WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations approved a number of uniform changes as announced in NAVADMIN 118/10 March 31.
Included in the announcement is the approval of a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Ceremonial Cutlass for optional wear by E-7 through E-9s. Chief petty officers are authorized to wear the cutlass in full dress uniforms when acting as a member of an official party during a ceremony. However to ensure uniformity, all members of the official party must wear either the cutlass or the sword. Because this is an optional uniform article, Sailors are responsible for the cost of the item.
Additional details on the final design and manner of wear of the cutlass will be released in a future Navy message.
Also announced in the NAVADMIN, are changes to the occasion of wear of the Navy and command ball caps. The ball caps are authorized for wear with the following uniforms: wash khaki, utilities, physical training uniform, coveralls, and flight suit. Commanding officers can authorize the wear of the ball cap at sea with the Navy Working Uniform and Camouflage Utility Uniform (CUU) by bridge watch teams and command training teams.
Ashore, commanding officers may authorize the wear of ball caps with the NWU and CUU by command training teams during field exercises held in restricted areas to help provide immediate visual identification of supervisors, controllers and safety observers. Ball caps are not authorized for wear in transit to or from exercise events.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2011 the Navy blue coveralls are only authorized for wear when underway. However, commanding officer can allow the wear of the Navy blue coveralls ashore in environments that place an excessive amount of wear on the working uniforms. The NAVADMIN also reminds commands they are responsible to purchase coveralls for work in areas that are likely to permanently soil or prematurely destroy the uniform.
Also beginning Jan. 1, the blue 100 percent cotton t-shirt worn with the NWU will be the only authorized T-shirt for wear with the Navy blue coveralls, replacing the white T-shirt formerly worn with the uniform.
Sailors can now wear black or navy blue backpacks on either the left shoulder or on both shoulders while wearing the service uniform or NWU. When wearing the NWU, a matching NWU pattern (blue, grey and black) backpack may be worn on the either the left shoulder or both shoulders. Sailors are reminded no personal ornamentation can be attached or worn on the backpack.
For complete uniform changes see NAVADMIN 118/10. More information on Navy uniforms can be found on the Uniform Matters web page at www.npc.navy.mil.
To read the latest Navy Uniform News Gram, visit http://www.npc.navy.mil/CommandSupport/USNavyUniforms/Newsgrams2.htm.
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