WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy Exchange Command is accelerating its distribution schedule of the Navy Working Uniform (NWU), due to sufficient inventory of the most in-demand sizes, as early as next week, according to NAVADMIN 328/09.
Beginning Nov. 16, NWU components will be available for purchase and ordering at uniform centers located at Navy Exchange regions in the Southwest and Northwest.
Accelerated availability will take affect in the national capital region, and Hawaii beginning Nov. 30; and at Navy Exchange regions Europe, Japan and Guam commencing March 15.
The mandatory wear date remains Dec. 31, 2010 to ensure all Sailors have time to acquire correctly fitted uniform items.
"Due to the combined efforts of uniform manufacturers, distributors and Navy, we are able to offer Sailors the NWU even earlier than previously planned to ensure every individual has the opportunity to obtain the proper uniform by next December," said Capt. Vince Drouillard, branch head within the Navy's personnel, plans and policy division.
To aid Sailors in ensuring the proper fit of the uniform, manufacturers have been conducting fit clinics at select rollout locations. "Navy has worked closely with manufacturers to refine the uniform and its components to meet mission requirements and Sailor concerns," said Drouillard.
To read NAVADMIN 328/09, visit http://www.npc.navy.mil/NR/rdonlyres/62FE6EFE-529D-4FE5-BEFE-A6EE523F3D3B/0/NAV09328.txt.
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