Uniform Chart

Uniform Comparision

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

TABLE OF SERVICE EQUIVALENT UNIFORMS
EVENTCIVILIAN ATTIREARMYNAVYAIR FORCEMARINES
 MENWOMEN    
CASUAL EVENT
Working in
field or plant
environment.
Sports Jacket (no tie)
Open Collar, Sporty
Simple dress, or
nice slacks, jeans
Battle dress
Army Class B (1)
Aviation working
green, winter
working blue or
khaki (2)
BDU
SSS/LSS (3)
w/out tie
Utility
BUSINESS EVENT
Business and
informal social
occasions.
Business suit
Coat and tie
Very dressy dress/
suit or cocktail
dress

Dressy dress/suit
Afternoon dress/suit
Army Green (4)Service dress blue
Service dress white
Summer khaki or
white, winter
blue
Service dress
SSS/LSS w/ or
w/o tie

Service A (5)
Service B (6)
Service C (7)
PARADE
Parades/
ceremonies
and reviews.
Business SuitVery dressy dress/
suit or cocktail
dress
Army Green
Army Blue
Army White
Full dress blue
Full dress white
Service dress
Service dress
Dress Blue
SOCIAL FUNCTIONS
Social functions
of a general
or official nature,
private formal
dinners, dinner
dances, club
affairs. (8)
Black Tie
Tuxedo or Dinner
Jacket
Long dress
Very fancy short
dress, evening
trousers with very
dressy top
Army Blue Mess
Army White Mess
Dinner dress blue
Dinner dress white
Mess dressEvening dress or
mess dress
OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS
Official formal
evening
functions,
state occasions.
White tieLong formal dressArmy Blue Mess/
Evening dress (9) /
Army White Evening Mess Dress
Dinner dress blueMess dress 
       
NOTES
(1)Green slacks and light green shirt with or without tie.
(2)Olive green service uniform with tie. Working blues and khaki are variants of the informal uniform and can be either short or long sleeve.
(3)SSS - Short sleeve shirt. LSS - Long sleeve shirt.
(4)Army green service uniform is similar to the Air Force service dress. Army blue uniform is “formal” when worn with black bow tie and “informal” when worn with black 4-in-hand tie.
(5)Service A - Blue jacket, trousers, and white shirt.
(6)Service B - Same as A, except with ribbons.
(7)Service C - Blue trousers and khaki shirt.
(8)Note: For black tie functions, for all services a tie is mandatory. For white tie functions, a bow tie is mandatory for all services.
(9)Army Blue Mess meets requirement of “black tie”. Army Blue Evening Mess composed of blue mess jacket and pants, white formal dress shirt with wing collar, white vest, and white bow tie.




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