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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 164/12, UNIFORM BOARD UPDATE. REF B IS
NAVADMIN 236/15, NEW UNIFORM INTRODUCTION/HANDBAG POLICY UPDATE.
REF C IS NAVADMIN 174/16, UNIFORM POLICY UPDATE. REF D IS NAVADMIN 082/16,
NAVY TATTOO AND NWU TYPE II AND III BALL CAP POLICY CHANGE.
REF E IS NAVPERS 15665I, UNITED STATES NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.
REF F is NAVADMIN 208/15, UNIFORM POLICY CHANGES.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces uniform program updates and policy revisions
regarding Navy Security Force (NSF) identification badges/patches,
implementation schedule for the Navy fitness suit, female Sailor dress
covers, expanded manner of wear of female officers and chief petty officers
Service Dress Blue (SDB) uniform, safety boot wear, wear of Coyote Brown
Command Ball Cap and optional Cold Weather Parka, new uniforms availability
update and uniform regulations improvement initiative.
2. NSF Identification Badges. Effective immediately, reference
(a) is revised regarding the eligibility criteria to wear NSF identification
badges and patches as follows:
a. NSF Badge/Patch. All security limited duty officers/chief warrant
officers (649X/749X) and masters-at-arms will wear the NSF badge/patch for
the duration of their duty within the career path. Personnel who change
designators or transition out of the NSF career field will no longer be
authorized continuous wear of the NSF badge.
b. Correction Specialist Badge/Patch. Personnel assigned the Navy
Enlisted Classifications 2008/9575/9516 and performing Correction Specialist
duties will wear the Corrections Specialist badge/patch for the duration of
their assignment only.
c. Command Master-At-Arms. Command master-at-arms will now be referred
to as chief master-at-arms (CMAA). Personnel assigned permanent change of
station to CMAA duties will be authorized to wear the CMAA badge/patch for
the duration of their assignment only.
3. Navy Fitness Suit. Due to unforeseen technical production issues, the
introduction of the Navy fitness suit as announced in reference (b) is
postponed. Target release date for introduction of the Navy fitness suit at
Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes is 1 April 2017, with fleet
availability for personal purchase at Navy Exchange (NEX) Uniform Centers and
Uniform Call Centers to follow. A future NAVADMIN will provide an update on
introduction and fleet availability schedules.
4. Female Dress Covers. The deadline for mandatory wear of the alternate
and unisex Combination Covers for female officers and chief petty officers
(CPO) as directed by reference (b) is extended from 31 October 2016 to 31
October 2018. The enlisted White Hat remains mandatory for wear with jumper
style uniforms only. The enlisted E1-E6 female combination cover is required
for wear with the four button coat SDB uniform until 31 December 2019.
Female Sailors E1-E6 may optionally wear the enlisted White Hat or female
Combination Cover with maternity uniforms until 31 December 2019 to coincide
with the termination wear date of the female E1-E6 four button SDB uniform.
Female officer/CPO female combination covers are no longer available for
purchase at the NEX Uniform Centers. Female E1-E6 Combination Cover
availability is very limited through the NEX Uniform Call Center at 1-800-
5. Female Officer and Chief Petty Officer Service Dress Blue Uniform.
Effective immediately and until further notice, optional wear of male E7 and
above SDB trousers is authorized with the female SDB uniform. The manner of
wear of male trousers is per current uniform policy.
6. Safety Boots. As directed by reference (c), black leather safety boots
(steel toed) are the standard boots worn with the Navy Working Uniform (NWU)
Type III uniform for CONUS and U.S. territories. Authorized black safety
boots include the 9-inch black smooth leather NWU boot, the 9-inch black
rough-side-out leather NWU boot and the 8-inch flight deck safety boot.
Black leather safety boots (steel toed) are sea-bag-required items and are
required afloat and ashore in environments mandating safety shoe wear.
