April 2010 Navy Uniform NewsGram

By NUR - Last updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The New April Uniform NewsGram News Gram 2010 AprilRev.pdf


Filed in NewsGram • Tags:

NAVADMIN 116/10 – Special Uniform Situations for Sailors Serving with Army Units

By NUR - Last updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010


R 310158Z MAR 10

FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//

TO NAVADMIN
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//

REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/041911ZFEB10//

AMPN/REF A IS NAVADMIN 042/10, SPECIAL UNIFORM SITUATIONS FOR NAVY PERSONNEL ASSIGNED TO AND SERVING WITH AN ARMY UNIT//

NAVADMIN 116/10

MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/MAR//

SUBJ/SPECIAL UNIFORM SITUATIONS FOR NAVY PERSONNEL ASSIGNED TO AND SERVING WITH AN ARMY UNIT//

RMKS/1. THIS NAVADMIN CANCELS REF A AND PROVIDES UPDATED GUIDANCE REGARDING SPECIAL UNIFORM SITUATIONS FOR NAVY PERSONNEL ASSIGNED TO AND SERVING WITHARMY UNITS.

2. NAVY PERSONNEL WHO MEET THE CRITERIA OUTLINED IN NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS (NAVPERS 156651) CHAPTER SIX, SECTION SIX FOR AUTHORIZED WEAR OF THE ARMY COMBAT UNIFORM (ACU), SHALL DO SO IN ACCORDANCE WITH U.S. ARMY UNIFORM REGULATIONS AND THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE: Read the rest of this entry »

Filed in NAVADMIN • Tags: , , ,

NAVADMIN 118/10 – Uniform Board Update

By NUR - Last updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010


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.

Additional NAVADMIN's can be found at the NAVADMIN Library
Filed in NAVADMIN, Uniform Board Update • Tags: , , , , , ,

Navy Working Uniform Offical Wear Guide

By NUR - Last updated: Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Navy Working Uniform Official Wear Guide (pdf)

Filed in Regulations

Uniform Distribution Map

By NUR - Last updated: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Download the Navy Working Uniform Distribution Map

NEXCOMRegionalUniformDistroMap.pdf

Filed in Posters • Tags: ,

Navy Uniform Posters

By NUR - Last updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Navy Uniform Posters Are now Available for Download!

Male In New Navy Service Uniform Poster — .pdf

Female in New Navy Service Uniform Poster — .pdf

Navy Working Uniform of Female for E-6 and Below — .pdf

Navy Working Uniform of Male for E-6 and Below — . pdf

Correct Wearing of Collar Device Poster — .pdf

Filed in Posters • Tags:

NAVADMIN 020/10 – Service Dress Khaki

By NUR - Last updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2010


R 191542Z JAN 10

FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//

TO NAVADMIN

INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//

NAVADMIN 020/10

MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/JAN//

SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM UPDATE – SERVICE DRESS KHAKI//

RMKS/1. THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES THE APPROVAL FOR FINAL DEVELOPMENT OF SERVICE DRESS KHAKI (SDK) AS AN OPTIONAL UNIFORM, AND PROVIDES INITIAL DETAILS OF OCCASION FOR WEAR POLICY.

2. SDK WEAR TEST BEGAN IN APRIL 2008 AND COMPLETED IN OCTOBER 2009. 125 SAILORS PARTICIPATED IN THE WEAR TEST IN SIX GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS. TWO WEAR TEST DESIGNS WERE EVALUATED. THE FIRST, A TRADITIONAL DESIGN, WAS BASED ON THE ORIGINAL SDK UNIFORM DISESTABLISHED IN 1975. THE SECOND, A CONTEMPORARY DESIGN, INCORPORATED MORE UPDATED DESIGN FEATURES SUCH AS AN UNBELTED WAIST AND PEAKED LAPELS. BASED ON FEEDBACK PROVIDED IN WRITTEN SURVEYS AND FOCUS GROUPS, THE CLEAR PREFERENCE OF WEAR TEST PARTICIPANTS WAS THE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN UNIFORM. THE PARTICIPANTS PROVIDED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER SDK UNIFORM COMPONENT MODIFICATIONS. NEXCOM WILL PURSUE A 75/25 POLY/WOOL FABRIC BLEND JACKET, SUCH THAT IT MAY BE WORN WITH THE EXISTING SERVICE KHAKI PANTS OR SKIRT.

