By Sharon Anderson, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) — Selected officers and Sailors will begin limited
wear testing of new uniform proto types, service dress khaki for chiefs and
officers and service dress blue and white for E-6 and below, late this fall or
“The service dress khaki uniform is in a traditional style, last worn during the
Vietnam era,” said Robert Carroll, head, Uniform Matters Office.
The E-6 and below service uniforms, which still look much like the “Crackerjack” of today, will feature hidden zippers for ease of dressing and new piping for service dress white. The service dress blue will be for men only, he explained.
Uniform testing is expected to run for 90 to 120 days. The selected officers and Sailors will evaluate the uniforms’ functionality, appearance and acceptability and provide their feedback
to the Navy Uniform Matters Office, according to Carroll.
Testing of the dress khaki and service blues and whites will be in Norfolk, Washington, Millington, Tenn., and Pearl Harbor. An overseas testing site may be added later according to Carroll. The service dress whites will have limited wear tests in Key West, Fla., and Pearl Harbor. About 225 officers and Sailors are expected to take part in the wear tests.
Carroll also said delivery of a single Navy working uniform for wear by all Sailors E-1 to O-10, and a year round service uniform for all Sailors E-6 and below is on track to get to the Fleet in summer 2008. The new Navy PT uniform is on track for spring 2008.
For more information on Navy uniforms go to http://www.npc.navy.mil/CommandSupport/USNavyUniforms/.