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Department of Defense


NUMBER 1334.1

May 17, 2004


SUBJECT:  Wearing of the Uniform

References: (a)  DoD Directive 1334.1, "Wearing of the Uniform," August 11, 1969 (hereby canceled)

(b)  Executive Order 10450, April 27, 1953, as amended

(c)  Section 772 of title 10, United States Code


This Directive reissues reference (a) and continues to prescribe limitations on wearing of the uniform by members of the Armed Forces and continues to establish policy with respect to wearing of the uniform by former members of the Armed Forces.


This Directive applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Departments, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities in the Department of Defense (hereafter referred to collectively as the "DoD Components").


3.1.  The wearing of the uniform by members of the Armed Forces (including retired members and members of Reserve components) is prohibited under any of the following circumstances:

3.1.1.  At any meeting or demonstration that is a function of, or sponsored by an organization, association, movement, group, or combination of persons that the Attorney General of the United States has designated, under E.O. 10450 as amended (reference (b)), as totalitarian, fascist, communist, or subversive, or as having adopted a policy of advocating or approving the commission of acts of force or violence to deny others their rights under The Constitution of the United States, or as seeking to alter the form of Government of the United States by unconstitutional means.

3.1.2.  During or in connection with the furtherance of political activities, private employment or commercial interests, when an inference of official sponsorship for the activity or interest may be drawn.

3.1.3.  Except when authorized by competent Service authority, when participating in activities such as public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches, rallies or any public demonstration (including those pertaining to civil rights), which may imply Service sanction of the cause for which the demonstration or activity is conducted.

3.1.4.  When wearing of the uniform would tend to bring discredit upon the Armed Forces.

3.1.5.  When specifically prohibited by regulations of the Department concerned.

3.2.  Former members of the Armed Forces, unless under another provision of this Directive or under the terms of 10 U.S.C. 772 (reference (c)), who served honorably during a declared or undeclared war and whose most recent service was terminated under honorable conditions may wear the uniform in the highest grade held during such war service only upon the following occasions and in the course of travel incident thereto:

3.2.1.  Military funerals, memorial services, weddings, and inaugurals.

3.2.2.  Parades on National or State holidays; or other parades or ceremonies of a patriotic character in which any Active or Reserve United States military unit is taking part.

3.2.3.  Wearing of the uniform or any part thereof at any other time or for any other purposes is prohibited.

3.3.  Medal of Honor holders may wear the uniform at their pleasure except under the circumstances set forth in paragraph 3.1., above.


This Directive is effective immediately.

Signed by:  Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense