Two New Navy Working Uniforms Announced

Story Number: NNS100108-10Release Date: 1/8/2010 4:42:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Two new Navy Working Uniforms (NWU) will hit the fleet in fiscal year 2011.

The first, NWU Type II, a desert digital camouflage uniform of four colors with the anchor, Constitution and eagle (ACE) logo embedded in the print, will be worn by special warfare operators and Sailors who support them during deployment and deployment training exercises.

"The desert camouflage uniform is not going away," said Capt. Vince Drouillard, branch head within Navy's personnel, plans and policy division. "Sailors, other than Navy special warfare operators and supporting Sailors, will continue to wear the current tricolor desert camouflage utility uniform in desert environments when issued by authorizing commands."

The second, NWU Type III, is a woodland digital camouflage uniform which also has four colors and the ACE logo embedded in the print. It will be the standard camouflage uniform worn in non-desert environments and stateside.

Both uniforms, announced in NAVADMIN 374/09, are organizational clothing provided to Sailors by commands authorized to issue them.

The unisex uniforms will begin conformance testing to validate design, fit and wear later in fiscal year 2010. Fleet implementation is expected to begin in late 2011 with deploying combat and direct command support commands and units receiving priority in the distribution process.

Both new uniforms have an authorized matching pattern Gortex parka with a removable fleece liner. Sailors can get complete information on the new NWU Type II and Type III uniforms in NAVADMIN 374/09 available at

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2/3/2010 2:37:00 PM
As a Master at arms and former Hull Tech with 12 years in the Navy, I applaud the COC's efforts to improve ease of use of the working uniforms. I have worn woodland and desert cammies, the utility uniform, coveralls, and the old dungarees. The new cammies are a step in the right direction, no ironing of uniforms means more time I can spend with my family when I am not deployed. I really believe though we need 1 working uniform, 1 dress, and then green/desert cammies for "boots-on-ground" folks

1/20/2010 8:22:00 AM
This is great more uniforms to add to my collection! I already own over half of our walk-in closet with uniforms: ACUs, DCUs, NWUs, SUs, Dress Whites, Dress Blues, Dinner Dress Blues, Dinner Dress Whites, coveralls, corifame shoes, leather shoes, NWU boots, zipside boots (Bates Enforcers), desert boots (hot pair-x3, cold pair-x1), oh I almost forgot... raincoat, eisenhower, gortex-x3 (NWU, DCU, ACU), and PEACOAT! Holy sh*t, and now I have to add more, hooya Navy! Glad I have six seabags.

1/19/2010 10:53:00 AM
I was recently looking through a Navy Supply Corps newsletter and counted six uniforms in the two-page photo spread. All photos were taken aboard ships. There were sailors in the new Navy Working Uniform, coveralls, Khakis (cotton), Khakis (CNT), summer white, and the enlisted blue working uniform. While I am extremely proud of our Navy heritage, the current uniform policy is harming the Navy's image and is confusing to the public, our sister services, and our sailors.

1/19/2010 9:04:00 AM
What would be wrong with finding the BEST cammo and uniform design and having ALL branches of the armed forces in the SAME combat uniform? For years we all wore the same Cammie design so we could tell who was American military in a combat zone. Right now the American armed forces in the middle east look like a hodge podge. We did not need a PT uniform for over 200 years. Why do we need one now?

1/19/2010 9:01:00 AM
I guess you all haven't heard yet about NAVADMIN 015/10... those Soffee navy blue T-shirts the NEX has been selling for wear with the NWU for the last year? Not authorized because they are 50/50 poly/cotton. Apparently the Navy JUST NOW NOTICED. I have 12 of them, they're now worthless and I have to go get all new 100% cotton ones to be in compliance with the NAVADMIN, and so do all of you. Why nobody is getting fired over these new uniform fiascos is ridiculous.

1/18/2010 12:33:00 PM
Change can be good, but not for the sake of change. Traditions STILL mean something. I'm proud of being a sailor, so I'm happy to stand out when wearing our traditional uniforms. The term "Khaki Leadership" doesn't refer to the knowledge and experience of a first term PO2.  Other branches have tried similar "feel good" uniform changes, but they have done nothing to improve performance. I've heard it said that "khaki is just a color". Will Navy Blue someday also just be a color?

1/18/2010 11:45:00 AM
I think many fleet sailors are not aware of the amount of Seabees on the ground in the desert (active and reserve). By limiting the desert roll out to only spec ops, and spec ops support it saves money. NWU III is for Seabees and security.

1/18/2010 12:34:00 AM
Lol Man all I can say about all these uniform changes is that the leadership in the navy has way to much spare time and money in their hands!

