AR 670-1 – Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms

What Army Regulation covers the wear and appearance of the military uniform?
AR 670-1
Why is the flag worn on the right shoulder of the Utility Uniform?
The flag is worn on the right shoulder to give the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.
Why are all Soldiers in the U.S. Army now authorized to wear the Reverse-Side Full-Color U.S. Flag Cloth Replica upon gaining permission from their commander?
The Nation is at war and will be for the foreseeable future. As an expeditionary Army, our Soldiers’ commitment to fight and win our Nation’s War, at home and abroad, is best exemplified by permanently wearing the U.S. Flag insignia on the utility uniforms.
What AR covers the issue and sale of personal clothing?
AR 700-84
When is the only time that commercially designed protective headgear is authorized for wear with uniform?
When operating motorcycles, bicycles or like vehicles but once the travel is complete protective headgear must be removed and army headgear donned. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 1-17 / PDF 33)
When must Identification Tags be worn?
When directed by the commander, engaged in field training, in an aircraft, or OCONUS.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 1-16 / PDF 33)

NEW AR – At all times in both CONUS and OCONUS with the exception of when there is a safety concern i.e. physical training.

What does “ECWCS” stand for?
Extended Cold Weather Clothing System.
What are the ranks that shoulder boards come in?
Corporal through SGM of the Army and also the Officer Ranks.
How is the beret properly worn?
The beret is worn so that the headband (edge binding) is straight across the forehead, 1inch above the eyebrows. The flash is positioned over the left eye, and the excess material is draped over to the right ear, extending to at least the top of the ear, and no lower than the middle of the ear. Personnel will cut off the ends of the adjusting ribbon and secure the ribbon knot inside the edge binding at the back of the beret. When worn properly, the beret is formed to the shape of the head; therefore, Soldiers may not wear hairstyles that cause distortion of the beret. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 3-5 / PDF 41)
Who is authorized to wear insignia of branch on the Patrol cap?
Chaplains.
What are the dimensions of the dress uniform nameplate?
1 x 3 x 1/16 of an inch. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-24 / PDF 271)
How many marksmanship badges are authorized for wear at one time on the Army Blue Service Uniform?
No more than 3. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-16 / PDF 306)
When is the wear of Army uniforms prohibited?
• In connection with the furtherance of any political or commercial interests, or when engaged in off-duty civilian employment.
• When participating in public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches, rallies, or public demonstrations, except as authorized by competent authority.
• When attending any meeting or event that is a function of, or is sponsored by, an extremist organization.
• When wearing the uniform would bring discredit upon the Army.
• When specifically prohibited by Army regulations.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 1-10 / PDF 31)
Soldiers will wear headgear with the Army uniform except under which circumstances?
Headgear is not required if it would interfere with the safe operation of military vehicles.
The wear of military headgear is not required while in or on a privately owned vehicle (to include a motor cycle, bicycle, or convertible automobile), a commercial vehicle, or on public conveyance (such as a subway, train, plane, or bus).
Soldiers will not wear headgear indoors unless under arms in an official capacity, or when directed by the commander, such as for indoor ceremonial activities.
Male and female Soldiers are not required to wear headgear to evening social events (after Retreat) when wearing the Army blue and white uniforms, the enlisted greendress uniform, the Army green maternity dress uniform (females only), or the mess and evening mess uniforms.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 1-10 / PDF 31)
What is the most noticeable difference between the Army Blue Service Uniform trousers worn by Soldiers in the ranks of PVT through SPC and those worn by NCOs?
The trousers worn by Soldiers in the ranks of PVT through SPC will not have a gold stripe along the legs which can be found on the trousers worn by CPL through SMA.
How will service ribbons be worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
The ribbons centered 1/8 inch above the left breast pocket. Ribbon mounts will remain centered above the pocket even if the top ribbon row is offset. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-7 / PDF 293)
How will service ribbons be worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
The ribbons centered on the left side, with the bottom row positioned parallel to the bottom edge of the nameplate. Females may adjust the placement of the ribbons to conform to individual body-shape differences. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-7 / PDF 294)
How is the Regimental Distinctive Insignia (RDI) worn on the male Army Blue Service Uniform?
