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Navy Announces Elimination of NWU Type 1

The Navy announced in NAVADMIN 174/16 that it will transition from the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I to the NWU Type III as the service’s primary shore working uniform beginning Oct. 1, 2016.

Over the next three years, Sailors may wear either the NWU Type I or III, but effective Oct. 1, 2019, all Sailors will be expected to wear the NWU Type III as their primary Working Uniform when ashore or in port.

While the Navy is developing an incremental regional fielding plan for the NWU Type III, this transition period will give Sailors time to prepare for the change and allow them to get maximum wear out of recently purchased NWU Type I uniforms.

This change is the first step in a multi-phased process that will streamline and consolidate the Navy’s uniform requirements and ultimately improve uniformity across the force. The Navy has listened to Sailors’ feedback and is incorporating their desires to have a working uniform that is better fitting, more breathable and lighter weight.

NWU Type III will be issued to new accessions and recruits beginning Oct. 1, 2017.

Until further policy guidance is promulgated, black boots will be the standard boot worn in the United States and its territories with the NWU Type III. However, expeditionary forces in the United States or any forward deployed forces may wear the desert tan or coyote brown boots at the discretion of the unit commanding officer with the NWU Type III. Additionally, Sailors may wear the NWU Type I black fleece liner.

Sailors will be able to buy NWU Type III components for personal wear through Navy Exchange uniform stores and call centers once there is sufficient inventory on hand.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command (FFC) continues its multi-phase wear test of improved flame resistant variant (IFRV) working uniform components for shipboard wear. FFC most recently conducted in-depth focus groups with fleet Sailors aimed at refining the design of the IFRV coverall. Additional feedback from the focus groups, subsequently validated by a senior level working group, resulted in the preliminary design of a more professional looking two-piece utility shipboard uniform that can be worn both at sea and operational support jobs ashore. Wear tests of the prototype two-piece variants are expected to occur in 2017.


Welcome Home!

Machinist’s Mate Weapons 2nd Class Jeramy Coleman, right, holds his daughter, Sage, and kisses his wife, Liz, on the pier during a homecoming ceremony for the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754). Topeka arrived at Polaris Point for its first Guam homecoming following a two-month forward operating period to the Western Pacific. Photo by Lt. Lauren Spaziano



2016 Ombudsman of the Year Recipients

The recipients of the 2016 Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Award were announced Sept. 29 during an ombudsman appreciation dinner at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The award, presented by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and his wife, Dana, recognized four of the Navy’s top ombudsmen who served their command and families with selfless dedication and commitment to family readiness.

The following ombudsmen were nominated for the awards by their commanding officers:
Amy Anderson, ombudsman for Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic, representing all naval shore activities in the Navy.
Julie Pratt, ombudsman for SEAL Team 1, representing sea commands under Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Elaine Allen, ombudsman for Navy Operational Support Center North Island, representing all Reserve commands under Commander, Navy Reserve Force.
Kelly Sperry, ombudsman for amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), representing sea commands under Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.



Enlisted Applicants Being Accepted to 2017 Medical Program

The Navy is seeking five enlisted Sailors for its 2017 enlisted to medical degree preparatory program (EMDP2) cohort at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science (USUHS) beginning September 2016.

EMDP2 is a two-year program for academically promising enlisted service members to complete preparatory coursework making them competitive medical school applicants.

The program convened in 2014 with a class of five Soldiers and five Airmen. In 2016, the program welcomed its first cohort of Sailors and Marines.

The application deadline is Nov. 1 and the selection board will convene in December 2016.

EMDP2 is a partnership between USUHS and the armed services. It is a 24-month, full-time academic program that includes intensive coursework, preparation, and mentoring for the students’ medical school application. Once students complete the program, they are eligible to compete for entrance into USUHS or any civilian medical school in the United States. Students are not guaranteed admission or commission upon successful completion of the program.

The program is open to all enlisted Sailors with less than 10 years of service. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university. International bachelor degrees are accepted only if the applicant has a master’s degree obtained in the United States or Canada. Applicants must also be citizens and Sailors of good standing with no record of court-martial conviction, nonjudicial punishment, or civilian felony charges. For a full list of application requirements, reference NAVADMIN 202/16 at,


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