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What to Wear Upon Arrival

Rooks must arrive on Rook Arrival Day wearing the following items:

  • Khaki pants, tan (chino-style); example: http://bit.ly/khakis-pants
  • Belt, conservative, plain buckle; example: http://bit.ly/rook-belt
  • White crew neck short sleeve t-shirt (no pockets)
  • White, short sleeved dress shirt, plain without pattern; example: http://bit.ly/rook-shirt
  • 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. See a full list of what Rooks should bring (and not bring) upon arrival:

    • What to Bring & Not to Bring (PDF)
    • Boots & Shoes Recommendations
    • NUCC Acronyms Commonly Used (PDF)
    • Rook FAQs (PDF)

Contact Us

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call the Uniform Store at:
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158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663

Cadet Uniform Policy

The Cadet Uniform Fee for incoming Rooks this year will be $2600.00. The student is obligated for the full cost of the cadet uniform at the time uniform supplies are issued; however, this cost is billed over the first two years of enrollment ($2,000 billed during the fall of the first year, $600 billed during spring of second year). Rooks withdrawing from the Corps of Cadets will receive a refund from the Cadet Uniform Store for the unused portion of their uniforms, unless the items have been personally fitted or tailored.

If you have any questions regarding the Cadet Uniform policy please contact the Uniform Store at 802.485.2206. If you have any questions regarding the billing process please contact the Bursar’s Office at 802.485.2055.

Recommended Shoes and Boots


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.

For examples, visit Bates Footwear and Matterhorn.


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

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

Summer: Unlined, lightweight, quick-drying, feet stay cooler, not waterproof. Our selections: Belleville 390, Rocky C4 Trainer, Nike SFB.

Temperate: Waterproof liner, slightly warmer, sole better for winter months, takes longer to dry. Our selection: Belleville 790.

Winter: Insulated, sole better for winter months, takes longer to dry, feet may sweat in warmer environments. Our selection: Belleville 795

For examples, visit:

Recruits with questions or those having difficulty finding the correct boot or shoe should contact the Cadet Uniform Store at 802.485.2206.

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