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SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM POLICY AND UNIFORM INITIATIVE UPDATE//

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NARR/REF A IS NAVPERS 15665I, U.S. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.  
REF B IS NAVADMIN 236/15, NEW UNIFORM INTRODUCTION/HANDBAG POLICY UPDATE.
REF C IS NAVADMIN 174/16, UNIFORM POLICY UPDATE.  
REF D IS NAVADMIN 015/17, NAVY UNIFORM POLICY UPDATE.  
REF E IS NAVADMIN 125/17, NAVY UNIFORM UPDATE:  PHYSICAL TRAINING UNIFORM AND 
FEMALE OFFICER AND CHIEF PETTY OFFICER SERVICE DRESS WHITE UNIFORM.  
REF F IS NAVADMIN 214/17, NAVY WORKING UNIFORM TYPE III AND NAVY WORKING 
BOOTS UPDATE.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces updates to Navy uniform policies and 
provides a status update on several Navy uniform initiatives.
Navy uniform policy updates are often the result of feedback received from 
the fleet.  New uniform policy changes approved for this update include the 
Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type II and III manner and occasion for wear, 
enlisted gold rating badges and service stripes, female officer/chief petty 
officer (CPO) Service Uniform slacks and skirts, optional female Service and 
Dress Uniform footwear, female hair grooming standards, nursing t-shirts and 
Joint/Unified Command identification badges expanded wear.
Additionally, this NAVADMIN provides a status update on Navy uniform 
initiatives including the officer/CPO Service Dress White Coat (choker), 
Improved Safety Boot (I-Boot 4), Optional Physical Training Uniform (OPTU) 
and new uniform/uniform component mandatory possession dates.

2.  Navy Uniform Policy Update
    a.  The manner and occasion of wear of the NWU Type II and III are 
expanded as follows:
        (1) Command/Unit Logo Shoulder Patch.  Effective immediately, 
optional wear of an embroidered command/unit shoulder patch is authorized for 
daily wear in non-tactical environments.
The command/unit logo shoulder patch may be worn on the left shoulder pocket 
flap of the NWU Type II and III in lieu of the Don�t Tread On Me (DTOM) 
shoulder patch.  Simultaneous wear of the command/unit logo patch and the 
right breast command logo patch is not authorized.  Simultaneous wear of the 
DTOM shoulder patch and right breast command/unit logo patch is authorized.  
The command/unit shoulder patch will be two and one-quarter inches by four 
inches in dimension with subdued matching NWU color embroidered logo and 
lettering.  Command/unit logo shoulder patches are considered optional 
personal purchase items and are not mandatory for wear or possession.  The 
design of command/unit logo patches must be approved by the unit commanding 
officer.
        (2) NWU Parka Fleece Liner and Black Gloves.  Effective immediately, 
black leather and black non-leather gloves are authorized for wear with the 
black NWU parka fleece liner.
        (3) NWU Type III Rank Insignia.  Effective 1 June 2019, NWU Type III 
captain (O-6) rank insignia will be available for purchase and optional wear 
in silver thread.  The silver thread eagle provides improved visual 
recognition and distinction between O-6 and E-4 Sailors wearing the NWU Type 
III.  The silver O-6 rank insignia may be worn in non-tactical environments 
only.  Wear in environments that require concealment or camouflage clothing 
is prohibited.
    b.  Enlisted Gold Rating Badges and Service Stripes.  Effective
1 June 2019, the requirement for enlisted Sailors to obtain 12 years of 
service along with continuous good conduct and minimum performance evaluation 
to qualify for wear of gold rating badges and service stripes is rescinded.  
All enlisted Sailors with 12 cumulative years of naval active or active 
reserve service are authorized to wear gold rating badges, and gold service 
stripes in lieu of red rating badges and stripes.  The 12 years of service 
may be active or drilling reserve time in the Navy, Navy Reserve, Marine 
Corps or Marine Corps Reserve.  Time counts excluded from this calculation 
are delayed entry programs, inactive reserves and broken service.  Under 
broken service conditions, resume the cumulative time count upon active duty 
reenlistment or upon enlisting in the drilling reserves.  Gold rating badges 
and service stripes may be worn on Service Dress Blue, Dinner Dress Blue 
Jacket, Dinner Dress White Jacket and Full Dress Blue uniforms only.  Petty 
officers entitled to wear gold rating badges and service stripes wear gold 
chevrons on their cap device, and the epaulets of the black relax fit jacket 
worn with the Service Uniform.
    c.  Officer and CPO Female Slacks and Skirts.  Testing and evaluation of 
an improved design female officer and CPO Service Uniform slacks and skirt 
are complete.  The improved slacks design incorporates a lower waist, reduced 
rise (top of inseam to waist) and reduced zipper closure length.  The 
improved skirt incorporates a straight line design.  The improved design 
slacks and skirts, officially labeled New Fit, are currently available at the 
Navy Exchange (NEX) Customer Contact Center and can be purchased on-line via 
https://www.mynavyexchange.com/nex/uniforms or by calling (800) 368-4088.  
New Fit components are available for purchase at the Norfolk Main Exchange, 
Arlington Uniform Center, Newport Uniform Center, San Diego Fleet Store and 
the Pearl Harbor Fleet Store now.
Availability of New Fit components at other fleet uniform centers will be 
announced via local NEXs and future NAVADMINs.
    d.  Female Service and Dress Uniform Footwear Option.  Effective 
immediately, the optional wear of smooth or synthetic leather flat shoes 
(flats) is authorized with female Service and Service Dress uniforms.
        (1) Description.  Flats will be slip-on and plain without 
ornamentation, designs or decorative stitching, rounded and closed toe and 
closed heel.  It will be constructed of full grain, dress shoe leather or a 
poromeric/synthetic material with a leather appearance in black, brown or 
white in line with reference (a).  The outsole and heel shall be black for 
black and brown shoes and white for white shoes.  The outsole will also be 
made of non-marking rubber with a traction design and have a heel between 
one-quarter and one-half inches.
        (2) Manner of Wear.  Flats shall be worn in the same manner as dress 
shoes to include hosiery.
    e.  Female Hair Grooming Policy (ponytails).  In response to requests 
from the fleet, clarification of the definition and manner of wear criteria 
for the ponytail hairstyles follows.  A ponytail is a hairstyle in which the 
hair on the head is pulled away from the face, gathered and secured at the 
back of the head with an approved accessory.  Hair extending beyond the 
securing accessory may be braided or allowed to extend naturally.  The 
following criteria pertain to the wearing of ponytail hairstyles while 
wearing a U.S. Navy uniform.  Ponytail hairstyles shall not interfere with 
the proper wearing of military headwear and equipment nor extend downward 
more than three inches (approximate length of a Common Access Card) below the 
lower edge of the collar (shirt/blouse, jacket or coat) while sitting, 
standing or walking.  Additionally, ponytails will not extend outward more 
than three inches behind the head as measured from the securing accessory nor 
shall the width exceed the width of the back of the head or be visible from 
the front.
    f.  Nursing T-shirt.  Effective immediately, optional wear of nursing t-
shirts is authorized for nursing Sailors.  The nursing t-shirts may be long 
or short sleeve and must be white when worn with Service Uniforms, coyote 
brown when worn with the NWU Type II and III, blue when worn with the NWU 
Type I and black when worn with Flight Suits.  Long sleeve nursing t-shirts 
will be worn with fully extended long sleeve uniform shirt/blouses.  The 
nursing t-shirt will be worn tucked-in unless worn with maternity uniforms.  
When worn with maternity uniforms, the T-shirt will not extend beyond the hem 
of the maternity top being worn.  Removal of a uniform shirt/blouse when 
wearing a nursing t-shirt is authorized only in designated lactation rooms.  
Nursing t-shirts are not made of 100 percent cotton and due to safety 
requirements are not authorized for wear in shipboard or organizational 
clothing environments.
    g.  Joint/Unified Command Identification Badges.  Effective immediately, 
Sailors assigned to Joint/Unified commands are authorized to wear the 
identification badge of that command during the period of assignment only.  
Joint/Unified command identification badges will be worn on authorized 
uniforms in the same manner as prescribed for the Office of the Secretary of 
Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff badges in line with reference (a).

