UNIFORM PHRASEOLOGY and UNIFORM TRIVIA
Basic Uniform Components. Uniform items required as part of the basic uniform.
These are the minimum items which must be worn unless the prescribing authority
Prescribable Items. Uniform items which may be directed or authorized with the
basic uniform. Prescribable items may be worn with the basic uniform at the
individual’s discretion unless otherwise directed.
Optional Item. Uniform items purchased at the wearer’s expense, which may be
worn with the basic uniform, but which are not prescribable. Optional items may
be worn with the basic uniform at the individual’s discretion unless otherwise
Conspicuous. Obvious to the eye, attracting attention, striking, bright in
color. Should blend with, not stand out from, a professional appearance in
uniform. What is conspicuous on one person my not be noticeable on another. If
attention is naturally drawn to or distracted from the professional appearance,
it is conspicuous.
Conservative. Not conspicuous or detracting from the professional appearance
while in uniform.
Faddish. A style followed for a short period of time with exaggerated zeal.
Styles are enduring; fads are generally short in duration and frequently started
by an individual or event in the civilian community. Fads are generally
conspicuous and detract from a professional appearance.
Compliments Skin Tone. A conservative color which contributes to the wearer’s
natural skin tone. Conservative colors are generally inconspicuous and do not
detract from a professional appearance in uniform.
–Military creases in shirts are optional and cannot be required.
–The standardized women’s purse has brass closures for Officers, CPOs and E-6
–UIM’s are not authorized on E-6 and below women’s Service Dress Blue uniforms.
–Wear of the post tour Command Master Chief/Senior Enlisted Advisor badge is
authorized for collateral duty assignments.
–Service Khaki (with ribbons) is made of 100% polyester Certified Navy Twill
(CNT), and 75/25 poly/wool. Working Khaki (without ribbons) is made of 65/35
–A sword is not worn with the all-weather coat.
–The only “other services” insignia authorized for wear on the Navy uniform is
Basic Parachutist and the Marine Combat Aircrew Insignia.
–Only the Chief of Naval Operations can authorize ceremonial uniforms other
than those listed in Chapter 11, Section 2 of Uniform Regulations.
–Leather flight jackets may be worn only with Summer Khaki, Working Khaki,
Winter Blue, Winter Working Blue, Aviation Working Green, Utilities, and flight
–Multiple braided hair is authorized for women in uniform, and woven
natural/synthetic hair is authorized if it presents a natural appearance.
–Personnel having diagnosed skin conditions are required to shave/cut/remove
facial hair based on the severity of the condition. For mild or moderate
cases–every 2-3 days required, for severe cases–daily with barber clippers
–Officers, CPOs and women’s Service Dress Blue Coats (including authorized
sweater and jacket replacements) may be removed in the immediate office space
–Contact lenses must be a natural color–blue, green, brown, etc.
–Handbags are carried over the left shoulder or forearm, placing the top of the
handbag at the waist level.
–Decorated belt buckles may be worn, except for ceremonies or inspections, with
appropriate naval insignia, designs, or devices, to which the wearer is
entitled, or the current command. If the current command does not have a buckle,
a previous sea command may be worn.
–Umbrellas will be carried in the left hand to permit saluting.
–CPO Combination Cover chinstraps will be worn with the grommet on the left.
(Over the heart)
–Women’s Berets are worn toward the front of the head, approx. 3/4″ from the
forehead hairline, and tilted slightly to the right. Align miniature sized
insignia above the left eye.
–Only scarlet rating badges are authorized on Peacoats (E4/5/6)
–No gold crows–No service stripes.
–Specialty marks are not authorized on utility crows.
–Women wearing slacks and service shoes must wear socks. (No hosiery)
–E-6/5/4 personnel wearing collar devices have the eagle face toward the front.
–Jackets when worn must be zipped at least 3/4 up-Coats completely buttoned up.
(If it’s not cold enough to zip or button it – Remove it!)
–Non-prescription sunglasses are not authorized for wear indoors unless there
is a medical reason for doing so.
–Crew neck/sleeved T-shirts are required on board ships for all personnel.
–No person in the naval service shall have any article of wearing apparel
belonging to any other person in the naval service without permission from
–Only one warfare device or breast insignia is authorized on sweater nametags.
No Officers crests or rating devices allowed.
–After childbirth, if a woman is unable to reach her normal body fat or
clothing size because of valid medical reasons, Commanding Officers can extend
maternity clothing wear for up to six months from the date of delivery.
–Bulk of hair for both males and females shall not exceed 2 inches. Bulk is
defined as the distance that the mass of the hair protrudes form the scalp.
–Women’s hosiery is made of nylon and is worn in the individuals skin tone
color, undecorated, and seamless. (Hosiery may be panty/hose combination.)
–Seabag inspections are required for all E-1/2/3 personnel prior to transfer to
another ship or station.
–Fingernails for men shall not extend beyond the end of the finger; and
fingernails for women shall not exceed 1/4 inch beyond the end of the finger.
–The Black V-Neck sweater is authorized for wear with Summer White.
–For Officers and CPOs wearing the Black V-Neck sweater in lieu of the Service
Dress Blue coat—the blue windbreaker (with lay down collar) is not authorized
for wear. Only the navy black jacket with stand up knit collar and cuffs may be
–Hems on trousers/slacks should hang approx. 2 inches from the floor at the
back of the shoe. Hems on skirts may range from 1-1/2 inch above to 1-1/2 inch
below the crease behind the knee. (This skirt hem length does not apply to
–For Officers and Chief Petty Officers visiting the Washington National Capital
Area– Winter Blues are not authorized for wear, and Service Khaki is authorized
–The White Jumper uniform is a seabag requirement for E1-6 women effective 1
–Stars on ribbons or medals are worn with two rays pointing down.
