NAVADMIN 118/10 – Uniform Board Update

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R 312021Z MAR 10

FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//

TO NAVADMIN

NAVADMIN 118/10

SUBJ/UNIFORM BOARD UPDATE//

REF/A/DOC/NAVPERS 15665I/01JAN03/

AMPN/REF A IS U.S. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.

RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS (CNO) APPROVED UNIFORM POLICY CHANGES PROPOSED BY THE 4 FEBRUARY 2010 NAVY UNIFORM BOARD. THE NAVY UNIFORM BOARD IS LED BY THE CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL (PRESIDENT). THE FUNCTIONS OF THE UNIFORM BOARD ARE OUTLINED IN REF A.  APPROVED UNIFORM CHANGES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

A.  CHIEF PETTY OFFICER (CPO) CUTLASS:  UPON FINAL DESIGN APPROVAL, A CEREMONIAL CUTLASS IS APPROVED FOR OPTIONAL WEAR.  THE CUTLASS IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR BY CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS DESIGNATED AS MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY DURING CEREMONIES THAT PRESCRIBE FULL DRESS UNIFORMS.  TO ENSURE UNIFORMITY IN APPEARANCE, THE CUTLASS MAY ONLY BE WORN IF ALL MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY ARE WEARING CUTLASSES OR SWORDS.  THE CUTLASS SHALL BE PURCHASED AT THE MEMBER?S EXPENSE.

B.  POST-TOUR COMMAND SENIOR ENLISTED LEADER (SEL) IDENTIFICATION BADGE: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE POST-TOUR COMMAND SEL IDENTIFICATION BADGE MANNER OF WEAR (POSITION WORN ON UNIFORM) SHALL BE THE SAME AS PRESCRIBED FOR THE INCUMBENT COMMAND SEL IDENTIFICATION BADGE PER REF A, CHAPTER FIVE, SECTION ONE.

C.  NAVY AND COMMAND BALL CAP:  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, NAVY AND COMMAND BALL CAPS ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE FOLLOWING UNIFORMS ONLY:  WASH KHAKI, UTILITIES, PHYSICAL TRAINING UNIFORM, COVERALLS, AND FLIGHT SUIT.  BALL CAPS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE NAVY WORKING UNIFORM (NWU)/ CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM (CUU) WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS:
(1) WHEN UNDERWAY ONBOARD U.S. NAVY VESSELS, BALL CAPS MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE NWU/CUU ONLY BY BRIDGE WATCH TEAMS AND COMMAND TRAINING TEAMS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COMMANDING OFFICER.
(2) ASHORE, BALL CAPS MAY BE WORN WITH THE NWU AND CUU BY COMMAND TRAINING TEAMS DURING FIELD EXERCISES HELD IN RESTRICTED AREAS TO PROVIDE VISUAL IDENTIFICATION OF SUPERVISORS, CONTROLLERS AND SAFETY OBSERVERS.  THIS POLICY MODIFICATION IS ALLOWED DURING THE PRESCRIBED WINDOW OF TRAINING/EVOLUTION.  WEARING OF BALL CAPS IS NOT AUTHORIZED DURING TRANSIT TO AND FROM EXERCISE EVENTS, OR IN THE VICINITY OF THE COMMAND AREA.

D.  NAVY BLUE COVERALL:  BEGINNING 1 JANUARY 2011, THE NAVY BLUE COVERALL OCCASION FOR WEAR SHALL BE LIMITED TO AN UNDERWAY UNIFORM (I.E. FROM STATIONING AND SECURING THE SEA AND ANCHOR DETAIL/MANEUVERING WATCH WHEN LEAVING AND ENTERING PORT RESPECTIVELY). COMMANDING OFFICERS CAN AUTHORIZE THE WEAR OF NAVY BLUE COVERALLS ASHORE IN ENVIRONMENTS THAT PLACE AN EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF WEAR ON WORKING UNIFORMS. PER REF A, THIS POLICY DOES NOT ALLEVIATE THE COMMAND?S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROCURE COVERALLS FOR WORK IN AREAS THAT ARE LIKELY TO PERMANENTLY SOIL OR PREMATURELY DESTROY THE UNIFORM.

E.  BLUE 100 PERCENT COTTON T-SHIRT:  BEGINNING 1 JANUARY 2011, THE BLUE 100 PERCENT COTTON T-SHIRT (THE T-SHIRT AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE NWU) WILL REPLACE THE WHITE T-SHIRT AS THE ONLY AUTHORIZED T-SHIRT WORN WITH NAVY BLUE COVERALLS.

F.  BACKPACKS:  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY BACKPACKS MAY BE WORN OVER EITHER THE LEFT SHOULDER OR BOTH SHOLDERS WHILE WEARING SERVICE AND WORKING UNIFORMS. AUTHORIZED COLORS OF BACKPACKS INCLUDE BLACK, NAVY BLUE, AND WHEN AVAILABLE THE MATCHING NWU PATTERN (BLUE/GREY/BLACK).  THE MATCHING NWU PATTERN BACKPACK IS ONLY AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE NWU.  NO PERSONAL ORNAMENTATION SHALL BE ATTACHED ON OR TO THE BACKPACK.

