Attire Guidance

Attire Guidance

The information contained herein is quoted from A Guide To Protocol And Etiquette For Official Entertainment (Pamphlet No. 600-60 Headquarters Department of the Army Washington, D.C., dated 15 October 1989)

  1. The guidance shown at Table A-1 is for Army personnel to use in choosing the proper dress while attending a military or social function. The occasions listed are those for which a guest would normally receive a written invitation. For correct uniform composition, accessories, insignia, and accouterments, see AR 670-1. For correct wear of badges, ribbons, and medals, see AR 672-5-1.
  2. Table A-2 provides guidance on the dress codes normally used today.
  3. The four-in-hand tie is worn with the Army blue and Army white uniforms at functions that begin in the afternoon and before the hour of retreat. The host may prescribe either the four-in-hand or bow tie for evening affairs, according to the degree of formality.
  4. The Army white uniform may be worn as prescribed by local commanders in areas that require this uniform (AR 670-1), or in other areas as the individual wishes.
  5. Tables A-3 and A-4 contain the uniform equivalency and occasions for wear by males and females in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, and Air Force. It also contains the appropriate attire for female and male civilian spouse/escorts.
    NOTE: Tables A-3 and A-4 are not included.
Table A-1. Army Uniform/Civilian Attire
OCCASION/
FUNCTION
CIVILIAN
ATTIRE
ARMY
UNIFORMS
LADIES
ATTIRE
Ceremonies, parades,
reviews, official vis-
its of foreign digni-
taries
Coat and tieArmy Blue with four-in-
hand, Army Green
Afternoon dress/suit
Receptions, daytime
or early evening
semiformal occa-
sions requiring
more than duty uni-
form
Dark business
suit
Army Blue with bow
tie or four-in-hand
Cocktail dress
Official formal func-
tions (Black tie)
Dinner jacket/
tuxedo
Army Blue, White
or Black Mess
Army Blue
with bow tie
Long or short
evening dress
Official formal
evening functions
(White tie)
TailcoatArmy Blue, or Black
evening Mess
Evening formal
Notes: The Army White/Army White Mess/Army White Evening Mess uniforms may be substituted for the Army Blue equivalent uniforms from April to October, except in clothing zones I and II where they may be worn year-round.
 
Table A-2. Dress Codes
CATEGORYDRESS
Formal (White Tie)Blue/White Evening Mess
Semiformal (Black Tie)Blue/White Mess; Army Blue w/Bow Tie
Uniform InformalArmy Blue w/four-in-hand (Note 1)
Duty UniformArmy Green (Note 2)
Civilian InformalCivilian Coat and Tie
CasualCivilian Open Collar or Sweater w/Coat
Very CasualShirt & Slacks, etc.
Notes:
(1) Enlisted personnel may wear the Army green uniform with black bow tie, and white shirt.
(2) Or uniform dictated by local policy.


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