US Army Uniform Regulations

Army OCP Uniform

OCP is the mandatory uniform beginning October 1, 2019.

Appropriate Wear

This uniform is intended for all-purpose wear.

You may wear this uniform:
  • Off post, unless your commander prohibits it
  • During commercial travel
You may not wear this uniform:
  • To bars or other places that primarily serve alcohol
  • Anywhere where your main activity is drinking alcohol
Appropriate Care
  • Do not starch
  • Light ironing is authorized to maintain a military appearance
  • Dry cleaning and steam pressing are not authorized and will cause the fabric to wear down faster
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Patrol Cap

Patrol Cap

How to wear it
  • Insignia on front
  • Name on back
  • Hairstyles must not interfere with the proper wear of the cap
  • The cap should not be worn indoors
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T-Shirt

T-Shirt

How to wear it
  • Tucked into OCP trousers
Acceptable colors
  • Sand or tan 499
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Coat

Coat

How to wear it
  • Must be closed or zipped at all times
  • Do not mix sew on patches with hook and loop patches
  • Sleeves may be rolled neatly above the elbow
Insignia
  • SSI-current organization rank and other insignia and accouterment
  • Full-color US Flag (unless you’re deployed)
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Right Sleeve Patches

Right Sleeve Patches

How to wear it
  • Commanders may authorize sleeves to be rolled
  • Cuff most remain visible at all times—even when sleeve is rolled
  • Max 2 velcro patches
Mandatory patches
  • U.S. Flag
  • Unit Patches
Optional patches
  • Non-unit entity patches in spice brown
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Left Sleeve Patches

Left Sleeve Patches

How to wear it
  • Commanders may authorize sleeves to be rolled
  • Cuff most remain visible at all times—even when sleeve is rolled
  • Max 2 velcro patches
  • Exception: awarded joint qualification tabs may be worn above HHQ patch
  • Embroidered patches must be in spice brown
Mandatory patches
  • HHQ patch worn centered in the middle of sleeve
Optional patches
  • School graduate patches—graduate commanders may affix signia above HHQ patch
  • Duty identifier tabs
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Trousers and Belts

Trousers and Belts

How to wear it
  • Legs may be tucked into top of boots or bloused at bottom.
  • One electronic device is allowed on the belt
  • Your cap may extend outside when placed in the cargo pocket
  • Keys should not be attached to belt, belt loops or waistband unless they are not visible
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Boots and Socks

Boots and Socks

How to wear it
  • You should have two pairs of hot weather and one pair of temperate weather
Acceptable boot colors
  • Tan
  • Coyote
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Army OCP Uniform Details

OCP uniform is authorized for year-round duty wear, when prescribed by the commander. Some combat uniforms are classified as utility uniforms, while others are designed for a specific function. See the full uniform regulations for uniforms currently classified as combat uniforms.

OCP Uniform Accessories

You should also note that the uniform regulations have been updated to clarify the wear of branch and senior enlisted leader collar insignias for command sergeants major and sergeants major. The WARTRACE wear policy for shoulder sleeve insignia has been removed.