E. Dress codes and uniforms

Dress codes

Dress codes exist to help you ensure a level of decency and decorum and to present your image in a respectful way at all times. Your organisation might have its own specific dress codes, but what is appropriate depends on many factors, such as the country you are working in and its cultural and religious context, and it can very much depend on whether you are a man or a woman.

Depending on the cultural and religious context, women are required to pay specific attention to modest and appropriate clothing, not only to show respect for local customs and culture, but also to avoid harassment.

Even if you do not agree with certain dress codes, always remember that you are a guest and you express respect or disrespect for your national partners and hosts through the way you dress.

This also applies to remote field locations. If you meet local authorities or security forces, make sure you visit them wearing discreet and formal clothing.

If you have to decide what clothes to wear, there are some general guidelines that you should follow:

Recognising different uniforms

There will be mission-specific policies on the usage of clothing and uniforms. In some missions, your national uniform (in case you have one) may be accepted as it is, or in coordination with a mission uniform. This may vary with the type of position you hold. Some common mission uniforms and accessories that you can easily identify while in the field include:

A list of military rank insignia used by European states can be found in the Annex.