NAVY UNIFORM AND GROOMING POLICY UPDATE:
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SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM AND GROOMING POLICY UPDATE//
AMPN/REF A IS NAVPERS 15665J, U.S. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces an update to several uniform and grooming
policies. Navy uniform policy updates directly support Sailor 2025
objectives to attract and retain the very best Sailors by finding greater
flexibility in our policies and practices, including uniforms.
2. Navy Uniform Regulations apply to all Sailors equally, regardless of
their rank, grade, ethnicity, position held or community assigned. Any
difference between male and female grooming policies recognizes the
differences between the genders. Navy uniform policy updates are the result
of Fleet feedback, uniform working group discussions, command sponsored
requests and direction from Navy leadership.
3. The following uniform and grooming policy changes are effective as
a. Female Hosiery. Effective immediately, wearing hosiery with slacks
or skirts is optional vice mandatory for female Sailors when wearing pumps or
flats footwear. When hosiery is not worn, shoe liners or no-show socks are
required to be worn for hygienic purposes and to avoid abrasions or blisters
caused by direct contact and rubbing between the foot and shoe.
b. Female Officer/Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Summer White Uniform.
Effective immediately, the female officer/CPO summer white uniform belted
slacks are re-designated as a basic component of both summer white and
service dress white uniforms. This policy change facilitates use of the same
slacks for either uniform.
c. Female Officer/CPO Service Dress White Uniform. Effective
immediately, the beltless dress white slacks worn with the female officer/CPO
Service Dress white uniform is re-designated as an optional vice mandatory
component for purchase and wear.
d. Rank Insignia Worn on Rank Tabs. Effective 1 October 2022, all Navy
Service Members will wear the black cold weather parka (CWP) rank insignia on
all uniform components with rank tabs. Uniform components requiring the
black rank insignia in addition to the CWP include the Navy working uniform
(NWU) type II and III shirts and parkas, black fleece liner and brown fleece
liner. Matching pattern NWU type II/III rank insignia will only be worn on
the NWU type II/III during tactical training and operations as designated by
the applicable commanding officer.
e. Retired Male Sailor Uniform Grooming Standards. Effective
immediately, retired male Sailors are authorized to have facial hair
(beard) when wearing Navy uniforms during authorized ceremonial events.
Facial hair must be neatly groomed and be in keeping with a professional
f. NWU Type III Maternity Top. Redesign of the NWU type III maternity
top is in progress to include the ability to add shoulder patches to align
with the design of standard NWU shirt. The availability of the redesigned
maternity top will be announced in a future NAVADMIN.
4. Navy Uniform Regulations are continuously reviewed for policy
applicability, accuracy, clarity and comprehension. Feedback and
recommendations regarding uniform policy, uniform components and uniform
availability are welcomed and can be provided via MyNavy portal at
https://www.mnp.navy.mil/, select *Professional Resources*, *U.S. Navy
Uniforms* and *Ask The Chiefs.* Feedback can also be provided via the MyNavy
5. Questions regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to Mr.
Robert B. Carroll, Navy Uniform Matters and Emerging Issues Branch (OPNAV
N13X), email@example.com, ETCM(SW/AW/EXW) Richard Baumert,
Deputy Branch Head, firstname.lastname@example.org, or ETC(SW) Ryan P.
6. Retain this NAVADMIN until policy changes are incorporated in Navy
Uniform Regulations, superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first.
7. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//