3. WE ANTICIPATE THE UNIFORM WILL BE AVAILABLE BY FY 2012. SDK WILL BE FOR OPTIONAL WEAR BY E7 THROUGH O10 IN LIEU OF SUMMER WHITE AND SERVICE KHAKI DURING PERIODS WHEN SUMMER UNIFORMS ARE PRESCRIBED, AND  DURING SITUATIONS WHERE WEARING A TIE IS APPROPRIATE, SUCH AS AN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT. AS SUCH, IT WILL SERVE AS AN OPTIONAL CONFIGURATION OF SERVICE KHAKI (LONG SLEEVE SHIRT AND TIE, WITH OR WITHOUT JACKET). DETAILED REGULATIONS FOR WEAR WILL BE PROMULGATED AT A LATER DATE, CONSISTENT WITH ART 1201 OF REF A.

4. NEXCOM ANTICIPATES A PERIOD OF 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE DEVELOPMENT OF SDK AND MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. ONCE AVAILABLE, SDK WILL BE SOLD VIA SPECIAL ORDER FROM NAVY EXCHANGE  SERVICE COMMAND (NEXCOM) UNIFORM CENTERS. BECAUSE IT WILL BE AN OPTIONAL UNIFORM, THE COST TO OWN WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND NO UNIFORM ALLOWANCE WILL BE PROVIDED.

5. DURING FINAL DEVELOPMENT, A SMALL SDK WEAR TEST WILL BE ESTABLISHED TO HELP EVALUATE THE FINAL UNIFORM COMPONENTS. FINAL COST INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THIS TEST.

6. FILE THIS NAVADMIN UNTIL CHANGES ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE QUARTERLY BUPERS DIRECTIVE CD-ROM CHANGE CONTAINING REF A. IN THE INTERIM, FOR MORE INFORMATION ON UNIFORMS AND UNIFORM POLICY, VISIT THE NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS WEBSITE HTTP://WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL/COMMANDSUPPORT/USNAVYUNIFORMS/.

7. POINTS OF CONTACT:
- HEAD, NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS OFFICE: MR. ROBERT B. CARROLL AT
(703) 614-5076/DSN 224 OR EMAIL AT ROBERT.B.CARROLL(AT)NAVY.MIL.
- ASSISTANT HEAD, NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS OFFICE: CMDCM(SW) JERRY FEATHERSTONE AT (703) 614-5075 OR EMAIL AT JERRY.FEATHERSTONE(AT)NAVY.MIL.
- NEXCOM: MR. GENE GONZALEZ (757) 631-4125 OR EMAIL AT EUGENE_GONZALEZ(AT)NEXWEB.ORG.

8. RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//
BT

Filed in NAVADMIN, Uniform Board Update • Tags: ,

NAVADMIN 015/10 – Non-Regulation NWU T-Shirts

By NUR - Last updated: Friday, January 15, 2010


152122Z JAN 10
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
TO NAVADMIN

NAVADMIN 015/10

MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/JAN//

SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM UPDATE//

RMKS/1. THIS NAVADMIN PROVIDES NOTIFICATION TO THE FLEET OF THE MARKETING OF A NON-REGULATION UNIFORM COMPONENT FOR THE NAVY WORKING UNIFORM (NWU) BY NEXCOM UNIFORM CENTERS.

2. NAVY EXCHANGE COMMAND (NEXCOM) UNIFORM CENTERS HAVE BEEN MARKETING A 50/50 COTTON/POLYESTER VERSION OF THE BLUE T-SHIRT FOR THE NWU (IDENTIFIED BY ?SOFFE? IN RED LETTERS ON COLLAR LABEL). REF A PROVIDED THE INITIAL DESCRIPTION OF THE NWU UNIFORM COMPONENTS AND REB B STATES THAT ONLY THOSE FABRICS WHICH ARE APPROVED BY THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED FOR MANUFACTURE. ADDITIONALLY REF B LISTS THE COTTON VERSION AS THE ONLY AUTHORIZED MATERIAL FOR THE NWU BLUE T-SHIRT.

3. THE 50/50 COTTON/POLYESTER VERSION OF THE BLUE T-SHIRT IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE NWU AND NEXCOM HAS CEASED MARKETING THIS VERSION IN ITS UNIFORM CENTERS. UNWORN 50/50 VERSION T-SHIRTS CAN BE RETURNED TO NEXCOM UNIFORM CENTERS FOR A REFUND (WITH RECEIPT) OR FOR STORE CREDIT (WITHOUT RECEIPT). ALTHOUGH NOT AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR, SAILORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RETAIN (BUT NOT WEAR) THE 50/50 VERSION AND AWAIT THE OUTCOME OF A STUDY TO DETERMINE IF IT IS SUITABLE FOR WEAR IN ALL/ANY ENVIRONMENTS.