G.  SERVICE GARRISON CAP OCCASION FOR WEAR:  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE E1 – E6 BLACK GARRISON CAP IS AUTHORIZED FOR OPTIONAL WEAR WITH THE NAVY FLIGHT SUIT BY E1 ? E6 PERSONNEL WHO ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE FLIGHT SUIT.  THE SERVICE KHAKI GARRISON CAP IS AUTHORIZED FOR OPTIONAL WEAR WITH THE NAVY FLIGHT SUIT BY OFFICER AND CHIEF PETTY OFFICER PERSONNEL AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE FLIGHT SUIT.

2.  ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THE FINAL DESIGN AND MANNER OF WEAR OF THE CPO CUTLASS AND OTHER UNIFORM INITIATIVES WILL BE ANNOUNCED VIA FUTURE NAVADMINS AND POSTED ON THE UNIFORM MATTERS WEBSITE AT: HTTP://WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL/COMMANDSUPPORT/USNAVYUNIFORMS/ .

3.  FILE THIS NAVADMIN UNTIL REVISIONS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE BUPERS DIRECTIVE CD-ROM CHANGE CONTAINING REF A.

4.  POINTS OF CONTACT:
– MR. ROBERT B. CARROLL, HEAD, NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS OFFICE, AT (703) 614-5076/DSN 224, OR EMAIL AT ROBERT.B.CARROLL(AT)NAVY.MIL.
– CMDCM(AW) JERRY FEATHERSTONE, DEPUTY HEAD, NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS, AT (703) 614-5075/DSN 224, OR EMAIL AT JERRY.FEATHERSTONE(AT)NAVY.MIL.
5.  RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1. MINIMIZE CONSIDERED.

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9 Responses to “NAVADMIN 118/10 – Uniform Board Update”

Comment from CORPSMAN
Time August 24, 2010 at 3:52 am

We all colectivly agree and belive that the corpsmen should be able to wear the caduceus or specialty mark as an identifier and to show our pride of our honored history and by this NSU regulation we are not permitted to wear our honored caduceus, even though we already have the pins manufactured to wear on the uniforms. CH 4, sec 2, part 2: b. E2-E6 personnel wearing the male Service Uniform (SU) Khaki Rate specialty marks (e.g. caduceus,cross quills, ship’s helm, etc) are not authorized to be worn on the collar of the SU khaki shirt or khaki overblouse.
We are all requesting to have our honored identifier, our caduceus, back on all of our uniforms as it has been and should be.
Aditional comments listed below:
Does anyone else here not like the fact that we no longer wear the caduceus on either of the two new uniforms. I for one think this should be changed. Let’s get to chatting about this, because I’m intrested in seeing how many “Docs” feel the same way.

I dont know of any Corpsman that likes that fact. We are not average sailors we are Docs.

I just wonder how hard it would be to get the regs ammended?

Funny everyone should mention this but, just had a All Hands with Force Master Chief and this question was brought up. But like every thing else it’s all a politcal answer to the question, shame to say it but Navy has gone Corporate no longer a service of Traditions and Honor. Do you know who sits on the uniform board, a Civilian. The answer to this question is “We are Sailors First, MOS/NEC Later” What people see if the Rank not the Rate. All I can say is teach those before us the last bit of Naval Heritage and Traditions before you leave the Navy.

Funny thing about that Sailor first thing, though: We’re the only branch that separates uniforms based off of rank. If we’re going to distinguish between E6 and below and E7 and above, why can’t you put a caduceus on the collar?

The caduceus on the MARPAT uniform is for Geneva convention purposes, identifying us as Medical Personnel (officers have staff corps insignia for that) Army medics have left sleeve caduceus on their utility uniform. I suppose since Blue uniform is not designed for ground combat, that such a marking would be rendered unnecessary.

Expect docs wearing MARPAT to continue to wear caduceus.

I have no doubt that the rating badges will return. Someone is going to tell someone in the clinic, “Hey, go tell the Corpsman over there….” and find a waiting room full of shirts/marpat with not an identifier on the bunch. Or for that matter a bunch of Airdales in search of a “rigger”….And don’t tell me names tags are going to be the way they find you….

OK on the new navy NSU’s there are no rate badges for anyone corpsman are authorized to wear a cadeuces belt bucke thats it its pretty weak but not much anyone can do….

I bet it is money thing. every rate would want to be on the uniform, I want it on the uniform

I think they should allow it

I hate the situation at hand too..but were all just going to have to be semper gumby on it

I say we just wear them..who cares if we get in trouble. at least we are proud of being corpsman unlike other rating in the navy.

About a month ago the Force Master Chief was in Kuwait for the Hospital Corps Birthday and she held a Force Call. The issue of caduceus on the new uniforms is addressed with Big Navy every 90 days. Big Navy is hearing our cries, and the Force is directing them at the right people. She is working hard to make this happen for us!

