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Army Physical Fitness Uniform (APFU)

 

ACUs

Composition:

•Patrol Cap

•Coat

•Tan undershirt

•Trousers, with belt

•Green or Black socks

•Tan Boots

General Fitting Guidelines:

This uniform is designed to be loose fitting. A tight fit reduces airflow needed for ventilation and cooling. The coat will be worn outside the trousers and the trousers will be worn with the issued belt. The coat will not extend below the top of the cargo pocket on the pants and will not be any higher than the bottom of the side pocket on the pants. The trousers will be worn bloused using the draw cords or blousing rubbers if the trousers are not tucked into the boots. Trouser legs will not be wrapped around the leg so tight as to present a pegged appearance.

Patrol Cap:

•Nametape: Worn on the back

•Rank: Subdued rank, worn on the front, centered.

 

ACU Coat:

•US Army Tape: Worn above left breast pocket (as worn)

•Nametape: Worn above right breast pocket (as worn)

•Rank: Worn in center of chest

•Shoulder Patch: ROTC patch is worn on left shoulder, authorized combat patch is worn on right shoulder (as worn)

•US Flag: Worn on right shoulder flap (as worn)

•Tabs: Worn on left shoulder flap (as worn)

 

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Army Service Uniform, Male

Composition:

•Blue coat

•Light blue trousers, with belt

•White shirt (long or short sleeve)

•Beret

•Four-in-hand tie

•Black dress socks

•Black oxford shoes

Beret Fitting Guidelines:

 The beret is worn so that the headband (edge binding) is straight across the forehead, 1 inch above the eyebrows. The flash is positioned over the left eye, and the excess material is draped over to the right ear, extending to at least the top of the ear, and no lower than the middle of the ear. Personnel will cut off the ends of the adjusting ribbon and secure the ribbon knot inside the edge binding at the back of the beret. When worn properly, the beret is formed to the shape of the head; therefore, Cadets may not wear hairstyles that cause distortion of the beret.

•Cadet Enlisted: DUI, 1" from the crease

•Cadet Officer: Non-subdued rank, 1" from the crease

 

Coat Fitting Guidelines:

 The coat will be fitted slightly at the waist conforming to the figure without tightness and no prominent flare. The sleeve will be 1" below the bottom of the wrist bone.

•Nameplate: Centered on right pocket flap

•Ribbons: 1/8" above the coat's left pocket

•Rank: Non-subdued rank will be worn on the shoulder loop of the coat, 5/8" from the shoulder seam

•Distinct Unit Insignia DUI: Worn on the shoulder loop equidistant from the button and rank

•Lapel:

  • o   Basic Course: Torch of knowledge, centered on lapel and 1" above lapel notch
  • o   Advanced Course: ROTC insignia, centered on lapel and 5/8" above lapel notch

 

•Shoulder:

  • o   ROTC Shoulder Insignia: Left shoulder, 1/2" below the seam
  • o   University of Memphis Shoulder Insignia: Right shoulder, 1/2" below the seam

 

•Tabs: Left shoulder above ROTC shoulder insignia

 

Trousers Fitting Guidelines:

Trousers are to be fitted and worn with the lower edge of the waistband at the top of the hipbone, plus or minus 1/2". The front crease of the trousers will reach the top of the instep and be cut on a diagonal line to reach a point approximately midway between the top of the heel and the top of the standard shoe in the back. The trousers may have a slight break in the front.

Shirt Fitting Guidelines:

Long-sleeve length will extend to the center of the wrist bone

Belt Fitting Guidelines:

 The brass tipped end will pass through the buckle to the wearer's left and will not extend beyond the end of the buckle so the fabric portion of the belt will not be seen. The plain end (no tip) of the belt may extend beyond the keeper portion of the inside of the buckle as long as it is not visible when worn

 

Army Dress Uniform

 This uniform is considered a dress uniform when worn with a black bow tie and a white commercial shirt

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Army Service Uniform, Female

Composition

•Blue coat

•Blue skirt or slacks, with belt

•White shirt (long or short sleeve)

•Beret

•Black neck tab

•Black dress socks(slacks only)

•Stockings

•Black oxford shoes(slacks only)

•Black pumps

 

Beret Fitting Guidelines:

 The beret is worn so that the headband (edge binding) is straight across the forehead, 1 inch above the eyebrows. The flash is positioned over the left eye, and the excess material is draped over to the right ear, extending to at least the top of the ear, and no lower than the middle of the ear. Personnel will cut off the ends of the adjusting ribbon and secure the ribbon knot inside the edge binding at the back of the beret. When worn properly, the beret is formed to the shape of the head; therefore, Cadets may not wear hairstyles that cause distortion of the beret.

•Cadet Enlisted: DUI, 1" from the crease

•Cadet Officer: Non-subdued rank, 1" from the crease

 

Coat Fitting Guidelines:

 The sleeve will be 1" below the bottom of the wrist bone

•Nameplate: 1" to 2" above the top button, centered on the right side

•Ribbons: Centered on the left side, bottom row positioned parallel to the bottom edge of the nameplate

•Rank: Non-subdued rank will be worn on the shoulder loop of the coat, 5/8" from the shoulder seam

•Distinct Unit Insignia (DUI): Worn on the shoulder loop equidistant from the button and rank

•Lapel:

  • o   Basic Course: Torch of knowledge, centered on lapel and 1" above lapel notch
  • o   Advanced Course: ROTC insignia, centered on lapel and 5/8" above lapel notch

 

•Shoulder:

  • o   ROTC Shoulder Insignia: Left shoulder, 1/2" below the seam
  • o   University of Memphis Shoulder Insignia: Right shoulder, 1/2" below the seam

 

•Tabs: Left shoulder above ROTC shoulder insignia

 

Slacks Fitting Guidelines:

 Slacks will be fitted and worn so that the center of the waistband is at the natural waistline. The front crease of the slacks will reach the top of the instep and be cut on a diagonal line to reach a point approximately midway between the top of the heel and the top of the standard shoe in the back. The slacks may have a slight break in the front

Skirt Fitting Guidelines:

 Skirt and dress lengths will not be more than 1" above or 2" below the crease in the back of the knee

Shirt Fitting Guidelines:

 The long-sleeve length will extend to the center of the wrist bone

Belt Fitting Guidelines:

 Females will wear the black belt with black or brass tip when wearing slacks with belt loops. The brass tipped end will pass through the buckle to the wearer's right and will not extend beyond the end of the buckle so the fabric portion of the belt will not be seen. The plain end (no tip) of the belt may extend beyond the keeper portion of the inside of the buckle as long as it is not visible when worn

 

Army Dress Uniform

This uniform is considered a dress uniform when worn with the black neck tab, white shirt, skirt, and black service pumps

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Army Physical Fitness Uniform (APFU)

Composition (Summer)

◦Short-Sleeve PT Shirt

◦PT Shorts

◦White Socks (socks must be no lower than the ankle and no higher than lower calf in length)

◦Athletic Shoes

◦Reflective Belt (the reflective belt is worn around the waist with summer uniform)

Composition (Winter)

◦Jacket

◦PT Pants

◦PT Shorts

◦Long-Sleeve PT Shirt

◦Gloves

◦Fleece Cap (black or green)

◦White Socks

◦Athletic Shoes

◦Reflective Belt (the reflective belt is worn across the chest over the right shoulder with the PT Jacket on; worn around the waist with the PT Jacket off

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