Uniform Regulations

Uniform Regulations

The military uniform is a symbol of the nation’s defense forces. It projects an image of a devotion to duty in the service of one’s country. The uniform is an important element in the morale, pride, discipline and effectiveness of the NJROTC program. Cadets are obligated to wear the uniform properly and proudly, and in doing so, uphold the dignity of the NJROTC unit. Proper wearing of the uniform is based on criteria set for male and female cadets.

Male Uniform Regulations

Belt Start looping your belt through the left loops and follow on through.
Hair Must be tapered upwards 3/4 inch and outwards not greater then 3/4 inch. Must not touch collar. Not longer that 4 inches and bulk shall not exceed 2 inches. Hair may not show under the front brim of any uniform cover. Your hair should not have a height of more than 2 inches. Hair cannot be braided or plaited, and there is not to be hair touching the ear.
Sideburns Shall not extend below mid-ear.
Mustaches Neat and closely trimmed. Shall not extend below the corners of the mouth. Shall not extend more than 1/4 inch beyond the corners of the mouth.
Fingernails Will not extend past the fingertips.
Earrings/Studs Not authorized in ear, nose, eyebrows, tongue, lips, or other areas of the face or body visible to the Naval Science Instructors.
Necklaces Authorized, but shall not be visible.
Rings One per hand is authorized.
Wristwatch/Bracelet One of each is authorized, but no ankle bracelets.
Sunglasses A conservative pair is permitted when authorized by the Naval Science Instructors. Sunglasses are never authorized in military formations. Retainer straps are not authorized.

Female Uniform Regulations

Belt Start looping your belt through the right loops and follow on through.
Hair Braids, if worn will not dangle free at any point. Hair may not fall below the lower edge of the collar. Hair may not show under the front brim of any uniform cover. The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately 2 inches. Must not interfere with the proper wearing of your cover.  See New Regulations for Female Hair
Hair Ornaments Barrettes, must be similar to hair color. Conspicious rubber bands, combs and pins are not authorized.
Cosmetics Colors blend with natural skin tone. Exaggerated or faddish cosmetics are innapropriate. Lipstick should be conservative.
Fingernails Shall not be excessive in length. Nail polish color shall complement the skin tone.
Earrings/Studs One per ear. Centered on the earlobe. Must be small gold or silver ball. Not authorized in the nose, eyebrows, tongue, Lips, or other areas of the body visible to the Naval Science Instructors.
Necklaces Authorized, but shall not be visible.
Rings One per hand is authorized, plus the engagement ring or the wedding ring.
Wristwatch/Bracelet One of each is authorized, but no ankle bracelets.
Sunglasses A conservative pair is permitted when authorized by the Naval Science Instructors. Sunglasses are never authorized in military formations. Retainer straps are not authorized.

Unisex Uniform Regulations

Lose Strings All lose strings shall be trimmed (IPs).
Shoes Shoes shall be cleaned and shined.
Decorations Name tag on right, ribbons on left. Medals are to go under the ribbons.Rank on the right collar, and NJROTC collar device on the left.