a. Commanders of MACOMs will thoroughly evaluate all proposals to change or add uniforms, accessories, or wear policies for uniforms, insignia, and awards that are submitted through the Army Ideas for Excellence Program (AIEP).
b. The installation commander may prescribe the uniform for wear in formations. When not prescribed by the installation or subordinate commander, the unit commander will prescribe the uniform for wear in formation. Com- manders will not establish seasonal wear dates for uniforms.
c. Installation commanders in CONUS, MACOM commanders overseas, the Chief, Army Reserve for USAR, and State Adjutants General for the ARNG may publish, in writing, exceptions to the policy that authorizes the wear of utility and organizational uniforms off military installations (see para 3–3).
d. The commander in charge of units on maneuver may prescribe the uniform for wear within the maneuver area. e. Ceremonial details and units.
(1) Members of honor guards, color guards, and similar details will wear the prescribed Army service, dress, or
utility uniforms with authorized accouterments. These members may wear accessories authorized in CTA 50–900, such as individual equipment, belts, white gloves, and slings, when authorized by the commander. Commanders will prescribe uniform wear policies for these items.
(2) Only those units authorized to wear a distinctive uniform in accordance with CTA 50–900 for ceremonial duties, such as the Old Guard and the Army Band, are exempt from the policy to wear the Army service, dress, or utility uniforms in the performance of ceremonial duties. Commanders of special units will prescribe the wear policy for all distinctive uniform items and accouterments.
f. Commanders will not require individuals to purchase optional uniform items. Likewise, they will not restrict or discourage them from wearing optional uniform items authorized by this regulation, except in those instances where uniformity is required, such as parades or formations.
g. Commanders will conduct periodic inspections to ensure that all personnel under their command comply with the following:
(1) That soldiers possess the minimum quantities of uniforms prescribed in this regulation, AR 700–84, and CTA 50–900, tables 1, 2, and 3; and that the uniforms are properly fitted and in serviceable condition.
(2) That soldiers wear only authorized insignia and awards, as prescribed in this regulation.
(3) That soldiers wear only uniform and heraldic items produced by certified manufacturers, and that they meet the specifications for quality and design.
h. Commanders will promptly submit quality deficiency reports on uniforms and individual equipment, in accord- ance with AR 702–7–1 and DA Pam 738–750, regarding those items that do not meet the requirements in paras 2–6g(1–3), above.
i. Commanders may purchase heraldic items through local procurement procedures only from manufacturers certi- fied by TIOH.
j. Overseas MACOM commanders will establish a service point of contact to provide information to local textile and uniform producers on optional uniforms and uniform items. Additionally, the point of contact will provide UQCP certification procedures to manufacturers desiring to sell these items to soldiers within the overseas theater.