Sunday, August 30, 2015

Upcoming Navy Uniform Changes

 From one of our weekly staff emails, upcoming changes to Navy Uniforms:

-In alignment with the value Navy places on command, flag officers who have earned Command At Sea or Command Ashore pins are authorized to wear the insignia in the post-command manner (left side). If both pins have been earned, the insignia of choice (but only one) may be worn. The prohibition of earning a command pin as a flag officer remains in effect.

-Wear of the knit watch cap will expand to allow wear by all Sailors in cold weather environments in working, service and dress uniforms when wearing a bridge coat, reefer (officers and chief petty officers (CPOs)), pea coat (E6 and below), cold weather parka, Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type 1 Parka or all weather coat. The knit cap cannot be worn with the Eisenhower jacket since it is not considered cold weather outerwear.


-Some out-of-production optional uniform items will be eliminated in about a year because of low demand by the Fleet, lack of production and to streamline the Navy uniform inventory. Sailors can continue wearing these items until the termination of wear date is announced in an upcoming NAVADMIN. Items being discontinued are:
--Boat Cloaks for male officers and chief petty officers (CPOs).
--Dress Capes for officer and enlisted females.
--Tiaras and berets for females.
--Overshoes: the slip on components that cover shoes or boots used to protect footwear from getting wet from rain and snow. Rain or snow boots remain authorized.
--The khaki windbreaker worn by officers and CPOs.

-Navy is expanding sales of NWU Type III for authorized commands to purchase by Government Commercial Purchase Card or authorized purchase order. Sales are available now through the Navy Exchange's (NEX) Navy Uniform Support Call Center, at NEX Uniform Stores in Bahrain and Jebel Ali, and coming soon to NEX Uniform Stores in Guam and Rota, Spain.

-With the introduction of the Flame Resistant Variant (FRV) coverall as the at-sea uniform, the need for four sets of NWU Type Is has diminished. Navy will be dropping the sea bag requirement to three sets of NWU Type Is beginning Oct. 1.

-The issuance of FRV coveralls aboard ships has also decreased the usage of coveralls included in Sailors' sea bags. As a result, beginning Oct. 1, these coveralls will be worn only as a cleaning and dirty-work garment rather than a uniform. Here are the wear changes for coveralls:
--These coveralls will only have an embroidered name tape over the right breast pocket; Navy embroidered service tapes, breast insignia and rank insignia will not be authorized on coveralls.
--Sailors must change out of coveralls and into uniform of the day or civilian clothes when departing their work space and command.
--As always, when wearing head gear salutes will be rendered.
--There is no change in the sea bag requirement of two pairs of coveralls. Though the replacement cycle will increase from six months to a year.

-The light weight NWU Type I will be available in April for Sailors starting with Bahrain, Diego Garcia, Pearl Harbor and Guam.

-Two new outerwear uniform items are making their way to Sailors as either an optional or sea bag item.
--The optional cold weather parka will be available in limited numbers for purchase in NEX Uniform Stores in Norfolk Naval Base and Arlington, Virginia, and Newport, Rhode Island and through the NEX Uniform Support Call Center this November. The unisex parka can be worn with the NWU Fleece in service and service dress uniforms, as well as civilian clothes when the rank tab is removed, and is expected to cost around $330.
--The now optional double breasted all weather coat with belt will be issued to recruits at Boot Camp beginning Oct. 1. The mandatory wear date for the coat is Oct. 1, 2020 and will be announced in an upcoming NAVADMIN.

-The E1-E6 Service Dress Blue uniform will begin to be available beginning Oct. 1, 2016 with the E1-E6 Service Dress White uniform out Oct. 1, 2017. These dates will allow the manufacturer to focus production on one uniform at a time to produce sufficient initial quantity to outfit recruits at Boot Camp and Sailors throughout the Fleet while maintaining quality control.
--As always, when wearing head gear salutes will be rendered.
--There is no change in the sea bag requirement of two pairs of coveralls. Though the replacement cycle will increase from six months to a year.
--The light weight NWU Type I will be available in April for Sailors starting with Bahrain, Diego G
Garcia, Pearl Harbor and Guam.

-Two new outerwear uniform items are making their way to Sailors as either an optional or sea bag item.
--The optional cold weather parka will be available in limited numbers for purchase in NEX Uniform Stores in Norfolk Naval Base and Arlington, Virginia, and Newport, Rhode Island and through the NEX Uniform Support Call Center this November. The unisex parka can be worn with the NWU Fleece in service and service dress uniforms, as well as civilian clothes when the rank tab is removed, and is expected to cost around $330.
--The now optional double breasted all weather coat with belt will be issued to recruits at Boot Camp beginning Oct. 1. The mandatory wear date for the coat is Oct. 1, 2020 and will be announced in an upcoming NAVADMIN.

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