Nearly 45,000 Sailors Receive Targeted Payment for Navy Working Uniforms

WASHINGTON (NNS) — More than 44,000 Sailors received a one-time, targeted clothing replacement allowance (CRA) Nov. 15, to ensure they are fully compensated for their Navy Working Uniforms (NWU)..

Earlier this year, the Navy determined Sailors who entered recruit training between Oct. 1, 2007 and April 26, 2009, were either not issued a full set of NWUs or were not provided adequate clothing allowances for their purchase. Once these Sailors were identified and the best method of ensuring proper compensation was determined, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, announced the plan to issue the one-time payments recently received. “With these payments, the Navy has ensured Sailors are fully and equally compensated for their uniforms,” said Ferguson.

“These affected Sailors now have the means to maintain their professional appearance as the Fleet prepares to fully transition to the Navy Working Uniform.”

Dec. 31, 2010, is the fleet-wide mandatory wear date of the NWU and is the deadline for the majority of Sailors to have a full complement in their seabags. For those Sailors receiving the targeted payment, they will not be required to have a full complement until Sept. 30, 2011.

While the list of nearly 45,000 Sailors is the result of an exhaustive review, the Navy has also outlined an appeals process for those who feel they have been overlooked. After logging onto BUPERS Online (BOL) to determine if they are eligible, and after reviewing their leave and earnings statements to see if they have received a payment, Sailors can contact Navy Personnel Command throughout the remaining fiscal year to request an appeal.

A complete list of items required for the NWU, as well as the procedures for appeals are outlined in NAVADMIN 358/10, which can be viewed at

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2 thoughts on “Nearly 45,000 Sailors Receive Targeted Payment for Navy Working Uniforms”

  1. I called up my local PSD and asked about compensation for these NWU’s and learned some unfortunate news. Having entered the Navy in 2000, I’m told that I simply have to purchase all NWU sets on my own with no compensation. The standard uniform allowence simply isn’t enough to maintain all uniforms plus buy new NWU’s. I’ve had to stretch my pennies while raising a family to get what little I have for this uniform and it’s been a challenge. I’m a frocked HM1 and I’m told I’ll be paid “sometime before July”, so that doens’t provide much hope either. Is there something in the works to help out those Sailors that have been around for a while? Do we want to send the message to our dedicated long-term Sailors that we don’t care about their financial well-being? Just something to think about. These “working” uniforms are quite expensive for a uniform that we’ll do our “dirty work” in and likely have to replace a couple of times due to wear and tear. Thanks for your time.

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