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Wear Rules for Navy Working Uniforms Expanded

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS111202-23

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert announced expanded occasion for wear and updated policies for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I, II and III in NAVADMIN 366/11, released Dec. 2.

There has been a lot of interest throughout the fleet regarding expanding the locations that Sailors can wear the Navy's working uniform. Several weeks ago the CNO asked Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West to take a look at the Navy Working Uniform policy.

"Following their review, I am proud to report that we are extending the wear policy of the working uniform to improve the practicality while ensuring professionalism and maintaining its value," said Greenert. "I want my shipmates to look sharp, be uniform and have the quality they deserve."

The NAVADMIN expands the authorized stops for which NWUs may be worn when commuting to and from home and work, and to allow wear of the NWU during selected events when authorized by regional commanders or commanding officers.

These policies will take effect Jan. 1 for all continental United States, Hawaii and Guam commands.

NWU wear is authorized for commuting and all normal tasks, such as stops at child care centers, gas stations, off-base shopping, banking, at the DMV, and dining before, during and after the workday. Since NWUs are not a liberty uniform, consumption of alcohol while off-base in the NWUs is not permitted. Area or regional commanders may further restrict this policy within their geographic limits.

Additionally, the NWU Type I, II and III are authorized Jan. 1 for wear at all locations with the exception of several National Capitol Region (NCR) locations. These include inside the Pentagon building and the National Mall area bounded by Capitol Hill and surrounding senate and house staff offices, the White House and executive office building, State Department and all monuments and memorials. Slides depicting NCR prohibited areas can be found at the Navy Uniform Matters website at The service uniform and service dress uniform will remain the uniform of the day at these NCR locations.

Additionally, the NWU Type I is authorized for wear by all Commander, Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC) recruiters in the continental United States, Hawaii and Guam.

NWUs are not authorized for wear on commercial travel such as airlines, railways, or buses in the continental United States. However, they may be worn on military and government-contracted flights between military airfield installations, as well as commuter transportation such as city and commuter buses, subways and ferries. The uniforms may also be worn at the Pentagon Metro and Pentagon commuter slug lines.

The NAVADMIN also outlines the manner of wear for the NWU off base. The shirt/blouse is required to be worn at all times. Commanders also must ensure grooming standards are enforced. Trousers must be bloused and the only head gear authorized is the eight point cover and the parka hood must be stowed unless being used. The fleece with chest rank tab is also authorized as a stand-alone outer garment.

Regional commanders will stipulate the wear of the NWU for official ceremonies and functions, such as Fleet Week, celebrations and parades, and sporting events with media interest.

NAVADMIN 259/11 wear rules for these uniforms outside of the continual United States remain in effect.

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