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Title: Changes to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Uniform Code


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Changes to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Uniform Code
  • Kathryn Katey Bernstein
  • Connie Walters

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ALCOAST 291/11 COMDTNOTE 1020
  • SUBJ HONORING OUR PROFESSION
  • UNIFORM GUIDANCE AND RESULTS OF UNIFORM BOARD NO.
    44 A. AUXILIARY MANUAL, COMDTINST M16790.1
    (SERIES) B.
  • UNIFORM REGULATIONS, COMDTINST M1020.6 (SERIES)
    C.
  • MARITIME LAW ENFORCEMENT MANUAL, COMDTINST
    M16247.1 (SERIES)

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ALCOAST 291/11 COMDTNOTE 1020
  • THE COAST GUARD UNIFORM IS A SYMBOL OF OUR UNIQUE
    HERITAGE AS AN ARMED SERVICE AND MUST ALWAYS
    REFLECT THE PRIDE WE SHARE AS COAST GUARDSMEN.
  • COMMON CONFIGURATION AND UNIFORMITY ARE CORE TO
    MAINTAINING A PROFESSIONAL MILITARY APPEARANCE
    BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND AS AN ORGANIZATION.
  • IT IS FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE MEMBERS
    RESPONSIBILITY TO ALWAYS LOOK SHARP IAW UNIFORM
    STANDARDS.

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UNIFORM APPEARANCE IS A LEADERSHIP PRIORITY.
  • LEADERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING PERSONNEL
    WEAR UNIFORMS WITH CONSISTENCY, PROFESSIONALISM,
    AND PRIDE.
  • UNDER THE COMMANDANTS GUIDING PRINCIPLE OF
    HONORING OUR PROFESSION, IN THE MONTHS AHEAD THE
    UNIFORM BOARD WILL UNDERTAKE AN EFFORT TO TIGHTEN
    UP UNIFORM STANDARDS AND FIND WAYS TO PROMOTE
    CONSISTENCY IN OUR UNIFORM REGULATIONS.

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Changes to Auxiliary uniform policies
  • Although considerable latitude was provided to
    minimize the impacts of these changes on
    Auxiliary uniform policies, several changes to
    Auxiliary uniform policies are appropriate in
    order to sustain a high degree of servicewide
    continuity.
  • The following provisions summarize the main
    impacts on and resultant effective changes to
    Auxiliary uniform policies stemming from that
    ALCOAST.

6
Changes to Auxiliary uniform policies
  • Due to the nature and breadth of uniform
    policies, not all uniform policy impacts to all
    sections of Chapter 10 of the Coast Guard
    Auxiliary Manual, COMDTINST M16790.1 (series) can
    be described in this message.
  • Additional detailed changes will be included in
    the forthcoming revision to that manual

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THE COAST GUARD HAS FOUR BASIC UNIFORMS THAT MAKE
UP THE UNIFORM OF THE DAY
FOUR BASIC UNIFORMS
  • TROPICAL BLUE UNIFORM (TBL)
  • OPERATIONAL DRESS UNIFORM (ODU)
  • SERVICE DRESS BLUE (SDB)
  • WINTER DRESS BLUE (WDB)

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Tropical Blue uniform
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Tropical Blue uniform
  • G.9. Tropical Blue (Long)
    This uniform may be worn instead of the Service
    Dress Blue (Bravo) uniform, except when a coat
    and tie are more appropriate.

  • G.9.a. Trousers
  • Trousers shall be the same as those prescribed
    for Service Dress Blue uniform.
  • G.9.b. Belt
    A black web belt with a silver buckle
    and tip is worn. The buckle may be plain or
    display the Auxiliary emblem.

10
Tropical Blue uniform
  • G.9.c. Shirt
    The light blue Air Force style
    short sleeve shirt with a stand-up collar with
    stays and epaulets is worn. With this shirt, the
    collar is worn open, without a tie.
  • G.9.d. Socks
    Socks shall be black, made of
    knitted or rib knit, undecorated material.

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Tropical Blue Uniform
  • G.9.e. Shoes
    Shoes shall be black, with heels, made of
    smooth leather or a synthetic material. Shoes
    shall be low cut of plain style without
    decoration. There shall be no stitching or seams
    across the toe. Heels shall be no higher than 1
    inch. Sole edges, heels and laces must be black.
  • G.9.f. Insignia
    Enhanced shoulder boards are worn on
    the epaulet style shirt.
  • G.9.g. Breast Insignia/Devices
    Name tag, ribbons, and qualification
    devices are worn.

