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SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM POLICY AND UNIFORM INITIATIVE UPDATE//
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 163/18, NAVY UNIFORM POLICY AND UNIFORM INITIATIVE
UPDATE. REF B IS NAVPERS 15665I, U.S. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces updates to Navy uniform policies and
provides a status update on several Navy uniform initiatives.
Uniform policy updates include post-tour command insignia occasion and manner
of wear, coyote brown ball cap occasion for wear, utility uniform t-shirt
manner of wear, male and female grooming standards, and wear of U.S. Marine
Corps uniforms by Sailors. Additionally, this NAVADMIN provides updates on
current uniform initiatives to include the improved female officer and CPO
slacks and skirts, the I Boot 4, the Navy Uniform Application and the start-
up of a new uniform policy working group open to Fleet participation.
2. Navy Uniform Policy Update
a. Post-Tour Command at Sea and Command Ashore/Project Manager Insignia.
Effective immediately, optional simultaneous wear of post-tour command at sea
and command ashore/project manager insignia is authorized when wearing Navy
Working Uniform (NWU) (Type I/II/III), service uniforms (Service Khaki and
Summer White) and Service Dress Uniforms (SDB and SDW with ribbons). When
worn simultaneously, placement of the insignia on the uniform will be 1/4 of
an inch beneath the lower row of ribbons, secondary warfare device or service
tape (as applicable) and centered on the pocket or pocket flap as follows:
(1) Command at sea insignia will be placed inboard toward the center
of the chest denoting primary placement.
(2) Command ashore/project manager insignia will be placed outboard
of the command at sea insignia of the wearer, with 1 inch of spacing between
the two insignias.
b. Coyote Brown Ball Cap. Effective immediately, by commanding officer
discretion, authorized optional wear of the Coyote Brown Ball Cap is extended
to Navy coveralls and Navy flight suits.
c. Working/Utility Uniform T-shirts. Effective immediately, by
commanding officer discretion, command logos are authorized on t-shirts worn
with all working/utility uniforms (NWU Type I/II/III, navy coveralls, and
flight suits). Command logos may be applied via heat transfer, silk screen
or embroidery to one-hundred percent cotton t-shirts that are either navy
blue, coyote brown or black in color (as authorized with each uniform).
Logos may be worn on the front and back of t-shirts that are in good taste,
enhance unit esprit de corps and reflect well upon the Navy and the unit they
represent. Logo placement is as follows:
(1) The front logo will be placed on the left side of the wearer
above the breast and will be no larger than 3 inches in height and width.
(2) The logo placed on the back of the t-shirt will be centered and
may encompass the entire back.
(3) Logo colors will be conservative, non-reflective and will not be
visible when worn with the uniform shirt, coveralls or flight suit.
(4) When worn with uniform trousers only, the t-shirt will remain
(5) T-shirts worn with working/utility uniforms with command logos
are authorized for wear as civilian clothing by commanding officer
d. Grooming Standards. The following grooming standard changes provide
policy update and clarity regarding lock hairstyles, rings, bracelets and
fingernails, and is effective immediately:
(1) Lock Hairstyle. Locks may be loose (free-hanging
where no hair is added to the lock once it is started other than hair
extensions that are attached to natural hair). When worn loose, locks will
be spaced no more than 3/8 of an inch apart, diameter/width will not exceed
3/8 of an inch and locks will be tightly interlaced to present a neat and
professional military appearance. Locks may also be worn in a bun provided
all hair grooming requirements are met. Faux locks are authorized provided
the hairstyle worn is in compliance with female hair grooming requirements.
Locks may not be worn in combination with other hair styles (e.g., twists,
(2) Rings. While in uniform, rings shall be conservative and in
good taste. Eccentric or faddish rings are not authorized.
Rings may consist of natural metals or fabricated materials (i.e., plastic,
wood, silicone) and may be gold, silver, copper, grey, tan, brown, black,
white or light pink in color. Only one ring per hand is authorized, plus a
wedding/engagement ring set. Double stacking wedding rings with military
academy/educational institution rings is authorized on one hand. Rings shall
not present a safety or foreign object damage (FOD) hazard. Thumb rings are
(3) Bracelets. While in uniform, bracelets shall be conservative
and in good taste. Eccentric or faddish bracelets are not authorized.
