When can cadets wear civilian clothes at the Coast Guard Academy? I'm just curious. While I attended USAFA 20+ years ago, the rules on civilian clothes changed every year while I was there. The Gulf War had a lot to do with it. Each year, the rules became more strict. During my 4 degree year, the upperclassman were allowed to wear civies anytime they were not in class or in an outside formation. They could even wear them to optional meals (dinner and weekends) in the dining hall. By the time I was a firstie, the only time you were allowed to wear civilian clothes was when you were signed out on a pass and NEVER to the dining hall. Four degrees weren't allowed to wear civilian clothes at all until they were recognized in April.