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AR 670-1: Chapter 13: Blue Service and Dress Uniforms – Male

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Section II: Army Service Uniform and Dress Blue Uniform – Male

  • 13-: Composition
  • 13-: Accessories
  • 13-: Materials
  • 13-: Insignia, accouterments, decorations, badges, unit awards and appurtenances
  • 13-: General guidelines
  • 13-: Coat, dark blue
  • 13-: Trousers, blue
  • 13-: Shirt, white
  • 13-: Service cap (optional)

Section II: Army Service Uniform and Dress Blue Uniform – Male

13-: Composition

a. The ASU and dress blue uniforms referred to in paragraph 13–1 consist of:

(1) Coat, dark blue (AB 450 or AB 150) (see para 13–15).
(2) Trousers (see para 13–16).
(a) Light blue (AB 450 or AB 151)
(b) Dark blue (general officers only) (AB 450 or AB 150).
(3) Shirt, white (see para 13–17).
(4) Necktie (see para 20–18).
(5) Undergarments (see para 20–28).
(6) Belt (see paras 20–2b and c).
(7) Headgear (see paras 4–10b and 13–18).
(8) Footwear.
(9) Socks (see para 20–24).
(10) Undershirt (see para 20–28f).

b. The variations of the blue service and dress uniforms consist of:

(1) The Army (blue) service Class A uniform includes the Army blue coat and trousers, AG shade 521 short- or long-sleeved shirt, and a black four-in-hand necktie (see figs 13–9 through 13–13). For accessories and other items authorized for wear on the Army (blue) Class A service uniform, see paragraph 13–11, below.

(2) The Army (blue) service Class B uniform includes the Army blue trousers and AG shade 521 short- or longsleeved shirt. Soldiers will wear a four-in-hand necktie with the long-sleeved AG shade 521 shirt when it is worn without the coat, as an outer garment. For accessories and other items authorized for wear on the Army (blue) service Class B uniform, see paragraph 13–11, below.

(3) The Army (blue) dress uniform includes the Army blue coat and trousers, a long-sleeved white shirt, and a black four-in-hand tie (before retreat) or a black bow tie (after retreat). When this uniform is worn for evening social occasions (after retreat), headgear is not required. When worn with a black bow tie, the Army blue uniform constitutes a formal uniform and corresponds to a civilian tuxedo. (See figs 13–14 and 13–19.)

13-: Accessories

The following accessories are normally worn with the blue uniforms.

a. Belt, black web, with brass tip (see para 20–2b).
b. Boots, combat, black leather (only when bloused trousers are authorized; not authorized with the Army dress
uniform) (see para 20–3b).
c. Buckle, solid brass (see para 20–2c).
d. Buttons (see para 20–4).
e. Cape (worn with dress uniform variation) (see para 20–5).
f. Chaplain’s apparel (see para 20–6).
g. Coat, black all-weather (see para 20–7).
h. Cuff links and studs (worn with dress uniform variation) (see para 20–9).
i. Gloves.
(1) Black, leather, unisex, dress (only when worn with the Class A, dress uniform, black all-weather coat, or
windbreaker) (see para 20–11b).
(2) White dress (worn with dress uniform variation only) (see para 20–11c).
j. Hat, drill sergeant (not authorized with the dress uniform) (see para 20–13b).
k. Judge’s apparel (see para 20–14).
l. MP accessories (not authorized with the dress uniform) (see para 20–15).
m. Neckties (see para 20–18).
(1) Bow, black, dress or mess (only with the enlisted Army dress uniform) (see para 20–18a).
(2) Four-in-hand, black, service (para 20–18c).
n. Scarf, dress, black (only with black all-weather coat or windbreaker) (see para 20–21a).
o. Service cap, optional (see para 13–18 and figs 13–15 through 13–18).
p. Shirt, white (see para 13–17).
q. Shoes, oxford, black (see para 20–23c).
r. Socks (see para 20–24).
(1) Tan, green, or black (worn with boots only) (see para 20–24a).
(2) Black, dress (see para 20–24b).
s. Sweater, cardigan, black, unisex (see para 20–26a).
t. Sweater, pullover, black, unisex (see para 20–26c).
u. Undershirt, white (see para 20–28f).
v. Umbrella, black (see para 20–27).
w. Windbreaker, black (only with Class B uniform) (see para 20–30).

13-: Materials

The blue uniforms consists of the following materials and shades:

a. Coat and trousers.

