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Preparing for Rookdom

What to bring. What not to bring. And everything in between.

Rooks must arrive on rook arrival day wearing the following items:

  • Khaki pants, tan (chino-style): example
  • Belt, conservative, plain buckle: example
  • White, crew neck, short-sleeved t-shirt (no pockets)
  • White, short-sleeved dress shirt, plain without pattern, button or non-button-down collar: example
  • Athletic footwear (sneakers) with crew length white socks

Note: Rooks authorized to arrive before rook arrival day may arrive in appropriate civilian attire, but will need the above items to wear on rook arrival day.

Rook packing list in PDF:

Print List (PDF - 200kb)

Rooks, do NOT bring the following items:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bedspreads/blankets
  • Backpacks (except what is required)
  • Bicycles, skateboards, etc.
  • Civilian clothing (except what is required)
  • Computer games
  • Desk blotters
  • Electrical devices or cooking appliances
  • Food, candy, gum (Care packages, shoe box size, with healthy items, are allowed after Rook Week)
  • Expensive items
  • Illegal drugs or steroids
  • Music CDs
  • Stereos, CD players, iPods, GoPro
  • Plants
  • Plastic shelves/crates, posters, framed pictures
  • Rugs or doormats
  • Live or stuffed animals
  • Television
  • Tobacco products of any kind, to include e-cigarettes or similar devices
  • Wastebaskets
  • Knives (with blade no greater than 3 inches)
  • Weapons


Dress Shoes must be plain black leather or patent leather military style. The shoes will have a non- contrasting sole and normal standard heel. Rubber soles are recommended due to the climate in Vermont. Shoes are not allowed to have a toe cap or stitching across the toe and may not be slip-on in style. Our recommended dress shoe is the Bates Low Quarter Oxford.


Boots must be a tan military-style combat boots, 8” Field Boot. No side zippers, No Air Force Sage boots, No Marine Corps Olive boots allowed.

There are three style boots that we, at the Uniform Store, recommend for incoming rooks based on experience and testing. With our experience we feel that a temperate (gortex) or a summer boot are the best for the initial months and the Rook should look into winter boots after some time in the colder weather.


  • Unlined
  • Lightweight
  • Quick-drying
  • Feet stay cooler
  • Not waterproof


  • Waterproof Liner
  • Slightly warmer
  • Sole better for winter months
  • Takes longer to dry


  • Waterproof Liner
  • Insulated
  • Sole better for winter months
  • Takes longer to dry
  • Feet may sweat in warmer environments

Recruits with questions, or having difficulty finding the correct boot or shoe, should contact the Cadet Uniform Store at 802-485-2206

Rooks will be issued the following uniforms and equipment upon arrival, during Rook week and during the fall semester:

Issued in their Rook Kit upon arrival:

  • Footlocker
  • Rook Book
  • Rook Cap
  • Nevr-Dull
  • Lanyard
  • Notebook
  • Trash Can
  • Hydration System
  • Cleaning Kit
  • Gold Blanket
  • Maroon Blanket
  • Leather Belt
  • Brass Buckle
  • Rigger Belt
  • Reflective Belt
  • NU Uniform Insignia
  • White Name Tag
  • ACU Name Tapes
  • Boot Bands
  • Shirt Stays
  • Robe
  • Shower Shoes
  • ACU Shirts
  • ACU Trousers
  • ACU T-Shirts
  • Running Suit
  • PT T-Shirts
  • PT Running Shorts

Issued during Rook week:

  • S/S White Shirts
  • Garrison Cap
  • White Service Cover
  • Gray Service Cover
  • ACU Cover
  • Cadet Windbreaker
  • Tunic
  • Gray Trousers
  • Black Rain Jacket
  • Black Gloves w/Liner
  • Laundry Bag

Issued during the fall semester:

  • Coatee
  • White Trousers
  • Fleece Jacket
  • White Suspenders
  • Long Sleeve / Short Sleeve Black Shirts
  • White Gloves

NOTE: All Rook issue items may not be available for immediate distribution.

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