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Male Enlisted
Working Uniform
Navy Working Uniform (NWU)
**Optional Wear 01 October 2017 - 30 September 2019**
**Discontinued Wear 1 October 2019** 

 Working Uniform

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  • Shirt, NWU
  • Trousers, NWU
  • Cap, Eight Point
  • Boot, Black Leather 9"
  • Socks, Black, Boot
  • Undershirt, Cotton, Blue, Crewneck
  • Undershorts
  • Belt, Black, Cotton or Nylon w/Silver Clip
  • Buckle, Silver
  • Insignia, Collar (Embroidered)
    Name/U.S. NAVY Service Tapes
  • Straps, Blousing


  • Coat, Parka (w/Black Fleece Liner)
  • Cap, Knit Watch (8)
  • Gloves, Black Leather
  • Mockneck, Black


  • Belt, Rigger
  • Boot, Black, Rough Out 9"
  • Earmuffs (w/Outergarment Only)
  • Trouser, Gore-tex
  • Gloves, Black Non-Leather
  • Umbrella
  • Cap, Ball




Occasions For Wear
NWU wear is authorized for commuting and all normal task and associated stops (e.g. stops at child care, gas stations, off-base shopping, banking, DMV and dining) before, during and after the workday.  NWUs are not a liberty uniform.  After normal working hours, NWU wear is not permitted while conducting official business, when business attire is appropriate and participating in social events.  Consumption of alcohol in NWUs off base is not permitted.  Consumption of alcohol in NWUs on base is authorized as promulgated by regional commanders.  The area or regional commander may further restrict uniform policies within their geographical limits regarding wear of the NWUs.
Within the National Capital Region (NCR) the NWU is authorized for wear at all locations with the exception of inside the pentagon building, national mall area bounded by capitol hill and surrounding senate and house staff offices, the white house and executive office building, state department and all monuments and memorials.  Wear while in metro, public transportation and slug lines outside the pentagon is authorized.  NWU wear is authorized in office environments at headquarters staffs outside these NCR areas.  NWU is authorized for all Navy recruiting command recruiters in the continental United States (CONUS), Hawaii and Guam (e.g. malls, schools, normal recruiting areas).

NWU Footnotes

Male Enlisted Working Uniform Poster


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