How to Dress Your JROTC Uniform

by Si Kingston

The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or JROTC, is a federally funded program aimed at getting young people involved and interested in serving in the United States military. As part of their training, cadets are required to closely adhere to many of the same rules and regulations as active-duty service men and women, including the way they dress their uniforms. The uniform is not only a representation of the serviceman, but it also represents the entire U.S. military establishment. It is important to dress your JROTC uniform properly.

Air Force JROTC

Step 1

Position the pendant in the center of the service cap. The flight-cap pendant should be placed 1 1/2 inches from the front of the cap and centered perfectly between the top and bottom of the cap.

Step 2

Dress the right side of the cadet uniform. The unit patch should be centered on the right shoulder 1/2 to 1 inch below the shoulder seam. The shoulder tab patch should be centered between the unit patch and the shoulder seam, or 1 inch below the shoulder seam. Center the name tag on the right side of the front of the uniform, 1 1/2 inches higher than the first exposed button. The awareness presentation badge should be centered right above the name tag. The Kitty Hawk badge should be centered right above the awareness presentation badge, and the AEF badge should be centered right above the Kitty Hawk badge. Above the AEF badge, the Distinguished Cadet badge should be centered.

Step 3

Attach both grade insignias to the left and right collar of the uniform. Both insignias should be centered side to side and top to bottom.

Step 4

Dress the left side of the cadet uniform. All badges dedicated to flight or ground school should be attached to the left side. Ribbons should be centered on the left side and aligned with the bottom of the name tag on the right side of the uniform. The Model Rocketry badge must be centered right above the ribbons. The AMA wings are centered right above the Model Rocketry badge, and the Ground School badge and then Flight Solo or Flight Certificate badges are centered, in order, above that. The AFJROTC patch is centered 1/2 to 1 inch below the shoulder seam on the left arm.

Navy JROTC

Step 1

Wear shined, navy-style plain and black-laced leather oxford shoes. The laces must be inside-out through all eyelets. Socks should be plain black socks. Hosiery can be worn by female cadets, and it must be a similar color to your skin tone when wearing a skirt or black when wearing pants.

Step 2

Place and center the vertical axis of the rank and JROTC bar insignia along an imaginary line bisecting the angle of the left collar points. The rank insignia should be centered on the left collar, and the JROTC insignia on the right collar.

Step 3

Center the name badge on the right shirt-pocket buttonhole, and place it 1/4 inch above the top seam of the pocket.

Step 4

Center the Navy JROTC ribbons above the left shirt-pocket buttonhole, and 1/4 inches above the seam. Any service designation stars should be positioned 1/4 inches above the top row of ribbons. One star by itself is centered against the top row of ribbons. Multiple stars should be spaced evenly 1/4 inch apart from each other.

Army JROTC

Step 1

Center the cadet-enlisted insignia on the left side of the garrison cap. The insignia should be placed 1 inch from the front fold of the cap.

Step 2

Place and center the vertical axis of the rank and enlisted cadet insignias along an imaginary line bisecting the angle of the left collar points. Each should also be up 1 inch from the edge of the collar point. The rank insignia should be centered on the left collar, and the enlisted cadet insignia on the right collar.

Step 3

Center your name plate with the right shirt-pocket buttonhole.

Step 4

Center the Army JROTC ribbons above the left shirt-pocket buttonhole, and 1/8 inch above the top seam. Additional service designations and medals for marksmanship should be placed 1/8 inch below the top seam on the left pocket flap in order of precedence. Any service designation stars should be positioned 1/4 inch above the top row of ribbons. Position individual awards for academic, athletic or military excellence on the left pocket flap, exactly 1/8 inch below the top seam of the left pocket, no more than four across.

Tips

  • Style hair conservatively. Male cadets should have trimmed and neat hairstyles; hair shouldn't touch the ears or eyebrows. Female cadets can wear hair accessories such as pins and barrettes as long as they are plain. Hair should not be too full or high on the head. Hair should not interfere with JROTC headgear. Hair can't have faddish colors or colors that aren't natural hair colors.

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About the Author

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.