1/15/2010 4:16:00 AM
We need to accept this idea. I think the NWUs are good. Honestly we have too many uniforms as it is. The whole standing out as Sailors is an old way of thought. I also feel that we need one service uniform. Khakis do not make you a Chief or Officer. Your ability to lead and take care of junior Sailors does. No other service seperates their uniforms based on rank, but yet they maintain their rank structure. Times change and we as Sailors need to change with it. Change can be good.

1/14/2010 9:42:00 PM
If the "NWU Type III...will be the standard camouflage uniform worn in non-desert environments and stateside," what will happen to the NWU I? Will it be only for overseas duty?

1/14/2010 4:53:00 AM
With all these uniform changes, it gets confusing of who wears what, when, where it can't be worn. So many exceptions. NWU is now authorized in town for lunch EXCEPT in district Washington. New desert cammies, not to be worn by a majority of those in the desert except SpecOps who don't wear uniforms in theater AND not shave. PT uniforms, cannot be washed in ships laundry. What pocket does a female keep her ID card in her Khaki SU? I hope these will not be questions in the chief's exam next week

1/14/2010 2:19:00 AM
When it comes down to it, the common sailor doesn't need camouflage uniforms. Sailors in combat zone wear Army ACU's with Navy nametags. It's cost-effective and it works. These new uniforms seem to be more of a fashion statement than anything. It's a marketing move, and I can't fathom "marketing" the US Navy. We're the most powerful navy to ever grace the seven seas. When people see the new uniform in public, I'm glad that a majority of them don't recognize it as Navy.

1/14/2010 1:11:00 AM
I especially like how only SEAL's will be allowed to wear the new desrt camo pattern. They really put the 'Special' in Special Warfare. Thanks guys. This whole switch to cammies is part of the collective laziness of Americans. These Sailors would rather have boots they don't have to polish and a uniform they don't have to iron. Appearance takes a back seat to comfort.

1/13/2010 5:40:00 PM
It would be nice if these new working and service uniforms would come with an optional brown paper bag, that sailors could slip over their heads so as not to be embarrassed while in public. Or perhaps they could afix a sign to their backs which simply says "Not a Marine" to avoid confusing the civilian population.

1/13/2010 5:17:00 PM
I retired just before the first cammies were approved. I aways liked cammies, as I did several deployments with operational medicine units. I liked the idea of having haze gray "cammies" for shipboard use rather than khakis, dungarees and the blue overalls. I don't think we need digital or any other patterns for ships. I am a little confused about the desert cammies in the article. Is this also what medical, SeaBees, and other ground units will have who are not fully attached to the Marines?

1/13/2010 3:40:00 PM
Are we ever going to stop? We spend so much money on uniforms trying to get it right. I am all about change if for the better, but most of the folks making the decisions on the uniforms do not have a clue about "how the fleet feels about it" and you think that picking a few folks to showcase the uniform is going to make the transition better. Prime example of a screw up is the PT uniform, it is garbage to say the least. Stop trying to make our uniforms like other services, We are the Navy!!!

1/13/2010 3:32:00 PM
Stop the insanity! I can't seem to fathom why it is necessary to have so many uniforms. My 13 yo son actually asked, when driving around Norfolk Naval Base, "How many uniforms does the Navy have? I've counted 7 so far." However, he was equally observant when we went onto Marine Corps and Army bases that they appear to have only one uniform as everyone was in their appropriate ACUs and the like. And really? Wear testing? We just finished it with the NWU. All we are doing is changing colors!

1/13/2010 1:25:00 PM
I don't necessarily agree with these changes, it is becoming a bit much, but that last comment was absolutely hilarious. Well done.

1/13/2010 1:09:00 PM
What is the logic in not issuing the new desert NWU to all sailors deploying to a desert environment? Certainly it has nothing to do with OPSEC on the part of NSW operators as if anything, when they wear separate uniforms from other Sailors in the AOR (as they do now), they will stand out, which actually is a liability. Why has it been so difficult for Task Force Uniform to get this cammie thing right?

1/13/2010 12:45:00 PM
How about a "Monday Work Uniform", once approved we can then work on a "Tuesday work Uniform", and so on. Once we have those seven in place, we can then start working on the "Sleeping Uniform" (blue digital camo pajamas with matching slippers). Sailors will be required to carry two of each of these on deployment, unless, of course, they only work on certain days and/or do not sleep..

1/13/2010 9:10:00 AM
"Sailors, other than Navy special warfare operators and supporting Sailors, will continue to wear the current tricolor desert camouflage utility uniform in desert environments when issued by authorizing commands." Hmmmm! For most of us, the Navy sold us down the river and we have to where the Army ACUs. Thanks; no wonder I have to go through deprogramming (WTP's words) when I get done here in Iraq.

