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7101-General Information 

 

CIVILIAN CLOTHING

SECTION 1:

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

 

Article

1.

CIVILIAN CLOTHING

7101.1

2.

CASUAL CIVILIAN ATTIRE

7101.2

3.

DRUG ADVOCATION PROHIBITED

7101.3

3.

EARRINGS

7101.4

5.

BODY PIERCING

7101.5

6.

TATTOOS

7101.6

7.

MUTILATION

7101.7

8.

DENTAL ORNAMENTATION

7101.8

7101.  GENERAL INFORMATION

     1.  CIVILIAN CLOTHING.  Officers and enlisted personnel are permitted to have civilian clothing in their possession at naval activities ashore when authorized by the prescribing authority.  Personnel aboard ship may have civilian clothing when authorized by the commanding officer.  Such clothing may be authorized for wear while leaving or returning to ships or stations, while awaiting transportation after permission to leave the ship has been given, while on authorized leave of absence, liberty, or in any off-duty status ashore.  Commands are authorized to suspend the wear of civilian clothing for individuals who fail to wear civilian clothing as outlined in this section. Civilian clothes privilege may also be suspended for those whose appearance may bring discredit upon the Navy, or who fail to maintain adequate uniforms or seabag requirements properly.  Regional commanders and the senior officers present may suspend the privilege of wearing civilian clothing to meet local conditions.

     2.  CASUAL CIVILIAN ATTIRE.  Naval personnel shall ensure that their dress and personal appearance are appropriate for the occasion and will not discredit the Navy. Current styles and fashions which are conservative and in good taste are authorized.  Tank-top shirts, white undershirts worn as outergarments, cut-off shorts and shower sandals are appropriate civilian attire for occasions such as picnics, athletic events, and other casual daytime activities, otherwise the above items are not acceptable within the confines of a military installation.

     3.  DRUG ADVOCATION PROHIBITED.  Wearing or displaying clothing, jewelry, tattoos, etc., depicting marijuana or any other controlled substance or advocating drug abuse is prohibited at all times on any military installation or under any circumstance which is likely to discredit the Navy.

     4.  EARRINGS.  Earrings are prohibited for male personnel in civilian attire when in a duty status or while in/aboard any ship, craft, aircraft, or in any military vehicle, or within any base or other place under military  jurisdiction or while participating in any organized military recreational activities.  When considered appropriate by the prescribing authority under <Article 7201.2>. earrings may be prohibited while in foreign countries.

     5.  BODY PIERCING.  Not authorized while in uniform.  No articles, other than earrings (one earring per earlobe) for women, shall be attached to or through the ear, nose, or any other body part.  Additionally, body piercing is not authorized in civilian attire when in a duty status or while in/aboard any ship, craft, aircraft, or in any military vehicle or within any base or other place under military jurisdiction, or while participating in any organized military recreational activities.  When considered appropriate by the prescribing authority under <Article 7201.2>, body piercing may be prohibited while in foreign countries.

     6.  TATTOOS/BODY ART/BRANDS.  Four Criteria will be used to determine whether tattoos/body art/brands are permitted for Navy personnel:  content, location, size and cosmetic.

          a.  Content.  Tattoos/body art/brands located anywhere on the body that are prejudicial to good order, discipline, and morale or are of a nature to bring discredit upon the naval service are prohibited.  For example, tattoos/body art/brands that are obscene, sexually explicit, and or advocate discrimination based on sex, race, religion, ethnic, or national origin are prohibited.  In addition, tattoos/body art/brands that symbolize affiliation with gangs, supremacist or extremist groups, or advocate illegal drug use are prohibited.

          b.  Location.  No tattoos/body art/brands on the head, face, neck, or scalp.  The neck area for purposes of this regulation is any portion visible when wearing a crew neck T-shirt or open collar uniform shirt.  In addition, otherwise permissible tattoos/body art/brands on the torso area of the body shall not be visible through white uniform clothing.

            c.  Size.   Individual tattoos/body art/brands exposed by wearing a short sleeve uniform shirt shall be no larger in size than the wearer's hand with fingers extended and joined with the thumb touching the base of the index finger.  Pre-existing tattoos/body art/brands that exceed size criteria are waiverable provided they do not violate the content and/or location criteria.

          d. Cosmetic.  This regulation does not prohibit cosmetic tattooing to correct medical conditions requiring such treatment.  For the purpose of this regulation, cosmetic tattooing refers to medical or surgical procedures conducted by licensed, qualified medical personnel.  Refer to Chapter 2, section 2, article 2201.4.d.

     7.  MUTILATION.  Intentional mutilation of any part of the body is prohibited.  Mutilation, is defined as the intentional radical alteration of the body, head, face, or skin for the purpose of and or resulting in an abnormal appearance.

          a.  Examples of mutilation include, but are not limited to:

               (1) A split or forked tongue;

               (2) Foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern;

               (3) Enlarged or stretched out holes in ears (other than a normal piercing);

               (4) Intentional scarring on neck, face, or scalp; or

               (5) Intentional burns creating a design or pattern.

     8.  DENTAL ORNAMENTATION.  The use of gold, platinum, or other veneers or caps for purposes of dental ornamentation is prohibited.  For purposes of this regulation, ornamentation is defined as decorative veneers or caps.  Teeth, whether natural, capped, or veneered, will not be ornamented with designs, jewels, initials, etc.

 

 

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