Uniform Information

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Standards for Uniforms and Appearance

Philosophy

The NVMI uniform standards are intended to further the mission of the Institute, to minimize disruption and promote the health, safety and welfare of all students. Any deviation from the uniform standards is incompatible with the mission of the Institute.

Because NVMI is a military academy and standards of personal appearance are integral to the successful operation of any military organization, a cadet’s refusal to comply with established grooming and uniform regulations is regarded as an act of defiance.  Therefore, all such acts of non-compliance are grounds for suspension and/or expulsion.  NVMI reserves the right to send home any cadet whose appearance, in the opinion of the school administration, constitutes a blatant disregard for the spirit and/or letter of these appearance/uniform standards. The administration is the final authority in determining whether a cadet’s appearance warrants being sent home to correct deficiencies, being suspended or expelled.

NVMI expects cadets to wear the complete and proper uniform from the time they leave their homes in the morning, until the time they return to their homes after school hours, except in cases where a cadet changes for school-sponsored athletic practices or games.  Cadets are held accountable for their appearance and conduct both on and off campus when in uniform.  NVMI cadets represent themselves and the Academy at all times and are expected to do so with pride and integrity.

Basic Descriptions

The NVMI Corps of Cadets has seven basic uniforms.

Class A Uniform:

The Class A uniform is worn by high school cadets for all formal occasions during the school year, including Pass in Reviews, the Cadet Corps Birthday Ball, and other times as directed. The Class A Uniform as issued includes the Four- Button Coat, dress pants, white short or long-sleeved shirt, black four-in-hand tie or female neck tab, black dress shoes, black dress belt with brass buckle and black garrison cap.  Accessories worn include a plain white crewneck T-shirt, black dress socks, and appropriate undergarments.   Female cadets may use an authorized plain black purse. Cold weather accessories (with the exception of the beanie and ear caps) are allowed as explained in this handbook.

Class B Uniform:

The Class B Uniform as issued includes blue or black pants, white or khaki short-sleeved shirt, black dress shoes, black dress belt with brass buckle and black garrison cap.  Accessories worn include a plain white crewneck T-shirt, black dress socks, and appropriate undergarments.    Female cadets may use an authorized plain black purse. Cold weather accessories are allowed as explained in this handbook.

Physical Training (PT) Uniform:

The PT uniform includes authorized black NVMI shorts, black NVMI PT pants, red NVMI t-shirt, and black NVMI PT jacket .  Accessories worn include all black athletic shoes without design or logo (with all black shoe laces), crew length all white athletic socks, and appropriate undergarments. Female cadets may use an authorized plain black purse.  Cold weather accessories are allowed as explained in this handbook.

Relaxed Dress Uniform:

A Relaxed Dress uniform is worn by selected cadets approximately three times a year. This uniform is not an item of issue.  It includes conservative blue jeans, conservative belt and buckle, the red NVMI t-shirt, all black athletic shoes, white crew length athletic socks, the PT jacket in cold weather, and appropriate undergarments.  No headgear is worn with this uniform.  Female cadets may use an authorized plain black purse.

Utility Uniform:

A Utility uniform (known as the Class C uniform) is occasionally issued to and worn by cadets for field activities only.   This uniform includes a tan BDU shirt and trousers and BDU or other cap as issued.  Accessories include black or sand colored boots, crew length athletic socks, a white or black crew neck t-shirt, and appropriate undergarments.

Candidate Uniform:

This uniform is primarily not an item of initial issue. The Candidate uniform is worn by prospective students who have completed all phases of the application process.  It is worn during the NVMI summer camp.  The Candidate uniform is composed of a NVMI summer camp cap, a plain white crew neck t-shirt, black shorts, a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants (if necessary), all-white crew-length athletic socks, and all-black athletic shoes.

Pledge Uniform:

This uniform is primarily not an item of initial issue.  The Pledge uniform is worn by prospective students who have completed summer camp but have not yet successfully joined their companies by passing Promotion Boards.  The Pledge uniform is identical to the Candidate uniform. Approved cold weather outerwear and any available NVMI accessories are authorized for purchase and wear by Pledges.

Requests for assistance to procure non-issued uniforms can be made to the Commandant. Requests will be kept confidential.

