Thursday , July 29, 2010 - 4:00 PM comment
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Air Force launched a new public website this month to help educate and inform Airmen about the service's dress and appearance standards and policies.
The Air Force Directorate of Service's Uniforms and Recognition Branch created the website in conjunction with the Air Force Personnel Center and several other agencies which features interactive slideshows, uniform regulations, detailed photos and uniform policy updates from the Air Force Uniform Board.
Ruth Ewalt, the Air Force Uniforms and Recognition Branch director, said the new website was developed to be a comprehensive online resource that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Airmen stationed around the world.
"We wanted to create a place where all Airmen can view any uniform combination in detail," Ewalt said. "This eliminates confusing rumors about the latest versions of Air Force uniforms."
Airmen also wanted an uncomplicated website that was user friendly and did not require excessive navigation to find information about different combinations of the Air Force uniform.
"We needed a website that would not take more than two or three clicks of the mouse to get an answer to a uniform inquiry," she said.
Having this information on a public website ensures uniform changes and updates are available to the field in a timely manner rather than that of waiting for updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, which is being revised.
"The information will be updated quicker and more effectively," she said.
Putting the website in the public domain allows users to access it without their Common Access Card, which is helpful for Airmen researching uniform information from computers or smart phones off the military network.
While the new site will be a valuable resource, Airmen should continue to work through their chain of command for clarification and guidance on Air Force dress and appearance standards and policies. For more information, visit the Air Force Dress and Appearance public website at http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/dress/index.asp.
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