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New Uniforms Expected Summer 2008

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS061215-22
Release Date: 12/16/2006 12:01:00 PM


By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Task Force Uniform announced Dec. 14 that the fleet can expect to see two new uniforms appearing in Navy Exchanges by late Summer of 2008.

“We have coordinated with suppliers and manufacturers of the uniforms and we’re on track for mid 2008,” said Command Master Chief Robert Carroll, Task Force director.

One of the two uniforms being rolled out in 2008 is a single Navy working uniform for wear by all Sailors E-1 to O-10, and a year round service uniform for all Sailors E-6 and below.

The uniforms will be sent to Navy Exchanges and Uniform Centers over a 24 month period. Fleet outfitting will take place in eight increments starting with fleet concentration areas. Recruit Training Command Great Lakes will start receiving the new uniforms in the beginning of FY09. Uniforms should be available to all regions within 24 months of the initial roll out, according to NAVADMIN 351/06.

The all ranks uniform is a BDU-style working uniform designed to replace seven different styles of current working uniforms. It is made of a near maintenance-free permanent press 50/50 nylon and cotton blend. Worn with a blue cotton t-shirt, it will include an eight-point cover, a black web belt with closed buckle, and smooth black leather boots. Black suede no-shine boots are available for optional wear when assigned to non-shipboard commands.

A single, year-round service uniform for Sailors E-6 and below is comprised of a short-sleeve khaki shirt for males and an over-blouse for females. Both are made from a wash and wear 75/25 polyester and wool blend with permanent military creases. Black trousers will be worn by males, and beltless black slacks and optional beltless skirt are to be worn by females. Both will wear a black unisex garrison cap. Silver anodized-metal rank insignia will be worn on shirt/blouse collars and cap. The service uniform will also include a black relaxed-fit Eisenhower-style jacket with a knit stand-up collar and epaulets, on which petty officers will wear large, silver anodized-metal rank insignia. Those entitled to wear gold chevrons will continue to wear gold chevrons on the large metal rank insignia on the jacket.

The new uniforms are a result of recommendations made based on interviews with Sailors, command site visits, comprehensive research, and data collected from two Navy-wide uniform surveys. The surveys collected feedback from more than 60,000 Sailors throughout the Fleet. Another key factor used was survey data received from Sailors who participated in a seven month wear test.

Until the new uniforms are available for wear, all existing uniform regulations will apply. During the expected two-year transition period, Sailors will be required to maintain a complete inventory of sea bag items with each reflecting a professional appearance.

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