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AFI 36-2903
U.S. Air Force Airman drinks a soda while walking back from the commissary Aug. 19, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The new Air Force Instruction 36-2903, which was revised July 18, 2011, states Airmen are not allowed to drink or eat while walking in uniform. The photo is staged and intended to provide a visual example of improper standards due to recent updates to AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes/Released)
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Updated AFI 36-2903: Highlight #2

Posted 8/23/2011   Updated 8/23/2011 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Whitney Jackson
Nellis Public Affairs

8/23/2011 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Editor's note: This Highlight is just one of many changes included in the recently updated version of AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel. A total of 10 Highlights are scheduled to be included in this series. All photos are staged and intended to provide visual examples of improper standards due to the AFI updates. For more information on dress and appearance standards, Airmen are encouraged to review the new AFI or contact their commander or first sergeant.

Air Force officials released the updated Air Force Instruction 36-2903 July 18, 2011, to all Air Force personnel.

One change in the updated AFI is located in Chapter 2.13.7, which states when in uniform or civilian clothes (in an official capacity) the following actions are prohibited while walking or in a formation, including organized or unit PT. Note: Members should also consult AFI 34-1201, Protocol and AFPAM 36-2241, Professional Development Guide, for protocol, customs and courtesies.

o Do not stand or walk with hand(s) in pocket(s), except to insert or remove an item.

o Do not smoke or use smokeless products in other than designated smoking areas.

o Do not consume food and/or beverage while walking in uniform. Exception: Beverages may be authorized during wear of PT uniform and commanders may authorize food and/or beverage consumption during special functions.

o Note: While walking in uniform use of personal electronic media devices, including ear pieces, speaker phones or text messaging is limited to emergencies or when official notifications are necessary (see paragraph Military customs and courtesies take precedence.

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