WASHINGTON (NNS) — Since April 5, the Navy has required the wearing of cloth face coverings for all military, Navy civilian and contractors as well as family members while on DoD property, installations and facilities when maintaining proper social distancing between people isn’t possible.
Those rules, laid out in NAVADMIN message 100/20, remain in effect. Now, the Navy’s top uniformed personnel official, Vice Adm. John B. Nowell has issued further guidance in NAVADMIN 194/20 on face coverings which can be worn in uniform and how to get them.
“Initial face covering guidance facilitated immediate wear and availability of face coverings as one of several COVID-19 protective measures,” Nowell wrote. “Procurement, design and wear guidance was less defined pending the availability of more durable and conservative designed government procured face coverings.”
This initial flexibility was by necessity, Nowell said, to quickly put personal protective equipment (PPE) in the hands of Sailors and provided unit commanders flexibility in procuring face coverings through “multiple sources, designs, colors and durability,” allowing them to “rapidly field face coverings to their personnel.”
Since design type and configuration have been narrowed for wear with the uniform, here’s what you need to know about what can be worn and how to get them.
When worn in a Navy uniform, face coverings must still meet the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and can be purchased by individuals or issued by commands.
Functionally, they must be made of at least two layers of cloth fabric and fit snugly and comfortably, covering the chin and extending over the bridge of the nose. They must not interfere with wearing eyeglasses or cause them to fog. Single-layer face covering already available through Defense Logistics Agency and Navy Exchange Service Command are acceptable and meet standards.
Fastening devices must be neutral in color and made of elastic, cord, string and loop. They must tie around the back of the ears or back of the head. It’s ok to use face coverings with barrel lock devices but only in areas where safety and Foreign Object Debris restrictions aren’t an issue.
Face coverings worn in uniform must overall be conservative in appearance, non-offensive and exhibit nothing that will bring discredit upon the wearer or the Navy.
Only face coverings made of plain neutral colors — specifically black, brown, tan, white, grey, green, blue can be worn. No lettering/wording, logos, symbols, prints or patterns are authorized.
The only exception is the option to wear coverings with camouflage patterns that match the Navy’s existing camouflage pattern uniforms.
Commands have the option of buying face coverings through Defense Logistics Agency or through open purchase if those available through the supply system “do not meet mission requirements,” Nowell wrote. Purchase through the Navy Exchange is also available.
For further details, see NAVADMIN 194/20 which contains stock numbers for face coverings in all seven authorized colors. In addition, the message contains contact information for both uniform and supply points of contact in this issue.
Here’s the PDF of the memo if you want it. It says:
SUBJECT: Department of Defense Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to taking every precaution to ensure the health and wellbeing of our Service members, DoD civilian employees, families, and the Nation in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
DoD supports, and will continue to implement, all measures necessary to mitigate risks to the spread of the disease, consistent with the Department’s priorities to protect our people, safeguard our national security capabilities, and support the government’s whole-of-nation response.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Military personnel, DoD civilian employees, their family members, and DoD contractors are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings or where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers (this does not include in a Service member’s or Service family member’s personal residence on a military installation). This includes all:
- Military Personnel
- DoD Civilian Employees
- Family Members
- DoD Contractors
- All other individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities
Exceptions to this requirement may be approved by local commanders or supervisors, and then submitted up the chain of command for situational awareness. Security checkpoints may require the lowering of face covers to verify identification.
The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness will issue updated force health protection guidance on DoD implementation. The Military Departments will issue
guidance on wear for Service members. As an interim measure, all individuals are encouraged to fashion face coverings from household items or common materials, such as clean T-shirts or other clean cloths that can cover the nose and mouth area. Medical personal protective equipment such as N95 respirators or surgical masks will not be issued for this purpose as these will be reserved for the appropriate personnel.
The Department will continue to implement force protective measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to our total force and their families, and the American people. The latest DoD policies can be found at:
I’ve never seen this publication before, but it updates you on the latest uniform changes and clarifies a lot of NWU Type III questions:
In this edition:
- NAVADMIN 282/19
- Gold Star/Next of Kin Lapel Button
- Black Neck Gaiter Optional Wear
- Optional PRT Swimwear
- Acoustic Technician CWO Insignia
- Uniform Initiatives
- NWU Type III: Know Your Uniform
- Frequently Asked Questions
- ‘Tis the Season: Authorized Outerwear – Myth Busted: Navy-issued Safety Boots
- NWU Type III Fit Guide
- New Uniform Mandatory Wear Dates
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced updates to uniform policy and uniform design improvement in NAVADMIN 282/19, Dec. 9.
Navy uniform policies are the result of fleet feedback, command sponsored requests and direction from Navy leadership. Navy uniform policy updates directly support Sailor 2025 goals of attracting and retaining the very best Sailors by finding greater flexibility in policies and practices. Uniform updates include:
Uniform item introductions:
Optional Physical Readiness Test (PRT) swimwear updates include twopiece swimwear that is now authorized for both male and female Sailors for their semi-annual PRT (full torso coverage required). Full body swimwear is also authorized for Sailors who elect to swim for their PRT.
The black neck gaiter is authorized during extreme cold weather conditions with the following cold weather outer garments only: cold weather parka, Navy working uniform type II/III parka, pea coat, reefer, and all weather coat.
The Gold Star Lapel Button (GSLB) and Next of Kin Lapel Button (NKLB) is now authorized for optional wear with service dress and full dress uniforms for eligible survivors of service members.