The RDI centered 1/8 inch above the top of the pocket flap, or 1/4 inch above any unit awards or foreign badges that are worn. When the coat lapel obscures the insignia, Soldiers may wear the RDI aligned to the right edge of unit awards or the nameplate. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 28-23 / PDF 268)
How is the Regimental Distinctive Insignia (RDI) worn on the female Army Blue Service Uniform?
The RDI centered 1/2 inch above the nameplate, or 1/4 inch above any unit awards or foreign badges that are worn. When the coat lapel obscures the RDI, Soldiers may wear the RDI aligned to the right edge of unit awards or the nameplate. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 28-23 / PDF 269)
Where are unit awards worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
Emblems with or without frames are worn centered with the bottom edge of the emblem 1/8 above the right breast pocket flag. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-11 / PDF 299)
Where are unit awards worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
Emblems with or without frames are worn centered on the right side of the uniform, with the bottom edge 1/2 inch above the top edge of the nameplate. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-11 / PDF 300)
How are marksmanship badges worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
Marksmanship badges are worn on the upper portion of the left breast pocket flap, or on the lower portion of the pocket flap, if special skill badges are worn. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-16 / PDF 306)
How are marksmanship badges worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
Marksmanship badges are worn on the left side, 1/4 inch below the bottom ribbon row, or in a similar location if ribbons are not worn. Personnel may adjust the placement of badges to conform to individual body-shape differences. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-16 / PDF 306)
Which direction does the belt tab on the army belt extend to on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
The wearers left. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 27-2 / PDF 177)
Which direction does the belt tab on the army belt extend to on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
The wearers right. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 27-2 / PDF 177)
What is the maximum number of clasps that can be attached to each marksmanship badge?
No more than 3. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-16 / PDF 306)
How are service ribbons worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
The ribbons centered 1/8 inch above the left breast pocket. Ribbon mounts will remain centered above the pocket even if the top ribbon row is offset. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-7 / PDF 293)
How are service ribbons worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform
The ribbons centered on the left side, with the bottom row positioned parallel to the bottom edge of the nameplate. Females may adjust the placement of the ribbons to conform to individual body-shape differences. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 29-7 / PDF 294)
How is the branch insignia worn on the male Enlisted Army Blue Service uniform?
Enlisted males wear their branch insignia centered on the left collar, with the bottom of the disk approximately 1 inch above the notch, with the center line of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 28-12 / PDF 254)
How is the branch insignia worn on the female Enlisted Army Blue Service uniform?
Enlisted females wear their branch insignia on the left collar. The insignia is worn so the bottom of the disk is centered between the outside point and inside edge of the collar, approximately 5/8 inch up from the notch, with the center line of the branch insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 28-12 / PDF 255)
How is the U.S. insignia disk worn on the male Army Blue Service uniform?
The bottom of the U.S. insignia disk is placed approximately 1 inch above the notch, centered on the right collar, with the center line of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 28-4 /PDF 208)
How is the U.S. insignia disk worn on the female Army Blue Service uniform?
The bottom of the U.S. insignia disk is centered on the right collar, approximately 5/8 inch up from the collar and lapel seam, with the center line of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 28-4 /PDF 208)
How are service stripes placed on the Army Blue Service uniform?
The service stripe is worn centered from seam-to-seam on the outside bottom half of both sleeves. The first stripe is sewn on an angle of 30 degrees, with the lower end inserted in the front inside seam, 1/4 inch above the cuff braid. The upper end of the stripe is inserted in the back seam of the sleeve. Each additional stripe is spaced 1/8 inch apart from the last, and above the first stripe.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 28-27 /PDF 275)
One service stripe represents how many years?
Three years. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 28-27 /PDF 275)
What is the estimated lifetime of the new ACU?