Manner of Wear

Uniform regulations apply at all times a cadet is in uniform, whether on campus or off campus, during school time and during non-school time

Class A Uniform:   Cadet Regulation 1-8 governs the proper wear of Cadet Class A Uniforms.  The following information is designed to summarize standards for wear outlined in that regulation.  Cadets and parents may obtain a copy of the complete regulation by visiting http://cacc.cadet.org and clicking on the “Other Downloads” and “Regulations” links.

  • Garrison Cap – the cap is worn centered square on the head one inch above the eyebrows.  It fits snugly and comfortably without distortion or gaps.  The garrison cap will have no writing or adornments except the cadet’s name, which will be written in special marker at the time of initial issue. When the cap becomes frayed or torn or there is additional writing on the cap, it must be replaced at cadet/parent expense.
  • The white short-sleeve shirt is worn clean and pressed and tucked in at all times.  All buttons are closed and there are seven sharp vertical military creases (three evenly horizontally spaced on the back, two centered on the front pockets, and one on each sleeve without going through the patch(es). Creases must be made by IRONING and may not be sewn or glued in place. Appropriate rank insignia is worn on the epaulets. When the shirt becomes frayed or torn or buttons are lost, it/they must be replaced at cadet/parent expense.
  • A clean white crew neck short sleeve t-shirt without design or logo or pocket is worn at all times under the white short-sleeve uniform shirt.  No other undershirt may be worn.  Long sleeve shirts, thermal shirts, and colored t-shirts are expressly prohibited. T-shirts shall be worn “right side out.” Cadets wearing these items will be asked to remove them prior to admission to campus.
  • A black four-in hand tie is worn by male cadets. Female cadets may wear the four-in hand tie (issued) or an optional black neck tab.
  • A black four-button coat with California Eureka buttons is worn over the white shirt and tie.  The coat is worn professionally dry cleaned and pressed with rank insignia and other accouterments as prescribed in CR 1-8. Authorized ribbons and medals are worn as prescribed in CR 1-8. The Class Unit Insignia (CUI) is worn centered 1⁄8 inch above the top of the right pocket flap, or 1⁄4 inch above any unit awards.
  • The cadet identification badge is worn at all times and is clipped to the center of the right upper lapel.  The ID badge is always worn visibly on the outermost garment.
  • A black web belt with brass tip and a highly shined brass buckle are worn in accordance with Cadet Regulation 1-8.  Excess length (not more than 4 inches) of web belt will be worn tucked behind the buckle.
  • Black poly/rayon blend pants will be worn clean and pressed and are worn on the waist level or above so as not to present a sagging or drooping appearance.  The pants must be hemmed on a diagonal line to reach a point one inch above the top of the shoe heel. Trousers will have a slight break of the crease in the front of the pant.  Trousers will be worn with a military crease (front and back) from the waist to the hem. When the pants become frayed or torn, they must be replaced at cadet/parent expense.
  • Black dress shoes  and black crew length dress socks (completely covering the ankle and lower calf) and appropriate undergarments are worn.
  • Female cadets may purchase a plain black purse for wear with this uniform.  The purse must be used as designed and may not have designs, stickers, clips, or other attachments or adornments added.  It may not be stuffed so full as to prevent it from closing normally.
  • The general wear and appearance standards explained below apply while in this uniform.
  • Requests for assistance to procure non-issued uniforms can be made to the Commandant or Superintendent. Requests will be kept confidential.

Class B Uniform: Cadet Regulation 1-8 governs the proper wear of Cadet Class B Uniforms.    The following information is designed to summarize standards for wear outlined in that regulation.    Cadets and parents may obtain  a  copy  of  the complete regulation by visiting http://cacc.cadet.org and clicking on the “Other Downloads” and “Regulations” links.

