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SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM POLICY AND UNIFORM INITIATIVES UPDATE//
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NARR/REF A IS NAVPERS 15665I, U.S. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.
REF B IS NAVADMIN 214/17, NAVY WORKING UNIFORM TYPE III AND NAVY WORKING
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces several updates to Navy uniform policy and
several Navy uniform initiatives. Policy updates include Engineering Duty
Officer (EDO) Qualification Insignia, North American Aerospace Defense
Command (NORAD) Identification Badge, Navy Working Uniform Type II and III
(NWU Type II/III) embroidered shoulder patches, Navy Career Counselor
Identification Badge, Black V-neck Pullover Sweater, and revised occasion for
wear of the NWU.
Additionally, this NAVADMIN provides updates on several Navy uniform
initiatives to include: 2017 Navy Boot Study, Submarine Sweater, Navy
Physical Training Uniform and Dress Shoes.
2. The following Navy Uniform Policy updates are effective
a. EDO Qualification Insignia. EDOs, 144X, who have completed the
Engineering Duty Qualification Program in line with NAVSEAINST
5400.55 (Series), NAVSEAINST 3540.4 (Series) or NAVSEAINST 1001.3 (Series),
to include command responsibilities and qualification standards, are
authorized to wear the EDO breast insignia.
(1) Description. A gold metal pin with two oak leaf branches facing
a silver circle centered on a gold fouled anchor inscribed with a silver
three?bladed propeller, on gold background overlaid on crossed U.S. Navy
officer swords, rendered in gold. The tips of the propeller blades trisect
the circle and the south facing blade is vertical.
(2) Manner of Wear. The EDO qualification insignia will be
available in two sizes (normal and miniature). The normal size insignia will
be worn on all uniforms except Dinner Dress. The miniature EDO insignia will
be worn with miniature medals on Dinner Dress uniforms. Warfare devices will
take precedence over the EDO qualification insignia and as such officers who
are warfare qualified will wear the EDO qualification insignia in the
secondary position. If an officer has two warfare qualifications they will
not wear the EDO qualification insignia.
(3) Eligibility. To qualify as an EDO, an officer must complete the
engineering duty officer qualification program.
(4) Availability. Commanding officers are authorized to present the
EDO insignia to qualified officers upon required qualification and
eligibility certification. The target date for availability of the insignia
via the Navy Exchange uniform system is the second quarter of fiscal year
b. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Identification
Badge. Sailors assigned as staff members to NORAD are authorized to
optionally wear the NORAD identification badge during the duration of their
(1) Description. The NORAD identification badge is available in two
metal badge configurations (regular and miniature) and an embroidered patch.
The NORAD emblem on the metal badge consists of a blue background, turquoise
globe surrounded by white/silver wings, and a yellow North American continent
emblazoned with a northward facing sword. The words "North American
Aerospace Defense Command" underlay the emblem. The Three color scheme
signifies NORADs defense scope of Air, Sea and Land, representative of a
unified command. The regular size badge is 2 1/4 inches in diameter and
consists of the miniature badge superimposed on a silver sunburst of 33 rays.
The miniature badge is 1 1/4 inches in diameter and consists of the NORAD
emblem itself. The embroidered patch is approximately 4 inches in diameter
and is of the same design as the emblem itself, and can be worn in full color
or matching colors of the uniform worn.
(2) Manner and Occasion of Wear. Wear the regular size metal badge
on Service Dress uniforms. Wear the miniature size badge on Service
Uniforms. The Embroidered patch shall be worn on flight suits only. The
NORAD badge may not be worn on formal, dinner dress, working/utility, or
coverall uniforms. Women wear the Badge centered 1/4 inch above the left
pocket or 1/4 inch above authorized ribbons/medals/breast insignia. Men wear
the badge on the left pocket centered between the lower point of the pocket
flap and bottom of the pocket, midway between the sides. On pockets without
flaps, center the badge on the left pocket.
c. Embroidered Shoulder Patches. Embroidered Navy certified subdued
matching NWU Type II and NWU Type III pattern Dont Tread On Me (DTOM) and
Reverse U.S. Flag (Reverse Flag) patches are authorized for optional non-
tactical wear in garrison at the unit commander discretion.
(1) Manner and Occasion of Wear. Embroidered DTOM and Reverse Flag
patches may be worn in garrison. The embroidered DTOM and Reverse Flag
patches are not authorized for wear during tactical deployment training
evolutions and tactical operations. Wear DTOM patches on the left upper arm
pocket flap. Wear Reverse Flag patches on the right upper arm pocket flap.
(2) Availability. Navy certified DTOM/Reverse Flag patches will be
available for purchase via Navy Exchange Uniform Centers and Uniform Call
Centers beginning February 2018.
d. Navy Career Counselor Identification Badge. Authorized wear of the
Navy Career Counselor Identification Badge is extended to qualified Full Time
Support instructors of the 2 week Reserve Career Information Course (R-501-
e. Black V-neck Pullover Sweater. The black V-neck pullover sweater is
designated as a UNISEX component authorized for wear by male and female
Sailors. Manner and occasion for wear remains the same as stated in
reference (a). The re-designation of the V-neck sweater provides for an
immediate availability of a wider range of sizes to accommodate both male and
female Sailors uniform needs.
f. NWU Occasion for Wear. The policy governing the occasion for wear of
NWUs as stated in reference (b) is revised as follows:
Wear of the NWU is authorized for commuting and all normal tasks and
associated short stops (e.g., child care, gas station, off-base shopping,
banking and dining) before, during and after the workday.
