AFSOC evolves policies, maintains high standards

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command recently announced new policies on dress and appearance for Air Commandos worldwide.

The new supplement clarifies the proper wear of the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform, and A2CU two-piece flight suit. It also addresses new patches, emblems and scarfs.

Below are a few examples of the changes.

Approved AFSOC emblem: This emblem will be centered above the right breast pocket and worn by all AFSOC crewmembers. If required during exercises or contingencies, it may be attached with hook/pile to enable sanitization.

Flying Hour Milestone Achievement Patch: This patch is optional. It can be worn as an add-on patch at the top of the AFSOC emblem on the right breast by crewmembers who have been awarded the individual Flying Hour Milestone Achievement for 1,000, 2,500, 5,000, 7,500, 10,000, 15,000, or 20,000 hours. Only Flight Surgeons and Medics are authorized to wear the 1,000 hours Flying Milestone Achievement.

Scroll additions to unit emblems: Scrolls may be added to the top of the unit emblem. Examples are, Air Commando, instructor, flight examiner, etc. Aircrew members assigned to Headquarters AFSOC will wear the Air Commando scroll. Below HQ level, wear of the scroll will be at the discretion of the wing or group commander.

Neck Scarf: Aircrew members assigned to Headquarters AFSOC are not authorized to wear the neck scarf. Below HQ level, wear of the neck scarf is optional. If units elect to wear the scarf, all aircrew members of the unit will wear the scarf. Unit colors and wear instructions will be contained in the wing or group supplement.

Morale Patches: Wing commanders may authorize the wear of morale patches on the shoulders of the FDU on Fridays, or during special events. AF Reserve and ANG personnel commanders may authorize wear during weekend drills on Friday, Saturday or Sundays or during special events. Squadron Commanders will approve and maintain a list of acceptable morale patches and tabs for their assigned Airmen to wear.

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