CAPM 39-1 23 MARCH 2005
CHAPTER 3 – CIVIL AIR PATROL HONOR GUARD UNIFORM
3-1. General. This chapter prescribes the standardized uniform worn by Civil Air Patrol honor guards.
This uniform is approved for wear during honor guard duties and performances only. Only those items
described in this chapter may be worn. Items such as blue ascots with BDU, boots with the service dress
uniform, swords, “Smokie Bear” hats, etc., are not permitted. National Cadet Competition drill teams,
color guards, or other CAP special teams will not wear this uniform. The honor guard uniform consists
of the service dress uniform coat with epaulets and slacks/trousers, male service cap with cadet officer
cap device, white ascot with Honor Guard patch, metallic silver shoulder cord, white pistol belt, white
gloves, and a brown non-operating parade rifle with white leather sling. Helmets or helmet liners will
not be used. Either the old or new style of service dress may be worn; however, all members of an
honor guard should be in the same style, if possible. Bayonets, swords, or sabers will not be used under
any circumstances. This uniform is authorized for year-round wear. The colors element flag bearers
will wear white flag slings instead of white pistol belts. The guards will wear pistol belts. See Table 3-1
for specific uniform requirements.
3-2. Wear Instructions and Grooming Standards. Since this uniform is a specialized uniform worn
in a specific way, wearing instructions and grooming standards are included in this chapter. Honor
guard members may find it beneficial to have two service dress uniforms, one for everyday CAP wear
and one for honor guard performances, and two pair of low quarter shoes, one pair with the Honor
Guard taps and one without. See Table 3-2 for specific wear and grooming instructions.
3-3. Use of Air Force Honor Guard Uniforms or Equipment. The use of Air Force Honor Guard
uniforms or equipment is prohibited. This includes base honor guards, The Air Force Hon