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AR 670-1: Chapter 20-18: Neckties, male

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a. Necktie, bow, black, dress or mess.

(1) Type. The bow tie is an optional purchase item.

(2) Description. The material is black silk or satin of a commercial design, without stripes or figures. The bow has square ends not more than 2 1/2 inches wide.

(3) How worn. The black bow tie is worn with the Army green dress uniform, the white and blue mess uniforms, and the Army blue uniforms, after retreat. Enlisted males may wear the black bow tie with the Army green dress uniform with the white shirt at social functions.

b. Necktie, bow, white, evening mess.

(1) Type. The white bow tie is an optional purchase item.

(2) Description. The material is plain white silk or satin, or of the same material as the shirt, without stripes or figures, in a conventional, civilian full-dress style, not more than 2 1/2 inches wide.

(3) How worn. The white bow tie is worn with the Army blue evening mess uniform, or, as an option, males may wear it with the Army white evening mess uniform.

c. Necktie, four-in-hand, black, service.

(1) Type. The four-in-hand necktie is a clothing bag issue item.

(2) Description. The material is polyester, wool, tropical, or a similar type of woven fabric; a knitted fabric necktie also is authorized. The necktie will be two-fold, four-in-hand, with pointed ends. As an option, a pretied, snap-on necktie is authorized for wear.

(3) How worn.

(a) Personnel may wear the tie in a Windsor, half-Windsor, or four-in-hand knot. A conservative tie tack or tie clasp is authorized. The necktie is tied so it is no shorter than 2 inches above the top of the belt buckle, and so it does not extend past the bottom of the belt buckle.

(b) The black four-in-hand necktie is worn with the Class A uniform, and with the short- and long-sleeved service uniform shirts. The necktie is required for wear when the long-sleeved shirt is worn without the Class A coat, and when the short- and long-sleeved shirts are worn with the Class A coat. It is optional when the short- and long-sleeved shirts are worn with the black pullover and cardigan sweaters. The necktie is worn with the Army green dress, and blue service/dress uniforms before retreat or on duty. Personnel may wear the four-in-hand tie with the blue service/dress uniform after retreat, when the dress code is “military informal.”