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NWU Footnotes 


NWU FOOTNOTES
 

  1. The following headgear may be worn with the NWU:

(1)  Eight point cap will be worn squarely on the head so that the visor is on a line and just above the level of the eyes.  Rank/rate insignia is required for E4 and above personnel.

(2)  Navy knit watch cap, when authorized by appropriate authority, will be worn during cold weather conditions that may result in personal injury if not worn.  The watch cap will be worn diagonally from the base of the back of the head, across the ears and on the forehead.  Rank/rate insignia is not authorized to be worn on the watch cap.

 

(3) Navy and Command Ball Caps are authorized for wear with the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) as optional head gear.  Wear squarely on the head, with bottom edge parallel to and 1-1/2 inch above the eyebrows.  The eight-point cover will remain the basic uniform component cover for the NWUs and thus will be the only appropriate cover for personnel uniform inspections and special occasions where Sailors are ordered to wear their NWUs to ensure a uniform appearance within the command. 

 2.  Undershirts shall be navy blue, cotton, quarter-length sleeve, with an elliptical (crew-neck) collar.  Organization issued or personally purchased thermal underwear is authorized to be worn underneath the NWU undershirt and trousers.  Thermal underwear will not be visible when worn underneath the undershirt

3.   Socks shall be black and extend above the top of the 9 inch safety boot to ensure comfort.

4.    The normal wear of the NWU shirt is outside the waistband of the NWU trousers.  When directed by appropriate authority, the shirt will be worn inside the trouser waistband (tucked in).  Centered below the wearer's left pocket flap of the shirt is the seal of the navy flag (ace).  Sleeves may be worn rolled up as directed by appropriate authority.  When authorized, NWU sleeves will be rolled (cuff right-side out) forming a 3 inch wide band covered by the cuff of the shirt (the outside fabric of the NWU will show).  The termination point of the roll is approximately 2 inches above the elbow.  This manner of sleeve roll presents a short sleeve appearance and facilitates expeditious de-rolling and fastening during emergent situations. 

5.    The normal wear of the NWU trousers is fastened fully on the waist with belt buckled centered over the trouser fastener.  The trouser legs shall be bloused with blousing straps so the blouse covers the top three rows of eyelets.  When authorized to wear the trousers unbloused, the trouser leg length will not extend below the bottom of the safety boot heel. 

6.    Personnel E1-E6 will wear the 1-1/4 inch black cotton or nylon woven web belt, with silver finished tip, and silver finished closed-face buckle.  Officers and chief petty officers will wear a khaki cotton or nylon woven belt with gold tip and gold closed-face buckle.  Properly worn, the belt tip will not extend outward beyond the belt buckle to expose the (black or khaki) web belt material.  A plain or decorated buckle with appropriate naval insignia, designs, the individual's present command, or if stationed ashore a previous sea command/squadron, or devices to which the wearer is entitled, may be authorized for optional wear.  The Rigger's Belt is authorized for optional wear. 

7.    Authorized footwear worn with the NWU include a black 9 inch all leather (smooth) safety boot (steel-toed) with black laces.  Smooth leather boots will be blackened and buffed.  Bootlaces will be tucked in a manner to present a well-kept appearance.  At Commanding Officers' descretion an optional 9-inch rough side out leather safety boot (steel toed) and black 8 inch non-spark safety boot (aviation flight deck boot steel toed) with black laces is authorized.  The black pullover mock "T" sweater is authorized for wear with the NWU.  The sweater will be worn over the undershirt and beneath the NWU shirt.

8.    Rank/rate insignia:

(1) Cap insignia (rate/rank) will be worn centered on the front of the NWU eight  point cap by all officers, Chief Petty Officers, and Petty Officers.  The bottom of the insignia will be approximately 1-1/4 inch from the visor.

(a) Officers will wear the regular size embroidered grade insignia.  When wearing the eagle insignia, eagle faces to the wearer's right.

                        (b) Chief Petty Officers will wear the 1-1/4 inch embroidered cap insignia.

(c) Petty Officers will wear the regular size embroidered Petty Officer Cap insignia.

(d) E3 and below will not wear a cap insignia.

(2) The appropriate embroidered rank/rate collar insignias will be worn on the NWU by personnel E4 to O10.  Except for flag officers, the center of the insignia will be placed at a point approximately 1 inch from the front and lower edges of the collar and the vertical axis of the insignia will lie along an imaginary line bisecting the angle of the collar point.  Eagles face the front (inward).

(a) Rear Admirals will wear the regular size embroidered grade insignia.  Vice Admirals and admirals will wear a slightly smaller size insignia to properly fit on the collar.  The insignia will be centered between the top and bottom edge of the collar, with the outer edge of the insignia approximately 1 inch from the front edge of the collar, and with one ray of each star pointing toward the top edge of the collar.

(b) Line Officers (O1-O6) will wear the regular size embroidered grade insignia.
  
(c) Staff Corps Officers and warrant officers will wear the regular size embroidered grade insignia on the right collar and appropriate equally sized corps device or warrant officers' line device.

(d) Chief Petty Officers will wear the 1-1/4 inch embroidered cap insignia.

(e) Petty Officers will wear the appropriate miniature embroidered petty officer collar insignia.

(f) Enlisted rating specialty insignias are not authorized to be worn on the NWU.

9.    All breast insignia will be embroidered in the appropriate color and worn as follows:

(1) Command insignia (command at-sea, command ashore/project manager) is worn on the NWU shirt above the right pocket centered 1/4 inch above the name strip.  The command insignia can be metal or embroidered on a strip of NWU fabric.

