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Description and Wear of Uniform Components
Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Components
Article 3603

 

 

 

 

 

 

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General

    (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 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.(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 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, commanders, commanding officers, and officers-in-charge, may prescribe PASGT items for wear with the NWU.
 
Occasion for wear 
    (1) The NWU Type I/III are authorized for commuting and all normal tasks and associated short stops (e.g., stops at child care, gas stations, off-base shopping, banking and dining) before, during and after the workday.  The NWU Type I & III are not liberty uniforms. Wear while conducting official business when business attire is appropriate, after-normal-working-hour social events and during the consumption of alcoholic beverages while on or off-base is not permitted.  The area or regional commander has the authority to further restrict uniform policies within their geographical limits regarding wear of the NWUs.
    (2) Within the National Capital Region (NCR), the NWU Type I and III are authorized for wear at all locations with the exception of the Pentagon building, National Mall area bounded by Capitol Hill and surrounding Senate Within the National Capital Region (NCR), the NWU Type I and III are authorized for wear at all locations with the exception of the Pentagon building, National Mall area bounded by Capitol Hill and surrounding Senate and House Staff offices, the White House and Executive Office building, Department of State 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 head-quarters staffs outside these NCR areas.  NWU is authorized for all RTC recruiters in the continental United States (CONUS), Hawaii and Guam (e.g., malls, schools, normal recruiting areas).
    (3) Conus air travel in NWU Type I & III is authorized only on military and Government contracted flights between military airfield installations (e.g., Naval Air Station Oceana to Naval Air Station Fallon).(3) Conus air travel in NWU Type I & III is authorized only on military and Government contracted flights between military airfield installations (e.g., Naval Air Station Oceana to Naval Air Station Fallon).
    (4) Navy Security Force Sailors, to include Auxiliary Security Forces and Reserve Security Forces, will wear the NWU Type I or NWU Type III.
    (5) When serving on an honor detail, the NWU Type I, II or III may only be worn when transporting, transferring, or receiving unprepared and/or unidentified remains at any location between the recovery location and the preparing mortuary facility (e.g., collection point, theater mortuary evacuation point, preparation point, identification laboratory, hospital, and medical examiner facility).
   

 

Manner of wear 

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

 

 

 

 
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