Cadet Uniform Items

The definitive instruction on uniforms can be found in CAP Uniform Manual 39-1 (CLICK HERE).

Quick-start uniform instructions are available in your “New Cadet Guide” in your cadet membership package or CLICK HERE to view online.

YOUR UNIFORM
is a visual representation
of your commitment to the Core Values

Because uniforms are unique — only CAP cadets wear the CAP cadet uniform — they are a source of pride. Wearing the uniform is part of your leadership training. The uniform helps you develop self-discipline, personal responsibility, and self-respect. Whenever you wear the uniform, you represent not just yourself but also all of CAP and the U.S. Air Force, so wear the uniform with pride.

Uniform Items and How to Purchase

Cadets are required to maintain three types of uniforms:

  1. the Physical Training Uniform (PTU)
  2. the camouflage Airman Battle Uniform (ABU)
  3. the “Blues” Uniform

Where to start? The PT and ABU uniforms should be obtained first. This will permit cadets to fully participate in most CAP activities.

IMPORTANT MONEY SAVER: Only after your cadet achieves his/her first promotion, will he/she need to order the “Blues” Uniform. Why? Because once promoted, your cadet will receive a $100 “Curry Blues Voucher” from Vanguard to offset the cost! So, we recommend holding off on the purchase of this uniform until after your cadet completes Great Start training and earns his/her first stripe.

*  New Initiative:  Our Squadron is asking members to support a new initiative to help us build a uniform supply. The intent is to offer cadets the opportunity to swap uniforms as they outgrow them. When a cadet outgrows a uniform or leaves CAP, we ask families to please donate those items to the Squadron so other cadets might use them.


1. PHYSICAL TRAINING (PT) UNIFORM

 

Mandatory PT Uniform Items

  • (1) T-Shirt, Grey
  • (1 pair) Running Shorts, Solid Dark Blue
  • (1 pair) Socks, White
  • (1 pair) RUNNING Shoes, (recommend shoes made specifically for running)

Optional PT Uniform Items (recommended for cold weather months)

  • Sweat Shirt, Grey
  • Sweat Pants, Solid Dark Blue
  • Watch Cap, Black, plain, solid black knit or fleece/micro fiber material
    (can be used with ABU uniform) [approx $5]
  • Gloves, Black (may be leather or synthetic material)
    (can be used with ABU uniform)

2. AIRMAN BATTLE UNIFORM (ABU)

Mandatory ABU Items

  • (1) ABU Blouse [approx $40 – 50] – Youth sizes 8 to 12 ONLY available via Vanguard [approx $32]
  • (1) ABU Pants [approx $40 – 50] – Youth sizes ONLY available via Vanguard [approx $32]
  • (1) ABU Cap  [approx $6 – 11]
  • (1) Rigger Belt, Khaki/Sand [approx $5]
  • (2+) T-Shirts, Tan
  • (1) Socks, Black (thick combat boot/hiking socks are recommended to reduce chance of blisters)
  • (1 pair) Boots, Combat, Black Leather (uppers can be synthetic material, but must have leather toe and heel that can be polished.)
  • Embroidered blue “CIVIL AIR PATROL” Tape [ONLY via Vanguard – approx $2]
  • Embroidered blue name tape [ONLY via Vanguard – approx $5]
  • Embroidered blue VELCRO (black hook closure) name tape [ONLY via Vanguard – approx $4]

Optional ABU Items.

Especially important during overnight outdoor bivouacs and field training exercises. The parka is water and wind resistant while the fleece jacket is for insulation. Either can be worn over the ABU uniform. Both pieces are designed to be worn together during inclement/cold weather.

  • US Air Force GORE-TEX Parka [appox $85]
  • US Air Force Fleece Jacket, ECWCS Gen III, foliage (sage) green [approx $70]
  • Watch Cap, Black, plain, solid black knit or fleece/micro fiber material
    (can be used with PT uniform) [approx $5]
  • Gloves, Black (may be leather or synthetic material)
    (can be used with PT uniform)

3. BLUE CLASS B UNIFORM (FEMALE/MALE)

Mandatory Female “Blues” Uniform Items

Upon completing Achievement 1, Vanguard provides cadets with a Curry Blues Voucher to be used toward the purchase of the dress “Blues” uniform. The approximate cost of “Blues” is $150, less a $100 voucher. You must purchase your Curry Voucher uniform items using the link in the email from Vanguard.

Items ONLY available via Vanguard:

  • (1) Cadet Engraved Nameplate [ONLY via Vanguard – approx $4]
  • (1) Cadet Enlisted Civil Air Patrol Hat Device [ONLY via Vanguard – approx $7]
  • CAP Ribbon: Curry – cadet [approx $2]
  • Ribbon Mounting Bar: Base Single Bar – brass [approx $2]

Items RECOMMENDED to be purchased via Vanguard Curry Coupon:

  • (1 pair) Dress Shoes, Patent Leather, or Polishable Black Leather “Low Quarters”
    [The Vanguard Curry Voucher page has patent leather shoes listed for $40. This is a GREAT price as the average cost for these shoes are approx $80. We highly recommend going to the local Coast Guard base or other military clothing sales to size the shoes, then utilize purchasing them via the $100 Curry Voucher on Vanguard.]
  • Air Force Belt: Blue Elastic with Silver Mirror Buckle and Tip (female) [approx $9]

* NOTE: You MUST make ALL Curry Voucher purchases on one order and ONLY from the Curry Voucher page that your email link takes you to. Once you select for purchase both the items that are ONLY available through Vanguard and those items recommended to be purchased through Vanguard, you WILL have some of your $100 voucher remaining. You may select any of the remaining Blues uniform items from the Curry Voucher page to complete your order. All other items can still be purchased via Vanguard, but are generally less expensive at an Air Force Clothing Sales location such as Keesler AFB, MS or Eglin AFB, FL.