1/13/2010 7:13:00 AM
This would be good if all deployable personnel switched to this uniform and set this as the standard uniform for all desert sailors. The funny thing is, the specwar community rarely deploys in uniform anyways and most of them do not operate in our uniforms to prevent identification. So why waste the money on uniforms for them when they can just get an extra civilian clothes bonus to purchase operational clothing?

1/13/2010 4:37:00 AM
I, for one, like the NWU and support the new DCU. We are, first and foremost, warriors. The new uniforms make us look like warriors. When you look like a warrior, you feel and act like a warrior. I also support the decision to allow Sailors to wear the uniform out in town. The Navy is 100% invested in the GWOT and I'm not sure we do a good job telling that story. What I do know is there are well over 20K Navy Warriors in the CENTCOM AOR fighting the fight at any time both ashore and afloat.

1/12/2010 10:07:00 PM
As an officer, I feel as though our purchase of various required uniforms and accessories must be designed to support the entire US garment industry-- at least the portion that hasn't moved overseas. Working khakis were fine for Admiral Nimitz. My old green BDUs are still fine and, frankly, I don't need a new khaki dress uniform or PT shorts to do my job better. What I need is better equipment!

1/12/2010 6:56:00 PM
I am amazed at the level of interest in uniforms that pervades the Navy. Do the sailors have to pay for all this clothing, do they receive an allowance or is it issued to them (meaning that taxpayers foot the bill)? From conversations I've had, I believe sailors spend a good deal of their own money on uniforms, and yet we have families of sailors on food stamps and WIC so that their children may receive proper nutrition. A poor usage of funds IMO to play dress up. Look neat, do the job well.

1/12/2010 6:22:00 PM
Cammies on a ship? Who are you hiding from? Khakies for E-6 and below? I am all for moving forward if it makes sense, but what gives the current caretakers of our navy the arrogance that they know better than the many before and the right to give away the traditions we earned over these many years. Shame damn Shame MCPO(SW)(ret)

1/12/2010 4:38:00 PM
After having to experience the bell bottoms, self-stenciled shirts and really bad boots of boot camp in the late 80's, any of these uniform changes are welcome to me. I've always been welcoem to change and for the Navy to want to update some of these old style uniforms is a great idea. Today's Sailors need to stop questioning authority and acting like thier 5 years old every time senior leadership comes up with a new idea. Embrace it and move on with your lives. We are the future of the Navy.

1/12/2010 11:52:00 AM
Why stop there? I want to see NWU IV, the artic snow white and gray camo. What about NWU V Jungle Adverturer that is like woodland but add some animal prints (like parrots and tigers) Or the NWU VI black and gray night time outerspace camo. While we are at it, I think I would like to see 2 more dress uniforms for spring and autumn. It is not fair that summer and winter get all the credit for uniform changes and the other seasons get shortchanged. Are they lesser seasons?

1/12/2010 10:46:00 AM
All these uniform changes, is the Navy losing it's identity? Our traditional uniform was the one thing that truly distinguished us from the other military services. I am all for the cammies for those Sailors who are "boots on the ground" but I also think Sailors who are "boots on steel decks" need to look like Sailors. I think the new work uniform looks horrible. I cringe every time I see a Sailor in public in what looks like an Urban Gorrilla uniform.

1/12/2010 7:37:00 AM
Your navy site and on the presentation of the USS Independence was awesome. But pics would have been nice on the new uniforms. My brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins all served in the Navy Marines. So in some instances, changes have been coming down the ladder, since the Navy began. I think whatever helps our men and women do thier jobs better is great.

1/12/2010 6:58:00 AM
I served 24 years in the Navy (71-94) and I am just amazed at the amount of money that is being spent on uniform changes in the Navy. I am sure that this money could be spent on something far more meaningful. Does the leadership in the Navy today really feel that by changing a uniform they can change the performance of the personnel in the Navy. I for one find it very frustrating and disheartening.

1/11/2010 7:36:00 PM
I always hear in the ranks that the Navy has no money and yet they find some way to fund these new uniforms. One example being the new navy pt uniforms... Why? What was wrong with the pt gear issued to us in boot camp? Makes me wonder

1/11/2010 9:25:00 AM
The question i have is why keep the current desert uniform if there is going to be a new one?shouldn't everyone who deploys to the desert region wear the new one that is the purpose of new is to get rid of the old.

1/11/2010 4:16:00 AM
Where are the action shots? Pictures would be awesome.

1/9/2010 9:20:00 PM
I don't remember how many uniform changes I saw in my 26 years (68-94), however the one thing I remember is that very few of them really made a difference in how I was able to perform my job. I really feel for these young men and women in our Navy today and how they are being jacked around with all these changes.

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