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Tropical Blue Uniform
  • (1) May be worn year-round for appropriate
    assignments to duty. It may be worn in lieu of
    the Service Dress Blue,
  • But not to functions where civilian dress is coat
    and tie.
  • (2) Authorized for wear in a travel status
    pursuant to Coast Guard assignment to duty.

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Tropical Blue Uniform
  • (3) Prescribed outer wear with the Tropical Blue
    uniform are the windbreaker and trench coat with
    combination cap or garrison cap.
  • Ball caps of any type are not authorized for wear
    with the Tropical Blue uniform).
  • The overcoat, reefer coat, and work jacket will
    no longer be authorized for Auxiliary wear with
    the Tropical Blue uniform as of December 31, 2012.

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Tropical Blue Uniform
  • (4) The Foul Weather Parka may be worn with the
    Tropical Blue uniform if adverse environmental
    conditions dictate the need for this heavier
    outer wear.
  • Such wear shall be limited to necessary occasions
    or periods.
  • Auxiliarists shall otherwise conform to Coast
    Guard unit policies regarding such wear whenever
    interacting with or representing the unit.

15
Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)
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Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)
  • H.4.a. Trousers ODU
    trousers bloused with boots, straight with deck
    shoes are worn.
  • H.4.b Belt
    A black web belt with subdued black
    open-faced buckle is worn.
  • H.4.c. Shirt
    Coast Guard blue ODU top with sleeves rolled up
    accordion style, with only the cuff showing or
    down.
  • H.4.d. Socks
    Socks should be black, undecorated.

17
Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)
  • H.4.e. Shoes
    Shoe/boot, high top black lace up
    or
  • The optional boat shoe (dark brown leather) low
    cut shoe of moccasin type construction with
    functional rawhide lacing, brass eyelets, and
    non-marking sole may be worn.
  • H.4.f. Insignia
    Sew-on collar devices are
    worn.
  • H.4.g. Breast Insignia/Devices
    Cloth nametape with USCG AUXILIARY is sewn
    above left pocket. Direct embroidery on shirts
    not authorized.

18
Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)
  • H.4.h. Hat
  • A unit baseball cap with metal or sew-on
    collar devices
  • Or
  • A knit watch cap (cold weather only) may be
    worn with this uniform.

19
Operational Dress Uniform (New ODU)
  • (1) May be worn year-round primarily as a field
    utility and watchstanding uniform, and may be
    worn in an office environment.

20
Operational Dress Uniform (New ODU)
  • (2) Auxiliarists shall carefully consider the
    appropriateness of ODU wear in settings that are
    highly representational in nature, where the type
    of interaction with the public dictates more
    formality, or settings in an interagency
    environment.
  • In DoD, joint or inter-service environments, wear
    of the ODU should align with the equivalent
    uniform of the day.

21
Operational Dress Uniform (New ODU)
  • The ODU should not be worn for visits to civilian
    agencies or non-Coast Guard organizations unless
    the prescribed uniform of the day is the ODU or
    DoD equivalent at the visit site.

22
Operational Dress Uniform (New ODU)
  • In some cases the ODU may be appropriate due to
    the operational nature of the visit or the nature
    of the work to be performed.
  • It may be worn for commuting to and from duty
    assignments, using either private or public forms
    of transportation.
  • Auxiliarists shall otherwise conform to Coast
    Guard unit policies regarding such wear whenever
    interacting with or representing the unit.

23
Operational Dress Uniform (New ODU)
  • (3) Prescribed outer wear with the ODU is the
    Foul Weather Parka with the standard Auxiliary
    ball cap, a knit watch cap, or the Auxiliary sun
    (Tilley) hat.
  • The windbreaker, work jacket, trench coat,
    wooly-pully, cardigan sweater, and blue working
    utility cap will no longer be authorized for
    Auxiliary wear with the ODU as of December 31,
    2012.

24
Operational Dress Uniform (New ODU)
  • (4) Shoes that are worn with the ODU shall be
    well-blackened 8-inch or 10-inch safety boots.
  • When worn in an office, boots shall be shined.
  • Excess laces shall be tucked away so they cannot
    be seen.

25
Operational Dress Uniform (New ODU)
  • The boat shoe (dark blue or brown leather, low
    cut of moccasin type construction with functional
    rawhide lacing, brass eyelets, and nonmarking
    sole) is an authorized option for Auxiliarists,
    regardless of type ODU that is worn (regular or
    Hot Weather Uniform).