Bracelets may consist of natural metals or fabricated materials (i.e.,
plastic, wood, silicone) and may be gold, silver, copper, grey, tan, brown,
black, white or light pink in color. Only one bracelet may be worn. Ankle
bracelets in uniform are not authorized. Bracelets shall not present a
safety or FOD hazard.
(4) Fingernails. Fingernails for women shall not exceed 1/4 inch
measured from the fingertip and shall be kept clean. The tips of the nails
may be round, almond/oval or square in shape. Nail polish may be worn, but
colors shall be conservative and inconspicuous. White, black, red, yellow,
orange, green, purple, grey, glitter, striped or any sort of
pattern/decorative nail polish is not authorized. French and American
manicures (white and off- white tips with neutral base color only) are
Fingernails for men shall not extend past fingertips and shall be kept clean.
The tips of the nails may be round to align with the contour of the
fingertip. Buffed nails or clear coat nail polish is authorized. Colored
nail polish is not authorized for men.
e. Sailors wearing U.S. Marine Corps Uniforms. Effective immediately,
Sailors assigned to U.S. Marine Corps units who wear the Marine Corps uniform
will abide by Marine Corps grooming standards.
3. Navy Uniform Initiatives Update
a. Officer and CPO Female Slacks and Skirts. As previously announced in
reference (a), the testing and evaluation of an improved design skirt and
slacks for female officers and CPOs was conducted in Washington, DC. The
conclusion of the testing was successful and confirmed the specifications for
an improved design of the lower waist and reduced rise service uniform slacks
and straight line service uniform skirt. Certification of these new
components are complete and availability for purchase at designated Fleet
concentration uniform centers is targeted for the end of calendar year 2018.
Future announcements and advertisements will be provided by your local NEX
when details are available.
b. I Boot 4. The improved general safety boot (I Boot 4) with enhanced
comfort and durability features will be available for purchase in October
2018. The I Boot 4 development was influenced by Sailor feedback and will
include a padded foam collar, moisture wicking full interior liner, enhanced
durability and a weather compatible slip resistant outsole. The I Boot 4
will be sold at Norfolk, VA, San Diego, CA, Jacksonville, FL, Yokosuka,
Japan, Pearl Harbor, HI, Newport, RI, and Great Lakes, IL Student Store
Uniform Centers and the Uniform Call Center upon availability. Future
announcements and advertisements will be provided by your local NEX when
further details are available.
c. Navy Uniform Application (Uniform App). Thanks to many of you in the
Fleet, the Uniform App was the number one Navy app for hits and downloads for
iOS and Android devices in July and August.
More improvements are planned to make the app even better. Provide your
recommendations on how to improve the Uniform App by emailing *Ask The
Chiefs* at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. The Navy Uniform Matters Office established a uniform policy working
group to provide a forum for direct Fleet feedback. Navy uniform policy
updates are a result of a combination of policy review and analysis, direct
feedback from Sailors in the Fleet, uniform policy working groups and
direction by senior Navy leadership. Promulgation of uniform policy is via
Feedback and recommendations continue to be welcome via the *Ask The
Chiefs* email at email@example.com on the Navy Uniform Matters Office
Website on the Navy Personnel Command web page www.npc.navy.mil, or the
Uniform App. Commands that are interested in having an assigned member of
their crew participate in a future uniform policy working groups may submit a
command endorsed request with the name, rank/rate, and availability of the
Sailor to *Ask The
Chiefs* via firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Questions and comments regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to the
Navy Uniform Matters Office, OPNAV N13X, via email to Mr. Robert B. Carroll,
Head of Navy Uniform Matters Office, at email@example.com,
LSCM(AW/EXW/SW) Judith P. Nelson- Williams, Deputy Head of Navy Uniform
Matters Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org, LSCS(EXW) Michael L. Harvie,
Reserve Component Specialist at email@example.com or PS1(SW/AW)
Batricia B. Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Retain this NAVADMIN until policy changes are incorporated in reference
(b), superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first.
7. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//