  • Garrison Cap – (as designated to be worn) the cap is worn centered square on the head one inch above the eyebrows.  It fits snugly and comfortably without distortion or gaps.  The garrison cap will have no writing or adornments except the cadet’s name, which will be written in special marker at the time of initial issue.  When the cap becomes frayed or torn or there is additional writing on the cap, it must be replaced at cadet/parent expense.
  • The white short-sleeve shirt is worn clean and pressed and tucked in at all times.  All buttons except the top button are closed and there are seven sharp vertical military creases (three evenly horizontally spaced on the back, two centered on the front pockets, and one on each sleeve without going through the patch(es).  Creases must be made by IRONING and may not be sewn or glued in place. Appropriate rank insignia is worn on the epaulets. When the shirt becomes frayed or torn, it must be replaced at cadet/parent expense. The Class Unit Insignia (CUI) is worn centered 1⁄8 inch above the top of the right pocket flap, or 1⁄4 inch above any unit awards.
  • As directed, high school cadets may be issued a black four-in-hand tie for wear with the white Class B shirt for special occasions.
  • A clean white crew neck short-sleeve t-shirt without design or logo or pocket is worn at all times under the white short-sleeve uniform shirt.  No other undershirt may be worn.  Long sleeve shirts, thermal shirts, and colored t-shirts are expressly prohibited.  Cadets wearing these items will be asked to remove them prior to admission to campus.
  • The cadet identification badge is worn at all times and is clipped to the center of the right collar of the shirt.  The ID badge is always worn visibly on the outermost garment.
  • A black web belt with brass tip and a highly shined brass buckle are worn in accordance with Cadet Regulation 1-8.  Excess length (not more than 4 inches) of web belt will be worn tucked behind the buckle.
  • Black poly/rayon blend pants will be worn clean and pressed and are worn on the waist or above so as not to present a sagging or drooping appearance.  The pants must be hemmed on a diagonal line to reach a point one inch above the top of the shoe heel.  Trousers will have a slight break of the crease in the front of the pant.  Trousers will be worn with a military crease (front and back) from the waist to the hem.  When the pants become frayed or torn, they must be replaced at cadet/parent expense.
  • Black dress shoes and black crew length dress socks (completely covering the ankle and lower calf) and appropriate undergarments are worn.
  • For warmth and protection from the elements, cadets may purchase an NVMI Black Cold-Weather coat which may be worn over the Class B shirt.  The Cold-Weather coat shall be worn zipped at least ¾ of the way up. Cadets may also purchase a black pullover sweater or NVMI logoed gloves, scarves, beanies, and ear caps from the school store only and wear these items during cold weather EXCEPT at formations, special ceremonies, and designated special event days. No other sweatshirts, pullovers, sweaters, civilian jackets or other NVMI jackets are authorized with this uniform.
  • Female cadets may purchase a plain black purse for wear with this uniform.  The purse must be used as designed and may not have designs, stickers, clips, or other attachments or adornments added.  It may not be stuffed so full as to prevent it from closing normally.
  • The general wear and appearance standards explained below apply while in this uniform.

PT Uniform: The PT uniform consists of the following.

  • The  black PT shorts and pants are worn on the waist or above so as not to present a sagging or drooping appearance. The shorts and pants shall be clean at all times. When the shorts or pants become frayed or torn, they must be replaced at cadet/parent expense.  Cadets may not wear other garments under their PT pants with the exception of the black PT shorts.  In cold weather below 50 degree Fahrenheit, cadets may wear a pair of thermal underwear as long as it does not protrude from the waist or pant leg openings.  Cadets may also purchase plain black gloves. No pullovers, sweaters, or scarves are authorized with this uniform.
  • A clean red NVMI-logoed crew neck short sleeve t-shirt is worn under the PT jacket at all times. No other undershirt may be worn.  Long sleeve shirts, thermal shirts, and colored t-shirts are expressly prohibited.   Cadets wearing these items may be asked to remove them prior to admission to campus.  Cadets may only wear ONE t-shirt at a time.
  • On designated College T-shirt Thursdays, cadets may wear an appropriate college t-shirt.  Cadets may also wear a Company-issued Company Color College T- shirt.
  • A cadet who is an active member of an interscholastic athletic team may add their jersey over their PT shirt on any PT uniform day during their season of sport.
  • Cadets may be required to remove their PT pants for physical fitness activities when the weather permits. Cadets refusing to do so will receive a failing grade for the day’s PE class.  Shorts will be worn at waist level or above and will not present a sagging or drooping appearance. 
  • All black athletic shoes without design or logo (with all black shoe laces) and white crew length athletic socks (completely covering the ankle and lower calf) and appropriate undergarments are worn.
  • For warmth and protection from the elements, cadets may purchase an NVMI Black Cold-Weather coat which may be worn over the PT jacket.  The Cold-Weather coat shall be worn buttoned and zipped at least ¾ of the way up
  • The ID badge is always worn visibly on the outermost garment.
  • Cadets may also purchase NVMI logoed gloves, scarves, beanies, and ear caps from the school store only and wear these items during cold weather EXCEPT at formations, special ceremonies, and designated special event days.  No other sweatshirts, pullovers, sweaters, civilian jackets, or other NVMI jackets are authorized with this uniform.
  • When a cadet is an active member of an NVMI athletic team, when directed by the Athletic Director, s/he may wear their team “jersey” over their red NVMI PT t-shirt in lieu of their PT jacket on days of home or away athletic competition.  This allowance is ONLY for the PT uniform.  No other athletic uniform items may be worn with the PT uniform.
  • Female cadets may purchase a plain black purse for wear with this uniform.  The purse must be used as designed and may not have designs, stickers, clips, or other attachments or adornments added.  It may not be stuffed so full as to prevent it from closing normally.
  • The general wear and appearance standards explained below apply while in this uniform.