26
Operational Dress Uniform (Relaxed ODU)
  • (5) Auxiliarists are authorized to remove the ODU
    blouse when engaged in demanding, prolonged
    operations in high temperatures. In all such
    cases, the Coast Guard dark blue crew neck
    T-shirt shall be worn stenciled or embroidered
    with the words USCG AUXILIARY across the front
    left chest in white ¾-inch tall block-style
    letters.

27
Operational Dress Uniform (Relaxed ODU)
  • The T shirt shall be in good condition with no
    tears or stains. It may be 100 percent cotton or
    may be made of a cotton-polyester blend to
    facilitate moisture wicking.
  • This relaxed ODU wear is not intended for routine
    wear in the office environment or public.

28
Operational Dress Uniform (Relaxed ODU)
  • The relaxed ODU is not authorized for wear while
    commuting to and from duty assignments, including
    in private vehicles. Auxiliarists shall otherwise
    conform to Coast Guard unit policies regarding
    such wear whenever interacting with or
    representing the unit.

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Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)
  • (6) All Auxiliarists shall pay particular
    attention to appearance while wearing the ODU.
  • The ODU shall be serviceable, well-maintained,
    clean, and not faded or discolored.
  • (7) The tucked ODU shall remain authorized for
    Auxiliary wear until no longer serviceable.

30
Hot Weather Uniform (New ODU)
  • (1) Though no longer authorized for active duty
    personnel,
  • The Hot Weather Uniform remains authorized for
    Auxiliary wear.

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Hot Weather Uniform (New ODU)
  • (2) The prescribed shirt for the Hot Weather
    Uniform is the Coast Guard dark blue crew neck
    T-shirt shall be worn stenciled or embroidered
    with the words USCG AUXILIARY across the front
    left chest in white ¾-inch tall block-style
    letters.
  • It shall be in good condition with no tears or
    stains.
  • It may be 100 percent cotton or may be made of a
    cotton-polyester blend to facilitate moisture
    wicking.

32
Hot Weather Uniform (New ODU)
  • The Auxiliary operations polo shirt may be worn
    with this uniform as an alternative
  • (Note the Auxiliary operations polo shirt may
    be worn as an alternative to the Coast Guard ODU
    top, and the Hot Weather Uniform shirt).
  • Additionally, the Vessel Examiner shirt may be
    worn with this uniform as an alternative when
    conducting vessel safety checks.

33
Hot Weather Uniform (New ODU)
  • The standard Coast Guard light blue (Air Force)
    short sleeve shirt (undress blue)
  • and
  • the standard Coast Guard dark blue short sleeve
    shirt (working blue) will no longer be authorized
    for Auxiliary wear with the Hot Weather Uniform
    as of December 31, 2012.

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ALCOAST 291/11
  • Also conveyed the Coast Guard Uniform Boards
    concern about several other items, as addressed

35
Ball Caps
  • (1) In support of the Uniform Boards
    determinations, only three sources of ball caps
    for Auxiliarists are authorized
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Center (AUXCEN),
  • Coast Guard Uniform Distribution Center (UDC)
  • Coast Guard Exchange System (CGES).

36
Ball Caps
  • (2) The standard Auxiliary ball cap worn by
    Auxiliarists shall conform to the provisions of
    ALCOAST 291/11 that deal with material,
    circumstances for wear, and general appearance.

37
Ball Caps
  • (3) Oak leaves and acorns (aka, scrambled eggs)
    will no longer be authorized for wear on any ball
    cap worn by Auxiliarists as of December 31, 2012

38
Ball Caps
  • (4) Insignia wear and markings on the standard
    Auxiliary ball cap shall remain as otherwise
    prescribed in the Auxiliary Manual.

39
The Foul Weather Parka FWP liner
  • Liners are not authorized as a standalone jacket.

40
  • Both Men and Women

41
Men and Women Nails
  • Men and women shall keep their nails clean.
  • Women may wear nail polish, but the color shall
    be conservative and neutral in color. Decorative
    nail art is not authorized while in uniform

42
Eyewear Men and Women
  • Frame and lens styles will be conservative and in
    good taste.
  • Mirrored lenses are prohibited while in uniform.

43
Hair Men and Women
  • The goal is for mens hair to be neat and clean,
    not touch the collar, and be away from the ears.
  • Womens hair should not be below the collar or
    extend below the eyebrows when the hat is
    removed.

44
Miscellaneous Articles
  • Many articles should not be worn or carried
    exposed on the uniform.
  • These articles include pencils, pens, watch
    chains or fobs, pins, handkerchiefs, combs,
    cigarettes, cigars, pipes and similar items.