We corpsmen are above the rest we should be allowed to have our caduses…i have it on every uniform but the new ones…when i wear the new ones ppl ask what my job is even when i am in the Clinic…though most of the time i am in my MARPARTs i wouldnt trade them for any other uniform…i prefer to be w/ my marines and have that collar device that sets me apart for the rest…

William I’ve been on two ships and spent 6 months at a combat outpost in Middle-of-nowhere, Afghanistan. At neither of these did I wear my caduceus(ships-dungarees & coveralls, COP- FROG suit). Strange thing happened, though, virtually everyone knew I was a corpsman. How do you think that happened? When you do your job and take care of your people, no matter where you’re stationed, they will know you’re a corpsman. You don’t need a caduceus shield for that.

I agree!!! This page should be sent to the Force Master Chief, as well as the CNO. All of our traditions are going to the wayside. These little things are adding up and it shows in our retention rate in the Navy. Now if they Prevent us from Wearing the FMF Uniform, I will drop my retirement papers. This is ridiculous. The Navy and USMC are steeped in tradition. This is what makes us such the fighting force we are. We need to get the Caduceus back on the uniform!!

I agree with your comment. Your performance will shine, and they will recognize you. But, what would the Marines say if they removed the blood stripe from the uniform. It is only realy a extra piece of Material? They could cut costs that way as well. This is where our two services differ. The USMC will not compromise on tradition.

Comment from DLIFLC Student
Time November 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm

My fellow shipmates (whom I’ve met throughout my short term in this fine Navy) and I believe that the Summer Whites should be brought back. My personal belief on the matter is that it was as if one ripped out a page of history. My father wore that uniform during his service and through it’s trial, it has become a symbol of the navy to the world.
When I walked into my recruiting office, I was surprised to see the NSU’s. Honestly, it felt like we were trying to mimic the look of the Marines when our “Johnny Cash’s” and Summer Whites knocked their uniforms out of the water.

The point I am trying to say is that we need to regain our status as “Best Among Equals.” I agree that an issue with the Summer Whites was that they were difficult to keep pristine, but all the more reason to keep them in the authorized list! When we show that, no only do we look sharper, but we can also KEEP it pristine! That is when the DEPpers will flood the Recruiting Offices. The message that that come across as is pure discipline and pride.

I propose that we get rid of the NSU’s and make our service uniforms the Summer Whites and the “Johnny Cash’s.” With the same regulations as when to wear them as the dress whites and dress blues (Summer Whites – Spring/Summer & Johnny Cash’s – All year)

Sincerely… from one of the proudest Sailor’s in the Navy,
SA John W. Snow III, CIDD Monterey

Comment from uss abraham lincoln sailer
Time November 17, 2010 at 6:59 am

Onboard the uss abraham lincoln, the CMC has put out that sailors will wear covers even though the ship is not anchored. She has put out that when sea and anchor detail is called the covers will be worn even though the ship is still underway because the shifting of colors has not been carried out. I was wondering if this was authorized as under normal times aboard naval vessels, covers are not worn until the shifting of colors, or during special ceremonies. If it is or is not authorized could you give a specific refrence/s that verify this

Comment from uss abraham lincoln sailor
Time November 17, 2010 at 7:03 am

is the wearing of a naval cover authorized while underway onboard a naval vessel, unless it is a special cermony, honors are being rendered, etc… I ask this because it has been put out onboard the lincoln that covers are to be worn even though the ship as not anchored. When we are near land the CMC has said that covers will be worn when the call for sea and anchor detail is put out. Normally, sailors are not to be covered until the shifting of colors is called. I was wondering if the wearing of colors was authorized before the call to shift colors, unless it is under special circumstances.

Comment from Eric Bengco
Time March 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Is the NWU Back Pack authorized for wear with civilian clothing? Because NAVADMIN 118/10 specify “THE MATCHING NWU PATTERN BACKPACK IS ONLY AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE NWU.”

Comment from Ekin
Time June 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

yes authorized for civilian wear the admin is just specifying that the only uniform it is authorized for is the NWU IE cant wear a cammo backpack with black and tans

Comment from RP
Time October 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Oh CORPSMAN…You would rather be called DOC then sailor? that’s crazy..remember you are in the Navy. There for you are a Sailor…You should know that not every HM is referred to as DOC. Only way you earn that title is if you are giving it by your marines..HMs are a special rate i tell ya…

V/R

RP2

Comment from bob635654
Time November 21, 2013 at 1:50 am

do i need to cut the jansport label off my plain black backpack?

Comment from Navy IDC
Time May 9, 2014 at 7:57 am

So, if I have a Navy water bottle seated in the water bottle holder on the outside of my backpack, is that considered “Personal Ornamentation” or is this an instruction to keep sailors from attaching random bits of “Flair” to the outside of their pack making them look unprofessional while in uniform?

Any help?

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