7th District

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 14-8
Seventh District
Serving Area North Florida and The St Johns River
From Downtown to the Shands Bridge

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Uniforms

Information Locations: http://auxpdept.org/uniform.htm

Uniform Procurement Guide National Uniform Distribution Center  

How to Properly Wear the
Operational Dress Uniform (ODU)

By LCDR C. Dixon - TRACEN Petaluma
(Adapted for the Web by Paul Burns, Flotilla 14-8)

U.S. Coast Guard            February 2004


This information is intended for use by TRACEN personnel and serves as a quick reference for the ODU standards of wear. This material is in no way intended to replace Coast Guard policy.  Personnel are to adhere to the latest official guidance as prescribed by appropriate authority. Where applicable, chapter, section, and paragraph has been cited from the Uniform Regulations, COMDTINST M1020.6 (series).

Uniform of the Day: 
“The standard Coast Guard uniform of the day, regardless of season or location, is Service Dress Blue (bravo) or Tropical Blue Long.”
         COMDTINST M1020.6 (series)
The District Commander or the TRACEN Commanding Officer may prescribe alternatives as necessary for specific work assignments or inclement weather. 
“Commands and personnel in leadership positions at every level are responsible to promote and enforce high standards for uniform appearance.”    COMDTINST M1020.6 (series)
All uniform items shall be worn in accordance with applicable directives.
Footwear (3.C.9):
8” – 10” plain black, safety boots

Boots shall be well blackened and in good
condition  (2.A.1).

Boots may be all leather or a combination of synthetic and leather as shown  (3.C.9).

* Safety boots must have a
safety toe that conforms with
ANSI standards Z41-1999

ODU Boots
Socks (3.C.9):
Black, undecorated plain or ribbed knit
Socks can be knee length or mid calf but any portion above the boot must be black in color. 
With trousers properly fitted and bloused, socks will not be visible.


Trousers (3.C.6):
Bloused atop boots with blousing bands
Attach the “band” around the top of the boot.  Pull the trouser cuff over the band and roll the cuff inward, underneath the band.  Once the cuff is in place, position the band just above the second eyelet of the boot.  Blousing bands and socks should not be visible.
Cord style (shown) and VelcroÔ  bands are authorized (dark colors).
Blousing Bands
Belt / Buckle (3.C.7):
Belt - Black webbing with black metal tip
Buckle - Black subdued, open-framed

The ODU belt & buckle are to be worn by both men and women in the same manner as the men’s standard CG belt.  The metal tip is run through the belt loops beginning on the left side of the zipper.  Once fastened, the metal tip will extend from 2” to 4” beyond the buckle.

Belt & Buckle

The right side of the buckle (as viewed by wearer) shall be aligned with the right side of the shirt opening and the right side of the zipper to form a straight line as shown (both men and women).

Dotted lines indicate
alignmentof ODU top,
buckle, and trousers (gig line).

Shirt, Belt, Trousers Alignment (Gig Line)
T – Shirts (3.B.13):
Coast Guard blue, short sleeve crew neck


ODU Top :
Worn with sleeves neatly rolled up accordion style or down.  Top must be tucked into the trousers

Cloth tapes are centered over the pockets as shown with the width of the tape running the width of the pocket flap.  The member’s last name goes over the right pocket and U.S. COAST GUARD over the left.  Velcro
Ô  tapes are optional.  Direct embroidery and plastic name tags are prohibited (3.F.2).
Cloth tapes will consist of background color matching ODU material with white block letters between ½” to ¾” high.  Only member’s last name is permitted.  Tapes will be of the same size and shall be sewn on with matching blue thread at six (6) stitches per inch  (3.F.2).

Cloth Tapes
*Dotted lines indicate alignment
 of tapes with pockets

ODU Top - Sleeves

Sleeves may be worn down with cuffs buttoned (or) with sleeves neatly rolled. 
      When properly rolled, the cuff should be approximately 2” above the elbow (mid-bicep) with only the cuff visible (3.C.3).
      To properly roll the sleeves takes some patience and a little practice, but once mastered can be achieved without difficulty.  Depending on an individual’s size and sleeve length some sleeves may be rolled with one fold while others will take two.
Sleeve Properly Rolled and Cuffed
1. Fully extend and flatten the sleeve on a level surface.



2. Starting at the cuff turn sleeve inside out to armpit as shown.  Take care to flatten the sleeve to remove any irregular folds or creases.


3.3. To form the fold, roll the sleeve in half again to form two equal segments the width of the “cuff”.



4.Next, turn the cuff down over the fold
(Pinching the outer edge of the sleeve to begin the fold will help to keep the fabric from slipping).



5.Once in place, take care to flatten the sleeve to remove any irregular folds or creases. When properly done, only the cuff should be visible.

6.To remove the roll, simply pull the lower edge of the cuff downward toward the wrist.

Flatten Sleeve
Turn Sleeve Inside Out 
Form Fold Half Again 
Turn Cuff Down Over The Fold 
Flatten Sleeve and Remove The Roll 
Both Officer and Enlisted:
Metal collar devices are standard while sew-on cloth devices are optional.  Both are to be centered on the collar along an imaginary line bisecting the angle of the collar point (3.D.1.d; 3.D.2.a).

Officer and Enlisted:

Only the current or most recent embroidered qualification insignia is to be worn on the ODU.  It is sewn centered, directly above the U.S. COAST GUARD tape. Thread will match the insignia background color and shall be a minimum of six stitches per inch. Direct embroidery is not authorized


Collar Device Centered Over The Collar Points 


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