The Air Force Mess Dress jacket is worn with both the Mess Dress and Formal Dress uniforms, with the principal differentiation being that a silver chain fastener (linked buttons) is attached when the jacket is worn with the Mess Dress uniform. Mess Dress uniforms are worn at formal social functions and/or at events, ceremonies, or occasion of an official nature; the civilian equivalent would be a black-tie affair where tuxedos are worn.

Officers are required to own Mess Dress uniforms; while it’s technically an optional item for both NCOs and other enlisted Airmen, it’s generally considered a de facto requirement for Senior NCOs—or at least those seeking to project an image that reflects their sincere dedication to the service and an appropriate level of professionalism. The same is true, of course, for enlisted personnel hoping to advance into the NCO ranks, and for both NCOs and enlisted Airmen, there is one other reason to add the Mess Dress uniform to their wardrobe: saluting is not required while wearing it.

The Air Force Mess Dress jacket is a single-breasted with two columns of “wing and star” buttons on the front panels, satin lapels, and a satin shawl collar. Officers wear shoulder boards on the Mess Dress jacket to display their rank, while enlisted personnel wear chevrons just below the shoulder on the left sleeve. Chevrons, shoulder boards, shoulder loops, and officers’ sleeve braids are sold separately.

Our Air Force Mess Dress jacket is manufactured to meet or surpass all U.S. Air Force specifications. Because virtually all of our customers will need to alter the sleeves of their Mess Dress jackets, we manufacture them with longer sleeves that are unfinished. This guarantees not only that the sleeve will be hemmed at the proper length for each customer, but also that the sleeve braid on officer’s jacket is perfectly positioned on the sleeve.

We offer sleeve alteration services for hemming sleeves as well as sewing on chevrons (enlisted personnel) or shoulder loops to hold shoulder boards (officers). Options to select the appropriate alteration services are available after you add the Mess Dress Jacket to your shopping cart.
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