1. POLICY. The purpose of this document is to provide The George Washington University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps with a single, simple document to address U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Uniform Regulations that Midshipmen will face on a daily basis within the battalion.
2. SELECTED INFORMATION. For this document, select information was taken directly from U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Uniform Regulations. For total information, you can refer to the complete uniform regulations at NAVPERS 15665I and MCO P1020.34G.
3. GENERAL GUIDANCE.
a. OVERVIEW. As per U.S Navy Uniform Regulations, “these regulations define the composition of authorized uniforms. Navy and Marine Corps uniforms are distinctive visual evidence of the authority and responsibility vested in their wearer by the United States.
b. UNIFORMS. Uniforms and components shall be worn as described in these regulations. Navy personnel must present a proud and professional appearance that will reflect positively on the individual, the Navy and the United States.
1. General. The cap/hat is an integral part of the uniform.
2. Outdoor Wear. Outdoors, personnel remain covered at all times unless ordered to uncover, or during religious services not associated with a military ceremony. Personnel remain covered during invocations or other religious military ceremonies such as changes of command, ships' commissionings and launchings, and military burials, etc.
3. Indoor Wear. Indoors, personnel shall remain uncovered at all times unless directed otherwise by higher authority for a special situation/event. Those service members in a duty status and wearing side arms or a pistol belt may only remove headgear indoors when entering dining, medical or FOD hazard areas or where religious services are being conducted.
4. Special Circumstances. A military cover may be removed when riding a bicycle on or off base. A safety helmet is recommended. Personnel may remove their cap or hat when traveling inside a private. A cover is mandatory when entering or within a military reservation, unless wearing the cap is impractical or hazardous.
c. ACTIONS IN UNIFORM. It is inappropriate and detracts from military smartness for personnel to have their hands in their pockets. Additionally, when walking from point to point while in uniform, it is inappropriate and detracts from military smartness for personnel to be smoking or using tobacco products or to be eating and/or drinking.
d. TRAVEL UNIFORM
1. For official travel, the Service Dress Blue or Summer White Uniform is authorized for commercial and military transit.
1. General. Commuting is defined as a direct route from place of residence to place of work by means of a private vehicle, to include all travel aboard DOD-owned/controlled aircraft.
2. Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I, II, and III Authorized Brief Stops.
a. NWU wear is authorized for commuting and all normal tasks and associated stops (e.g. stops at child care, gas stations, off-base shopping, banking, DMV, and dining) before, during and after the workday. NWUs are not a liberty uniform. Consumption of alcohol while off-base in NWUs is not permitted.
The area or regional commander may further restrict uniform policies within their geographical limits regarding the wear of NWUs. Within the National Capital Region (NCR) the NWU is authorized for wear at all locations with the exception of inside the pentagon building, national mall area bounded by capitol hill and surrounding senate and house offices, the white house and executive office building, state department and all monuments and memorials. Wear while metro, public transportation and slug lines outside the pentagon is authorized. NWU wear is authorized in office environments at headquarters staffs outside these NCR areas. NWU is authorized for all Navy recruiting command recruiters in the continental United States (CONUS), Hawaii and Guam (e.g. malls, schools, normal recruiting areas).
b. CONUS air travel in NWUs is authorized only on military and government contracted flights between military airfield installations. The NWUs are not authorized for wear during commercial travel (e.g. airlines, railways, or bus, etc.) but are authorized on commuter transportation (e.g. Metrorail, metro bus, commuter bus, VRE, ferries). While OCONUS, personnel who are deploying, executing permanent change of station orders, on rest and relaxation leave status to or from OCONUS area of responsibility (AOR) or transiting in an emergency leave status will travel in appropriate civilian attire.
c. When travelling in NWUs, it shall be clean and present a sharp military appearance. In all cases, at least one set of civilian attire is to be packed in a carry-on luggage for contingency situations. Travel in NWUs is not authorized on any commercial carrier for any reason other than stipulated in this article.
