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Uniform Policy Letter

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Uniform Policy Letter

    OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM PHILIPPINES

    JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK FORCE PHILIPPINES

    CAMP NAVARRO, ZAMBOANGA CITY

    REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

    APO AP 96401

OEF-P-JSOTF-P-CDR 2 July 2006

MEMORANDUM FOR ALL JSOTF-P PERSONNEL

Subj: REGULATIONS FOR UNIFORM WEAR AND APPROPRIATE CIVILIAN ATTIRE.

    1. Purpose: To establish policy or precedent for the wear of the service duty uniform and personal civilian attire while assigned or attached to JSOTF-P.

    2. Scope: This memorandum sets forth the policy of Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines (COMJSOTF-P) for all US forces serving in the Republic of the Philippines (RP) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM - Philippines. For purposes of this Memorandum, the term “Joint Operations Area” or “JOA” refers to Mindanao Island and the Sulu Archipelago and corresponds to the Area of Responsibility of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Southern Command.

    3. Applicability. This Memorandum applies to US forces under operational control (OPCON) or tactical control (TACON) of COMJSOTF-P and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian personnel or civilian contractors serving with or accompanying JSOTF-P or attached units in the RP.

    4. Commanders Intent. Leaders at all levels must enforce standards IAW all service uniform policies and regulations. Failure to do so erodes good order and discipline within units. The professional reputation of our forces as true professional Soldiers is also damaged when leaders fail to enforce standards within our ranks. Remember this is not about the individual; it is about the organization you represent. Uniformity is one of the methods we must use to represent our professional stature. One must understand the environment in which you are working and the political implications for poor judgment. Recognize the environment we are working in and the cultural taboos that must be taken into consideration in the conduct of your duties.

    5. Uniforms and Attire: The only authorized uniforms for wear in addition to service specific uniforms are specified below.

     a. The Battle Dress Utilities (BDU) or service equivalent uniform is the uniform of the day for personnel working outside of Manila. In addition, personnel working in an aviation capacity may wear a flight suit. Furthermore, only personnel assigned to the Naval Special Warfare may wear the Extreme Climate Uniform (ECU); (comprised of a Brown T-Shirt, Green Docker style shorts, black belt/black buckle or khaki belt/gold

Subj: JSOTF-P POLICIES FOR THE WEAR OF UNIFORMS AND PERSONAL

    CIVILIAN ATTIRE FOR ALL PERSONNEL ASSIGNED OR ATTACHED TO

    JSOTF-P

    buckle for E-7 and above and Brown T-Shirt, desert boots/jungle boots, white/black socks, and desert/jungle camouflage/eight point cover). Personnel working on boats and motor at the NAVSOU/SWAG compound may wear appropriate PT gear. In all

    cases, personnel will follow their respective service directives for the proper wear of uniforms and will present a professional appearance at all times.

     (1) Naval Special Warfare special purpose footwear may be worn with the uniforms mentioned above. The special purpose footwear will be a conservative design so as not to conflict with a military appearance.

     (2) The uniform of the day will be worn Monday through Saturday. Use of civilian attire on Sundays is authorized, however mission requirements will dictate. Official duties conducted with personnel outside of JSOTF-P will be in the uniform of the day.

     (3) While serving in the RP in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

    Philippines, all personnel are requested to display the reverse side full color reflective or subdued IR American Flag replica, on the right shoulder of their Battle Dress Utilities, Advanced Combat Uniform, Marine Corps digital camouflage utility uniform, etc. Wearing of the American Flag exemplifies our unified commitment to the objectives of our mission and is vital to the positive image we seek to maintain in the Philippines.

     (4) The wearing of an individual’s blood type on any uniform or other piece of

    equipment is not authorized. (Medical personnel will never conduct any blood

    transfusion based on a uniform patch.)

     (5) Within the JOA tattoos have a negative image and are deemed culturally unacceptable. For mission success we must promote a positive image. The environment in which we work is politically sensitive. The success of the JSOTF-P mission is paramount over the individual. In order to adapt and promote our mission of goodwill, the following will apply for all tattoos on the forearm.

