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Cadet Uniform Guidance

When Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force Kaleth Wright speaks with fellow airmen his uniform is perfect. Is yours?


Because uniforms are unique — only CAP cadets wear the CAP cadet uniform — they are a source of pride. Wearing the uniform is part of your leadership training. The uniform helps you develop self-discipline, personal responsibility, and self-respect. Whenever you wear the uniform, you represent not just yourself but also all of CAP and the U.S. Air Force, so wear the uniform with pride.


Wearing your uniform properly is part of your leadership training and is required to be demonstrated in order to promote.

Please discuss PT uniform items with Cadet Leadership prior to purchase.

The "New Cadet CAP Regulation 39-1 the definitive instruction on uniforms.

How to Obtain Uniforms

Your Squadron may have donated uniform articles for free. If not, consider our uniform partner, Vanguard, or if you live near an Air Force installation, ask local leaders about the military clothing sales store.

NOTE: name tapes and CAP rank, insignia and ribbons must be purchased through Vanguard. Small child-sizes for uniforms are also only available via Vanguard.

The suggested best practice is for each cadet to obtain an ABU (camouflage) uniform as soon as possible. The approximate cost is $150.

Upon completing Achievement 1, CAP provides cadets with a Curry Blues Voucher for the dress “blues” uniform. Again, some articles may be available for free locally. The approximate cost is $150, less a $100 voucher.

When a cadet outgrows a uniform or leaves CAP, we ask families to turn those items in to the Squadron so other cadets might use them.

How to Prepare Your Uniform

For a quick start, see pages 7-9 in the New Cadet Guide, pictured below. 

New Cadet Guide

Ten Tips for Looking Sharp in Uniform

  1. Keep your insignia in a special place at home.

  2. Prepare your uniform the night before you wear it.

  3. Trim loose strings from buttons, pockets, and belt loops.

  4. Use spray starch when ironing.

  5. Obtain “enforcers” or put cardboard behind your ribbons.

  6. Check your appearance in a full-length mirror.

  7. Keep a small cloth with you to dust your shoes and brass.

  8. Check your gig-line upon exiting a car or restroom.

  9. Avoid leaning against anything while in uniform.

  10. Ask your wingman to double-check your uniform, and return the favor.


Sewing patches the easy way, courtesy of a Spaatz cadet's mom.

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