4. FILE THIS NAVADMIN UNTIL CHANGES ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE QUARTERLY BUPERS DIRECTIVE CD-ROM CHANGE CONTAINING REF B. IN THE INTERIM, FOR MORE INFORMATION ON UNIFORMS AND UNIFORMS POLICY, VISIT THE NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS WEBSITE HTTP://WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL/COMMANDSUPPORT/USNAVYUNIFORMS/.

5. POINTS OF CONTACT:
- HEAD, NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS OFFICE: MR. ROBERT B. CARROLL, AT (703) 614-5076/DSN 224 OR EMAIL AT ROBERT.B.CARROLL(AT)NAVY.MIL.
- ASSISTANT HEAD, NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS OFFICE: CMDCM(SW) JERRY FEATHERSTONE, AT (703) 614-5075 OR EMAIL AT JERRY.FEATHERSTONE(AT)NAVY.MIL.
- NEXCOM: MR. GENE GONZALEZ, (757) 631-4125 OR EMAIL AT EUGENE_GONZALEZ(AT)NEXWEB.ORG.

6. RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//
BT
#0000

Filed in NAVADMIN, Uniform Board Update • Tags: , , ,

Two New Navy Uniforms Announced

By NUR - Last updated: Friday, January 8, 2010

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Two new Navy Working Uniforms (NWU) will hit the fleet in fiscal year 2011.

The first, NWU Type II, a desert digital camouflage uniform of four colors with the anchor, Constitution and eagle (ACE) logo embedded in the print, will be worn by special warfare operators and Sailors who support them during deployment and deployment training exercises.

“The desert camouflage uniform is not going away,” said Capt. Vince Drouillard, branch head within Navy’s personnel, plans and policy division. “Sailors, other than Navy special warfare operators and supporting Sailors, will continue to wear the current tricolor desert camouflage utility uniform in desert environments when issued by authorizing commands.”

The second, NWU Type III, is a woodland digital camouflage uniform which also has four colors and the ACE logo embedded in the print. It will be the standard camouflage uniform worn in non-desert environments and stateside.

Both uniforms, announced in NAVADMIN 374/09, are organizational clothing provided to Sailors by commands authorized to issue them.

The unisex uniforms will begin conformance testing to validate design, fit and wear later in fiscal year 2010. Fleet implementation is expected to begin in late 2011 with deploying combat and direct command support commands and units receiving priority in the distribution process.

Both new uniforms have an authorized matching pattern Gortex parka with a removable fleece liner. Sailors can get complete information on the new NWU Type II and Type III uniforms in NAVADMIN 374/09 available at www.npc.navy.mil.

For more information on Navy uniforms visit http://www.npc.navy.mil/commandsupport/usnavyuniforms/.

Filed in Uncategorized • Tags: ,

December 2009 Uniform NewsGRAM

By NUR - Last updated: Monday, December 21, 2009

Navy Uniform NewsGRAM for December 2009   Newsgram Dec Rev 2009.pdf

Filed in NewsGram • Tags:

Service Uniform FAQs

By NUR - Last updated: Monday, December 21, 2009

One of the four main objectives in the Task Force Uniform (TFU) charter, which was signed out
by the Vice Chief of Naval Operations in February 2003, was to develop a service uniform for
year-round wear for E-6 and below. The more than 40,000 Sailors who took part in the
fleetwide survey told us that their seabag was too cluttered, the current service uniforms were
too difficult to maintain, and there was a strong desire for a year-round uniform.

When will we see this new uniform implemented?
After the completion of the approximately six-month wear test beginning this winter, the data
will be collected from the fleetwide survey, and results and recommendations will be brought to
the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). If a decision to change is made by CNO, the goal will be
to begin phasing in the new uniform for Sailors in the fleet within 18-24 months from that point.

If these new uniforms were chosen, would we be required to immediately replace
our old uniforms?
No. There would be an implementation phase so that Sailors could use their yearly uniform
allowance to replace their old uniforms. Our expectations would be for current uniforms to live
out their intended wear-life before being replaced with a new service uniform.

Why these colors?
We wanted to choose colors that would be distinguishable to our naval service, to give our
Sailors a recognizable uniform apart from other services. The colors we chose were bluish
gray and khaki. By using colors that are traditional Navy colors, we continue to uphold our
naval heritage, while giving our Sailors a uniform that is much more practical for our working
environment.
Are we trying to look like Marines?
While trying to find a functional year-round service uniform for Sailors E-6 and below, our
intent was not to try and make us look like any of the other services. However, the concept we
are testing is in line with other services (i.e., a non-vertical match (tops and bottoms are
different colors).

