Airman Battle Uniform (ABU)

The Airman Battle Uniform is worn once or more monthly to cadet meetings, on aerospace or emergency services training nights. Airman Battle Uniform is also the typical uniform for CAP activities. It is to be worn properly and inspection ready at all times.

The Civil Air Patrol Manual 39-1 and CAP Transition to the Airman Battle Uniform are the most up to date uniform manual, as updated by National Headquarters. Be sure to review the CAPM 39-1 in addition to the information below to verify it's accuracy and remain up to date.

Cadets will be required to purchase their own ABU uniform. They can be obtained atthrough Army Air Force Exchange Stores (AAFES) Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSS), or issued through Individual Equipment Military Surplus, Military Surplus or purchased online. Cadets will also need to purchase their own insignia and patches from Vanguard, and their own boots. Cadets will also need to purchase a squadron cover at their next meeting.




  • The ABU cap is the only authorized headgear with this uniform.

  • The Georgia wing patch will be worn on the left shoulder, the middle point 3/8" below the sleeve seam, centered. The tips of the wing patch should touch the seam.

  • Cadets are only authorized to wear Desert Tan short or long sleeved t-shirt under their ADU blouse.

  • Sleeves are to be worn up or down as a squardon.

  • Boots are to be bloused and be properly shined.