U. S. Navy Uniform Regulations Summary of Changes



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U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations
Summary of Changes (December 2017)


This Summary of Changes provides a brief description of changes made to Navy Uniform Regulations (NAVPERS 15665I) since the last update of 07 July 2017.  The changes identified in this summary reflect the approved uniform policy changes announced in NAVADMINs 214/17, 236/16, and the correction of noted policy discrepancies found within NAVPERS 15665I. For specific details of changes, please refer to the noted chapters, sections and articles below.

TABLE OF CONTENTS



  1. Chapter 2, Grooming Standards, Section 1, General Information, Smartness, Article 2101.3.(2)(a)


Removed:
“(a) 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.”
Added:
“(a) 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, Type II and Type III pattern.  The matching NWU pattern backpacks are only authorized for wear with the applicable NWU Type I, II or III uniform.  No personal ornamentation shall be attached on or to the backpack.”



  1. Chapter 3, Uniform Components, Section 5, Description and Wear of Uniform Components, Jumper, Blue Dress (E6 and below), Article 3501.32


Removed:
Description 

Made of dark blue 100% wool serge, loose fitting, open at the neck and with a square sailor collar.  Jumper has a front and back yoke with one welt style pocket outside on the left front.  Bottom is finished with a turn-up hem and covers all but the lowest button on each side of broadfall trousers.  Collar is trimmed with three stripes of white tape, each 3/16 inch wide and 3/16 inch apart with outer stripe 1/4 inch from collar edge.  Sleeves have two button cuffs, trimmed with three stripes of white tape, each stripe 3/16 inch wide and 3/16 inch apart, cen­tered horizontally on the cuff and blocked off each end by a perpendicular white stripe 3/16 inch wide, connecting the ends of the horizontal stripes. 

Distance from outer edge of perpendicular stripe cuff's open end is approximately 1-3/8 inches.  Buttons are 25-line, black, with anchors.
Correct Wear

Wear jumpers hanging straight at the sides, fitting comfortably across the shoulders without binding the armholes, and covering all but the lowest button on each side of the broadfall trousers.  Sleeves are bloused so the bottom edge of the buttoned cuff covers the wrist bone when the elbow is bent across the front of the body.  When wearing an outergarment, the jumper collar is inside the garment.  An inverted sleeve crease extends down the arm at the inside and outside edges.  The body of the jumper has an outward crease in the front, inverted crease in the back, and the collar has three, evenly spaced outward vertical creases.  When fitting the jumper to the individual, the unbuttoned cuff's edge shall reach the knuckles at the base of the fingers with hands handing naturally at sides.




Ownership Markings

Turn the Jumper inside out, front down, collar out facing away from you.  Using contrasting color ink, center surname, first and middle initial (if applicable) left to right and 1/4 inch below the collar seam.”


Added:
Description 

Made of dark blue 100% wool serge, loose fitting, open at the neck and with a square sailor collar.  The jumper has a front and back yoke with one welt style pocket outside on the left front and a side zipper on the left for improved ease in donning and doffing. The bottom of the jumper is finished with a turn-up hem and when worn covers all but the lowest button on each side of the broadfall trouser/Slacks.  The collar has two stars on the jumper flap and is trimmed with three white piping, each 3/16 inch wide and 3/16 inch apart with outer piping 1/4 inch from collar edge.  Sleeves have two navy blue button fasteners on cuffs, trimmed with three piping of white tape, each piping 3/16 inch wide and 3/16 inch apart, centered horizontally on the cuff and blocked off each end by a perpendicular white stripe 3/16 inch wide, connecting the ends of the horizontal piping. 


Distance from outer edge of perpendicular stripe cuff's open end is approximately 1-3/8 inches.  Buttons are 25-line, black, with anchors.
Correct Wear

Wear jumpers hanging straight at the sides, fitting comfortably across the shoulders without binding the armholes, and covering all but the lowest button on each side of the broadfall trousers.  Sleeves are bloused so the bottom edge of the buttoned cuff covers the wrist bone when the elbow is bent across the front of the body.  When wearing an outergarment, the jumper collar is inside the garment.  An inverted sleeve crease extends down the arm at the inside and outside edges.  The body of the jumper has an outward crease in the front, inverted crease in the back, and the collar has three, evenly spaced outward vertical creases.  When fitting the jumper to the individual, the unbuttoned cuff's edge shall reach the knuckles at the base of the fingers with hands hanging naturally at sides.


Ownership Markings

Turn the Jumper inside out, front down, collar out facing away from you.  Using contrasting color ink, center surname, first and middle initial (if applicable) left to right and 1/4 inch below the collar seam.”