45
  • Women Only

46
Womens Uniform Items
  • (1) The tiara is not authorized as an optional
    item for womens dress uniforms.
  • (2) Pumps are an optional item for womens dress
    uniforms and shall be worn in accordance with
    provisions of the Auxiliary Manual.

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Womens Uniform Items Skirts and Handbags
  • Skirts
    Except for formal
    uniforms, a female skirt hemline will be no
    higher than the crease in the back of the knee
    nor lower than 2 inches below the crease.
  • Handbags
    Womens handbags may be carried in the
    hand or worn over the shoulder with the strap.
    Women may shorten the strap and carry the handbag
    over the arm.

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Womens Uniform Items Rings and bracelets
  • Members in uniform may wear personal display
    items such as
  • bracelets, necklaces, wristwatches, ID bracelets
    and rings.
  • If visible while in uniform, these items must be
    conservative, non-controversial, and in good
    taste.

49
Womens Uniform Items Rings and bracelets
  • There shall be no more than two rings on each
    hand.
  • Eccentricities in color and manner of wear (for
    example, rings on every finger) shall not be worn
    when in uniform.

50
Womens Uniform Items Earrings
  • Women may wear one pair of gold, silver, or pearl
    earrings which should be small (max. ¼ inch) and
    of the round ball style.
  • Women may wear diamond stud earrings (max ¼ inch)
    with the Dinner Dress uniforms.
  • Dangling and hoop earrings are prohibited while
    in uniform.

51
Womens Uniform Items jewelry
  • No articles, jewelry, or studs other than those
    specified for women shall be through or attached
    to the ear, nose, tongue, or any other visible
    body part while in uniform.

52
Womens cosmetics
  • Womens cosmetics shall be of conservative color
    and worn in good taste.
  • Eccentricities in color and manner of wear shall
    not be worn while in uniform..

53
  • Men Only

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Men Uniform items Necklaces Chains, earrings
and suspenders
  • Necklaces and neck chains must not be visible
    when wearing the uniform.
  • Suspenders may be worn under coats and jackets,
    which prevent the suspenders from being exposed.
  • In uniform, men are prohibited from wearing
    earrings.

55
Facial Hair MEN
  • Beards, sideburns, or mustaches if worn, shall be
    well groomed and neatly trimmed at all times in
    order not to present a ragged appearance. No
    portion of a mustache will extend below the
    lipline of the upper lip.
  • Handlebar mustaches or other eccentric styles are
    not appropriate while in uniform.

56
Facial Hair Men
  • Full and partial beards, van dykes, and goatees
    are authorized. In uniform, patches and spotty
    clumps of facial hair are not considered beards
    and are not authorized.
  • The bulk of the beard (distance that the mass of
    facial hair protrudes from the skin on the face)
    shall not exceed 1 inch.

57
Service Dress Blue (SDB) uniform
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Service Dress Blue (SDB) uniform
G.3. Service Dress Blue (Bravo) The Service
Dress Blue (Bravo) uniform is the official
Uniform of the Day appropriate for wear at all
meetings, in classrooms, and at all other similar
functions. (see Figure 10-20) G.3.a. Service
Dress Coast Guard Blue Blouse The coat is the
standard Coast Guard officers blouse. The four
gold Coast Guard buttons on the patch pockets
closures, are replaced with four small silver
Auxiliary buttons. The four gold Coast Guard
buttons down the forepart are replaced with four
large silver Auxiliary buttons. Air Force coats
or blouses will not be worn with the Coast Guard
Auxiliary uniform.
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Service Dress Blue (SDB) Bravo uniform
  • G.3.b. Trousers
  • The trousers shall be of conventional plain
    design with no cuff and of the same material and
    color as the coat. Air Force trousers will not be
    worn with the Coast Guard Auxiliary uniform.
  • G.3.c. Belt
  • A black web belt with a silver buckle and tip is
    worn. The buckle may be plain or display the
    Auxiliary emblem.
  • G.3.d. Shirt
  • The shirt is the Air Force style shirt with a
    soft stand-up collar with stays, long or short
    sleeves, one button convertible cuff, epaulets
    and a patch pocket with button flap closure on
    each breast.

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Service Dress Blue (SDB) Bravo uniform
  • G.3.f. Socks
  • A Coast Guard Blue four-in-hand tie of
    suitable length is worn. Clip-on types are
    optional.
  • G.3.f. Socks Socks shall be
    black, made of knitted or rib knit, undecorated
    material.
  • G.3.g. Shoes Shoes shall
    be black, with heels, made of smooth leather or a
    synthetic material. Shoes shall be low cut of
    plain style without decoration. There shall be no
    stitching or seams across the toe. Heels shall be
    no higher than 1 inch. Sole edges, heels, and
    laces must be black.

