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Navy Working Uniform Type III:

5 Things to Know

The Navy announced the wear rules and Fleet distribution plan for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type III in NAVADMIN 214/17, Aug. 31, along with a list of approved boots Sailors can wear with the uniform.

Here are 5 things to know about the NWU Type III uniform wear and distribution:

1. This is a phased roll-out plan with the Navy Working Uniform Type III (NWU Type III) replacing the NWU Type I. The NWU Type III is intended for wear ashore, in port and in environments that do not require special clothing, and when authorized as the uniform of the day.

2. The 24-month fleet fielding plan for the NWU Type III begins Oct. 1, 2017, and ends Sept. 30, 2019. Sailors can wear either the NWU Type I or NWU Type III until Sept. 30, 2019, at the discretion of the unit commander or commanding officer (CO). The NWU Type III becomes the Navy's primary shore working uniform Oct. 1, 2019.

3. Enlisted Sailors' clothing replacement allowances will increase beginning Oct. 1, 2017, and continue to expand in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. By law, commissioned officers are entitled to a one-time uniform stipend ($400) paid at the beginning of their careers.

4. NAVADMIN 214/17 contains the list of NWU Type III sea bag requirements, optional items and wear rules that apply starting Oct. 1, 2017. Manufacturing production rates could accelerate or delay uniform availability, and would mean some adjustment to the implementation schedule.

The schedule during the 24-month implementation period is as follows:
- RTC Great Lakes/Officer Candidate School/Southwest Region - October 2017.
- Southeast Region - January 2018.
- Mid-Atlantic Region/Naval District Washington Region - July 2018.
- Navy Region Japan/Guam - January 2019.
- Northwest Region - March 2019.
- NEXCOM uniform website and call center - June 2019.
- Other Service Exchange stores (i.e., AAFES stores) - July 2019.

5. Navy also announced that 350 Sailors assigned to afloat units and shore installations are taking part in a three-month boot wear test to identify a replacement for the current NWU boot that is issued to Sailors. The completion of the boot study is expected by the end of this year.

To view the NAVDMIN click here.

For complete information on wear rules and rollout plan, see NAVADMIN 214/17 at