Flight Uniforms

General guidelines

a. Flight coverall. The organizational flight uniform is for use by flight crews as prescribed in CTA 50–900. Alterations to the uniform are not authorized. The black leather combat boots and the flyer’s insulated boots (when authorized according to CTA 50–900) are the authorized footwear for the flight uniform. Personnel will not tuck the flight coverall into the boots. Soldiers will keep the sleeves down on the flight uniform during flight operations. The flight uniform is not intended for wear as an all-purpose uniform when other uniforms are more appropriate. Flight jackets are worn only with the organizational flight uniform. The black beret became the basic headgear for this uniform on 14 June 2001. Soldiers will wear the beret when not performing flight duties, unless the commander has prescribed wear of the patrol cap, as described in chapter 3 of this regulation. (See para 3–5 for wear policy of the beret and the patrol cap.) Commanders may authorize other uniforms for wear during administrative flights.
b. Insignia and accouterments.
(1) A 2-inch by 4-inch leather nameplate is attached to the 2-inch by 4-inch Velcro attachments affixed to the flight suit and jacket. This nameplate consists of 1⁄4-inch block style lettering in silver, with the appropriate crewmember’s
badge on the first line, full name (first, middle initial, and last name) on the second line, and abbreviated rank and the words “U.S. Army” on the third line. The nameplate is provided at no expense to the soldier.
(2) The SSI is worn 1⁄2 inch below the shoulder seam. Officer personnel will wear subdued embroidered insignia of grade on the shoulder of the organizational flight suit and flight jacket. The insignia is centered 5⁄8 inch in from the shoulder seam. Chest insignia patches are not authorized.
(3) Local commanders may authorize all aviation personnel who are not authorized flight clothing to remove pin-on metal insignia from the work uniforms while engaged in maintenance activities near the aircraft.
(4) Local commanders may authorize the wear of solid baseball caps (when authorized in accordance with CTA 50–900) by aircraft and ground crewmembers as a safety and identification measure, while on the flight line or in the base operations area. Personnel will wear standard headgear outside this area. Soldiers will wear grade insignia on organizational baseball caps, in accordance with para 28–3f. Commanders will provide the caps to soldiers at no expense.
c. Commanders may authorize the use of a camouflage personal hydration system only in the following situations: in a field environment, in high-heat areas, or on work details. Soldiers will not carry hydration systems in a garrison environment, unless the commander has authorized it for one of the situations described above. Soldiers will not let the drinking tube hang from their mouths when the device is not in use.