What about maintenance/care of these uniforms?
Included in the wear test will be uniforms with fabrics that are “dry clean only,” as well as “wash
and wear.” Feedback from the fleet will be required on which style fabric they believe holds up
best under average maintenance, which is most cost effective, and what offers the best
appearance for their working environment. The fabrics for the shirts being tested will be made
of different blends of poly/wool. One is a lighter blend (wash and wear), the other a little
heavier (dry clean only).

What about the wear test survey?
Sailors will be asked for their opinions of the concept uniforms approximately 45-60 days after
the wear test begins this winter. This survey will be available electronically, and all Sailors will
be allowed to participate, regardless if they have worn or seen the actual concept uniforms
firsthand.

Task Force Uniform will take into account feedback from our Sailors to help design the best
possible uniforms for the present and future needs of our Navy. The manner of wear issues will
be developed and evaluated throughout the wear test process. All of the wear policies are yet
to be determined, and some will be driven by the outcome of the wear test.

What about those of us who work in cooler environments? Will we be in short
sleeves all year?
The concept uniforms are short-sleeved uniforms. Because the type of work done in a service
uniform is typically in a climate-controlled environment, there is not as much of a need for a
long-sleeve uniform. However, the Navy is also wear testing a jacket to be worn with the
service uniform, and there is also an optional sweater currently in the seabag that can be worn
if necessary. This is consistent with the manner of wear currently used for E-7 and above in
service khakis in all climates.

Will we still have tropical uniforms for those of us in the warmer climates?
Tropical uniforms will be phased out if one of the service uniform concepts are chosen.
Because the type of work done in a service uniform is typically in a climate-controlled
environment, there is no longer a need for a tropical uniform.

Will a tie be an optional component to the new service uniform?
Not at this time. E-7 and above service uniforms are subject to review in the next Phase of
Task Force Uniform. Before we decide to extend the components of the E-6 and below service
uniforms, we want to determine what the E-7 and above will be wearing. TFU is trying to
eliminate the number of disparate uniform component requirements between E-6 and below,
and E-7 and above.

Will ribbons be optional, similar to the winter working blue?
No, not at this time. We will be developing the final wear-test requirements throughout the wear
test, and once the final decision has been made. Navy service uniforms are all currently worn
with ribbons. Within the scope of the wear test, there may be a limited test where the uniforms
are worn without ribbons.

Why is the Navy testing only one trouser color?
The navy blue trouser was not identified as an issue by the fleet in the last uniform survey. In
fact, a darker trouser was said to be more functional and practical. So we went with what we
have in our uniform inventory, but upgraded the quality of the material to be equal to E-7 and
above trousers/slacks.

Will the white hat be authorized to wear with it? What will be the required cover for
the new service uniforms?
No, the white hat is not authorized to be worn with this uniform. The required cover will be the
black garrison cap for males, and the black garrison cap or beret for females. It’s a matter of
practicality.

How will the new concept uniforms be affected by the recent uniform changes with
purses, cell phones, backpacks, etc.?
The concept uniforms were designed to include the recent changes. Purses will still be
required to match the shoe color, official cell phones may still be worn (provided the uniform
has a belt), and backpacks will still be required to be black or dark blue in color.

Why would we want to take the rating badge off the service uniform?
According to data taken from the survey results, Sailors from the fleet said it would be more
cost effective to replace the rating badge with a collar device that could be taken on and off a
uniform, and easily updated upon promotion. During the wear-test, we will attempt to gather
more data to determine which of the two options Sailors prefer and which works the best to
meet the needs of our Sailors.

Why doesn’t the rating badge on the concept uniforms have a specialty mark?
Because of the diverse cross section of the Sailors who will be wear testing the concept
uniforms, it was not cost effective for the Navy to develop a test uniform rating badge
containing a specialty mark for every rating in the Navy. If the wear-test determines that the
new service uniforms will feature a rating badge, the future uniforms will contain specialty
marks for every rating.

Will female CPOs have the opportunity to wear the khaki overblouse?
Currently, the wear test is only for E-6 and below. However, because of the repeated request
by E-7 and above to participate in the service uniform wear test, there is discussion of a
possible wear test of the khaki female overblouse in a future phase of Task Force Uniform.