–Slacks are a prescribable item with women’s uniforms.
–For E-6 and below women, the Service Dress White Jumper should fall
approximately 2 inches below the bottom of the welt pocket on the white belted
skirt; and one inch above the bottom of the side pocket opening on the jumper
–Unless a medically documented condition exists, white socks are authorized
ONLY with Summer/Service Dress Whites with slacks for Officer and CPOs.
–The cap or hat may be removed when riding a bicycle on or off base. Personnel
may remove their cap or hat when traveling inside a private automobile off base.
Wearing a cover is mandatory when entering or within a military reservation
unless impractical or hazardous.
–Name/Identification tags, if worn, must be uniform throughout the command.
–Short sleeved utility shirts are an optional item.
–Blue cardigan sweaters (with button front) are authorized for wear in the
immediate office space only.
–Berets are an optional item for women.
–Earrings for women are an optional item, and are not required for wear. When
worn the earring shall be a 4-6mm ball (gold for officers/CPOs, and silver for
E-6 and below), plain with brushed, matte finish, shinny, screw-on or post type.
Pearl earrings may be worn with Dinner Dress or Formal uniforms.
–Recommendations to be considered by the Navy Uniform Board must be forwarded
via the chain of command and Type Commander with appropriate comments and
–For Officers and CPOs there is no minimum number of uniforms required to be in
their possession; however sufficient quantities of uniform items shall be
procured and maintained in order to insure the highest possible standards of
personal hygiene and appearance. (Rule of thumb for OFF/CPOs– if it’s a
required basic component or a prescribable item–you are expected to have it.
–Only one bracelet and one wristwatch may be worn while in uniform. Ankle
bracelets/chains are not authorized.
–Any procedure or components, regarding uniforms or grooming, not discussed in
Uniform Regulations are prohibited. (If Uniform Regulations does not
specifically say it’s allowed–IT’S NOT AUTHORIZED)
–All E4-6 personnel wear silver miniature collar devices on collar tips of blue
windbreaker, blue all-weather coat and black dress jacket.
–Men are authorized to have one (cut, clipped or shaved) natural, narrow, fore
and aft part in their hair. Hair cut or parted at an unnatural angle is faddish
and is not authorized.
–Polishing or plating of medals is prohibited.
–Personnel with “Shaving Waivers” signed by the Commanding Officer shall not
allow the hair to exceed 1/4″ in length. Hair will not be trimmed or manicured
to any style. (Shave it all-or none of it!)
–Boatswain’s Pipe and Lanyards may be worn only while carrying out official
ceremonial duties and military watches.
–Retired personnel wearing the uniform must comply with current grooming
standards set forth in Uniform Regulations.
–E1/2/3 do not wear collar devices on uniforms, unless they are assigned to
Marine Corps commands and have been prescribed i.e. medical personnel.
–Personnel who have earned gold service stripes for 12 years of consecutive
good service must remove the gold badge and service stripes if they are
convicted by court martial or at Captains Mast. The privilege to again wear the
gold service stripes may only be earned by again fulfilling the requirements.
–For medals and ribbons–wear either the three senior ribbons, or all ribbons,
if you have earned more than three. For miniature medals wear either the senior
five or all.
–Pregnant women in the Navy may wear outergarments (raincoat, overcoat,
peacoat, reefer, and sweater) unbuttoned when they no longer fit properly
–When sewing on service stripes–the stripe is used as the point of reference
for measurement not the background material.
–Uniform components acquired from other than Navy approved sources (Navy
Uniform Stores/Navy Exchanges) must conform to all military specifications
regarding fabric, style, and appearance.
–Rating devices (GM/BM/etc.) and Warfare Insignia are not authorized to be worn
on Navy/Command ball caps.
–When wearing the Navy issued blue jersey style sweater under a
dungaree/utility shirt–long sleeves are required.
–The gold metal frame worn on various ribbons is decorated with stalks of wheat
forming a “V”, open at the top and joining at the bottom.
–Navy/Command ball caps are made of standard navy blue (black in appearance)
wool or synthetic fabric or a blend.
–Service Aiguillettes, when authorized, may be worn with Aviation Working
Green, Service Uniforms, overcoat, reefer, pullover sweaters and black/khaki
–Knee length socks are required with Tropical uniforms.
–Women’s underpants/brassieres shall be white or skin color when wearing
Whites, otherwise color is optional. White undershorts/ boxers are required for
men when wearing Whites.
–Uniform headgear need not be worn when ships are at sea outside harbor limits,
except on specific watches specified by the commanding officer, or on ceremonial
occasions specified by the commanding officer or higher authority.
–Petty Officers entitled to wear gold rating badges wear gold chevrons, vice
silver, on their cap devices.
–No transfer or exchange of an enlisted person’s uniform clothing shall be made
without the commanding officer’s authorization. When such transfers or exchanges
are authorized, or when clothing belonging to deserters is sold, the name of the
former owner shall be obliterated with a red D.C. stamp. Purchaser’s name shall
be placed above, below, or next to it.
–Brown shoes are an optional uniform item for all personnel with Service Khaki.
— If “required” for FOD or safety reasons, glasses retainer straps are
authorized. When worn they shall be plain, black, and worn snugly against the
back of the head.
–Personnel assigned to duties, which prematurely destroy uniform items, should
be issued coveralls or protective outer garments. Uniform items, which are
destroyed due to lack of adequate protective garments, should be replaced by the
command. For additional information refer to NAVSUP Manual P485
–Uniforms may be tailored to provide a well-fitting, professional military
bearing. They shall not be altered to the extent of detracting from a military
appearance, nor shall they be tailored to the point of presenting a tight form