Border Patrol Agent

Border Patrol Agent Uniform

Uniforms

The Border Patrol currently wears the following types of uniforms:

  • Dress uniform – The dress uniform consists of olive-green trousers with a blue stripe, and an olive-green shirt, which may or may not have blue shoulder straps. The campaign hat is worn with uniform.
  • Ceremonial uniform – When required, the following items are added to the dress uniform to complete the ceremonial uniform: olive-green Ike jacket or tunic with blue accents (shoulder straps and cuffs), blue tie, brass tie tack, white gloves, and olive-green felt campaign hat with leather hat band. The campaign hat is worn with uniform.
  • Rough duty uniform – The rough duty uniform consists of green cargo trousers and work shirt (in short or long sleeves). Usually worn with green baseball cap or tanstetson.
  • Accessories, footwear, and outerwear – Additional items are worn in matching blue or black colors as appropriate.
  • Organization patches – The Border Patrol wears two:
    • The CBP patch is worn on the right sleeves of the uniform. It contains the DHS seal against a black background with a “keystone” shape. A “keystone” is the central, wedge-shaped stone in an arch, which holds all the other stones in place.
    • Border Patrol agents retain the circular legacy Border Patrol patch, which is worn on the left sleeve.

The Border Patrol uniform is getting its first makeover since the 1950s to appear more like military fatigues and less like a police officer’s duty garb. Leather belts with brass buckles are being replaced by nylon belts with quick-release plastic buckles, slacks are being replaced by lightweight cargo pants, and shiny badges and nameplates are being replaced by cloth patches.

 

Update:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector will begin wearing new tactical-style uniforms Wednesday under a Border Patrol-wide program.

Other significant features of the new uniform are larger, more accessible cargo-style pockets that allow agents to carry more gear and a removable name tape and larger, brighter sewn-on badge that eliminate the need to wear current metal name tags and badges that can come off during daily operations.Though similar in color to the current field uniform, which has been in service for decades, the new uniform features material similar to that used by the U.S. military. Additionally, it provides agents with a lighter-weight, durable uniform that is not only more comfortable than the current field uniform, but is also more functional and will better meet the needs of agents patrolling the border.

Response by agents has been overwhelmingly positive and is seen by many as a step in the right direction to get agents the tools they need to safely conduct border security operations.


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