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Service Dress Blue (SDB) Bravo uniform
  • G.3.h. Insignia

  • Appropriate silver sleeve lace
    mounted by the appropriate Auxiliary shield is
    worn on the coat sleeves and soft or enhanced
    shoulder boards are worn on the shirt.
  • G.3.i. Breast Insignia/Devices

  • This uniform is
    worn with ribbons, breast insignia, qualification
    devices, and name tag

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Prescribed outer wear (New)
  • Are the bridge coat or trench coat with
    combination cap.
  • The overcoat, reefer coat, foul weather parka
    (FWP), garrison cap, and Air Force cold weather
    cap will no longer be authorized for Auxiliary
    wear with the SDB uniform as of December 31,
    2012.

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The windbreaker (New)
  • May be worn in lieu of the SDB coat except when
    the SDB coat is more appropriate for an occasion.
  • Auxiliarists shall conform to Coast Guard unit
    policies regarding such wear whenever interacting
    with or representing the unit.

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Dinner Dress Blue
G.6. Dinner Dress Blue
The Dinner Dress
Blue uniform is worn for formal evening occasions
when the Auxiliarist does not have Dinner Dress
Blue or White jacket. It is the same as the
Service Dress Blue, except miniature medals,
miniature breast devices, and a plain black bow
tie are worn instead of ribbons, name tag, and
the four-in-hand necktie. The AUXOP and past
officer devices, for which there are no
miniatures, are also worn.
65
Winter Dress Blue (WDB) uniform
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Winter Dress Blue (WDB) uniform
  • G.8. Winter Dress Blue
    This winter uniform may
    be worn instead of the Service Dress Blue (Bravo)
    uniform, except when a coat and tie are more
    appropriate. (see Figure 10-24)
  • G.8.a. Trousers
    Trousers shall be the same as
    those prescribed for the Service Dress Blue
    uniform.
  • G.8.b. Belt
    A black web belt
    with a silver buckle and tip is worn. The buckle
    may be plain or display an approved Auxiliary
    emblem.

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Winter Dress Blue (WDB) uniform
  • G.8.c. Shirt
    A long sleeve, Coast Guard
    blue winter shirt that matches the color and
    material of the trousers is worn.
  • G.8.d. Tie
    A Coast Guard blue
    four-in-hand tie of suitable length is worn.
    Clip-on types are optional.
  • G.8.e. Socks
    Socks shall be black, made of
    knitted or rib knit, undecorated material.

68
Winter Dress Blue (WDB) uniform
  • G.8.f. Shoes
    Shoes shall be black, with heels, made of smooth
    leather or a synthetic material. Shoes shall be
    low cut of plain style without decoration.
  • G.8.g. Insignia
    Metal collar devices are worn.
  • G.8.h. Breast Insignia/Devices Name
    tag, ribbons and qualification devices are worn.

69
Winter Dress Blue (WDB) uniform
  • (1) May be worn between November 1 and March 31
    for general office wear, visits to Coast Guard
    units, and appropriate assignments to duty.
  • It is the basic cold climate, non-operational
    uniform and may be worn in lieu of the Service
    Dress Blue
  • But not to functions where civilian dress is coat
    and tie.

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Winter Dress Blue (WDB) uniform
  • (2) Authorized for wear in a travel status
    pursuant to Coast Guard assignment to duty.
  • (3) Prescribed outer wear with the Winter Dress
    Blue are
  • The windbreaker, bridge coat, or trench coat with
    garrison cap or combination cap
  • Ball caps of any type are not authorized for wear
  • The overcoat, reefer coat, and Air Force cold
    weather cap will no longer be authorized for
    Auxiliary wear with the SDB uniform as of
    December 31, 2012.

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Winter Dress Blue (WDB) uniform
  • (4) The Foul Weather Parka may be worn with the
    WDB if adverse environmental conditions dictate
    the need for this heavier outer wear
  • Such wear shall be limited to necessary occasions
    or periods.
  • Auxiliarists shall otherwise conform to Coast
    Guard unit policies regarding such wear whenever
    interacting with or representing the unit.

72
Winter Dress Blue (WDB) uniform
  • (5) The developmental WDB shirt with permanent
    silicone creases
  • Shall NOT be authorized for Auxiliary wear until
    approved by the Coast Guard Uniform Board as a
    standard seabag item.
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