The acoustic technician chief warrant officer (CWO) insignia is authorized for wear by CWOs designated with a 728X designator.
New Uniform Design Improvements:
The summer white/service dress white maternity shirt is being redesigned to enhance appearance and functionality when worn. The new design improvements include princess seams, adjustable side tabs with three buttons, epaulettes, and two side seam hidden pockets. The improved design also removes chest pockets to align with the current style service khaki and Navy service uniform maternity shirt. A future NAVADMIN will announce projected availability for purchase and wear.
NWU and cold weather parka black fleece liner development efforts are underway to enhance the design of the black fleece to include weather resistant (rain and wind) outer fabric, attached rank tab and two side access pockets with zippered closures.
Navy Uniform Initiatives Update:
The OPNAV Uniform Regulations App was revised and renamed in July 2019 and is now the MyNavy UNIFORMS App. The latest revision includes the addition of Chapter 2 (Grooming Standards) and Chapter 5 (Identification Badges, Breast Insignia, Awards, Aiguillettes, Brassards, Buttons, Boatswains Pipe/Lanyard), as well as recently released uniform policy announcements. The MyNavy UNIFORMS app may be downloaded from www.applocker.navy.mil or your preferred app store.
Fleet testing of the IBoot 5 continues. Feedback from participants has been positive indicating the enhanced design features of the IBoot 5 are a major improvement to the standard Navy safety footwear in the terms of overall fit, comfort and performance. The evaluation will continue through the end of calendar year 2019 to facilitate wear during cold weather conditions. The completion of the IBoot 5 evaluation, participant survey and final report to Navy leadership with recommendation is expected to occur by the first quarter of calendar year 2020.
Mandatory uniform possession and wear dates remain as follows:
Female E-1 through E-6 jumper style service dress blue with enlisted white hat: 31 January 2020.
Female officer and chief petty officer service dress white coat (choker): 31 January 2020.
Black cold weather parka: 30 April 2021.
Navy fitness suit: 30 September 2021.
Male and female E-1 through E-6 service dress white with blue piping: 31 October 2021.
Feedback and recommendations regarding uniform policy, uniform components and uniform availability are welcome and can be provided via MyNavy Portal at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/, select Professional Resources, U.S. Navy Uniforms and *Ask The Chiefs.* Feedback can also be provided via the MyNavy UNIFORMS App.
Questions regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to the Navy Uniform Matters Office, OPNAV N13X, via e-mail to Mr. Robert Carroll, Head of Navy Uniform Matters Office, at robert.b.carroll(at)navy.mil; CMDCM(SW/AW/IW/EXW) Marisol Dumlao, Deputy Head of Navy Uniform Matters Office, at marisol.dumlao(at)navy.mil; or PSCS(SW/IW) Alexandre Adriano at alexandre.d.adriano(at)navy.mil.
These policy updates are in line with the #MyNAVYHR goals of manning the fleet and developing a 21st century fighting force that is focused on inclusion and Sailor readiness.
WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced the expansion of hair styles for women along with several other uniform policy changes and updates in NAVADMIN 163/18, July 11.
Among the several hair style changes is the authorization for women to wear locks. The NAVADMIN provides specific and detailed regulation on how locks can be worn.
Women are also authorized to wear their hair in a single braid, French braid, or single ponytail in service, working and physical training uniforms. The ponytail may extend up to three inches below the bottom edge of the of the shirt, jacket or coat collar. The accessory holding the ponytail must not be visible when facing forward, and be consistent with the color of the hair. The hair cannot be worn below the bottom of the uniform collar where there are hazards such as rotating gear.
Women may now wear a hair bun that does not exceed or extend beyond the width of the back of the head.
Other uniform changes include the approval of the Navy Optional Physical Training Uniform (OPTU) that consists of a navy blue high performance shirt and five-inch running shorts. The uniform is expected to be available at Navy Exchange Uniform and Customer Care Centers starting October 2018.
Navy is also developing a standard navy blue Physical Training Uniform (PTU) that will be phased into the seabag issue at Recruit Training Command in the next 12-18 months.
The Black Relax-Fit Jacket (Eisenhower Jacket) has been designated a unisex item and Sailors can wear the men or women’s jacket sizing that best suits their uniform requirements.
To allow for greater visibility female Sailors have the option to wear identification badges on the right side above the pocket of their uniforms.
Wear testing of the improved female officer and chief Service uniform skirts and slacks will be complete this summer. Improvements include a straight line Service skirt, and redesigned khaki and white Service slacks with lower waist and reduced rise (waist to top of the inseam). These items are expected to be available at Navy Exchange Uniform and Customer Care Centers at the end of the year.
An improved Black Leather Safety Boot (I-Boot 4) for optional wear with all Navy working uniforms and coveralls will be for sale at designated fleet concentration locations beginning this October. The boots were selected based on Sailor feedback and the 2017 Navy Boot Study.
New uniform policies are the result of fleet feedback and the ongoing efforts to improve Navy uniforms, uniform policies and Sailor appearance.
The Navy Uniform mobile app will be updated in late July. The update will include all of Navy Uniform regulation illustrations, policies and NAVADMINs. The expanded uniform app’s goal is to provide one-stop uniform policy access and ability to submit uniform questions links to Navy Exchange on-line uniform sales via the app.
For complete on these uniform policy, details, guidance, and where to direct questions see NAVADMIN 163/18 at http://www.npc.navy.mil.
For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.
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.