(2) When authorized, a maximum of two warfare/qualification insignia may be worn on the NWU.  The size of the fabric strip on which they are embroidered will be of the NWU pattern, rectangular/square, and the approximate size of the insignia.  The primary breast insignia will be worn centered above and flush with the "U.S. Navy" identification marking on the shirt.  Secondary breast insignia will be worn centered on the wearer's left pocket flap.  Enlisted personnel authorized to wear two warfare/qualification insignia and an identification badge (on working uniforms as noted in Para 10 below) may wear the primary and secondary warfare/qualification insignia centered and flush above the "U.S. Navy" fabric strip.  The NWU is the only uniform in which two warfare insignias may be worn in this manner.  Primary and secondary warfare insignia positions will be as prescribed in article 5201.2.c.(3).(c) of ref a.

10.  Identification Badges:  the following identification badges are authorized to be worn on the NWU:  Navy/Fleet/Force/Command Master, Senior, Chief badges, Command Career Counselor, Recruit Division Commander, and security/law enforcement.  The wearing of authorized badges are as follows:

(1) All enlisted personnel will wear identification badges on the NWU shirt centered on the wearer's left pocket flap.

(2) All officers will wear identification badges above the wearer's right pocket centered 1/4 inch above their name.

(3) Identification badges can be either metal or embroidered on a strip of NWU fabric.  Pin on devices shall not be worn on the NWU when metal devices might present a FOD or safety hazard.

 

(4) Embroidered Navy Security Force Identification badges may be worn on working uniforms (NWU Type I, II, and III only) centered and flush with the wearer's nametape. 

11.  Identification markings:  identification markings will be embroidered in approximately 3/4  inch block letters on approximately 1-1/4 inch wide fabric strips uniform.  Names exceedingly long can be embroidered in approximately 1/2 inch letters.  Proper locations of fabric strips are as follows:

               (1) NWU Shirt:

(a) Wearer's surname will be sewn centered above and flush with the top of the wearer's right shirt pocket.

(b) "U.S. Navy" will be sewn centered above and flush with the top of the wearer's left shirt pocket.

(c) Rating badges will not be worn or stenciled on the NWU.

(d) Authorized (current assignment) force or command/unit patch may be worn on the wearer's right breast pocket.  The size of the patch shall not exceed 3 to 3-1/2 inches in length/width/diameter. When worn, the patch will be sewn centered on the pocket below the pocket flap to allow for easy removal and minimum expense. 

(2) NWU Trousers: the wearer's surname will be sewn centered above and flush with the top of the right rear trouser pocket.

(3) NWU Parka:  fabric pull on/off rank insignia tabs shall be worn by E4 and above personnel on the parka's chest pull tab as follows:

(a) Officers, with the exception of vice admirals and admirals, will wear a slip-on version of the regular size embroidered grade insignia.  When wearing the eagle insignia, eagle faces to the wearer's right.  Vice admirals and admirals will wear a slightly smaller size insignia to accommodate the insignia's proper fit on the tab.  The stars will be stacked vertically point to center.

(b) Master, senior, and chief petty officers will wear a slip-on version of the 1-1/4 inch embroidered cap device on the tab.

(c) First, second, and third class petty officers will wear a slip-on version of the appropriate embroidered petty officer cap device on the tab.  The eagle faces to the wearer's right.

(d) Rating specialty insignias are not authorized to be worn on the tab.

 

(4) NWU Fleece:  fabric pull on/off rank insignia tabs shall be worn by E4 and above personnel on the fleece's chest pull tab as follows:

 

(a) Officers, with the exception of vice admirals and admirals, will wear a slip-on version of the regular size embroidered grade insignia.  When wearing the eagle insignia, eagle faces to the wearer's right.  Vice admirals and admirals will wear a slightly smaller size insignia to accommodate the insignia's proper fit on the tab.  The stars will be stacked vertically point to center.

(b) Master, senior, and chief petty officers will wear a slip-on version of the 1-1/4 inch embroidered cap device on the tab.

(c) First, second, and third class petty officers will wear a slip-on version of the appropriate embroidered petty officer cap device on the tab.  The eagle faces to the wearer's right.

(d) Rating specialty insignias are not authorized to be worn on the tab.

12.  The parka is the authorized outerwear worn with the NWU.  Close the zipper at least 3/4 of the way.  It has a detachable black fleece liner that provides extra comfort and protection during extremely cold conditions.  The accompanied black fleece liner is the only liner authorized to be worn with the NWU.  The parka is equipped with a fold-out hood located inside the velcro closure section of the collar.  The hood is designed to provide additional protection during inclement weather conditions.  To ensure its water tight integrity, puncturing, pinning, or sewing items to the parka is not authorized.

13.  The black fleece liner is the authorized to be worn as an stand-alone outerwear worn with the NWU Type I.  When wearing as an optional garment, the fleece will be worn over the NWU blouse zippered at lease 3/4 of the way and must have an sewn on center chest tab.  The fleece liner will provides extra comfort and protection during mild conditions.    

14.  Existing Navy uniform regulations grooming standards apply when wearing the NWU.

15.  For environmental extremes the following modifications are authorized when granted by appropriate authority (regional commander/commanding officer).

               (1) The NWU shirt may be removed on job sites or in work spaces.

               (2) NWU trousers may be worn unbloused on job sites or in workspaces.

(3) During the winter or inclement periods, the parka hood is authorized for wear in addition to head gear.  Black leather gloves are authorized.

 

16.  Aiguillettes: At commander's discretion, aiguillettes are authorized for wear with NWU type I shirt and parka by personnel assigned to billets in which aiguillettes are a prescribed uniform item.  Puncturing the outer shell of the parka will result in comppromising the water tight integrity of the garment.

 

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