New Navy Type II and Type III Navy Working Uniform

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Two new Navy Working Uniforms (NWU) will hit the fleet in fiscal year 2011.

The first, NWU Type II, a desert digital camouflage uniform of four colors with the anchor, Constitution and eagle (ACE) logo embedded in the print, will be worn by special warfare operators and Sailors who support them during deployment and deployment training exercises.

“The desert camouflage uniform is not going away,” said Capt. Vince Drouillard, branch head within Navy’s personnel, plans and policy division. “Sailors, other than Navy special warfare operators and supporting Sailors, will continue to wear the current tricolor desert camouflage utility uniform in desert environments when issued by authorizing commands.”

The second, NWU Type III, is a woodland digital camouflage uniform which also has four colors and the ACE logo embedded in the print. It will be the standard camouflage uniform worn in non-desert environments and stateside.

Both uniforms, announced in NAVADMIN 374/09, are organizational clothing provided to Sailors by commands authorized to issue them.

The unisex uniforms will begin conformance testing to validate design, fit and wear later in fiscal year 2010. Fleet implementation is expected to begin in late 2011 with deploying combat and direct command support commands and units receiving priority in the distribution process.

Both new uniforms have an authorized matching pattern Gortex parka with a removable fleece liner. Sailors can get complete information on the new NWU Type II and Type III uniforms in NAVADMIN 374/09 available at www.npc.navy.mil.

Navy Working Uniform FAQ’s

What is the plan for wear-testing the Navy Working Uniform concept?
The fleet-wide wear test, currently underway, will be conducted at commands around the world,
and across the spectrum of different platforms.  Approximately 60 participants, both male and
female, officer and enlisted, will wear-test these concept uniforms at commands/locations:

When will we see this new uniform implemented in the fleet?
After the completion of the six-month wear test, the data will be collected from the fleet-wide
survey, and results and recommendations will be brought to the CNO.  The final decision on
the Navy Working Uniform will be made by CNO, and if a final version is approved, the goal will
be to phase in the new uniform to Sailors in the fleet within 18-24 months from that point.

Why these colors?
By using colors that are traditional Navy colors, we continue to uphold our naval heritage, while
giving our Sailors a uniform that is much more practical for our working environment.

Why the ‘camouflage’ pattern?
The concept uniforms are not intended to be ‘camouflage’ uniforms as is the case with similarly
patterned uniforms of the other services.  We have no need for camouflage.  However, by
learning from our past working uniforms as well as the uniforms from other services, the Navy
realized that a solid cover uniform shows heavy wear areas much more predominantly than a
multicolored pattern.

The solid color uniforms also show wrinkles in the fabric more predominantly and often a small
stain or spot of paint renders a solid colored uniform not wearable.  A multicolored uniform
alleviates those problems as well.

The wear test will offer a chance to evaluate a traditional woodland pattern and a modern
digital pattern for the working uniform.

What about Sailors who operate in tactical environments, such as Seabees, SEALS?
The NWU concept is designed to be a working uniform, not a tactical uniform.   When Sailors
are working in tactical environments, such as the desert, or in the field, they will still be outfitted
with the appropriate tactical uniforms.  Part of the working uniform will include a Gore-Tex
parka as well as a turtleneck sweater to protect against adverse weather conditions.

Will Sailors be allowed to wear this uniform off base?
Yes. This uniform is being designed to be authorized for wear off base while commuting to and
from work, but not on liberty.

What about maintenance/care of these uniforms?
These year-round uniforms are intended to be wash-and-wear.  Future Navy ships are being
built without dry cleaning facilities; Sailors did not like the idea of putting an iron to a uniform in
which they are going to be doing heavy work.

By being able to take a uniform straight from the dryer and put up on the hanger for daily wear
is much more practical and appeasing to both Sailors’ busy schedule and pocketbook.

In addition, the camouflage pattern will permit mending of small rips in uniform fabric, saving
Sailors considerably in replacement costs.

What about shipboard fire safety?  Or visibility and floatation in case of a Sailor
falling overboard?
No current Navy uniform in the seabag was developed purposefully to fight a shipboard fire or
to enhance visibility or floatation in the water.  Every Navy ship is equipped with Fire Fighting
Ensemble (FFE) and necessary personal protective equipment to combat shipboard fires, as
well as floatation gear with flares and dyes for those purposes.

Navy uniforms are required to meet specific fire retardant standards, and these NWU concepts
also meet those requirements.

The uniforms were developed keeping in mind that our Sailors must have a uniform that, if
necessary, can help resist a certain degree of intense heat without causing injury.