Authorized exceptions for wearing black safety boots with the NWU Type III
are as follows:
a. Brown safety boots when issued as organizational clothing for wear in
environments such as flight duty, construction battalion duties or similar
b. Navy certified desert tan or coyote brown rough-side-out leather non-
safety boots in environments not requiring safety boot wear may be worn
optionally at the discretion of the commanding officer. Optional boots not
required as organizational clothing will be procured at the expense of the
Sailor and not the authorizing command.
7. Coyote Brown Command Ball Cap. Reference (d) authorized the optional
wear of Coyote Brown Command Ball Caps with the NWU Type II and III uniforms.
The manner and occasion for wear of the Coyote Brown Command Ball Cap is
consistent with the Blue Command Ball Cap as outlined in reference (e). For
officers O5 and above, Navy head gear visor ornamentation shall be gold in
color consistent with Navy standards.
8. Cold Weather Parka. The wearing of rank insignia as announced in
reference (f) is updated as follows: Until further notice, the display of
rank insignia by Sailors E4 through O10 will be via metal rank insignia or
NWU Type I slip-on rank insignia centered on the rank tab of the Cold Weather
Parka. A black slip-on rank insignia is being developed for replacement of
the NWU Type I insignia and will be announced pending availability.
9. New Uniform Availability. The new jumper-style female enlisted SDB began
introduction at RTC on 1 October 2016. Fleet availability is expected to
commence at fleet concentration areas beginning February 2017. The new
female officer and CPO Service Dress White coat is available now for purchase
at NEX Uniform Centers and Uniform Call Centers. The NWU Type III is on
schedule for introduction at RTC Great Lakes beginning 1 October 2017. Fleet
availability via NEX Uniform Centers is tentative for fall 2017. Future
NAVADMINs will provide fleet updates on new uniform availability to include
the NWU Type III fielding plan.
10. Uniform Regulations Update. The Navy Uniform Matters Office (UMO) is
committed to providing quality content and modern depiction of Navy uniform
policies and uniform components via its website. The website modernization
initiative is underway and serves to enhance rapid dissemination of
information regarding uniform policy changes, improved user experience, and
to post updates of new uniform features and illustrations. The UMO website
update is part of a broader collaborative initiative starting with color
illustrations and timely updates of the latest uniform policies. To ensure
we are addressing the needs of the Navy fleet input, recommendations and
feedback are welcomed and encouraged. Future changes will encompass
recommendations based on majority input and fiscal viability. When providing
recommendations, please send to Ask The Master Chief via:
NPC/SUPPORT/UNIFORMS/ or umo_cmc(at)navy.mil. All recommendations will be
responded to in the order received.
11. Navy uniform policies and update announcements are driven by feedback
received from the fleet requesting policy change, update or clarification.
The official method of communicating uniform policies to the fleet is
promulgated by Navy leadership via a NAVADMIN with follow-on publication in
the U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations (reference (e)). Please direct feedback to
Ask The Master Chief via http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-
npc/support/uniforms/ or umo_cmc(at)navy.mil.
12. Direct questions regarding the contents of this NAVADMIN to the UMO
Office via e-mail to Mr. Robert B. Carroll, Head of Navy Uniform Matters at
robert.b.carroll(at)navy.mil, LSCS(AW/EXW/SW) Judith P. Nelson-Williams,
Deputy Head at judith.nelson(at)navy.mil, or PSC(SW/AW) Manuel A. Guiracocha
13. Direct questions regarding the specifications and authorized procurement
sources of the Coyote Brown Command Ball Cap to NWU Type II/III Program
Office, Navy Exchange Service Command, Mr. Mark Stephens, Director at
14. Direct questions regarding Navy Security Badge/Patch occasion for wear
to CDR Charles Cowart, Director, Navy Security Forces - Code N1SF, U.S. Fleet
Forces Command at charles.cowart(at)navy.mil.
15. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or cancelled. File
this NAVADMIN until reference (e) has been updated to reflect the new policy
16. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//