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REF/A/MSG/NAVADMIN 025/11/252348ZJAN2011//

REF/B/DOC/NAVPERS 15665I/01JAN03//

NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 025/11 ANNOUNCING UNIFORM POLICY CHANGES. REF B IS U.S. 
NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS//

RMKS/1. THIS MESSAGE SUPERSEDES REF A AND PROVIDES UPDATED GUIDANCE.
THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES
THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS APPROVED UNIFORM POLICY CHANGES AS PROPOSED BY 
THE 16 DECEMBER 2010 NAVY UNIFORM BOARD (NUB). THE NUB IS LED BY THE CHIEF OF 
NAVAL PERSONNEL (PRESIDENT).
THE FUNCTIONS OF THE NUB ARE OUTLINED IN REF B. APPROVED UNIFORM CHANGES ARE 
AS FOLLOWS:
A. CHIEF PETTY OFFICER (CPO) CUTLASS DESIGN. THE APPROVED CPO CUTLASS DESIGN 
DESCRIPTION IS AS FOLLOWS:
(1) THE CPO CUTLASS BLADE IS MADE FROM STAINLESS STEEL, IS NICKEL IN COLOR, 
AND IS 26 INCHES IN LENGTH.
(2) AT THE BASE OF ONE SIDE OF THE BLADE ARE FOUR LASER ENGRAVED CPO ANCHORS 
(CPO, SCPO, MCPO AND MCPON).
(3) ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE BASE OF THE BLADE ARE LASER ENGRAVED INITIALS 
"USN."
(4) THE POMMEL IS BRASS IN COLOR AND CONTAINS THE DESIGN OF THE 1897 CPO CAP 
INSIGNIA.
(5) THE HANDLE OF THE CUTLASS INCLUDES A BRASS COLORED HAND GUARD WITH BLACK 
LEATHER HANDLE WRAPPED IN GOLD WIRE.
(6) THE CUTLASS IS ACCOMPANIED BY A MATCHING LEATHER SCABBARD WITH BRASS TOP 
MOUNT AND TOE PLATE.
(7) THE BUCKLE IS GOLD PLATED IN COLOR WITH TWO INTERLOCKING FASTENERS.
(8) MOUNTED ON THE CENTER OF THE BUCKLE WILL BE THE APPLICABLE CPO RANK 
INSIGNIA (CPO, SCPO, MCPO, OR MCPON).
(9) THE ADJUSTABLE BELT IS MADE FROM BLACK LEATHER WITH AN ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER 
STRAP.
(10) THE FROG IS MADE FROM BLACK LEATHER AND CUSTOM MADE TO FIT THE CPO 
CUTLASS SCABBARD.
UPON AVAILABILITY, THE CUTLASS IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR BY CPOS DESIGNATED AS 
MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY DURING CEREMONIES THAT REQUIRE OFFICERS TO WEAR 
SWORDS. TO FACILITATE UNIFORMITY IN APPEARANCE, THE CPO CUTLASS MAY ONLY BE 
WORN IF ALL CPO MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY ARE WEARING THE CUTLASS. THE 
CUTLASS IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON 1 AUGUST 2011.
PURCHASE OF THE CUTLASS SHALL BE AT THE MEMBER'S EXPENSE VIA SPECIAL ORDER AT 
NAVY EXCHANGE UNIFORM CENTERS OR VIA THE NEX UNIFORM WEBSITE AT 
HTTPS://WWW.NEXNET.NEXWEB.ORG/PLS/NEXAUTH/WG_SELECT_SPEED (ALL
LOWERCASE) OR NEX CALL CENTER AT
1-800-368-4088.
B. USE OF PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICES. EFFECTIVE 60 DAYS FROM THE RELEASE 
OF THIS MESSAGE, COMMUNICATION DEVICES (E.G. CELL PHONES, BLACKBERRIES, 
PAGERS, ETC.) ARE AUTHORIZED FOR USE AND WEAR WHILE IN UNIFORM (TO INCLUDE 
WALKING) IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
(1) COMMUNICATION DEVICES SHALL BE CONSERVATIVE IN COLOR AND DESIGN AND SHALL 
NOT DISTRACT FROM THE APPEARANCE OF THE UNIFORM.
