CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 271536Z MAY 22 MID200001752845U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 124/22 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/MAY// SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM AND GROOMING POLICY UPDATE// REF/A/DOC/COMNAVPERSCOM/23AUG21// AMPN/REF A IS NAVPERS 15665J, U.S. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces an update to several uniform and grooming policies. Navy uniform policy updates directly support Sailor 2025 objectives to attract and retain the very best Sailors by finding greater flexibility in our policies and practices, including uniforms. 2. Navy Uniform Regulations apply to all Sailors equally, regardless of their rank, grade, ethnicity, position held or community assigned. Any difference between male and female grooming policies recognizes the differences between the genders. Navy uniform policy updates are the result of Fleet feedback, uniform working group discussions, command sponsored requests and direction from Navy leadership. 3. The following uniform and grooming policy changes are effective as stated: a. Female Hosiery. Effective immediately, wearing hosiery with slacks or skirts is optional vice mandatory for female Sailors when wearing pumps or flats footwear. When hosiery is not worn, shoe liners or no-show socks are required to be worn for hygienic purposes and to avoid abrasions or blisters caused by direct contact and rubbing between the foot and shoe. b. Female Officer/Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Summer White Uniform. Effective immediately, the female officer/CPO summer white uniform belted slacks are re-designated as a basic component of both summer white and service dress white uniforms. This policy change facilitates use of the same slacks for either uniform. c. Female Officer/CPO Service Dress White Uniform. Effective immediately, the beltless dress white slacks worn with the female officer/CPO Service Dress white uniform is re-designated as an optional vice mandatory component for purchase and wear. d. Rank Insignia Worn on Rank Tabs. Effective 1 October 2022, all Navy Service Members will wear the black cold weather parka (CWP) rank insignia on all uniform components with rank tabs. Uniform components requiring the black rank insignia in addition to the CWP include the Navy working uniform (NWU) type II and III shirts and parkas, black fleece liner and brown fleece liner. Matching pattern NWU type II/III rank insignia will only be worn on the NWU type II/III during tactical training and operations as designated by the applicable commanding officer. e. Retired Male Sailor Uniform Grooming Standards. Effective immediately, retired male Sailors are authorized to have facial hair (beard) when wearing Navy uniforms during authorized ceremonial events. Facial hair must be neatly groomed and be in keeping with a professional appearance. f. NWU Type III Maternity Top. Redesign of the NWU type III maternity top is in progress to include the ability to add shoulder patches to align with the design of standard NWU shirt. The availability of the redesigned maternity top will be announced in a future NAVADMIN. 4. Navy Uniform Regulations are continuously reviewed for policy applicability, accuracy, clarity and comprehension. Feedback and recommendations regarding uniform policy, uniform components and uniform availability are welcomed 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. 5. Questions regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to Mr. Robert B. Carroll, Navy Uniform Matters and Emerging Issues Branch (OPNAV N13X), robert.b.carroll3.civ(at)us.navy.mil, ETCM(SW/AW/EXW) Richard Baumert, Deputy Branch Head, richard.a.baumert2.mil(at)us.navy.mil, or ETC(SW) Ryan P. Cameron, ryan.p.cameron.mil(at)us.navy.mil. 6. Retain this NAVADMIN until policy changes are incorporated in Navy Uniform Regulations, superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first. 7. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Here are all the NAVADMINs that deal with these issues:
- Postponement of Selection Board Schedule
- Physical Readiness Policy Update
- Temporary Relaxation of Hair Grooming Standards
No, you cannot grow a beard. Sorry.
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