Hanscom Composite Squadron

Civil Air Patrol - US Air Force Auxiliary

Cadet Uniform Guide

Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the USAF, and accordingly are subject to uniform regulations.
Ensure that you read CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL 39-1.before making purchases.

New cadets are eligible to receive the Air Force style blue uniform at no cost to them through the Cadet Uniform Program, upon joining (depending on the availability of Air Force funding) Speak to the deputy commander of cadets for more details.

 
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Uniform FAQ's

Q:  Why do cadets wear uniforms?
A:  CAP uses uniforms to promote teamwork and develop self-discipline. The uniform motivates cadets to set high standards for themselves and to live their core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect. Additionally, cadets practice military customs and courtesies as part of their leadership training.

Q:  What uniforms do cadets wear?
A:  There are 3 basic cadet uniforms:  The short-sleeve (Air Force style) blue uniform, the BDU (camouflage) uniform and the PT uniform.  These are worn according to a published schedule on www.capli.com.

Q:  How do cadets obtain uniforms?
A:  New cadets are eligible to receive the Air Force style blue uniform at no cost to them through the Cadet Uniform Program, upon joining (depending on the availability of Air Force funding). BDUs and other uniform items may be available through your squadron's supply or may be purchased through the online Vanguard clothing sales store or local Military supply stores.

Q:  How do cadets obtain uniform insignia?
A:  Purchase is also available through Vanguard, CAP's official supplier of uniform insignia and uniform items. In time our squadron will have a limited supply of the basic insignia.

Q:  Where do the patches, insignia, etc. go on the uniform?
A:  See the uniform manual CAPM 39-1 included in the member kit. It is recommended that you download and print this document.

 

Battle Dress Uniform

Male / Female Uniform Items

Cadets need to acquire a BDU uniform. There are a number of sources BDU uniforms may be obtained from. However CAP specific items will need to be ordered through CAP’s vendor, Vanguard, at www.civilairpatrolstore.com, Telephone 1-800-221-1264. 

All Item numbers at Vanguard for the BDU related items are as follows: (bold items are CAP specific)

  • BDU Cap - CAP0990M
  • BDU Shirt - CAP1401
  • BDU Trousers - CAP1400A
  • Blue Web Belt w/ Black Buckle and Black Belt Tip -2500510
  • Plain Black Crew T-Shirt - CAP8509
  • Combat Boots -CAP3200 or Jungle Boots -CAP2800A
  • Boot Bands (elastic bands that go around the tops of the boot) -2650175
  • Cloth Name Tape (last name) - 4432430
  • “Civil Air Patrol” Tape - CAP0599K
  • CAP cutouts - CAP0820 - or  Grade Collar Devices (as applicable)
  • US Flag patch (reverse) - 4432430
  • Civil Air Patrol Massachusetts Wing Patch - CAP0637T
 

Download the BDU Uniform mini poster

 

Blue Air Force Uniform (Blues)

To complete the uniform, cadets will need to obtain shoes, black socks or hose, and insignia (metal CAP cutouts, blue 3-line nametag, and enlisted cadet flight cap device) on their own.

To do so, contact CAP’s vendor, Vanguard, at www.civilairpatrolstore.com, telephone 1-800-221-1264.  Item numbers at Vanguard for the needed insignia are as follows:

Flight cap device - CAP0748A
3-Line nameplate (last name) - CAP0599M
CAP cutouts - CAP0820

 
Cadet Male Uniform
  • Blue Enlisted Flight Cap
  • Blues Shirt (Long/Short Sleeve)
  • Tie
  • Blues Trousers
  • Blue Belt w/ Silver Buckle
  • White V-Neck T-Shirt
  • Black Military Dress Shoes
  • Black Dress Socks
  • Blue Cadet Nameplate
  • Flight Cap Insignia
  • Name Tag & Grade Collar Devices (as applicable)
  • Ribbons (as applicable)

Download the Male Cadet Uniform mini poster

 
Cadet Female Uniform
Blue Air Force Uniform (Blues) 
  • Blue Enlisted Flight Cap
  • Blues Shirt (Long/Short Sleeve)
  • Tie
  • Blues Trousers
  • Blue Belt w/ Silver Buckle
  • White V-Neck T-Shirt
  • Black Military Dress Shoes
  • Black Dress Socks
  • Blue Cadet Nameplate
  • Flight Cap Insignia
  • Name Tag & Grade Collar Devices (as applicable)
  • Ribbons (as applicable)

Download the Female Cadet Uniform mini poster