Special Rules for Cold Weather:

  • NVMI gloves and NVMI scarves, will be available for purchase from the Hawk Exchange (HX), may only be worn with the cold-weather jacket. Gloves and scarves may not be worn with the Class A uniform.
  • The cold weather jacket may not be worn with the Class A uniform.

Relaxed Dress Uniform: The Relaxed Dress Uniform is worn approximately three times a year as published in the school calendar. It consists of

  • Conservative Blue Jeans worn above the hip.  Jeans must not be oversized or excessively tight. They may not have extensive colors, designs or images/graphics.
  • All jeans will be secured with a conservative, dark colored belt such as blue, black, or brown without design.
  • Red NVMI colored t-shirt, worn tucked into the jeans.
  • The same black athletic shoes worn with the PT uniform
  • White athletic socks (the same as worn with the PT uniform)
  • No hat is required.
  • No jewelry is authorized.
  • Female cadets may purchase a plain black purse for wear with this uniform.  The purse must be used as designed and may not have designs, stickers, clips, or other attachments or adornments added.  It may not be stuffed so full as to prevent it from closing normally.
  • The general wear and appearance standards explained below apply while in this uniform.

Utility Uniform: Cadet Regulation 1-8 governs the proper wear of Cadet Class C (Utility) Uniforms.  The following information is designed to summarize standards for wear outlined in that regulation.  Cadets and parents may obtain a copy of the complete regulation by visiting http://cacc.cadet.org and clicking on the “Document Library” and “Cadet Regulations” links.

  • Patrol Cap – the patrol cap is worn as designed centered square on the head covering the forehead parallel to the ground.  It fits snugly and comfortably without distortion or gaps.  The patrol cap will have no writing or adornments.
  • The BDU shirt is worn clean and pressed with the shirt untucked.  All buttons except the top button are closed and there are no creases in this uniform.  Appropriate rank insignia is worn on the center of the blouse with the top of the rank aligned with the top seam of the breast pockets..
  • BDU pants are worn with the pant legs bloused or tucked into the boots as directed.
  • A clean white or black (as designated) crew neck short sleeve t-shirt without design or logo or pocket is worn at all times under the BDU shirt.  No other undershirt may be worn.  Long sleeve shirts, thermal shirts, and colored t-shirts are expressly prohibited.
  • The cadet identification badge is worn at all times and is clipped to the center of the right collar of the shirt. The ID badge is always worn visibly on the outermost garment.
  • A black web belt with brass tip and a highly shined brass buckle are worn in accordance with Cadet Regulation 1-8.    Excess length (not more than 4 inches) of web belt will be worn tucked behind the buckle.
  • Black or tan boots (not an item of issue) and crew length athletic socks (completely covering the ankle and lower calf) and appropriate undergarments are worn.
  • For warmth and protection from the elements, cadets may purchase an NVMI Black Cold-Weather coat which may be worn over the Class C shirt.  Black gloves and scarves may be purchased from the Campus Exchange and worn with this uniform. The Cold-Weather coat shall be worn buttoned and zipped at least ¾ of the way up. No sweatshirts, pullovers, windbreakers, civilian jackets, other NVMI jackets, or sweaters are authorized with this uniform.
  • The general wear and appearance standards explained below apply while in this uniform.

