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SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM UPDATE: PHYSICAL TRAINING UNIFORM AND FEMALE OFFICER AND
CHIEF PETTY OFFICER SERVICE DRESS WHITE UNIFORM//
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 015/17 NAVY UNIFORM POLICY UPDATE. REF B IS NAVADMIN
236/15 NEW UNIFORM INTRODUCTION/HANDBAG POLICY UPDATE. REF C IS NAVPERS
15665I, UNITED STATES NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the introduction, manner and occasion of
wear, and phased availability of the new Navy Fitness Suit (Fitness Suit) and
the availability and manner of wear of the female officer and Chief Petty
Officer (CPO) Service Dress White
2. Reference (a) announced the delayed introduction of the Fitness Suit due
to unforeseen technical difficulties associated with production. Following
the correction of these issues, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes
commenced issuing the Fitness Suit to recruits in April 2017.
3. The new Fitness Suit appropriately reflects Navy colors, completes the
Physical Training Uniform (PTU) ensemble and is tailored for a modern fit and
appearance. The Fitness Suit is a sea bag requirement for officers and
enlisted personnel. In April 2017, eligible enlisted Sailors began receiving
an increase in their annual clothing replacement allowance to facilitate
procurement of the Fitness Suit by the mandatory possession deadline of
30 September 2021. Availability of the Fitness Suit for purchase will
commence in July 2017 at select fleet concentration areas.
Fleet-wide availability at all Uniform Centers and the Navy Exchange Uniform
Call Center is targeted for no later than October 2017.
a. Description. The Fitness Suit consists of a unisex, Navy Blue, water
repellent, nylon jacket and pants. The nylon fabric offers moisture
management and anti-microbial/odor resistant performance features. The
jacket and pants each have gold color heat transfer "NAVY" logos and are
trimmed with silver reflective piping.
(1) Jacket. The jacket is fully lined with a mesh fabric and has a
center-front zipper closure with back and underarm air vents. The sleeves
are designed to enhance movement and include partial elastic at the wrist.
There are two side pockets with zipper and flap closures located on the lower
front and a hidden pocket with a zipper fastener on the right chest interior.
An adjustable interior waist draw-cord with barrel locks in the jacket
pockets provides for waist adjustment. Non-reflective gold heat transfer
NAVY logos are placed on the left front chest area and on the back, centered
above the yoke.
(2) Pants. The pants are pull-on design with elastic waist and draw-
cord for adjustment, are fully lined with mesh fabric, have two side pockets,
and have a straight leg cut and bottom leg side zipper fasteners at the leg
openings. The design also includes a vertical gold-color, heat-transfer
"NAVY" logo on the lower right leg and silver reflective trim on the leg
opening, slide fasteners and at the side vent openings at the hip.
b. Occasion for Wear. The Fitness Suit is designed primarily for
group/unit physical training activities and the semi-annual physical
readiness test to facilitate conducting exercises where standing, running and
exercise is conducted on non-abrasive surfaces. The occasion for wear of the
Fitness Suit is as follows:
(1) In-Port. The Fitness Suit may be worn optionally or as
prescribed by the commanding officer when performing unit/command physical
training. The Fitness Suit may also be worn during individual physical
fitness activities and while on liberty (refer to paragraph (3) below).
(2) At Sea. The wearing of the Fitness Suit and PTU components will
be at the discretion of the commanding officer.
(3) After Normal Working Hours and During Liberty. The Fitness Suit
may be worn both on and off base for individual fitness-related activities
and liberty unless determined otherwise by the regional commander or
commanding officer. When worn during personal fitness activities and while
on liberty, individual components of the Fitness Suit and PTU may be worn at
the discretion of the Sailor.
(4) Wear Restrictions and Allowances. The Fitness Suit is not
authorized to be worn while in a duty status or when conducting official
business on base (e.g. Personnel Support Detachments, medical, dental, legal,
etc.), in lieu of the uniform of the day, when working, nor while in a
limited or light duty status requiring the wear of a uniform. Pregnant
Sailors may wear the Fitness Suit and PTU components unless they become
uncomfortable or too tight.