Filed in FAQs • Tags: ,

Navy Working Uniform FAQ’s

By NUR - Last updated: Monday, December 21, 2009

What is the plan for wear-testing the Navy Working Uniform concept?
The fleet-wide wear test, currently underway, will be conducted at commands around the world,
and across the spectrum of different platforms.  Approximately 60 participants, both male and
female, officer and enlisted, will wear-test these concept uniforms at commands/locations:

When will we see this new uniform implemented in the fleet?
After the completion of the six-month wear test, the data will be collected from the fleet-wide
survey, and results and recommendations will be brought to the CNO.  The final decision on
the Navy Working Uniform will be made by CNO, and if a final version is approved, the goal will
be to phase in the new uniform to Sailors in the fleet within 18-24 months from that point.

Why these colors?
By using colors that are traditional Navy colors, we continue to uphold our naval heritage, while
giving our Sailors a uniform that is much more practical for our working environment.

Why the ‘camouflage’ pattern?
The concept uniforms are not intended to be ‘camouflage’ uniforms as is the case with similarly
patterned uniforms of the other services.  We have no need for camouflage.  However, by
learning from our past working uniforms as well as the uniforms from other services, the Navy
realized that a solid cover uniform shows heavy wear areas much more predominantly than a
multicolored pattern.

The solid color uniforms also show wrinkles in the fabric more predominantly and often a small
stain or spot of paint renders a solid colored uniform not wearable.  A multicolored uniform
alleviates those problems as well.

The wear test will offer a chance to evaluate a traditional woodland pattern and a modern
digital pattern for the working uniform.

What about Sailors who operate in tactical environments, such as Seabees, SEALS?
The NWU concept is designed to be a working uniform, not a tactical uniform.   When Sailors
are working in tactical environments, such as the desert, or in the field, they will still be outfitted
with the appropriate tactical uniforms.  Part of the working uniform will include a Gore-Tex
parka as well as a turtleneck sweater to protect against adverse weather conditions.

Will Sailors be allowed to wear this uniform off base?
Yes. This uniform is being designed to be authorized for wear off base while commuting to and
from work, but not on liberty.

What about maintenance/care of these uniforms?
These year-round uniforms are intended to be wash-and-wear.  Future Navy ships are being
built without dry cleaning facilities; Sailors did not like the idea of putting an iron to a uniform in
which they are going to be doing heavy work.

By being able to take a uniform straight from the dryer and put up on the hanger for daily wear
is much more practical and appeasing to both Sailors’ busy schedule and pocketbook.

In addition, the camouflage pattern will permit mending of small rips in uniform fabric, saving
Sailors considerably in replacement costs.

What about shipboard fire safety?  Or visibility and floatation in case of a Sailor
falling overboard?
No current Navy uniform in the seabag was developed purposefully to fight a shipboard fire or
to enhance visibility or floatation in the water.  Every Navy ship is equipped with Fire Fighting
Ensemble (FFE) and necessary personal protective equipment to combat shipboard fires, as
well as floatation gear with flares and dyes for those purposes.

Navy uniforms are required to meet specific fire retardant standards, and these NWU concepts
also meet those requirements.

The uniforms were developed keeping in mind that our Sailors must have a uniform that, if
necessary, can help resist a certain degree of intense heat without causing injury.

What about the wear test survey?
Sailors will be asked for their opinions of the concept uniforms approximately 60 days after the
wear test begins.  This survey will be available electronically; all Sailors will be allowed to
participate regardless if they have worn or seen the actual concept uniforms first-hand.

Task Force Uniform will take into account feedback from our Sailors to help design the best
possible uniforms for the present and future needs of our Navy.

Throughout the process, the feedback Task Force Uniform receives from Sailors will influence
working uniform wear policies, most of which will driven by the outcome of the wear test.

Can I wear my command ball cap?
Command ballcaps have already been wear tested in the fleet, so they will not need to be
included in this wear test. During the wear test, only two covers will be tested, the round cover
and the eight-point cover, both in the digital and woodland patterns.  No current uniform
covers will be worn in the wear test.   The wear of command ballcaps will be addressed when
the final wear policies are decided.

How will the wear policy for these uniforms be decided?
The wear policy will be developed through convention and wear test, and will not be finalized
until all of the feedback and data have been fully evaluated.

Filed in FAQs • Tags: ,

November 2009 Navy Uniform NewsGRAM

By NUR - Last updated: Saturday, November 21, 2009

November 2009 Navy Uniform NewsGRAM  NewsgramNov2009.pdf

Filed in NewsGram • Tags:

CNO Approves the Navy PT Uniform

By NUR - Last updated: Sunday, June 22, 2008

CNO approves PT Uniform

Filed in Uncategorized • Tags: ,

Guidelines For Wearing the New PT Uniform

By NUR - Last updated: Sunday, June 22, 2008

Navy News Stand Guidelines for the PT Uniform

Filed in Regulations • Tags: ,