(1) 55/45% polyester/wool serge, 9.5–10.5 ounce, Army Blue 450 or Army Blue 451.
(2) 55/45% polyester/wool tropical, 9 ounce, Army Blue 450 or Army Blue 451.
(3) 55/45% polyester/wool gabardine, 10.6 ounce, Army Blue 450 or Army Blue 451.
(4) 55/45% polyester/wool elastique, 13.5 ounce, Army Blue 450 or Army Blue 451.
(5) 100% wool elastique, 16 ounce, Army Blue 450 or Army Blue 451.
(6) 100% polyester, 7.2 ounce, Army Blue 450 or Army Blue 451.

b. General officers. The coat and trousers will be made in the same material and shade, dark blue, Army shade 150 or 450.

c. Other officers and enlisted personnel. The trousers will be made in the same material as the coat, except the color will be light blue, in Army shade 151 or 451.

d. Headgear, service cap (optional). The service cap will be made in the same material and shade as the coat, except that officers also are authorized to wear the service cap in fur felt, 9-ounce weight, dark blue, Army shade 250.

e. Braid. The gold braid on the trousers shall be 100% polyester produced by a certified braid supplier.

f. Shirts, male, long and short sleeve. Issue shirts are 65/35% polyester/cotton blend in a herringbone weave with stretch, approximately 4.5 ounce weight, with a durable press and soil release finish, in shade Army White 521. The optional shirts are 65/35% polyester/cotton blend in a herringbone weave, approximately 5 ounce weight, with a durable press and soil release finish, in shade Army White 521.

13-13: Insignia, accouterments, decorations, badges, unit awards and appurtenances

a. The following insignia and accouterments are authorized for wear on the blue uniforms:

(1) Aiguillette, service (officers only) (not authorized on the Class B uniform) (see para 21–26).
(2) Airborne background trimming (see para 21–32b).
(3) Branch of service scarves (not authorized on the dress uniform) (see para 21–20).
(4) Branch insignia (not authorized on the Class B uniform) (see paras 21–9 through 21–13).
(5) Brassards (not authorized on the dress uniform) (see para 21–30).
(6) Decorations and service medal ribbons (see paras 22–7, 22–8, and 22–9).
(7) Distinctive items for infantry personnel (see para 21–31).
(8) Distinctive unit insignia (see para 21–22).
(9) Foreign badges (see para 22–18).
(10) Fourragere/lanyards (not authorized on the Class B uniform) (see para 22–10d).
(11) Gold star lapel button (para 22–6c).
(12) Next of kin lapel Button (para 22–6d)
(13) Headgear insignia (see para 21–3).
(14) Insignia of grade (see paras 21–5 through 21–8).
(15) Insignia representing regimental affiliation (optional) (see para 21–24).
(16) Officer candidate school (OCS)/warrant officer candidate (WOC) insignia (see paras 21–14 and 21–15).
(17) Nameplate (see para 21–25c).
(18) Organizational flash (see para 21–32a).
(19) Overseas service bars (not authorized on the Class B uniform) (see para 21–29).
(20) Service stripes (enlisted personnel only; not authorized on the Class B uniform) (see para 21–28).
(21) Unit awards (see para 22–10).
(22) U.S. badges (ID, marksmanship, combat, and special skill) (see paras 22–12, 22–15, 22–16, and 22–17).
(23) U.S. insignia (not authorized on the Class B uniform) (see para 21–4).

Note. The leader’s identification insignia is not authorized to be worn on the blue service or dress uniform.

b. The following insignia and accouterments are authorized for wear on the blue Class B uniform:

(1) Same items listed in paragraph 13–14a, with the exception of the DUI, branch, and U.S. insignia, and sew-on
insignia.

(2) The DUI is authorized for wear on the black pullover sweater. If no DUI is authorized, then the RDI is worn (see para 21–23b). Recruiters will wear the recruiting badge in lieu of the DUI or RDI.

13-14: General guidelines

a. When a specific service uniform is not prescribed for formations or other occasions when uniformity in appearance is not required, Soldiers may wear the Class A or any of the variations of the Class B uniform, with the accessories authorized for these uniforms.

b. Soldiers will not wear those awards and decorations on the shirt that they cannot wear properly because of size or configuration. Commanders will not require the wear of optional items (such as windbreakers or sweaters) unless such items are provided to the Soldier without cost.

c. Soldiers may purchase and wear the service/dress uniform in any of the authorized fabrics listed in paragraph 13–12, above. However, individuals who purchase uniforms or uniform items from commercial sources are responsible for ensuring that the items conform to military specifications, or are manufactured in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the Uniform Quality Control Program (see AR 670–1 for details). Only those alterations authorized by AR 700–84 and TM 10–227 are authorized.