Candidate Uniform:

The Candidate uniform is worn every day of summer camp and consists of the following items.

  • NVMI summer camp cap (with NVMI logo). The cap shall be worn squarely on the head, covering the forehead and parallel to the ground. At the time of issue, the cap will have the candidate’s name written in special marker inside the crown. The cap may not have any other writing or adornments (i.e., in the crown, under the visor, etc.).
  • Plain white crew-neck, short sleeve  t-shirt . The t-shirt shall be worn as designed (i.e., right side out) and tucked into the plain black shorts.  Undershirts may be worn as long as they are not visible at the collar or sleeves (i.e., presents the appearance of wearing only the NVMI white t-shirt).
  • No other shirts may be worn (i.e., long sleeve shirts, thermal shirts, other colored shirts, etc.).
  • Plain black athletic shorts . The shorts shall be worn at waist level or above.  The length of the shorts must come to within 2 inches of the center of the candidate’s knees.  All Candidates will be expected to be physically active as a part of the training program.  Candidates may be required to remove their sweatpants for physical fitness activities when the weather permits.  Shorts may not present a “sagging” or “drooping” appearance. Shorts may not be made of a “see-through” material. Shorts must be worn at all times.
  • Plain black crewneck sweatshirt . The sweatshirt shall be worn as designed (for example: right side out and sleeves fully down).
  • No other outerwear may be worn over the sweatshirt (i.e., pullovers, multiple sweatshirts, jackets, scarves, gloves, beanies, or any other cold weather gear authorized for regular NVMI uniform wear).
  • Candidates MAY NOT WEAR ANY NVMI JACKET until they have reached Pledge status.
  • Special exceptions for Extreme Cold Weather are explained below.
  • Plain black sweatpants.  The sweatpants shall be worn at waist level or above.  Sweatpants may not present a “sagging” or “drooping” appearance.
  • Except for the plain black athletic shorts (and underwear), no other garments may be worn under the sweatpants.
  • White crew-length athletic socks. The socks shall be all-white in color, without any designs or logos. The correct length socks should reach up on to the mid-calf when worn properly. DO NOT wear “short” socks, labeled as any of the following: NO-SHOW, LOW CUT, ANKLE, QUARTER TOP, or SHORT CREW. DO NOT wear “tall” socks, labeled as any of the following: KNEE HIGH or sometimes TUBE.
  • Black athletic shoes. The shoes shall be all-black in color, without any designs or logos, with all black shoe laces.
  • Appropriate undergarments.

Special exceptions for Extreme Cold Weather

Extreme cold weather is defined as weather that drops to and maintains at 50 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. In the event the temperature climbs above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the Commandant, at their discretion, may require students to change out of their extreme cold weather gear.

  • Candidates are authorized to wear a pair of thermal underwear (long underwear) as long as they are not visible underneath the sweatshirt and/or sweatpants.
  • With the sweatshirt, the thermal underwear should not protrude from the collar, sleeves, or waist of the sweatshirt.
  • With the sweatpants, the thermal underwear should not protrude from the waist or pant leg openings of the sweatpants.

Pledge Uniform:

After successful completion of NVMI summer camp, the Pledge uniform is worn every day until a pledge passes their Promotion Boards and becomes a full-fledged member of NVMI. The Pledge uniform is identical to the Candidate uniform, with the following additions and adaptations.

