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(1) This section, supported by the articles in Chapter 3, section 5 (3501 series), describe new uniform components for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) and pertains to all personnel unless specified otherwise. During the uniform transition period, this section should be used in conjunction with Navy Uniform Regulations.
(2) The Navy Working Uniform (NWU) is a battle dress utility style uniform constructed of 50/50 percent nylon/cotton twill fabric. It is a four color (deck gray, haze gray, black and navy blue) digital pattern design. Embedded throughout the fabric are miniaturized features of the seal of the U.S. Navy flag with the letters "USN" directly beneath it. The seal includes an anchor, a three-masted square rigged ship, and an eagle. The emblem will be abbreviated "ACE", which stands for Anchor, USS CONSTITUTION, and Eagle.
(3) The NWU is intended for year-round wear and shall be the standard Working Uniform ashore. The NWU is designed to accommodate male and female sailors and to fulfill multi-functional/geographical uniform requirements at sea and ashore. The NWU will replace Working Utilities, Tropical Working Uniforms, Wash Khakis, Winter Working Blue, Aviation Working Green and non-tactical/ environmental usage of Camouflage Utility Uniforms (CUU). It is also designed to minimize the requirement for various cold weather gear, and to accommodate the personnel armor system for ground troops (PASGT). Appropriate authority may prescribe PASGT items for wear with the NWU. The term "appropriate authority" refers to commanders, commanding officers, and officers in charge.
Occasion for wear
The NWU is designed to be worn in environments (at sea and ashore) that do not require special clothing (e.g. flight, flight deck, engine room, etc.). Unless otherwise prescribed by the regional commander, the NWU is authorized to be worn at all facilities on base, while commuting to/from work and home via Privately Owen Vehicle (POV) or public transportation, and on government/military contracted flights to or from OCONUS locations.
Manner of wear
Standard of appearance for all personnel wearing the NWU is as follows