d. Soldiers will wear these uniforms with the shirt tucked into the trousers so that the shirt edge is aligned with the front fly opening, so the outside edge of the belt buckle forms a straight “gig line.” Only Soldiers authorized to wear the tan, green, or maroon beret, those assigned to air assault coded positions; and MPs performing MP duties may wear bloused (tucked-in or by using blousing rubbers or bands) trousers with black leather combat boots.

e. The service dress tropical uniform (Class B with ribbons) is an equivalent Class A or dress uniform for hot weather wear. It serves as appropriate wear for parades, ceremonies, reviews (when special honors are being paid), and official visits of U.S. Foreign Dignitaries. The uniform is intended for seasonal hot weather wear only and is not appropriate for wear outside of hot climates. Local commanders will determine the conditions for wear of this uniform.

The male service dress tropical uniform consists of the white, short-sleeved, service uniform shirt (standard issue or lay-flat collar) with accouterments as worn on the jacket, without necktie, and with low waist ASU trousers with belt loops. In lieu of wearing all authorized ribbons, Soldiers have the option of wearing only three authorized ribbons. Selected ribbons must be worn in order of precedence (for example, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart).

Badges and insignia currently authorized for wear on the ASU are authorized to be worn on this variation of the uniform. In lieu of wearing all authorized ribbons, Soldiers have the option of wearing three authorized ribbons on the service uniform shirt. Selected ribbons must be worn in order of precedence (for example, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart).

13-15: Coat, dark blue

a. Design. The coat will be made from an approved specification or pattern.

b. General description. The Army blue coat is a single-breasted, peak-lapel, four-button coat extending below the crotch, fitting easily over the chest and shoulders, with a slight draped effect in front and back. The coat is fitted slightly at the waist, conforming to the body shape without tightness and with no prominent flare.

c. Shoulder buttons.

(1) Officers authorized to wear an aiguillette will attach a 20-ligne button on the left or right outside shoulder seam
of the Army blue coat, depending upon the position in which the aiguillette is worn.

(2) Officers authorized to wear a fourragere will attach a 20-ligne button on the left shoulder seam, 1/2 inch outside the collar edge.

d. Shoulder ornamentation and insignia.

(1) Shoulder straps for officers. (See para 21–8 for ornamentation and insignia.)

(2) Shoulder loops for enlisted personnel.

(a) A shoulder loop of the same material as the coat is used and attached on each shoulder.
(b) The loop is 2 1/2 inches wide at the outside shoulder edge, 1 1/2 inches wide at the inside collar edge, and piped all around with gold-colored nylon or rayon cord edge braid, 1/8 inch wide. The braid is inserted in the joining seams so it is completely visible around each loop. The loop is sewn on the outside shoulder seam and extends to a point approximately 1/2 inch from the inside collar seam. The loop has a buttonhole 3/8 inch from the inside edge of the braid, which is buttoned to the shoulder with a 25-ligne button.

e. Coat sleeve ornamentation. Ornamental braid is worn on both sleeves of the blue dress coat. Gold bullion, synthetic metallic gold, or gold-colored nylon or rayon braid is authorized for officers. Gold- colored nylon or rayon braid is authorized for enlisted personnel. The braid on the trouser legs and the coat sleeve will be of the same material. The bottom of the braid is positioned parallel to, and 3 inches above, the bottom of each sleeve as follows:

(1) General officers have a 1 1/2 inch gold braid on each sleeve.
(2) For all other officers, each sleeve has a 3/4 inch braid consisting of two, 1/4 inch gold braids placed 1/4 inch apart on silk material, of the first-named color of their basic branch.
(3) Enlisted personnel have a 1/8 inch soutache braid of gold-colored nylon or rayon on each sleeve.

f. How worn. The coat should fit easily over the chest and shoulders. The sleeves should fall 1 inch below the bottom of the wristbone, covering the shirt sleeve.

13-16: Trousers, blue

a. Design. The trousers will be made from an approved specification or pattern.

b. General description.

(1) Low-waisted. The low-waisted, blue trousers are straight-legged without cuffs, with side and hip pockets. The left hip pocket has a buttonhole tab and button. General officers will wear dark blue trousers and all other personnel will wear light blue trousers.