(2) ONLY ONE COMMUNICATION DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR AND CAN ONLY BE WORN 
ON THE BELT OF WORKING AND SERVICE UNIFORMS AFT OF THE ELBOW.
(3) WEARING OF COMMUNICATION DEVICES ON SERVICE DRESS UNIFORMS IS NOT 
AUTHORIZED.
(4) COMMUNICATION DEVICES WILL NOT BE VISIBLE FROM THE FRONT AND WORN IN SUCH 
A MANNER AS TO IMPEDE THE NORMAL WEAR AND APPEARANCE OF THE UNIFORM (E.G.
SAGGING, BUNCHING, BULGING,
PROTRUDING ETC.).
(5) WHENEVER THERE IS A CONCERN FOR OPERATIONAL SECURITY, THE AUTHORIZED USE 
OF COMMUNICATION DEVICES SHALL BE AT THE COMMANDING OFFICER'S DISCRETION .
(6) THE USE OF PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICES SHALL NOT INTERFERE WITH THE 
RENDERING OF MILITARY COURTESIES AND HONORS NOR VIOLATE LOCAL, STATE AND 
FEDERAL LAWS.
(7) WHEN NOT BEING WORN ON THE UNIFORM AND IN USE, COMMUNICATION DEVICES WILL 
BE PLACED AT THE SIDE OF THE LEG AND IN THE APPROPRIATE HAND WHEN RENDERING 
SALUTES, GREETINGS AND OTHER MILITARY COURTESIES/HONORS.
(8) THE USE OF AN EARPIECE, BLUE TOOTH TECHNOLOGY, HEADSETS OR HANDS -FREE 
DEVICE WHILE IN UNIFORM INDOORS OR OUTDOORS IS PROHIBITED UNLESS SPECIFCALLY 
AUTHORIZED FOR THE EXECUTION OF OFFICIAL DUTIES (E.G. NSW, SECURITY PERSONNEL, 
DETAILERS, ETC.).
(9) THE USE OF BLUE TOOTH TECHNOLOGY, HEADSETS AND OTHER HANDS-FREE DEVICES 
ARE ONLY ALLOWED IN UNIFORM IN A VEHICLE WHEN AUTHORIZED BY LOCAL, STATE AND 
FEDERAL LAW. REGIONAL COMMANDERS MAY FURTHER RESTRICT ON BASE USE OF HANDS-
FREE DEVICES.
C. KHAKI OVERBLOUSE FOR FEMALE OFFICERS AND CPOS. EFFECTIVE 60 DAYS FROM 
RELEASE OF THIS MESSAGE, FEMALE OFFICERS AND CPOS ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE 
POLY /WOOL KHAKI OVERBLOUSE AS AN OPTIONAL SERVICE KHAKI UNIFORM COMPONENT IN 
THE MANNER PRESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS:
(1) THE POLY/WOOL OVERBLOUSE IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH POLY/WOOL SERVICE 
KHAKI SLACKS OR SKIRTS ONLY.
(2) THE OVERBLOUSE SHALL BE WORN OUTSIDE THE SLACKS OR SKIRT AND SHALL HANG 
COMFORTABLY OVER THE HIPS AND CHEST WITHOUT PULLING OPEN.
(3) WHEN WORN WITH THE BLACK RELAX FIT JACKET OR V-NECK SWEATER, THE 
OVERBLOUSE WILL BE TUCKED SO THAT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOUSE WILL NOT PROTRUDE 
BEYOND THE BOTTOM OF THE JACKET OR SWEATER.
(4) THE LENGTH OF THE OVERBLOUSE SHALL BE LONG ENOUGH TO FALL APPROXIMATELY 
ONE INCH ABOVE THE BOTTOM OF THE SIDE POCKET OPENING.
ALL BUTTONS SHALL BE FASTENED.
(5) ALL RIBBONS, WARFARE DEVICES, ID BADGES AND NAMETAGS SHALL BE WORN AS 
PRESCRIBED FOR THE SUMMER WHITE UNIFORM WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PLACEMENT OF 
RIBBONS AND NAMETAGS. PLACEMENT OF RIBBONS SHALL BE SIX AND ONE QUARTER INCHES 
DOWN FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE FRONT SEAM AND SHOULDER SEAM AND CENTERED 
OVER THE FRONT SEAM.
(6) NAMETAGS SHALL BE PLACED IN THE SAME MANNER ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE 
OVERBLOUSE.
