Navy Announces Uniform Policy and Initiative Updates

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Nothing like posting while kids await the arrival of grandparents before opening presents…

The Navy announced a change in uniform policy and initiative updates. The parts pertinent to a Medical Corps officer included:

  • Embroidered Navy-certified subdued matching NWU Type II and NWU Type III pattern “Don’t Tread On Me” and reverse U.S. flag patches are authorized for optional non-tactical wear in garrison at unit commander discretion. Patches are available for purchase at Navy Exchange Uniform Centers and Uniform Call Centers beginning February 2018.
  • The policy governing the occasion for wear of NWUs is revised as follows: wear of NWUs is authorized for commuting and all normal tasks and associated short stops (i.e. child care, gas station, off-base shopping, banking and dining) before, during and after the workday. The NWU is not a liberty uniform. After working hours, NWU wear is not permitted while conducting official business when business attire is appropriate and participating in social events. Also, consumption of alcohol in NWUs on base is authorized except where regional commanders promulgate otherwise.

And who hasn’t had their Bates heels fall apart?

  • Lastly, upon Sailor feedback regarding Bates “LITE” dress shoe heel disintegration, Bates reformulated the chemical composition of sole material to rectify this defect and the Navy Exchange Command purged inventory of the affected shoes. 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.

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