Items available from either a local military clothing sales OR Vanguard:

  • (1) Short-Sleeve Blue Shirt (not pictured) [approx 35 / Vanguard $44]
  • (1) Long-Sleeve Blue Shirt (winter and more formal events) [approx $38 / not avail via Vanguard]
  • (1) Blue Slacks (female) [approx / Vanguard $50]
  • (1) Flight Cap, Airman (female) [approx $11 – $17] (* top of female flight cap is curved with the back being noticeably more narrow)
  • (1) Tie-Tab (female), Air Force Blue: Herringbone Velcro [approx $12 / Vanguard $16]
  • (1 pair) Dress Socks, Solid Black

Mandatory Male “Blues” Uniform Items

Upon completing Achievement 1, Vanguard provides cadets with a Curry Blues Voucher to be used toward the purchase of the dress “Blues” uniform. The approximate cost of “Blues” is $150, less a $100 voucher. You must purchase your Curry Voucher uniform items using the link in the email from Vanguard.

Items ONLY available via Vanguard:

  • (1) Cadet Engraved Nameplate [ONLY via Vanguard – approx $4]
  • (1) Cadet Enlisted Civil Air Patrol Hat Device [ONLY via Vanguard – approx $7]
  • CAP Ribbon: Curry – cadet [approx $2]
  • Ribbon Mounting Bar: Base Single Bar – brass [approx $2]

Items RECOMMENDED to be purchased via Vanguard Curry Coupon:

  • (1 pair) Dress Shoes, Patent Leather, or Polishable Black Leather “Low Quarters”
    [The Vanguard Curry Voucher page has patent leather shoes listed for $40. This is a GREAT price as the average cost for these shoes are approx $80. We highly recommend going to the local Coast Guard base or other military clothing sales to size the shoes, then utilize purchasing them via the $100 Curry Voucher on Vanguard.]
  • Air Force Belt: Blue Elastic with Silver Mirror Buckle and Tip (male) [approx $9]

* NOTE: You MUST make ALL Curry Voucher purchases on one order and ONLY from the Curry Voucher page that your email link takes you to. Once you select for purchase both the items that are ONLY available through Vanguard and those items recommended to be purchased through Vanguard, you WILL have some of your $100 voucher remaining. You may select any of the remaining Blues uniform items from the Curry Voucher page to complete your order. All other items can still be purchased via Vanguard, but are generally less expensive at an Air Force Clothing Sales location such as Keesler AFB, MS or Eglin AFB, FL.

Items available from either a local military clothing sales OR Vanguard:

  • (1) Short-Sleeve Blue Shirt [approx $15 / Vanguard $44]
  • (1) Long-Sleeve Blue Shirt (not pictured) (winter and more formal events) [approx $21 / Vanguard $55.05]
  • (1) Blue Trousers (male) [approx $ / Vanguard $55]
  • (1) Flight Cap, Airman (male) [approx $11 – / Vanguard $17] (* top of male flight cap is flat with the front and back being the same height)
  • (1) Tie (male), Air Force Blue: Polyester or Silk, Herringbone [approx $6 / Vanguard $21]
  • (1 pair) Dress Socks, Solid Black
  • (1) Undershirt, V-neck, White

Optional “Blues” Uniform Items. Recommend one – not both – for cold weather months.

  • Air Force Lightweight Blue Jacket [approx $91]
  • Air Force Pullover Blue Sweater [approx $49]
  • Air Force Cardigan Sweater [approx 55]

Optional
Honor / Color Guard Uniform
Only for cadets who choose to train and perform
with the Squadron Honor / Color Guard Team

  • Air Force OFFICER-style Service Dress Coat [approx $180]
  • Air Force ENLISTED-style Service Cap [approx $45]
  • CAP Honor / Color Guard Service Cap Device [ONLY via Vanguard – approx $9]
  • CAP Honor / Color Guard Service Dress Stainless Steel Engraved Nameplate [ONLY via Vanguard – approx $11]
  • White Gloves [approx $7]

WHERE TO BUY?

VANGUARD. Most, but not all, uniform items can be purchased online from CAP’s official uniform supplier, Vanguard. To ensure your cadet’s first uniform fits properly and has all the necessary accessories, we recommend parents speak with Vanguard‘s uniform representative, Norine, at 800-221-1264, extension 271 before ordering.

BASE MILITARY CLOTHING (Keesler AFB). CAP Members have shopping privileges at Air Force military exchanges for uniform items only. Fortunately, Keesler Air Force Base generally grants base access to CAP members with ID . (Any vehicle entering the base must have proof of insurance.) The Base Military Clothing Sales shop carries almost everything in a variety of sizes. What CANNOT be purchased at a military base are CAP specific items such as rank, ribbons and nameplates and name tapes. Location and hours:

Keesler Military Clothing Sales
506 Larcher Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39534
(Inside the Mall area between AAFES and the Commissary

Mon –  Fri:  0900 – 1900
Saturday:  0900 – 1700
Sunday:     1100 – 1700
 

MILITARY SURPLUS STORES. You can often find Air Force uniform items at a local or online military surplus store. Surplus stores near Air Force Bases are more likely to have Air Force uniform items (Keesler, Eglin, Maxwell, etc.).

MONEY SAVING TIPS.

  • Vanguard offers free shipping for online orders over $35
  • Use the Vanguard $100 “Curry Blues Voucher” to offset costs for the “Blues” Class B Uniform
  • Vanguard.mil posts a new 10% discount coupon on their Facebook and Twitter pages at the beginning of every month. You can obtain the current discount code here – Vanguard 10% Discount.

 

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