Stars and Stripes – Airmen are actually allowed to put on baseball-style tactical camouflage caps

The Air Force has authorized airmento to wear camouflage tactical caps that look like military-grade baseball caps. (Michael Murphy / US Air Force)

The Air Force has authorized Airmen throughout the service to wear camouflage tactical tactical caps that look like military-grade baseball caps.

“If you have an OCP tactical cap as stated in the Air Force official instructions, you are entitled to wear it immediately,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne Bass said in a Facebook post Monday.

The Air Force introduced a number of changes this year, including longer hairstyles for women, redesigned training uniforms, and shorts for aircraft maintenance personnel in hot climates.

The change in cap policy is part of the service’s intention to allow commanders of certain units to wear standardized maintenance uniforms, the Air Force said in a press release on Monday. The acquisition process for the new uniforms is expected to be completed in the next year.

The Air Force introduced a number of changes this year, including military-grade baseball caps, longer hairstyles for women, redesigned training uniforms, and shorts for aircraft maintenance personnel in hot climates. (Michael Murphy / US Air Force)

Meanwhile, Monday’s permit will allow Airmen to wear certain tactical stealth caps provided they are either made entirely of approved camouflage material or a mixture of that material with coyote brown mesh on the back of the canopy.

Other colors or combinations are not allowed, the Air Force said.

In addition, the Velcro or sew-on tape must be centered on the back of the hats.

“The only item that can be worn on the front of the hat is the officer rank,” the Air Force said.

Chaplains are allowed to wear their professional badges sewn on and centered over the visor.

Chaplains can have their job badge sewn on and centered over the visor, as part of an Air Force change that allows Airmen to wear tactical, operational stealth caps.

Chaplains can have their job badge sewn on and centered over the visor, as part of an Air Force change that allows Airmen to wear tactical, operational stealth caps. (US Air Force)

Female aviators are allowed to pull topknots or ponytails through the back of the hat.

The Space Force guards will continue to adhere to the Air Force uniform standards until that service develops its own dress code, the Air Force said.

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