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Navy Uniform Matters


The mission of the Navy Uniform Matters Office is to maintain and interpret the Navy Uniform Regulations, monitor implementation of uniform policy, and serve as the administrative support to the Navy Uniform Board.

"Ask the Chiefs" forum is to facilitate obtaining more precise fleet feedback on uniform policies and to provide guidance to the fleet.   

To address your uniform inquiry, please click the following link:

"Ask the Chiefs" 


*COVID-19 Uniform Policy Alerts*

NAVADMIN 100/20 Navy Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings. 
-  Policy Alert 5 Apr 20: NAVADMIN 100/20 directs all personnel (military, Navy civilian workers, Navy contractors and family members) while on DoD property, installations and facilities to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers, unless exempted by local commander or supervisor.  The wear of face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain is aimed at reducing transmission of COVID-19 from people who do not realize they are infected due to being non-symptomatic. 
-  While in uniform, face coverings will be conservative in appearance and not offensive. It will fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be from nose to chin (full face coverings like a ski mask are not authorized), be secured with ties or ear loops, preferably include multiple layers of fabric if material is cloth, and allow for breathing without restriction.  Until official uniform face coverings are produced and implemented, personnel are authorized to wear medical or construction type masks, or other covering such as bandanas, scarfs, etc.  Hands should be washed before and after touching your face covering.  Never touch your face after touching or adjusting your face covering before washing your hands.
-  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance on how to easily make home-made cloth face coverings, which can be accessed HERE.


NAVADMIN 073/20 Temporary Relaxation of Hair Grooming Standards in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak has been released.  See below in 'NAVADMIN and Messages' section.

Policy Alert 18 Mar 20:  Due to COVID-19 force health protection measures maximizing social distancing, commanding officers are authorized to relax the Navy hair length grooming standards for Sailors assigned to their command.  Relaxed hair length grooming standards will only apply to the area of the scalp.  Regulations regarding sideburns, hair styles and shaving requirements remain in effect.  Commanding officers may allow for additional hair length and bulk on the sides, top and back of the head, but at no time will relaxed grooming interfere with the proper wearing of Navy head gear and proper use of protective personal equipment (helmets, masks, hoods, etc.). (NAVADMIN 073/20)


NAVADMINS and Messages
Please see the NAVADMIN Archive on the left menu bar for a full listing of uniform-related NAVADMINs and messages, which include a brief description of each topic covered in each message for ease of search.

NAVADMIN Number/Message

Subject, Key Policy or Initiative Updates

NAVADMIN 186/20 ​Uniform Policy Update Surface Warfare Officer Leather Jacket.


​Navy Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings.
NAVADMIN 073/20 ​Temporary Relaxation of Hair Grooming Standards in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak.
NAVADMIN 004/20​ ​OPNAVINST 10126.5 Management and Control of the Surface Warfare Officer Leather Jacket.
NAVADMIN 282/19 ​Navy Uniform Policy and Uniform Initiative Update.  Gold Star Lapel Button/Next of Kin Lapel Button, Black Neck Gaiter, Optional PRT Swim Wear, Acoustic Technician Chief Warrant Officer Insignia, Summer White/Service Dress White Maternity Shirt, Improved Black Fleece Liner, MyNavy UNIFORMS App, I-Boot 5.
NAVADMIN 231/19 ​BUPERSINST 1000.22C Management of Navy Uniformed Personnel Diagnosed with Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB).
NAVADMIN 075/19 ​Navy Uniform Policy and Uniform Initiative Update.  Navy Working Uniform Type II and III manner of wear, enlisted gold rating badges and service stripes, female officer/chief petty officer Service Uniform slacks and skirts, female Service and Dress Uniform footwear (flats), female hair grooming standards, nursing T-shirts, Joint/Unified command identification badges, Service Dress White Choker Coat collar fit, I-Boot 4, OPTU.
NAVADMIN 233/18 ​Navy Uniform Policy and Uniform Initiative Update.  Post-tour command insignia manner of wear, coyote brown ball cap occasion for wear, Working Uniform undershirt (command logos), grooming standards (locks, rings, bracelets, fingernails), grooming standards for Sailors wearing U.S. Marine Corps uniforms, Officer and chief petty officer female slacks and skirts, I-Boot 4, Uniform mobile application.
COMUSFLTFORCOM R DTG 171859Z JUL 18 ​Improved Flame Resistant Variant (IFRV) Coverall Manner of Wear Guidance Update and Closeout of the FRV Coverall.



​Navy Uniform Policy and Uniform Initiative Update.  Black Relax-Fit Jacket unisex designation, identification badge optional manner of wear (females), Optional Physical Training Uniform Shirt and Shorts, Defense Contracting Management Agency (DCMA) and Allied Submarine Command (ASC) Identification Badges, expanded female hair grooming standards, Navy Uniform mobile application expansion, female officer and chief petty officer slacks and skirts, black leather safety boots.


Introduction of the Improved Flame Resistant Variant Coverall and Manner of Wear Promulgation.

Clothing Allowance Regulations

 MILPERSMAN 7220-230 - Civilian Clothing Allowance
 DoD FMR Volume 7A - Military Pay Policy
 DoD Instr. 1338.18 - Armed Forces Clothing Monetary Allowance Procedures 


*Send Civilian Clothing Allowance requests to: PS2(SW) Philip Borisei at or mail to: Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N13X), 701 S. Courthouse Road,  Arlington, VA 22204-2164

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