  • PE class/program.  Pledges may be required to remove their sweatpants for physical fitness activities when the weather permits. Pledges refusing to do so will receive a failing grade for that day’s PE class. Shorts may not present a “sagging” or “drooping” appearance. Shorts may not be made of a “see- through” material. Shorts must be worn at all times.
  • Cold Weather Outerwear & Accessories.
    • Pledges may purchase and wear any & all of the authorized Cold Weather Outerwear & Accessories available for purchase at the Campus Exchange, including the NVMI black cold- weather coat, NVMI gloves, scarves, beanies, and ear caps.
    • These cold weather items may be worn anytime EXCEPT at formations, special ceremonies, and designated special event days.
    • No other sweatshirts, pullovers, sweaters, civilian jackets, or other NVMI jackets  may be worn with the Pledge uniform.
  • Special   exceptions   for   Extreme   Cold   Weather.
  • Extreme cold weather is defined as weather that drops to and maintains at 50 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. In the event the temperature climbs above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the Commandant, at their discretion, may require students to change out of their extreme cold weather gear.
    • Pledges are authorized to wear a pair of thermal underwear (long underwear) as long as they are not visible underneath the sweatshirt and/or sweatpants.
    • With the sweatshirt, the thermal underwear should not protrude from the collar, sleeves, or waist of the sweatshirt.
    • With the sweatpants, the thermal underwear should not protrude from the waist or pant leg openings of the sweatpants

General Wear and Appearance Policies and Standards:

Uniform regulations apply at all times a cadet is in uniform, whether on campus or off campus, during school time and during non-school time.

ALL UNIFORM ITEMS should be kept and worn CLEAN at all times.

Whenever ANY UNIFORM ITEM is lost or becomes unserviceable, it must be replaced at the individual’s own expense.

Definition of “UNSERVICEABLE”:  When an item becomes “unserviceable” it is no longer fit to be worn. Because NVMI is built on a military structure, we have HIGH EXPECTATIONS as to how our students should look and present themselves.  What may be “OK” to wear somewhere else may not be acceptable to wear as a uniform. Examples of “unserviceable” items are: frayed, torn, stained, ripped, scuffed, broken, etc.

Non-uniform (non-authorized) items of clothing or equipment ARE NOT ALLOWED at any time with ANY UNIFORM.

When entering campus wearing or carrying an unauthorized uniform item, ALL STUDENTS will be (1) asked to remove the item and turn it in for parent pickup, and (2) be given demerits for wearing the unauthorized uniform item.

The NVMI administration is the final authority in determining whether a cadet’s appearance is within the spirit of the NVMI policies and standards.

Jewelry: Both female and male cadets are not allowed to wear any jewelry in their ears, nose, face, eyebrow, neck, or other visible area while in any NVMI uniform. No other body pierced items are authorized (e.g., nose/lip rings, tongue rings, eyebrow ring, etc.).Rings, necklaces, rosary beads, or bracelets are not authorized. A discrete religious medallion on a chain may be worn under t-shirts such that it is not visible.  An inexpensive watch that is black or neutral in color (less than $15) may be worn with all uniforms.  In lieu of jewelry, plastic transparent “spacers” no larger than 1/8 inch in diameter may be worn for a period not to exceed two weeks if a cadet gets a piercing during the school year.  Such passes must be obtained from the TAC team.  No extensions are allowed beyond the two-week period. No “gauges” may be worn at any time.  No bandages or band- aids or other “disguises” may be worn to hide piercings or jewelry.

Eyewear: Prescription eyewear is authorized with all uniforms. Sunglasses or non-prescription eyewear is not authorized at any time in uniform on campus.  Contact lenses, if worn, must be a natural eye color and may not have designs or other symbols, logos, inscriptions, etc on them.    Eyeglasses should be conservative in design and color.

General Hair Style Policies: The requirement for hair grooming standards is necessary to maintain uniformity.  Many hairstyles are acceptable as long as they are neat and conservative. Hairstyles that do not allow cadets to wear the headgear properly are prohibited.

Extreme, eccentric, or trendy haircuts or hairstyles are not authorized.  Dyes, tints, or bleaches are strongly discouraged but if used, they must choose those that result in natural hair colors and look like human hair.  Colors that detract from a military appearance are prohibited.  Applied hair colors that are prohibited include, but are not limited to, purple, pink, blue, green, orange, bright (fire-engine) red, and fluorescent or neon colors.  Hair gels or sprays may not be used to spike or otherwise shape the hair in an extreme fashion, including making the hair stand straight up, mohawks, faux-hawks, patches, etc.  Cadets will not cut designs or parts into their hair, eyebrows, or scalp. Hair may not be two-tone or multiple-tones.  Hair must be all one color.

