Where gold or silver are specified for insignia, synthetic metal base substitutes, certified by Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, are authorized.
Uniform components acquired from other than Navy approved sources must conform to all military specifications regarding fabric, style, and appearance. The purchaser is responsible for ensuring that each garment meets approved specifications.
a. Only those fabrics which are approved by the Chief of Naval Operations are authorized for the manufacture of naval uniforms. Presently approved fabrics are listed on <Table 3-1-3>.
4. SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARD SAMPLES
a. The Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command ensures that specifications for all articles of uniform and insignia prescribed for naval personnel are prepared and maintained for approval of the Chief of Naval Operations. The standard regulation samples of uniforms and insignia, made in accordance with military specifications and approved by the Chief of Naval Operations, shall be maintained at the U.S. Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility. All articles issued to personnel in the Navy must conform to the standard sample and its specification.
b. Regulation samples of enlisted uniforms may be requested from the Commander, Defense Personnel Support Center, 2800 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19101.
c. Specifications governing Navy uniform articles, insignia and accessories may be obtained from the Officer in Charge, Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, Post Office Box 59, Natick, MA, 01760.
d. Do not deviate from the approved specifications without specific authorization of the Chief of Naval Operations.
5. UNIFORM REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT. The Chief of Naval Operations charged the Navy Uniform Board to continually review Navy uniform matters and use the following specific qualitative factors, applicable to all uniforms, to evaluate suitability of current uniforms and those proposed for replacement.
a. Versatility. Flexibility and adaptability in terms of:
(1) Number of personnel wearing uniforms.
(2) Varied climates.
b. Safety. The ability to protect and not present a hazard to personnel.
c. Ease of Maintenance. Laundering, cleaning, upkeep, and tailoring requirements.
d. Storage. Amount of space required for stowage.
e. Cost. Purchase price and maintenance costs.
f. Durability. Ability to present a neat appearance over a long period of time.
g. Tradition. Historical acceptance and longevity within the naval service.
h. Recognition. The ease with which observers recognize the uniform and the member's rank.
i. Military Appearance. How well the uniform displays a smart, crisp image.
j. Compatibility. Interchangeability among other uniform components.
k. Contemporary Appearance. Attitude of military members toward the uniform.
l. Comfort. Perceived physical satisfaction during wear.
6. CONTINUING REVIEW. The Navy Uniform Board will continually review the uniform situation in the Navy. Significant changes in styles, technical improvements in fabrics, problems reported by field commanders, and wearer's views will be considered in the review.