4. UNIFORM STANDARDS
a. STANDARD PHRASEOLOGY. When making official references to the uniforms, insignia, and grooming standards in any official publication, the terms set forth in these regulations shall be used.
i. Basic Uniform Components. Uniform items required as part of the basic uniform. These are the minimum items which must be worn unless the prescribing authority directs otherwise.
ii. Prescribable Items. Uniform items which may be directed or authorized for wear with the basic uniform. Prescribable items may be worn with basic uniform at the individual's discretion unless otherwise directed.
iii. Optional Items. Uniform items purchased at the wearer's expense, which may be worn with the basic uniform, but which are not prescribable. Optional items may be worn with the basic uniform at the individual's discretion unless otherwise directed.
iv. Conspicuous. Obvious to the eye, attracting attention, striking, bright in color. Should blend with (not stand out from) a professional appearance in uniform. What is conspicuous on one person may not be noticeable on another. If attention is naturally drawn to or distracted from the professional appearance, it is conspicuous.
v. Conservative. Not conspicuous or detracting from the professional appearance while in uniform.
vi. Faddish. A style followed for a short period of time with exaggerated zeal. Styles are enduring, fads are generally short in duration and frequently started by an individual or event in the civilian community. Fads are generally conspicuous and detract from a professional appearance.
vii. Compliments Skin Tone. A conservative color which contributes to the wearer's natural skin tone. Conservative colors are generally inconspicuous and do not detract from a professional appearance in uniform.
b. GENERAL INFORMATION. The primary consideration is to have a neatly groomed appearance while wearing naval uniforms. Grooming standards are based on several elements including neatness, cleanliness, safety, military image and appearance. The standards established here are not intended to be overly restrictive nor are they designed to isolate Navy personnel from society. The limits set forth are reasonable, enforceable, and insure that personal appearance contributes to a favorable military image. The difference between men's and women's grooming policies recognizes the difference between the sexes; sideburns for men, different hairstyles and cosmetics for women. Establishing identical grooming and personal appearance standards for men and women would not be in the Navy's best interest and is not a factor in the assurance of equal opportunity.
i. Image. United States Navy personnel must set and maintain the high standards of smartness in uniform appearance. The military image reflected by attention to detail, while wearing your uniforms, is a key element in the public image of the Navy.
ii. Cleanliness. Uniforms shall be kept scrupulously clean, with lace, devices and insignia bright and free from tarnish and corrosion.
1. Military Creases. Military creases on shirts are an individual option. Sewn‑in creases are not authorized. Military creases are formed by pressing two vertical creases in the front of the shirt, from the shoulder seam through the center of each pocket to the bottom of the shirt, and three evenly spaced vertical creases in the back of the shirt, from the yoke seam to the bottom of the shirt. Shirts which do not have a yoke seam across the back of the shirt as a reference point for placing three evenly spaced creases, start the outboard creases at the shoulder seam and the center crease at the seam where the collar is attached to the shirt, ending all at the bottom of the shirt.
2. Tailoring of Uniforms. Uniforms may be tailored to provide a well-fitting, professional military bearing. They shall not be altered to the extent of detracting from a military appearance, nor shall they be tailored to the point of presenting a tight form fit.
iii. Articles. NO ARTICLES SHALL PROTRUDE FROM OR BE VISIBLE ON THE UNIFORM, including such items as, pencils, pens, watch chains, key chain fobs, pins, jewelry, combs, large wallets, cigars, cigarettes, pipes, or similar items. Communication devices (e.g. cell phones, blackberries, pagers, etc.) are authorized for use and wear while in uniform (to include walking) in the manner prescribed
1. Communication devices shall be conservative in color and design and shall not distract from the appearance of the uniform.
(i) Only one communication device is authorized for wear and can only be worn on the belt of working and service uniforms aft of the elbow.
(ii) Wearing of communication devices on service dress uniforms is not authorized.
(iii) Communication devices will not be visible from the front and worn in such a manner as to not impede the normal wear and appearance of the uniform (e.g. sagging, bunching, bulging, protruding etc.).
(iv) Whenever there is a concern for operational security, the authorized use of communication devices shall be at the commanding officer's discretion.
