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U.S. Air Force Airman wears unauthorized earrings to work Aug. 30, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The new Air Force Instruction 36-2903, which was revised July 13, 2011, states Airmen may wear small (not exceeding 4mm in diameter) spherical, conservative (moderate, being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme) round white diamond, gold, white pearl, or silver earrings as a set with any uniform combination. 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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Update AFI 36-2903: Highlight #9

Posted 9/1/2011   Updated 9/1/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Airman 1st Class Whitney Jackson
Nellis Public Affairs


9/1/2011 - 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 of the changes in the updated AFI is located in Chapter 3.5.1. In uniform on or off a military installation: With the exception of earrings for women (see paragraphs 6.3.1.1), all members are prohibited from attaching, affixing, or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to or through the ear, nose, tongue, eye brows, lips, or any exposed body part (includes visible through the uniform).
 
Chapter 3.5.2. continues to explain that in civilian attire on official duty on or off a military installation: With the exception of earrings for women (see paragraphs 6.3.1.1), all members are prohibited from attaching, affixing or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to and/or through the ear, nose, tongue, eye brows, lips, or any exposed body part (includes visible through clothing).
 
Chapter 3.5.3. also shows that In civilian attire off duty on a military installation: With the exception of earrings for women (see paragraphs 6.3.1.1) and areas in and around military family and privatized housing, all Air Force members are prohibited from attaching, affixing and/or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to and/or through the ear, nose, tongue, eye brows, lips, or any exposed body part (includes visible through clothing).

In Chapter 6.3.1.1. it tells that male Airmen are not authorized to wear earrings on a military installation, or while in uniform or in civilian attire for official duty. Female Airmen may wear small (not exceeding 4mm in diameter) spherical, conservative (moderate, being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme) round white diamond, gold, white pearl, or silver earrings as a set with any uniform combination. If member has multiple holes, only one set of earrings are authorized to be worn in uniform and will be worn in the lower earlobes. Earrings will match and fit tightly without extending below the earlobe unless the piece extending is the connecting band on clip earrings. PERSONAL NOTE: 4 mm = .15748 inches (less than 1/4")



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