     (a) Personnel will wear their sleeves down to cover the tattoo at all times while in the JOA when in military or civilian attire. The only exceptions are; when working on the JSOTF-P Fwd compound within Camp Navaro; during the conduct of boat operations; while conducting physical training; and when COMJSOTF-P gives verbal permission.

     (b) The above (a), does not apply to personnel working in the Manila area.

     (6) Sleeves of the BDU or the service equivalent may be worn all the way down or rolled up past the elbow joint of the arm. When the BDU or equivalent is rolled up on the forearm for climate considerations the individual will not roll the sleeve more than one

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Subj: JSOTF-P POLICIES FOR THE WEAR OF UNIFORMS AND PERSONAL

    CIVILIAN ATTIRE FOR ALL PERSONNEL ASSIGNED OR ATTACHED TO

    JSOTF-P

    flip, roll or turn up the forearm. When carrying a weapon or wearing body armor, the individual will only wear his sleeves down, with no more the one turn/roll up onto the forearm. This affords the individual the maximum amount of protection from burns due to exposure from explosive devices or burning vehicles.

     (7) BDU or service equivalent trousers will be bloused at or above the second eyelet of the boot. The exception to this is when the individual is working in conjunction with or near water in the performance of duties associated with watercraft or dock operations.

     (8) The wear of baseball caps with any uniform at anytime is unauthorized. There are no exceptions.

     (9) The JSOTF-P Compounds (Manila & Navaro) are considered no headgear and no salute areas. Headgear is required when outside of the JSOTF-P compound.

     b. Civilian attire will be neat, clean, and conservative. The clothes worn will comply with the appropriate dress code of the establishment, location, or activity. The individual must understand his operational environment and how he/she is perceived within the Republic of Philippines. The clothing that may be permissible in Manila may not be acceptable in Zamboango and vice versa. When in doubt ask someone so you may make an informed decision; do not make assumptions.

     (1) Personnel assigned in Manila will wear appropriate civilian attire to include slacks and collared shirts or equivalent for women. Furthermore, male personnel conducting business at the US Embassy will wear a collared shirt with a necktie or a traditional Barong Tagalog shirt. Tennis shoes will not be worn with the afore mentioned civilian attire.

     (2) Filthy and or soiled attire is not authorized at anytime.

     (3) Dining Facility (DFAC) on Camp Navarro JSOTF-P Compound. Personnel may not enter the DFAC with sweaty PT gear. In addition, personnel will not wear headgear, sleeveless shirts, tank tops, or open-toed shoes in the DFAC.

     (4) Shirts. While on the Camp Navarro JSOTF-P Compound, all personnel will wear shirts when outside assigned government quarters and latrine. Furthermore, shirts must be worn at all times outside of the JSOTF-P Compound to include physical training (PT) in the Southern Command gymnasium and basketball courts. Male personnel conducting PT in the gym area within the JSOTF-P Compound at Camp Navarro and swimming facilities are authorized to remove their shirts. No tank-tops will

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Subj: JSOTF-P POLICIES FOR THE WEAR OF UNIFORMS AND PERSONAL

    CIVILIAN ATTIRE FOR ALL PERSONNEL ASSIGNED OR ATTACHED TO

    JSOTF-P

    be worn outside of the JSOTF-P Compound except when conducting PT. All shirts will be free of disparaging remarks/logos or any reference to sex, drugs, or alcohol.

    (5) No cut-offs will be worn at anytime.

    (6) The use of SOUTHCOM facilities will require appropriate attire at all times.

     c. The military uniform is the required wear, when traveling within the JOA. When traveling to Manila by commercial air or military air (C12), civilian attire is required.

     (a) Additional travel situations that are not addressed above will be handled on a case by case situation.

    6. Punitive Policy. Violations to this memorandum may be punished in accordance with the UCMJ. Civilians serving with, employed by, or accompanying US Forces in the JOA may face adverse administrative action for violation of this policy.

    7. Point of Contact. The POC for matters relating to this Memorandum is the JSOTF-P Staff Judge Advocate, who may be reached as follows: SIPR email: jsotfp_fwd_legal@oef-p2.jtf.pacom.smil.mil or DSN 801-245-3790.

     //s//

     JAMES B. LINDER

     COL, SF

     Commanding

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