6 months. (ACU is made with the same nylon/cotton rip-stop fabric as the current Enhanced Hot Weather BDU (EHWBDU). The current EHWBDU has an estimated wear life of six months.)
Explain the new digitized pattern.
The new pattern is designed to work in the three primary combat environments, — Woodland, Desert and Urban. Though not optimized for any particular environment, it is effective in all three.
How is the Name tape / U.S. Army tape worn on the ACU?
Immediately above and parallel with the slanted chest pocket flaps
How will the SSI (Unit Patch) and the SSI-FWTS (Combat Patch) be worn on the ACU
The SSI will be worn centered on the hook and loop faced pad already provided on the left sleeve of the coat. The SSI-FWTS will be worn centered on the hook and loop faced pad already provided on the right sleeve of the coat.
How will the U.S. Flag insignia be worn on the ACU?
The U.S. Flag insignia is worn on the right shoulder pocket flap of the ACU coat.
How many skill tabs can be worn on the ACU?
No more than 3
How is the ACU patrol cap worn with the ACU?
Personnel wear the patrol cap straight on the head so that the cap band creates a straight line around the head, parallel to the ground. The patrol 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. At their discretion, individuals may wear the ear flaps down during cold weather, except in formation when the commander may prescribe wear policy.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 3-5 /PDF 42)
What type of rank is authorized to be worn on the ACU patrol cap?
Sewn or Pin on rank.
How is the name tape worn on the ACU Patrol Cap?
The name tape will be worn centered on the hook and loop pad on the back of the ACU Patrol Cap.
When the ACU trouser leg is bloused, what is the maximum distance that it may extend down the boot?
The bloused trouser legs should not extend below the third eyelet from the top of the boot.
Describe the proper process for washing the ACU.
1. Wash in cold water and mild detergent containing NO optical brighteners or bleach.
2. Tumble dry at low heat (not to exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit)
3. Remove immediately from dryer and fold flat or place on a rustproof hanger to ensure heat from the dryer does not set wrinkles.
4. To drip dry, remove from the washer/water and place on a rustproof hanger. Do not wring or twist.
What are the components of the IPFU?
1. Jacket, running, gray and black.
2. Pants, running, black.
3. Trunks, running, black, moisture-wicking.
4. T-shirt, gray, short sleeve, moisture-wicking.
5. T-shirt, gray, long sleeve, moisture-wicking.
6. Cap, knit, black or Cap, Synthetic, Microfleece, Green
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 14-2 /PDF 85)
When authorized by the Commander, may the IPFU be worn on and off post and on and off duty?
Yes, Soldiers may wear all or part of the IPFU with civilian attire off the installation, when authorized by the commander. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 14-4 /PDF 85)
What is the only insignia authorized for wear on the IPFU according to AR 670-1?
The Army Physical Fitness Badge. (AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 14-5 /PDF 85)
How is the Physical Fitness Badge properly placed on the IPFU?
When the physical fitness badge is worn, it is sewn on the upper left front side of the IPFU T-shirt. On the IPFU running jacket, the insignia is sewn centered 1/2 inch above the word “Army.”
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 14-5 /PDF 85)
Who are the only Soldiers authorized to wear the IPFU shirt outside of the trunks?
Pregnant Soldiers.
Are Soldiers authorized to wear commercially purchased gray or black spandex shorts under the IPFU trunks?
Yes, The length of the shorts must end above the knee or higher. The commercial shorts must be plain, with no logos, patterns, or obtrusive markings. Soldiers are not required to buy the spandex shorts.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 14-3 /PDF 85)
Can Commanders authorize the wear of commercial items be worn with the IPFU?
Commanders may authorize the wear of commercial running shoes, calf-length or ankle-length, plain white socks with no logos, gloves, reflective belts or vests, long underwear, and other items appropriate to the weather conditions and type of activity. If Soldiers wear long underwear or other similar items, they must conceal them from view when wearing the running jacket and pants of the IPFU.
(AR 670-1 Feb 2005 / 14-3 /PDF 85)