(7) THE OVERBLOUSE WILL BE PURCHASED AT THE INDIVIDUAL'S EXPENSE AND WILL NOT 
BE PRESCRIBABLE.
(8) THE KHAKI OVERBLOUSE IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE 100% POLYESTER 
(CNT) SLACKS OR SKIRT. THE OVERBLOUSE IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VIA THE NAVY 
EXCHANGE UNIFORM CENTER, THE NEX UNIFORM WEBSITE AT 
HTTPS://WWW.NEXNET.NEXWEB.ORG/PLS/NEXAUTH/WG
_SELECT_SPEED (ALL LOWERCASE)
OR CALL CENTER AT 1-800-368-4088.
D. FLIGHT SUIT MANNER OF WEAR. EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2011, STANDARDIZED WEAR OF 
FLIGHT SUITS WILL BE IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
(1) CONUS: ONLY GREEN FLIGHT SUITS WILL BE WORN IN CONUS. GREEN FLIGHT SUITS 
WILL BE WORN WITH BLACK UNDERSHIRTS.
(2) OCONUS: TAN FLIGHT SUITS WILL BE WORN OCONUS AS DETERMINED BY THE NAVY 
COMPONENT COMMANDER. TAN FLIGHT SUITS WILL BE WORN WITH BROWN UNDERSHIRTS.
(3) THE GRADUATE LEVEL AIRCREW TRAINING PATCH SHALL BE WORN ON THE RIGHT 
SHOULDER ONLY.
(4) GARRISON CAPS ARE TO BE STORED IN EITHER LEG POCKET WITHOUT THE POCKET 
BEING ZIPPED.
EXPOSURE OF THE GARRISON CAP WHEN STORED IN THE LEG POCKET IS AUTHORIZED.
(5) THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS POLICY IS THE FLIGHT SUIT AND COMPONENTS WORN 
BY THE U.S.
NAVY'S FLIGHT DEMONSTRATION SQUADRON (BLUE ANGELS).
E. CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF NAVAL AVIATION. THE CNO HAS APPROVED THE WEARING 
OF FLIGHT SUITS AT DESIGNATED AVIATION CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION EVENTS DURING 
CALENDAR YEAR 2011. VICE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS IS THE APPROVAL AUTHORITY 
FOR THE WEARING OF FLIGHT SUITS AT DESIGNATED EVENTS. COMMANDER, NAVAL AIR 
FORCES WILL SUBMIT QUARTERLY REQUESTS TO VICE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS VIA 
COMMANDER, U.S. FLEET FORCES COMMAND FOR RECOMMENDED EVENTS FOR FLIGHT SUIT 
WEAR.
COMMANDER, NAVAL AIR FORCES WILL PROVIDE FURTHER DETAILS AND GUIDANCE OF 
AUTHORIZED EVENTS AND FLIGHT SUIT MANNER OF WEAR TO DESIGNATED NAVY 
ORGANIZATIONS VIA SEPARATE CORRESPONDENCE.

2. FILE THIS NAVADMIN UNTIL REVISIONS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE BUPERS 
DIRECTIVE CD-ROM CHANGE CONTAINING REF A.

3. POINTS OF CONTACT:
- POLICY CHANGES: MR. ROBERT B. CARROLL, HEAD, NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS OFFICE, AT 
ROBERT.B.
CARROLL(AT)NAVY.MIL, CMDCM(AW) JERRY FEATHERSTONE, NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS, AT 
(703) 695-3977/DSN 224, OR EMAIL AT JERRY.FEATHERSTONE(AT)NAVY.MIL AND PSC(SW) 
SHAWN LAFFERTY, NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS, AT
(703) 614-5075.
- ORDERING THE CPO CUTLASS: MS. MARIAN NELSON, (757) 502-7506 OR E -MAIL AT 
MARIAN.NELSON(AT)NEXWEB.ORG
- AVIATION CENTENNIAL FLIGHT SUIT WEAR: CDR TAMI RYLEY, (619) 545
-4171 OR E-MAIL AT
TAMARA.RYLEY(AT)NAVY.MIL.

4. RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//

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