General BDU While in uniform, personnel will not place their hands in their pockets, except momentarily to place or retrieve objects. Soldiers will keep uniforms buttoned, zipped, and snapped. They will ensure metallic devices such as metal insignia, belt buckles, and belt tips are free of scratches and corrosion and are in proper luster or remain properly subdued. Personnel will keep shoes and boots cleaned and shined. Cadets will put their initials on the inside of their BDU top and bottom below the sizing tag.
Boots The boots are laced diagonally with black laces, with the excess lace tucked into the top of the boot under the bloused trousers, or wrapped around the top of the boot. Personnel are authorized to wear the green or black Army jungle boot in lieu of the standard issue black combat boot. No other canvas and leather boot is authorized for wear. Cadets will place their initials on the inside lip of both of their boots.
Pressing The BDU must present a neat and wrinkle- free appearance. Pressing of the BDU is required. Starching of the BDU is authorized, but not required. Cadets may crease sleeves of the coat, and the legs of the trousers on the BDU.
Headgear General Cadets wear the BDU cap with the BDUs. Personnel wear the cap straight on the head so that the cap band creates a straight line around the head, parallel to the ground. The cap will fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without distortion or excessive gaps. The cap is worn so that no hair is visible on the forehead beneath the cap. Cadets will put their initials neatly on the inside of their BDU cap. Wear the Summer BDU cap with Summer BDUs and Winter BDU cap with Winter BDUs.
Headgear Wear of Rank Enlisted Officer The grade insignia is centered on the front of the headgear left to right, and top to bottom Enlisted wear subdued insignia Officers wear non-subdued insignia in a garrison environment, and subdued insignia in the field environment.
BDU Coat Cadets will not wear sleeves of the coat rolled up at any time. The coat is worn outside the trousers. The coat will not extend below the top of the cargo pocket on the pants and will not be higher than the bottom of the side pocket on the pants.
BDU Trousers Trousers are worn with a belt. Soldiers will wear the trousers bloused, using the draw cords or blousing rubbers, if the trousers are not tucked the boots. Soldiers will not blouse the boots so that the trouser leg extends down to the ankle area. When bloused, the trousers should not extend below the third eyelet from the top of the boot.
Grade Insignia Enlisted Enlisted cadets will wear subdued grade insignia on the BDU. The insignia is worn centered on the collar so that the centerline of the insignia bisects the points of the collar, and the bottom of the insignia is positioned 1 inch up from the collar point.
Grade Insignia LET IV On the BDU coat, the subdued rank is worn centered horizontally on the collar, 1 inch from the lower edge of the collar, with the centerline of the rank parallel to the lower edge of the collar. The JROTC insignia is canted on the left collar and canted at a 45 degree angle as depicted. JROTC
BDU Field Jacket Enlisted cadets will wear subdued grade insignia on the Field Jacket the same as on the BDU. Officers will wear their rank on both shoulder boards centered between the seam and the top button.
Nametapes On the BDU and Field Jacket, the name tape (if worn) and JROTC tape will be made of olive-green cloth and 1 inch wide. The individuals last name will be in black block letters, 3 /4 inch in height. The JROTC and name tapes are 4 1 /2 inches in length, or extends to the edge of the pocket flap when sewn on the uniform. The plastic nameplate is authorized for wear on the BDUs.
Shoulder Patch on BDU Top and Field Jacket All cadets will wear the subdued JROTC patch on the left sleeve, 1/2 –inch below the top of the shoulder seam. When tabs are worn, the tab is placed 1/2 inch below the top of the shoulder seam and the JROTC patch is worn 1/4 inch below the tab.