  1. Chapter 3, Uniform Components, Section 5, Description and Wear of Uniform Components, Jumper, White Dress (E6 and below), Article 3501.33


Removed:
Description  

Made of white 100% polyester, (Certified Navy Twill) fabric, with square, plain sailor collar, an open neck, and sleeves cut square at cuff openings.  Jumper should hang straight.  Made with one welt pocket on left front and one dummy closed welt pocket on right front, which has inside swing pocket and button flap closure.




Correct Wear 

Wear fitting comfortably across the shoulders and bust without binding at armholes. An inverted sleeve crease extends down the arm at inside and outside edges.  Body of the jumper has an outward crease in the front, inverted crease in the back, and the collar has three, evenly spaced outward vertical creases.  Sleeves hang straight and long enough to cover the wrist bone.  The bottom of the jumper should be loose fitting at the hips with the hem falling within one inch above the bottom of the side pocket opening on the jumper slacks.  When wearing an outer garment, the collar is inside the garment.




Ownership Markings 

Turn the Jumper inside out, front down, collar out facing away from you.  Using a contrasting color ink, center surname, first and middle initial (if applicable) left to right and 1/4 inch below the collar seam.”


Added:
Description 

Made of white 100% polyester, (Certified Navy Twill) fabric, loose fitting, open at the neck and with a square sailor collar.  The jumper has two welt style pockets located outside on the front, and a side zipper on the left for improved ease of donning and doffing. The bottom of the jumper is finished with a turn-up hem.  The collar has two stars on the jumper flap and is trimmed with three strips of navy blue piping, each 3/16 inch wide and 3/16 inch apart with outer piping 1/4 inch from collar edge.  Sleeves have two navy blue button fasteners on cuffs, trimmed with three piping of navy blue tape, each piping 3/16 inch wide and 3/16 inch apart, centered horizontally on the cuff and blocked off each end by a perpendicular white stripe 3/16 inch wide, connecting the ends of the horizontal piping. 


Distance from outer edge of perpendicular stripe cuff's open end is approximately 1-3/8 inches.  Buttons are 25-line, black, with anchors.


Correct Wear

Wear jumpers hanging straight at the sides, fitting comfortably across the shoulders without binding the armholes.  Sleeves are bloused so the bottom edge of the buttoned cuff cover the wrist bone when the elbow is bent across the front of the body.  When wearing an outer garment, the jumper collar is inside the garment.  An inverted sleeve crease extends down the arm at the inside and outside edges.  The body of the jumper has an outward crease in the front, inverted crease in the back, and the collar has three, evenly spaced outward vertical creases.  When fitting the jumper to the individual, the unbuttoned cuff's edge shall reach the knuckles at the base of the fingers with hands hanging naturally at sides.




Ownership Markings

Turn the Jumper inside out, front down, collar out facing away from you.  Using contrasting color ink, center surname, first and middle initial (if applicable) left to right and 1/4 inch below the collar seam.”





  1. Chapter 3, Uniform Components, Section 5, Description and Wear of Uniform Components, Navy Working Uniform, Article 3603


Removed:
General

(1) This section, supported by the articles in Chapter 3, section 5 (3501 series), describe uniform components for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) and pertains to all personnel unless specified otherwise.  

 

(2) The Navy Working Uniform (NWU) is a battle dress utility style uniform constructed of 50/50 percent nylon/cotton twill fabric.  It is a four color (deck gray, haze gray, black and navy blue) digital pattern design.  Embedded throughout the fabric are miniaturized features of the seal of the U.S. Navy flag with the letters "USN" directly beneath it.  The seal includes an anchor, a three-masted square rigged ship, and an eagle.  The emblem will be abbreviated "ACE", which stands for Anchor, USS CONSTITUTION, and Eagle. 



 

(3) The NWU is intended for year-round wear and shall be the standard Working Uniform ashore.  The NWU is designed to accommodate male and female sailors and to fulfill multi-functional/geographical uniform requirements at sea and ashore.  The NWU will replace Working Utilities, Tropical Working Uniforms, Wash Khakis, Winter Working Blue, Aviation Working Green and non-tactical/ environmental usage of Camouflage Utility Uniforms (CUU).  It is also designed to minimize the requirement for various cold weather gear, and to accommodate the personnel armor system for ground troops (PASGT).  Appropriate authority may prescribe PASGT items for wear with the NWU.  The term "appropriate authority" refers to commanders, commanding officers, and officers in charge.

 

Occasion for wear 

NWU wear is authorized for commuting and all normal task 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 wear of the 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 Staff Offices, The White House and Executive Office Building, State Department and all monuments and memorials.  Wear while in 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). 



 

Manner of wear 

Standard of appearance for all personnel wearing the NWU is as follows”


Added
General

(1) This section, supported by the articles in Chapter 3, section 5 (3501 series), describe uniform components for the Navy Working Uniform Type I and Type III (NWU Type I and NWU Type III) and pertains to all personnel unless specified otherwise.  