3.  Navy Uniform Initiatives Update
    a.  Officer and CPO Service Dress White Coat (Choker).
Effective 1 March 2019, upon initial purchase of a Service Dress White Coat, 
if the collar of the coat must be replaced to facilitate proper fit, a new 
collar will be provided at no cost by the NEX Uniform Center.  A tailoring 
charge to attach the new collar will apply.
    b.  I-Boot 4.  The I-Boot 4 development was directly informed by Sailor 
feedback and included a padded foam collar, moisture wicking full interior 
liner, enhanced durability and weather compatible slip-resistant outsole.  It 
is available for sale now at the following NEX Uniform Centers:  Norfolk Main 
Store, Jacksonville Main Store, Pearl Harbor Fleet Store, San Diego Fleet 
Store, Newport Uniform Store, Yokosuka Fleet Store, Great Lakes Student 
Store, Sasebo Uniform Store and the NEXCOM Customer Contact Center.
    c.  OPTU.  The OPTU (navy blue with pantone gold NAVY logo and brand 
(FORGED BY THE SEA), high-performance physical training uniform shirt and 5-
inch running short) is available now at the following NEX Uniform Centers:  
Norfolk Main Store, Newport Uniform Store, Arlington Uniform Center, San 
Diego Fleet Store, Pearl Harbor Fleet Store, Great Lakes Student Store, 
Uniform Center Aviation Plaza, Pensacola, FL and the NEXCOM Customer Contact 
Center.
    d.  New Uniform/Uniform Component Mandatory Possession Update.
Previously announced mandatory uniform possession dates in line with 
references (b) through (f) for the following uniforms items are updated as 
follows:
        (1) NWU Type III and 8-point cover with ACE logo:
1 October 2019.
        (2) Female E-1 through E-6 Jumper Style Service Dress Blue with 
Enlisted White Hat:  31 January 2020.
        (3) Female officer and CPO Service Dress White (Choker):
31 January 2020.
        (4) Black Cold Weather Parka:  30 April 2021.
        (5) Navy Fitness Suit:  30 September 2021.
        (6) Male and female E-1 through E-6 Service Dress White with Blue 
Piping:  31 October 2021.

4.  Questions and comments regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to the 
Navy Uniform Matters Office, OPNAV N13X, via e-mail to Mr. Robert Carroll, 
Head of Navy Uniform Matters Office, at robert.b.carroll(at)navy.mil, 
CMDCM(SW/AW/IW) Marisol Dumlao, Deputy Head of Navy Uniform Matters Office, 
at Marisol.dumlao(at)navy.mil, LSCS(EXW) Michael L. Harvie, Reserve Component 
Specialist, at michael.harvie(at)navy.mil or PS1(SW/AW) Batricia B. Morgan at 
batricia.morgan(at)navy.mil.  Feedback and recommendations regarding uniform 
policy, uniform components and uniform availability are welcome 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 Navy Uniforms App.

5.  Retain this NAVADMIN until policy changes are incorporated in reference 
(a), superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first.

6.  Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//

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