Male Hairstyles: Male cadets should receive regular haircuts while attending NVMI in order to remain in compliance. The hair on the top of the head must be neatly groomed using a military style In general, this means the top of the head will require nothing longer than a barber’s size 2, size 1, or size 0 cut and the back and sides of the head will require no longer than a size 1 or size 0. The bulk of the hair may not be excessive or will be such that it does not present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. The hair must present a tapered appearance (where outline of the hair conforms to the shape of the head. When the hair is combed, it will not fall over the ears and eyebrows or touch the collar, except for the closely cut hair on the back of the neck.  In all cases, the bulk of the hair will not interfere with the normal wear of headgear. Males are not authorized to wear braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks. Hair that is clipped closely or shaved to the scalp is permitted.

Facial hair: Males who wear sideburns will keep them neatly trimmed.  Sideburns, if worn, will not extend below the lowest part of the exterior ear opening or be flared.  The base of the sideburn will be a clean-shaven, horizontal line.  Neatly trimmed mustaches are authorized, but clean-shaven faces are preferred.  Mustaches will not present a chopped or bushy appearance, and no portion of the mustache will cover the upper lip line or extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn upward from the corners of the mouth.  No beards or goatees are permitted.

Female Hairstyles:  Female cadets will ensure their hair is neatly groomed, that the length and bulk of the hair are not excessive, and that the hair does not present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance.  Trendy styles that result in shaved portions of the scalp other than the neckline or designs cut into the scalp are prohibited.  Female cadets may wear braids and cornrows as long as the braided style is conservative, the braids and cornrows lie snugly on the head, and any hair-holding devices comply with the standard described below.  Dreadlocks are prohibited.  The hair will be pulled away from the face and gathered into a bun or braid at the back of the head and not fall over the ears and eyebrows or extend below the bottom edge of the collar at any time during normal activity.  No bangs are allowed. Long hair will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned so no free-hanging hair is visible.  This includes styles worn with the physical fitness uniform.  Styles that are lopsided or distinctly unbalanced are prohibited.  Ponytails, pigtails, or braids that are not secured to the head (allowing hair to hang freely), widely spaced individual hanging locks, and other extreme styles that protrude from the head are prohibited.

Religious Head Coverings: Cadets are authorized to wear religious head coverings including, but not limited to, hijabs (head scarves) turbans, and yarmulkes. Head coverings must be plain black in color without adornment, and shall be worn underneath military headgear, unless doing so interferes with a proper military appearance. Accommodations may be authorized by the Commandant to adjust for an appropriate fit and/or appearance.

Extensions, weaves, wigs, and hairpieces are authorized; however, these additions must have the same general appearance as the individual’s natural hair.  Additionally, any wigs, extensions, hairpieces, or weaves must comply with the grooming policies as described.

Hair holding devices are authorized only for the purpose of securing the hair.  Cadets will not place hair-holding devices in the hair for decorative purposes.  All hair-holding devices must be plain and of a color as close to the cadet’s hair as possible or black.  Authorized devices include, but are not limited to small, plain scrunchies, barrettes, combs, pins, and clips.  Devices that are conspicuous, excessive, or decorative are prohibited.  Some examples of prohibited devices include, but are not limited to, rubber bands, headbands (rubber, fabric or plastic), large, lacy scrunchies; beads, bows or claw clips; devices with butterflies, flowers,  sparkles, gems, or  scalloped edges; and bows  made from hairpieces.

Cosmetics: As with hairstyles, the requirement for standards regarding cosmetics is necessary to maintain uniformity and to avoid an extreme appearance.  Male cadets are prohibited from wearing cosmetics, to include nail polish.  Female cadets are authorized to wear cosmetics with the uniform, provided they are applied conservatively and in good taste and complement the uniform and their complexion.  Lotion with glitter, temporary or permanent tattoos, stickers, or designs on the body are prohibited. Female cadets will not wear shades of lipstick and nail polish that distinctly contrast with their complexion, that detract from the uniform, or that are extreme.  Some examples of extreme colors include, but are not limited to, purple, gold, blue, black, white, bright (fire-engine) red, khaki, camouflage colors, and fluorescent colors.  Cadets will not apply designs to nails or apply two-tone, French-tip or multi- tone colors to nails.  All cadets will keep fingernails clean and neatly trimmed.  Male cadets will keep nails trimmed so as not to extend beyond the fingertip.  Female cadets will NOT exceed a nail length of ¼ inch as measured from the tip of the finger.