(2) The NWU Type I and III are battle dress utility style uniforms constructed of 50/50 percent nylon/cotton twill fabric.  It is a four color digital pattern design.  Embedded throughout the fabric are miniaturized features of the seal of the U.S. Navy flag with the letters "USN" directly beneath it.  The seal includes an anchor, a three-masted square rigged ship, and an eagle.  The emblem will be abbreviated "ACE", which stands for Anchor, USS CONSTITUTION, and Eagle.

(3) The NWU Type I and NWU Type III are intended for year-round wear and shall be the standard “Working Uniform” ashore.  The uniforms are unisex designed to accommodate male and female Sailors and to fulfill multi-functional/geographical uniform requirements at sea and ashore.   Both uniforms are designed to accommodate the personnel armor system for ground troops (PASGT). Appropriate authority, commanders, commanding officers, and officers-in-charge, may prescribe PASGT items for wear with the NWU Type I and NWU Type III. The NWU Type I and NWU Type III Parka is designed to minimize the requirement for various cold and foul weather gear.

 

 

Occasion for wear 



 

(1) NWU Type I and III wear is authorized for commuting and all normal task 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 liberty uniforms.  Wear while conducting official business, when business attire is appropriate and participating in social events after normal working hours is not permitted. Consumption of alcohol off-base is not permitted. The area or regional commander may further restrict uniform policies within their geographical limits regarding wear of the NWUs.

(2) Within the National Capital Region (NCR), the NWU Type I and Type III are authorized for wear at all locations with the exception of the Pentagon building, National Mall area bounded by Capitol Hill and surrounding Senate and House Staff offices, the White House and Executive Office building, Department of State and all monuments and memorials. NWU wear while in metro, public transportation and slug lines outside the Pentagon is authorized. Wear is also authorized in office environments at headquarters staffs outside these NCR areas. Recruiters are authorized to wear the NWU Type I and NWU Type III in the continental United States (CONUS), Hawaii and Guam (e.g., malls, schools, normal recruiting areas).

(3) Conus air travel is authorized only on military and Government contracted flights between military airfield installations (e.g., Naval Air Station Oceana to Naval Air Station Fallon).

(4) Navy Security Force Sailors, to include Auxiliary Security Forces and Reserve Security Forces, will wear the NWU Type I or NWU Type III.

(5) When serving on an honor detail, NWU Type I, II and III may only be worn when transporting, transferring, or receiving unprepared and/or unidentified remains at any location between the recovery location and the preparing mortuary facility (e.g., collection point, theater mortuary evacuation point, preparation point, identification laboratory, hospital, and medical examiner facility).


Manner of wear 

Standard of appearance for all personnel wearing the NWU Type I and NWU Type III is as follows:”





  1. Chapter 3, Uniform Components, Section 5, Description and Wear of Uniform

Components, Cap, Eight Point, Navy Working Uniform, Article 3603.1
Removed:
Description

The eight pointed cap has a two piece lined crown shaped with eight evenly spaced darts, ventilation eyelets, lined outside band and self fabric sweatband and a flexible, quilted hinge type visor. 

 

Correct Wear

The cap will be worn squarely on the head so that the visor is on a line and just above the level of the eyes.  Rank/rate insignia is required for E4 and above.”


Added:
Description

The eight pointed cap has a two piece lined crown shaped with eight evenly spaced darts, ventilation eyelets, lined outside band and self-fabric sweatband and a flexible, quilted hinge type visor. 


Correct Wear

The cap will be worn squarely on the head so that the visor is straight, just above the level of the eyes and parallel with the deck. Rank insignia is required for E4 and above Sailors on eight-point caps without the Anchor, Constitution and Eagle (ACE) logo embroidered above the visor. No rank insignia shall be worn on the eight-point cap with the embroidered ACE logo centered above the visor. ”





  1. Chapter 3, Uniform Components, Section 5, Description and Wear of Uniform

Components, Undershirt, Navy Working Uniform, Article 3603.2
Removed:
Description 

Navy blue, cotton, quarter-length sleeve, plain without lettering and designs, made of 100% cotton, with an elliptical (crew-neck) collar. 

 

Correct Wear 

Wear right side out, front of shirt to front of body.  Organization issued or personally purchased thermal underwear is authorized to be worn underneath the NWU undershirt.  Thermal underwear will not be visible when worn underneath the undershirt.

 

Ownership Markings 

Last name and initials on the outside of the front, 1 inch from the bottom of the shirt and at right of the center.”


Added:
Description 

Navy blue or coyote brown, plain without lettering or designs, made of 100%cotton, quarter-length sleeve, with an elliptical (crew-neck) collar. 