The NWU is not a liberty uniform. After normal working hours, NWU wear is
not permitted while conducting official business, when business attire is
appropriate and participating in social events.
Consumption of alcohol in NWUs off base is not permitted.
Consumption of alcohol in NWUs on base is authorized except where regional
commanders promulgate otherwise.
3. Navy Uniform Initiatives Update.
a. 2017 Navy Boot Study. The 2017 Navy Boot Study is complete.
Findings and recommendations from the study were reported to Navy leadership
to support development of a short and long-term solution for an improved
general purpose safety boot. Three different commercial safety boot designs
with improved comfort and durability features were compared and evaluated
against the current issued general purpose safety boot. Sailors
participating in the evaluation included over 300 crew members assigned to
USS BOXER (LHD
4) and USS MONTEREY (CG 61). As a result of feedback received and analysis
conducted, Navy leadership will implement a short-term solution by modifying
the currently issued safety boots to immediately improve comfort and
performance. The long-term solution will encompasses a new design with
enhanced comfort, durability, and performance features combined into one
improved general purpose safety boot compatible with aviation, surface, sub-
surface and ashore environments. Future NAVADMINs will announce the progress
and availability of the two safety boot enhancement projects.
b. Submarine Sweater. U.S. Submarine Sailors have worn the submarine
sweater in various forms since World War I. Although authorized as
organizational clothing, the submarine sweater has never been formally
included in the Navy's Uniform Regulations.
This NAVADMIN authorizes the optional wear of the uniquely identifiable and
historically significant submarine sweater. An improved design submarine
sweater is being developed for afloat and ashore wear and its availability
will be announced via a future NAVADMIN. Until an improved design submarine
sweater is available, the original sweater may be worn ashore when meeting
(1) Description. The submarine sweater is an olive drab or brown, 5-
button, V-neck sweater, made of 100 percent wool or 100 percent acrylic
(2) Occasion for Wear. The submarine sweater is authorized for wear
by personnel currently serving at Submarine Force commands or personnel
serving at non-Submarine Force commands who are qualified in submarines.
Ashore the submarine sweater may be worn optionally and only with Service
Khaki (E7 and above) and the Navy Service Uniform (E6 and below).
(3) Manner of Wear. The submarine sweater will be worn over the
shirt of the Service Uniform, with the collar of the shirt inside the
sweater, with a minimum of the lower two buttons fastened, and sleeves fully
extended but not beyond the lower knuckle of the thumb. A standard hook and
loop (Velcro) back, 2 by
4 inch, black leather name tag, will be affixed to the sweater with Velcro
fasteners to the upper left portion of the sweater for identification
purposes. The information on the name tag will be in accordance with
reference (a), Chapter 5, Section 2. The sweater will be free of snags,
holes and piling of the fabric.
c. Physical Fitness Uniform. The Navy Physical Fitness Uniform
(PTU) is being enhanced with an optional running short, and a new color
scheme and logo for the PTU shirt. The new design concepts are currently
under review and will be announced in a future NAVADMIN when a final concept
d. Dress Shoes. Upon Sailor feedback regarding Bates "LITE" dress shoe
heel disintegration, Bates reformulated the chemical composition of sole
materials to rectify this defect and the Navy Exchange Command purged
inventory of the affected shoes. The useful wear life of all shoes per
Uniform Regulations is 36 months.
Sailors who experience heel or sole failure (blowouts) of their dress shoes,
or any other mechanical defect that occurs within 36 months of purchase from
the Navy Exchange Uniform Centers, should return the shoes to the Navy
Exchange and address the issue with a uniform center associate.
4. Points of contact:
a. For questions regarding the EDO qualification insignia, please
contact Commander Naval Sea Systems Command point of contact, CAPT Huan T.
Nguyen at huan.nguyen(at)navy.mil.
b. For questions regarding NWU occasion for wear allowances and
restrictions in your area of assignment, please address all inquiries to your
chain of command or regional commanders office.
c. For questions regarding the submarine sweater initiative please
contact CDR Mark Estes at mark.estes(at)navy.mil.
d. For questions regarding resolution of dress shoe failure, please
contact Mr. Gregory Determan, Navy Exchange Service Command, at
e. Questions and comments regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to
the Navy Uniform Matters Office, OPNAV N13X: Mr.
Robert B. Carroll, Head of Navy Uniform Matters, at
robert.b.carroll(at)navy.mil, LSCM(AW/EXW/SW) Judith P. Nelson- Williams,
Deputy Head, at judith.nelson(at)navy.mil, LSCS(EXW) Michael L. Harvie,
Reserve Component Specialist, at michael.harvie(at)navy.mil, and PSC(SW/AW)
Manuel A. Guiracocha at manuel.guiracocha(at)navy.mil.
5. Retain this NAVADMIN until policy changes are incorporated in reference
(a), superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first.
6. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//