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Outside the military, stripes mean nothing. They are not earned rank. Each company and/or school gets to decide how their uniform looks and what is on them. There is no industry-wide regulation. If (and this is a big if) a Part 61 school has a uniform, it is usually a polo shirt and anything but jeans. Same with university programs. If you are in a Part 141 ...


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If an airline pays too much attention to such difference, I would be worried. Very few accidents are caused by improper handling of the controls; the majority are due to poor pilot's decisions and discipline, so I expect airlines to focus on the latter.


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