In all cases, the Fitness Suit will be worn in such a manner as to reflect
credit upon the Navy and the Sailor wearing it.
c. Manner of Wear. When required for wear, the jacket and pants will be
worn together in the following manner:
(1) Jacket. The jacket will be worn over the PTU shirt and zipped at
least three quarters up. The sleeve cuffs will extend beyond the wrist but
not beyond the lower knuckle of the thumb.
(2) Pants. The Fitness Suit pants will be worn fully on the waist
and over the PTU shorts. The length of the pants shall extend down between
the top and heel of the athletic shoes worn. The pants will not be of such
length as to extend beyond the heel and touch the deck.
(3) Optional Items. Authorized optional items that may be worn with
the Fitness Suit include: Blue Navy or Command Ball Cap, Navy Watch Cap
(weather conditions warranting), and thermal undergarments.
(4) Sizing. The Fitness Suit utilizes an Alpha sizing system similar
to that of the Navy Working Uniform (example
medium/long) for both jacket and pants. Fitness Suit components have been
generously sized to compensate for expected shrinkage during the first five
washings. It is recommended that Sailors review the Fitness Suit sizing
chart available on the Uniform Matters website or at Navy Exchange Uniform
Centers and try on components before purchasing to ensure sizing needs are
d. Wear Life and Maintenance. The wear life of the Fitness Suit is 48
months, which is based on current physical readiness training and testing
requirements and proper wear and care according to the maintenance
instructions printed on each component care label. To ensure longevity of
the Fitness Suit, Sailors should always use the low temperature settings on
self-service home style washing/drying machines. Laundering in industrial,
ship-board or bulk laundry facilities is not recommended and could damage the
4. In line with reference (b), the new female officer/CPO SDW choker-style
coat commenced introduction in Navy Exchange Uniform and Call Centers in
January 2017. Over the next 3 years, the single-breasted SDW Coat with
lapels is being phased out of the uniform inventory for the Navy and replaced
by the SDW Choker Coat with stand-up collar. The deadline for possession and
wear is 31 January 2020.
a. Description. The new female SDW Choker Coat is similar in appearance
to that of the male SDW Choker Coat, but designed specifically for the female
anatomy. The female SDW Choker Coat is a single-breasted design with
princess seams to allow for improved fit as well as alteration. It is fully
lined and has a standing collar and 6, sewn-on, 35-line U.S. Navy eagle, gilt
buttons on the left front. The fabric is certified Navy twill
(CNT) polyester. It also features a collar with hook and loop fastener tape
with a lined tab against the neck, zippered sword slit over the left hip of
the wearer, two internal lower front welt pockets, a hanger loop in back of
the neck and loops for officer shoulder boards. The female choker coat does
not include front breast pockets, pocket flaps or pocket flap buttons.
b. Occasion for Wear. The occasion for wear of the new SDW choker coat
will be consistent with the policy wear guidelines of Service, Dinner, and
Full Dress Uniform requirements prescribed in reference (c).
c. Manner of Wear. Wear squarely on the shoulders, button all buttons
and fasten the collar. Officers wear hard shoulder boards.
CPOs wear rank insignia on the standing collar. Breast insignia and
accoutrements will be worn in the same manner as prescribed in reference (c).
Ribbons and medals will be placed and worn in the same relative location and
manner as when worn on the Service Dress Blue Uniform (medals and ribbons)
and the khaki overblouse (ribbons and name tag). The holding bar of the
lowest row of medals and bottom row of ribbons should align approximately
with the middle of the second button from the top of the coat. The SDW
Choker Coat may be worn with all basic, prescribable and optional components,
less dress shirt and neck tie currently authorized for wear with the single-
breasted SDW coat with lapels.
5. 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 (c)).
6. Direct questions regarding the contents of this NAVADMIN to the Uniform
Matters Office via e-mail to 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, or PSC(SW/AW) Manuel A. Guiracocha at
7. Direction questions regarding the Fitness Suit and SDW Choker Coat
availability and related matters to Mr. Gregory Determan, Navy Exchange
Uniform Program Management Office, at gregory.determan(at)nexweb.org.
8. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until reference (c) has been updated
to reflect the new policy changes.
9. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//