 

Correct Wear 

The navy blue undershirt is worn with the NWU Type I and coveralls. The coyote brown undershirt is worn with the NWU Type II and III. Wear right side out, front of shirt to front of body.  Organizationally issued or personally purchased thermal underwear is authorized for wear underneath the undershirt and will not be visible when worn.

 

Ownership

Last name and initials on the outside of the front, 1 inch from the bottom of the shirt and at right of the center.”



7. Chapter 3, Uniform Components, Section 5, Description and Wear of Uniform Components, Shirt, Navy Working Uniform, Article 3603.4

Removed:
Description
The NWU shirt has two outside patch pockets with top entry flaps.  The left pocket of the blouse has a concealed pencil pocket. The collar is a lay down style with rounded collar points. The blouse also contains five front concealed buttons covered by a fly opening. The elbows have reinforcement patched elbow pads. Each sleeve has an angled shoulder pocket with flaps.
Correct Wear
Normal wear of the NWU shirt is outside the waistband of the NWU trousers.  When directed by appropriate authority, the shirt will be worn inside the trouser waistband (tucked in).  Sleeves may be worn rolled up as directed by appropriate authority.  When authorized, NWU sleeves will be rolled (cuff right-side out) forming a 3 inch wide band covered by the cuff of the shirt (the outside digital camouflage pattern of the NWU will show).  The termination point of the roll is approximately 2 inches above the elbow.  This manner of sleeve roll presents a short sleeve appearance and facilitates expeditious unrolling and fastening during emergent situations.  All closures shall be secured with sewn buttons/holes.”
Added:
Description

a. NWU Type I Shirt. The NWU Type I shirt has two outside patch pockets with top entry flaps.  The left pocket of the blouse has a concealed pencil pocket. The NWU Type I collar is a lay down style with rounded collar points.

b. NWU Type III Shirt. The NWU Type III shirt has a mandarin style collar. The blouse also contains five front concealed buttons covered by a fly opening. The elbows have reinforcement patched elbow pads. Each sleeve has an angled shoulder pocket with a 2-inch by 4-inch Velcro patch on flaps.
Correct Wear
“Normal wear of the NWU shirt is outside the waistband of the NWU trousers.  The NWU Type III mandarin collar folds down flat and the neck tab extension is secured under the left collar with hook and loop tape (Velcro).  When directed for tactical or damage control application (such as when wearing chemical biological radiation gear, body vest armor and carrying weapons) the collar is worn in the up position with the Velcro tab pulled across the center of the neck and secured to the underside of the opposite collar.  Sleeves will be fully extended and fastened at the cuff. When directed by appropriate authority, the shirt will be worn inside the trouser waistband (tucked in).  Sleeves may be worn rolled up as directed by appropriate authority.  When authorized, NWU sleeves will be rolled (cuff right-side out) forming a 3 inch wide band covered by the cuff of the shirt (the outside digital camouflage pattern of the NWU will show).  The termination point of the roll is approximately 2 inches above the elbow.  This manner of sleeve roll presents a short sleeve appearance and facilitates expeditious unrolling and fastening during emergent situations.  All closures shall be secured with sewn buttons/holes.”

8. Chapter 3, Uniform Components, Section 5, Description and Wear of Uniform Components, Trousers, Navy Working Uniform, Article 3603.5
Removed:
Description  

Trousers have an elasticized waist with belt loops. The trousers have two quarter top pockets, two bellowed thigh cargo pockets, and two back hip pockets with flaps. There is a front zippered fly closure and button closures for the waistband and back pockets. The knees and seat have reinforcement patches.


Correct Wear. 

Trousers will be worn fastened fully on the waist with belt buckled centered over the trouser fastener. The trouser legs shall be bloused with blousing straps so the blouse covers the top three rows of boot eyelets. When authorized to wear the trousers unbloused, the trouser leg length will not extend below the bottom of the safety boot heel. Organization issued or personally purchased thermal underwear is authorized to be worn underneath the NWU trousers. Thermal underwear will not be visible when worn.”


Added:
Description  

  1. NWU Type I Trousers. NWU Type I trousers have an elasticized waist with belt loops, two quarter top pockets, two bellowed thigh cargo pockets (one on each leg), two back hip pockets with flaps (one on each side) and a front zippered fly closure with button closure for the waistband. The knees and seat are reinforced.

  2. NWU Type III Trousers. The NWU Type III trousers contains three front concealed buttons covered by fly and button closures for the waistband, side elasticized waist with belt loops, two quarter top pockets, two bellowed thigh cargo pockets (one each leg), two back pockets with buttoned flaps (one on each side), and drawstring closures at the end of the trouser leg (one through each opening). The knees and seat are reinforced.




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