 700–84. b. Types of uniforms. This section outlines basic policies on uniforms for Junior ROTC cadets and students. The Army green uniform and the BDUs are authorized for wear by Junior ROTC cadets. The Class A or B green uniform is the standard for the classroom and campus. The BDU is to be worn only on an exceptional basis for adventure training, camp, or special team activities. (1) Issue-type uniform. A uniform identical to that issued to enlisted members of the Army, Reserves, or National Guard, or one so similar in design and fabric that it normally cannot be distinguished from the other. Junior ROTC programs electing to wear the issue-type uniform must comply with the following guidelines. (a) Uniform wear and display of ribbons and accouterments must comply with this regulation. (b) Issue-type uniforms must include insignia that distinguishes them from standard Army uniforms. (c) Braids and stripes are not an authorized part of the uniform. (2) Cadet-type uniform. A uniform must be so distinctive in design and/or fabric that it cannot be confused with an issue-type uniform. Programs electing to wear cadet-type uniforms must request and receive approval for uniform design, style, and material from CG, USACC.
Wearing the Junior ROTC uniform a. Cadets will wear Class A or B uniforms at least once a week. b. Unless specifically authorized, uniforms will not be worn outside the United States and its territories. The local installation commander will establish guidelines for the wear of uniforms in the DoDDS schools. c. The DAI/SAI publishes guidelines for wearing the uniform. The following are considered appropriate occasions to wear the uniform. (1) Leadership Laboratory.
(2) When visiting a military installation to participate in military drill or exercises. (3) Military social functions. (4) Parades and similar ceremonies. d. The uniform will not be worn in situations where it may bring discredit to the U.S. Army.
Purchase of uniforms and insignia a. Eligible students may wear the uniform prescribed for cadets while attending Junior ROTC courses of instruction. These students may be issued a uniform at no expense to the Government. b. Schools hosting NDCC units will procure and maintain uniforms at no expense to the Government. c. The Government purchases Junior ROTC distinctive insignia and accouterments for issue to cadets. d. In NDCC programs, the distinctive insignia and accouterments are procured at no expense to the Government.
Authorized wear of uniform insignia a. The insignia and accouterments prescribed in this regulation will be worn on the issue-type uniform. b. Insignia other than that prescribed for wear with the issue-type uniform may be worn with the cadet-type uniform at the discretion of the institutional officials. However, the distinctive Junior ROTC shoulder sleeve insignia is mandatory. TIOH approves distinctive insignia and accouterments.
Unauthorized wear of uniforms and insignia The following are not authorized for wear with Junior ROTC uniforms or by persons associated with the Junior ROTC programs: a. Designs of medals, badges, ribbons, and shoulder cords that conflict with those authorized for wear by the Federal or any foreign government. b. Insignia consisting of the letters ’U.S.’ c. Badges or insignia that resemble badges of other Services, other than the Marksmanship Badge. d. Oak leaf clusters, palms, stars, or similar items that, that resemble Federal designs. e. The wear of green, maroon, and black berets by Junior ROTC cadets is not authorized. The wear of the above berets is reserved exclusively for special units assigned to the Active Army.
Class A Uniform
Class B Uniform
The Army Garrison Cap
Before positioning the appropriate cadet officer or cadet enlisted insignia on the garrison cap, you should first know how to wear it. Place it on top of your head with the front vertical crease of the cap centered on your forehead in a straight line with your nose. Tilt the cap slightly to forward, approximately one inch from your brow. Do not crush or shape the garrison cap to form peaks at the top front or top rear of it.As shown, cadet officers wear grade insignia on the garrison cap while enlisted cadets wear the ROTC insignia. Position either insignia on the left side of the cap one inch from the crease and centered vertically between the top braid and the bottom of the cap.
Male cadets center the name tag on the right pocket between the top pocket seam and the top of the pocket buttonhole. Female cadets center the name tag in the right pocket area, aligning the bottom of the name tag with the top of the second buttonhole.
Honor Unit Insignia
Male cadets center the Honor Unit Star one-fourth of an inch above the top seam of the right pocket. Female cadets center the Honor Unit Star one-fourth of an inch above the name tag.
Male and female cadets may also wear the Honor Unit Star joined with the Academic Achievement Wreath, if awarded.
Male cadets center ribbons on the pocket button one-eighth of an inch above the left pocket. Female cadets center ribbons in the left pocket area, aligning them with the name tag.Ribbons are placed no more than three across, and one row must have three before the next is started. Ribbons are worn in order of precedence from top to bottom and from the wearer's right to left.
Medals and Badges
Male cadets place medals and badges one-eighth of an inch below the top seam on the left pocket flap. Female cadets place medals or badges one-fourth of an inch below their bottom row of ribbons.
No more than three medals and/or badges can be placed on the left pocket. A single medal or badge is centered from left to right on the left pocket. Two or more medals and/or badges are centered and spaced evenly on the left pocket. Medals and badges are worn in order of precedence from the wearer's right to left; medals are always placed to the right of badges.
The most obvious sign of a correctly worn uniform is the formation of the gigline. Line up the tip of the belt with the end of the brass buckle so that none of the belt shows. This makes the belt buckle appear as one solid unit. Align the edge of the shirt, belt buckle, and zipper flap so that they form an unbroken vertical line.