(2) Trouser leg ornamentation. Ornamental braid is worn on each outside seam of the trouser leg, from the bottom of the waistband to the bottom of the trouser leg, as follows:

(a) General officers have two, 1/2 inch braids spaced 1/2 inch apart.
(b) All other officers have one 1 1/2 inch braid.
(c) Enlisted personnel, corporal through CSM, have one, 1 1/2 inch braid.
(d) Enlisted personnel, PVT through SPC, wear the low-waisted blue trousers, straight-legged without cuffs, with side and hip pockets. The left hip pocket has a buttonhole tab and button. Soldiers who own the dress blue uniform trousers may wear the 1 1/2 inch braid until 30 September 2014.

c. How worn. The back hem of the trousers should fall approximately midway between the top of the heel and the top of the standard shoe in the back. The bottom of the front crease of the trousers should reach the top of the instep. The seat must be an easy fit with no wrinkles below the back waist. Waist should have 1/2 inch of ease. The waistband bottom should fit within 1/2 inch of the top of the hipbone.

13-17 : Shirt, white

a. Design. The white shirt will be made from an approved specification or pattern.

b. General description. The shirt is a dress style with a standup collar, collar stand and yoke. The shirt has two plain chest pockets with button through flaps. The shirt has tapered shoulder loops and cuffs. Each shirt shall have permanent creases; three creases on the back and one on each front of shirt. The creases shall have a continuous appearance on the front through the shirt, front of each pocket and pocket flap. The shirt is available in both long and short sleeves. The long sleeve shirt has two button interlined cuffs and is designed to be worn strictly with a tie.

c. How worn. The collar should fit snugly, but not uncomfortably. It should fit easily over the back and chest, allowing free use of arms. Long-sleeved shirts should fall to the lower part of the wristbone. The rise should fit without looseness or constriction.

13-18: Service cap (optional)

a. Design. The cap will be made from an approved specification or pattern, in a standard Army design. Officers have the option of wearing the cap frame with a removable cover made of the same material as the rest of the uniform.

b. Visor and visor ornamentation. The visor is plain black leather or poromeric with a leather finish. The visor ornamentation is as follows:

(1) General and field grade officers. The top of the visor is black cloth with two arcs of oak leaves in groups of two, embroidered in gold bullion, synthetic metallic gold-colored yarn, or manufactured from anodized aluminum in 24-karat gold color.

(2) Company grade officers and enlisted personnel. The top of the visor is plain black shell cordovan or shell cordovan-finished leather, resin treated, with a waterproof edge.

c. Chin strap and chin strap ornamentation. The chin strap consists of two straps, each 1/2 inch in width by 10 inches in length, with one end of each strap forming a slide, and the other end of each strap fastened to the cap at each end of the visor. The chin strap ornamentation is as follows:

(1) Officers. The chin strap is natural or light brown, full-grain pigskin or sheepskin, nonbleeding, with pointed ends covered with two-vellum gold wire lace, synthetic metallic gold-colored lace, or a one- piece strap manufactured from anodized aluminum in 24-karat gold color.

(2) Enlisted personnel. The chin strap is plain black leather matching the visor in appearance, with rounded ends. Poromeric with a leather finish is authorized.

d. Hatband. All personnel will wear an outside hatband, 1 3/4 inches in width, around the entire outside rim of the cap. The hatband ornamentation follows:

(1) General officers. The band is blue-black velvet with two arcs of oak leaves in groups of two, 1 inch long and 3/4 inch wide, embroidered in gold, synthetic metallic gold-colored braid, or gold-colored nylon or rayon.

(2) All other officers. The band is grosgrain silk of the first-named color of the officer’s basic branch, with a band of 1/2 inch, two-vellum gold, synthetic metallic gold, or gold-colored nylon or rayon braid, placed at the top and bottom of the hatband. If the officer’s branch has two colors, 1/8-inch piping of the second color is placed on the inside edges of the gold braid.

(3) Enlisted personnel. The band is basket-weave mohair braid matching the shade of the cap material, with a 1/2 inch band of two-vellum gold-colored nylon, rayon, or polyester braid placed at the top part of the hatband.

e. Cap insignia. Insignia is worn on the Army blue service cap secured through the front eyelet. The service cap insignia is described in paragraph 21–3a.

f. Wear.

(1) Corporals and above may wear the service cap as an optional headgear with the blue uniform. The beret is the primary headgear worn with the service uniform by all Soldiers unless the commander directs wear of the service cap (for corporal and above).

(2) Personnel are not required to wear headgear when wearing the blue uniform as a formal uniform to formal evening social functions (after retreat). However, on all other occasions, personnel will wear headgear with this uniform.

g. Proper wear position. The service cap is worn straight on the head so that the braid hatband on the service cap creates a straight line around the head, parallel to the ground. Such positioning automatically positions the visor correctly, so that it does not interfere with vision or ride up on the forehead. Personnel will not alter the shape of the service cap in any manner.