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Description and Wear of Uniform Components
Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Components
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(1) This section, supported by the articles in Chapter 3, section 5 (3501 series), describe uniform components for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) and pertains to all personnel unless speci­fied otherwise.  


(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 

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.  Consumption of alcohol while off-base in NWUs is not permitted.  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). 


Manner of wear 

Standard of appearance for all personnel wearing the NWU is as follows




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