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Navy Mandates CWP Black Rank Tab Wear -- Here are the details

27 May 2022

From MC1 Mark D. Faram, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

The Navy is mandating wear of the Cold Weather Parka rank insignia on all uniforms with rank tabs effective on Oct. 1, as announced in the uniform update NAVADMIN 124/22 released May 27. Also updated were policies for required female uniform items and grooming standards for retirees while wearing Navy uniforms.

"Navy uniform regulations apply to all Sailors equally, regardless of their rank, grade, ethnicity, position held or community assigned." Robert B. Carroll, director of Navy Uniform Matters and Emerging Issues Branch." Any difference between male and female grooming policies recognizes the differences between the genders.” 

Updated Rank Tab Rules

Starting Oct. 1, wear of the Cold Weather Parka black rank tab is mandatory for all uniform items with rank tabs, to include NWU Types II and III, parkas, and black or brown fleece liners. After that date, wear of the matching camouflage-pattern rank tab is limited to tactical training and operations at the commanding officer's direction. 

Women's Uniforms and Hosiery

The belted slacks from the female officer and chief petty officer Summer White Service Uniform are now re-designated as official slacks for both Summer White and Service Dress White Uniforms. As part of this change, the beltless dress white slacks are now optional for wear with the female Service Dress White Uniform.    

It's now optional for female Sailors to wear hosiery with slacks and skirts while wearing pumps or flats. When hosiery is not worn, shoe liners or no-show socks must be worn for hygienic purposes and as a protection against abrasions or blisters caused by rubbing between the foot and shoe.

Retired Male Sailor Uniform Grooming Standards

Retired male Sailors are now authorized to have beards while wearing Navy uniforms during approved events. The beard must be properly groomed and can be no longer than 2 inches in length as measured from the face outward.

Feedback is Welcome

The Navy Uniform Matters Office welcomes feedback and recommendations from Sailors about uniform and grooming policies via the MyNavy UNIFORMS App or MyNavy Portal. Once signed into MNP, select Professional Resources, then select U.S. Navy Uniforms and “Ask the Chiefs.”

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