Tattoos: Cadets may not have permanent tattoos that are visible when in any NVMI uniform.

Pockets: Articles carried in pockets will not protrude from the pocket or present a bulky appearance.  Keys or key chains will not be attached to the uniform, belt, belt loops, or waistband. Cadets will also not generally keep their hands in their pants pockets except as needed to retrieve an item.

Electronic Devices and Items on the Belt:  Cadets may not wear electronic or other items clipped to their belts, nor may they have a chain with a wallet attached to the uniform, belt, belt loops, or waistband. Cell phone ear “buds” are not authorized in uniform.

Lanyards:  Cadets may not wear lanyards with any uniform except authorized NVMI lanyard available for purchase in the Campus Exchange.   Lanyards must be worn tucked inside the outermost garment.

Vulgar Language: At all times, cadets are expected to comport themselves in a professional and appropriate manner.  Use of vulgar language is prohibited at all times.  Such language significantly detracts from the outward appearance of cadets.

Red Beret:   Cadets who have earned the red beret for successfully completing a survival training program, are authorized to wear the beret with any of the above uniforms.

Gang Attire:  Generally, all clothing that constitutes gang-related apparel is prohibited.  Such apparel may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Hats or headgear during the academy day other than the issued military headgear (cadets participating in sports requiring a hat may wear the school’s athletic hat as part of their sport activity).
  • Chains
  • Monikers or other gang markings.
  • Clothing or jewelry w/ gang or drug symbols.
  • Rosary beads.
  • Any combination of clothing law enforcement agencies currently considers gang related.

Backpacks: Parents will provide a black single color backpack (hand carried or rolling and without design or logo) for school textbooks and supplies.  Cadets who require more storage may carry a second backpack or tote bag that is a single color black bag without design or logo.   NVMI sanctioned buttons may be worn on the backpack.   Writing, drawing, and marking on backpacks, other than a simple, plain notation of the cadet’s name, is not allowed.

Umbrellas and Ponchos:  Cadets may not use umbrellas or ponchos on campus. Instead, they are allowed to wear the heavy duty outerwear jacket with hood.  If cadets bring an umbrella on campus, they should store it in their company classrooms until the end of the school day.

Personal Hygiene: All Cadets will maintain good personal hygiene and grooming on a daily basis and wear the uniform so as not to detract from their overall military appearance.  Cadets will wear appropriate undergarments with all uniforms.

Athletic Letters: Cadets who have earned a varsity NVMI athletic letter may wear that letter on their black dress jacket which will be available for purchase, sewn centered on the left chest.  NVMI will provide free sewing service for attaching these letters.  Athletes may also be issued sport- specific “tabs” identifying the sport in which they “lettered.” Such tabs will be affixed to the varsity letter.

Class Year Tabs: Cadets who have entered their junior year and who have been awarded a Class Year Tab by NVMI may wear their Class Year Tab on their black dress jacket sewn centered on the right shoulder sleeve one inch from the shoulder seam. NVMI will provide free sewing service for attaching these class year tabs.

Writing of Names in/on Uniform/other Items: Each company has permanent fabric markers in silver and gold that should be used to write cadet names inside hats, jackets, sweaters, etc. There should be no writing other than a cadet’s name on such items (this includes drawings, symbols, nicknames, etc). Company Support NCOs and cadet supply officers/sergeants can assist cadets with writing names in these uniform items.  In addition, these markers can be used to mark names on backpacks, purses, and other personal belongings.  Items with other than authorized writing or markings are subject to confiscation.

Special Cadet Leadership Uniforms: Cadets in identified leadership positions may be authorized special uniform items such as polo shirts.  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be published regarding when and how those special uniforms will be worn.

Non-uniform items of clothing are not authorized at any time on campus or with any of the above uniforms.

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