(v) The use of portable communication devices shall not interfere with the rendering of military courtesies and honors nor violate local, state and federal laws.
(vi) When not being worn on the uniform and in use, communication devices will be placed at the side of the leg and in the appropriate hand when rendering salutes, greetings and other military courtesies/honors.
(vii) The use of an earpiece, blue tooth technology, headsets or hands-free device while in uniform indoors or outdoors is prohibited unless specifically authorized for the execution of official duties (e.g. NSW, security personnel, detailers, etc.).
2. BLUE TOOTH. The use of blue tooth technology, headsets and other hands-free devices are only allowed in uniform in a vehicle when authorized by local, state and federal law. Regional commanders may further restrict on base use of hands-free devices.
3. Civilian bags (e.g. computer bags/briefcases), this does not include women's handbags/purses, may be worn with the working and service uniforms as prescribed in the manner below:
(i) Backpacks may be worn over either the left shoulder or both shoulders while wearing service and working uniforms. Authorized colors of backpacks include black, navy blue, and the matching NWU Type I pattern. The matching NWU Type I pattern backpack is only authorized for wear with the NWU Type I's. No personal ornamentation shall be attached on or to the backpack.
(ii) Computer bag and brief case: may be worn across the left shoulder of service and working uniforms to facilitate saluting. When wearing a bag, the strap must be worn across the left shoulder (fore and aft) with the bag hanging on the same side of the body. The case or bag will not be worn with the strap and bag on the opposite sides of the body (diagonally).
(iii) All bags/brief cases worn with the uniform must conceal its contents and be either solid black or navy blue in color. There shall be no personal ornamentation attached on or to the bag/brief case.
(iv) While in dress uniform, civilian bags will be hand carried only.
(v) A seabag may be carried on the shoulders.
(i) Prescription Glasses. No eccentric or faddish glasses are permitted. Retainer straps are authorized for FOD prevention and safety only. If retainer straps are required, they shall be plain, black and worn snugly against the back of the head.
(ii) Sunglasses. Conservative sunglasses are permitted, except in military formations. Retainer straps are authorized for FOD prevention and safety only. If retainer straps are required, they shall be plain, black and worn snugly against the back of the head.
(iii) Contact Lenses. Tinted contact lenses must be a natural color (blue, green, brown, etc).
5. Undergarments. Appropriate undergarments shall be worn to preserve the dignity and appearance of the uniform.
5. GROOMING STANDARDS
a. PERSONAL APPEARANCE. Because it is impossible to provide examples of every appropriate or unacceptable hairstyle or of “conservative” or “eccentric” grooming and personal appearance, the good judgment of leaders at all levels is key to enforcement of Navy grooming policy. Therefore, hair/grooming/personal appearance while in uniform shall present a neat, professional appearance.
1. Men. Keep hair neat, clean and well groomed. Hair above the ears and around the neck shall be tapered from the lower natural hairline upwards at least 3/4 inch and outward not greater than 3/4 inch to blend with hairstyle. Hair on the back of the neck must not touch the collar. Hair shall be no longer than four inches and may not touch the ears, collar, extend below eyebrows when headgear is removed, show under front edge of headgear, or interfere with properly wearing military headgear. The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately two inches. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair protrudes from the scalp. Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual. Faddish styles and outrageous multicolored hair are not authorized. The unique quality and texture of curled, waved, and straight hair are recognized, and in some cases the 3/4 inch taper at the back of the neck may be difficult to attain. In those cases hair must present a graduated appearance and may combine the taper with a line at the back of the neck. One (cut, clipped or shaved) natural, narrow, fore and aft part is authorized. Varying hairstyles, including afro, are permitted if these styles meet the criteria of maximum length and bulk, tapered neck and sides, and do not interfere with properly wearing military headgear. Plaited or braided hair shall not be worn while in uniform or in a duty status. Keep sideburns neatly trimmed and tailored in the same manner as the haircut. Sideburns shall not extend below a point level with the middle of the ear, shall be of even width (not flared) and shall end with a clean shaven horizontal line.