AFJROTC Dress and Appearance Information

This page has information will link you to resources for rules on proper uniform wear.

  1. Air Force Instruction 36-2903This is the official list of rules for the wear of the uniform, proper grooming standards, and other information for appearance.  We follow these rules and cadets are graded from these standards.  Go to the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) for more information on dress and appearance standards.

  2. Chapter 7 of the Air Force JROTC Operational Supplement.  This chapter describes how AFJROTC cadets will wear the uniform and maintain Air Force grooming standards while in uniform.  You will also find how to affix rank and nametags to your uniform in this book.

Uniform wear for A day students is Tuesday.  Uniform wear for B day and Virtual only students is on Friday.  Cadets will be graded based on their Uniform Inspection results.

*** If cadets were not issued a uniform, then they will wear BHS Dress Code appropriate clothing for uniform inspections.  All grooming standards must be complied with (hair, jewelry, make-up, fingernails, etc.) when undergoing their inspection in BHS appropriate clothing ***

On Monday (A day students) or Thursday (B day students), cadets will wear the Air Force PT uniform to their JROTC class, and may change into other clothes for their other classes.

It is expected that cadets follow the BHS Dress Code on non-uniform days.

Below are some examples of Air Force Dress and Appearance standards, but always reference the documents above when wearing the uniform.

Excerpts from AFI 36-2903:
3.1.1. Hair-male and female. Will be clean, well-groomed, present a professional appearance, allow proper wear of headgear, helmet or chemical mask and conform to safety requirements. Will not contain excessive amounts of grooming aids (e.g. gel, mousse, pomade, or moisturizer), appear lopsided, touch either eyebrow, or end below an imaginary line across the forehead at the top of the eyebrows that is parallel to the ground. If applied, dyes, tints, bleaches and frostings must result in natural hair colors. Examples of natural hair colors are brown, blonde, brunette, natural red, black or grey. Prohibited examples (not all inclusive) are burgundy, purple, orange, fluorescent or neon colors. Commander may temporarily authorize cancer patients to wear approved caps (black/tan) due to a temporary medical condition (i.e., radiation/chemotherapy). Wigs/Hairpieces/Extensions. Are authorized and will meet the same standard required for natural hair, be of good quality, fit properly, and comply with safety, functionality and professionalism. (Note: Extensions are still prohibited for males). Wigs/Hairpieces/Extensions will not be used to cover unauthorized hair styles. Synthetic hair or other materials are not authorized when prohibited by safety and mission requirements. 

3.1.2. Hair-Male. Tapered appearance on both sides and the back of the head, both with and without headgear. A tapered appearance is one that when viewed from any angle outlines the member's hair so that it conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point without eccentric directional flow, twists or spiking. A block-cut is permitted with tapered appearance. Hair will not exceed 1¼ inch in bulk, regardless of length and ¼ inch at natural termination point; allowing only closely cut or shaved hair on the back of the neck to touch the collar. Hair will not touch the ears or protrude under the front band of headgear. Cleanly shaven heads, military high-and-tight or flat-top cuts are authorized. Prohibited examples (not all inclusive) are Mohawk, mullet, cornrows, dreadlocks or etched shapes/design. Airmen may have one (cut, clipped or shaved) straight line part, not slanted or curved, on either side of their head where a natural part would be combed. Men are not authorized hair extensions. See figure 3.1 for graphic examples of appropriate sideburns, and mustache and male hair standards.
Figure 3.1

3.1.3. Hair-Female. No Minimum hair length, to a maximum bulk of 3 ½ inches from scalp and allows proper wear of headgear. Hair will end above the bottom edge of collar and will not extend below an invisible line drawn parallel to the ground, both front to back and side to side. Bangs, or side-swiped hair will not touch either eyebrow, to include an invisible line drawn across eyebrows and parallel to the ground. See figure 3.2. When in doubt, assess correct length of hair with Airman standing in the position of attention. Exception: While wearing the Physical Training Gear (PTG), long hair will be secured but may have loose ends and may extend below the bottom edge of the collar.
Figure 3.2