Hospital Duty and Maternity Uniforms—Female

General guidelines

a. Basic uniform.
(1) Enlisted and officer ANC and AMSC personnel.
(a) The dress is worn when prescribed for wear. The length of the dress will be no longer than 2 inches below, or
more than 1 inch above the bend in the back of the knee. The dress is worn with the belt at all times. Only the dome- shaped, white polyester shank-type buttons issued with the dress are authorized for wear on the belt (secured with safety pins on the back of the belt). The white maternity dress does not have a belt.
(b) The tunic-and-pants uniform is worn when prescribed for wear. The tunic is worn outside the pants.
(c) The following pertains to both the dress and the tunic-and-pants uniforms. Officers will wear the white oxford shoes and white stockings with these uniforms. Wear of the white oxford shoes and stockings by enlisted personnel is optional. Enlisted personnel will otherwise wear black oxford shoes and sheer stockings with the hospital duty dress, and the black oxford shoes with black socks when wearing the tunic-and-pants uniforms.
(2) Soldiers may wear the white unisex cardigan sweater as an outer garment with this uniform while on duty. Personnel may wear the white unisex cardigan buttoned or unbuttoned while indoors; when outdoors, all except pregnant soldiers will wear the cardigan buttoned. Personnel will wear the collar of the dress or tunic outside the sweater so the rank is visible. The black windbreaker is authorized for wear with the tunic-and-pants uniform and the hospital duty dress (para 27–30). The other outer garments listed in paragraph 9–2c(1) also are authorized for wear with these uniforms.
(3) The black beret became the basic headgear for this uniform on 14 June 2001 (see para 3–5 for wear policy). When the cold-weather coat or other authorized cold-weather outer garments are worn, personnel may wear the olive- green scarf and the black leather shell gloves, but they are not required to do so. Soldiers may wear the black scarf and AG 489 cold-weather cap with the black all-weather coat. Depending upon the uniform fabric, starching and pressing may damage the uniform material, so soldiers must exercise caution in this matter.
(4) Warrant officers and commissioned officers. The commander may authorize the wear of the physician’s white smock over the service or utility uniforms (except the hospital duty dress and tunic and pants) in a medical treatment facility.
b. Issue. The issue of the hospital maternity uniform to hospital duty female personnel has no bearing on the issue of the Army green maternity service uniform (chap 17) or the maternity work uniform (chap 4).
c. Precautionary wear restrictions. Personnel should exercise caution because some of the materials used in these uniforms are inappropriate for use in areas where flammable gases are employed. Commanders will prohibit the wear of hospital duty dresses and polyester pantsuits in flammable, anesthetizing locations and mixed facilities (as defined in NFPA standards), or in any area where easily ignitable substances are present, such as anesthetizing agents. This restriction does not apply to inhalation therapy areas where oxygen is administered, providing that easily ignitable substances such as ether, cyclopropane, alcohol, acetone, oils, greases, or lotions are not present. The presence of such flammable substances in oxygen-enriched atmospheres is prohibited by NFPA standards.