What about the wear test survey?
Sailors will be asked for their opinions of the concept uniforms approximately 60 days after the
wear test begins.  This survey will be available electronically; all Sailors will be allowed to
participate regardless if they have worn or seen the actual concept uniforms first-hand.

Task Force Uniform will take into account feedback from our Sailors to help design the best
possible uniforms for the present and future needs of our Navy.

Throughout the process, the feedback Task Force Uniform receives from Sailors will influence
working uniform wear policies, most of which will driven by the outcome of the wear test.

Can I wear my command ball cap?
Command ballcaps have already been wear tested in the fleet, so they will not need to be
included in this wear test. During the wear test, only two covers will be tested, the round cover
and the eight-point cover, both in the digital and woodland patterns.  No current uniform
covers will be worn in the wear test.   The wear of command ballcaps will be addressed when
the final wear policies are decided.

How will the wear policy for these uniforms be decided?
The wear policy will be developed through convention and wear test, and will not be finalized
until all of the feedback and data have been fully evaluated.

NAVADMIN 351/06 Task Force Uniform Update

141322Z DEC 06

FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
TO NAVADMIN INFO RHMFIUU/CNO WASHINGTON

NAVADMIN 351/06
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/DEC//

SUBJ/TASK FORCE UNIFORM UPDATE//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR THE NEW E-1
THROUGH O-10 NAVY WORKING UNIFORM AND THE E1 THROUGH E6 YEAR ROUND SERVICE UNIFORM. IT IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF MESSAGES TO INFORM OUR SAILORS AND PREPARE THEM FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THESE NEW UNIFORMS.

2. INTRODUCTION OF THE NAVY WORKING UNIFORM AND SERVICE UNIFORM WILL OCCUR OVER A 24 MONTH PERIOD USING NAVY EXCHANGE UNIFORM CENTERS BEGINNING IN THE SUMMER OF 2008. FLEET OUTFITTING WILL BE INCREMENTAL AND START FIRST WITH THE LARGEST FLEET CONCENTRATION AREAS. RECRUIT
TRAINING COMMAND GREAT LAKES WILL BEGIN RECEIVING THE NEW UNIFORMS IN THE BEGINNING OF FY-09. UNIFORMS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ALL REGIONS WITHIN 24 MONTHS OF THE INITIAL ROLLOUT.

3. THIS UNIFORM INTRODUCTION APPROACH PERMITS FLEXIBILITY DURING THE UNIFORM PHASE-IN PROCESS (TO MANAGE RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY WITHIN EXISTING LOGISTICAL CONSTRAINTS), ENSURES THE NEW UNIFORMS CONFORM TO FLEET STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS, AND FACILITATES THE PHASE OUT OF THOSE UNIFORMS ITEMS THAT WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE SEABAG. DURING THE
24 MONTH PHASE-IN PERIOD BOTH CURRENT AND NEW UNIFORMS WILL BE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR.

4. TO HELP ENLISTED SAILORS PURCHASE THE NEW UNIFORMS DURING THE PHASE-IN PERIOD, ANNUAL CLOTHING REPLACEMENT ALLOWANCES WILL INCREASE IN FY-08 AND FY-09. DRILLING RESERVISTS (E-1 THROUGH E-9), WILL RECEIVE NEW UNIFORMS THROUGH THEIR NAVY OPERATIONAL SUPPORT COMMAND.

5. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS ARE BEING REVISED TO REFLECT POLICY GUIDANCE ON THE MANNER AND OCCASIONS FOR WEAR FOR THE NAVY WORKING UNIFORM AND SERVICE UNIFORM. A COMPLETELY REVISED UNIFORM REGULATION MANUAL WILL BE ISSUED PRIOR TO THE ROLL OUT OF THESE NEW UNIFORMS.
DURING THE TWO-YEAR TRANSITION PERIOD, SAILORS ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN A COMPLETE INVENTORY OF SEA BAG ITEMS REFLECTING A PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE.

6. ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THE ROLLOUT OF THE NEW UNIFORMS AND OTHER TASK FORCE UNIFORM INITIATIVES WILL BE ANNOUNCED VIA FUTURE NAVADMINS AND POSTED ON THE TASK FORCE UNIFORM WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL/COMMANDSUPPORT/USNAVYUNIFORMS/TASKFORCEUNIFOR
M/ UNDER THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS TAB.

7. POC: CNOCM(SS) CARROLL AT (703) 614-5076 OR AT ROBERT.B.CARROLL@NAVY.MIL.

8. RELEASED BY VADM J. C. HARVEY, JR., N1.//

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