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NWU FOOTNOTES
 

  1. The following headgear may be worn with the NWU:

(1)  Eight point cap will be worn squarely on the head so that the visor is on a line and just above the level of the eyes. 

Rank/rate insignia is required for E4 and above personnel.

(2)  Navy knit watch cap, when authorized by appropriate authority, will be worn during cold weather conditions that

may result in personal injury if not worn.  The watch cap will be worn diagonally from the base of the back of the head,

across the ears and on the forehead.  Rank/rate insignia is not authorized to be worn on the watch cap.

 

(3) Navy and Command Ball Caps are authorized for wear with the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) as optional head gear. 

Wear squarely on the head, with bottom edge parallel to and 1-1/2 inch above the eyebrows.  The eight-point cover will

remain the basic uniform component cover for the NWUs and thus will be the only appropriate cover for personnel

uniform inspections and special occasions where Sailors are ordered to wear their NWUs to ensure a uniform appearance

within the command. 

 

2.  Undershirts will be navy blue for NWU Type I and coyote brown for NWU Type II/III, cotton, quarter-length sleeve, with an             elliptical (crew-neck) collar.  Organization issued or personally purchased thermal underwear is authorized to be worn underneath               the NWU undershirt and trousers.  Thermal underwear will not be visible when worn underneath the undershirt.

​3.   Socks shall be black and extend above the top of the 9 inch safety boot to ensure comfort.

4.    The normal wear of the NWU shirt is outside the waistband of the NWU trousers.  When directed by appropriate authority, the              shirt will be worn inside the trouser waistband (tucked in).  Centered below the wearer's left pocket flap of the shirt is the seal of               the navy flag (ace).  Sleeves may be worn rolled up as directed by appropriate authority.  When authorized, NWU sleeves will be            rolled (cuff right-side out) forming a 3 inch wide band covered by the cuff of the shirt (the outside fabric of the NWU will show).                 The termination point of the roll is approximately 2 inches above the elbow.  This manner of sleeve roll presents a short sleeve        appearance and facilitates expeditious de-rolling and fastening during emergent situations. 

5.    The normal wear of the NWU trousers is fastened fully on the waist with belt buckled centered over the trouser fastener.                      The trouser legs shall be bloused with blousing straps so the blouse covers the top three rows of eyelets.  When authorized to                  wear the trousers unbloused, the trouser leg length will not extend below the bottom of the safety boot heel. 

6.    Personnel E1-E6 will wear the 1-1/4 inch black cotton or nylon woven belt, with silver finished tip, and silver finished                        closed-face buckle.  Officers and chief petty officers will wear a khaki cotton or nylon woven belt with gold tip and gold closed-face         buckle.  Properly worn, the belt tip will not extend outward beyond the belt buckle to expose the (black or khaki) belt material.                     A plain or decorated buckle with appropriate naval insignia, designs, the individual's present command, or if stationed ashore a           previous sea command/squadron, or devices to which the wearer is entitled, may be authorized for optional wear.  The Rigger's                Belt is authorized for optional wear.  For E1-E6 the belt is either a 1 3/4 inch wide black woven, with a subdued black finished               buckle, or a 1 3/4 inch wide with forged steel buckle, D-ring and hook and loop fastener (Velcro) design. For Officers and CPOs,                  the belt is either a 1 3/4 inch wide coyote woven, with a subdued black finished buckle, or a coyote 1 3/4 inch wide with forged                   steel buckle, D-ring and Velcro fastener design. The excess end of the fastening tip will be oriented to the left of the buckle of the             body of the wearer. When worn, the belt tip will not extend beyond 2 inches from the buckle. 

7.    Authorized footwear worn with the NWU include: black leather safety boots (steel toed) are the standard boots worn with the                Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I and III for CONUS and U.S. territories.  Authorized black safety boots include the 9-inch                  black smooth leather NWU boot, the 9-inch black rough-side-out leather NWU boot and the 8-inch flight deck safety boot. Black            leather safety boots (steel toed) are sea-bag-required items and are required afloat and ashore in environments mandating safety             shoe wear.  Smooth leather boots will be blackened and buffed.  Bootlaces will be laced and tucked in a manner to present a                      well-kept appearance.  Refer to NAVADMIN 214/17 or the Uniform Matters Website (Authorized Boot Listing) for the list of               authorized optional boots that may be worn with the NWU Type III per Commanding Officer discretion.

8.    Rank/rate insignia:

 

(1) Cap insignia (rate/rank) will be worn centered on the front of the NWU eight  point cap by all officers, Chief Petty             Officers, and Petty Officers.  The bottom of the insignia will be approximately 1-1/4 inch from the visor.

(a) Officers will wear the regular size embroidered grade insignia.  When wearing the eagle insignia, eagle faces                  to the wearer's right.


                       (b) Chief Petty Officers will wear the 1-1/4 inch embroidered cap insignia.


(c) Petty Officers will wear the regular size embroidered Petty Officer Cap insignia.



(d) E3 and below will not wear a cap insignia.

 

 

**NOTE:**  The new eight-point utility cap with Anchor, Constitution and Eagle (ACE) logo is required for wear effective                1 October 2019.  When wearing the cap with the ACE logo, no rank insignia shall be worn on the cover.

  (2) Embroidered rank/rate collar insignia (NWU Type I) and chest insignia (NWU Type III) will be worn by personnel                      E4-O10.  Flag officers wearing the NWU Type I, shall center the insignia at a point approximately 1 inch from the front                 and lower edges of the collar and the vertical axis of the insignia will lie along an imaginary line bisecting the angle of                   the collar point.  Eagle insignia will face the front (inward).           

                                                                                                                                                                                     a​.  Rear Admirals will wear the regular size embroidered grade insignia.  Vice Admirals and Admirals will wear a             slightly smaller size insignia to properly fit on the collar and the chest tab.  The collar insignia will be centered              between the top and bottom edge of the collar, with the outer edge of the insignia approximately 1 inch from the            front edge of the collar, and with one ray of each star pointing toward the top edge of the collar. On the NWU Type            III, the rank tab is inserted into and pulled through the slip-on chest insignia.  The chest insignia is then centered            over the rank tab.

b.  Line officers (O1-O6) will wear the regular size embroidered grade insignia.

c.  Staff corps officers and warrant officers will wear the regular size embroidered grade insignia on the right collar            and appropriate equally sized corps device or warrant officers' line device on the NWU Type I.  On the NWU Type               III, only the grade insignia is worn on the rank tab with the exception of Chaplains.  Chaplains are authorized to                wear the Chaplain Staff Corps Insignia above their grade insignia.

d.  Chief Petty Officers will wear the 1-1/4 inch embroidered cap insignia on NWU Type I and the standard chest          insignia on the NWU Type III.

e.  Petty officers will wear the appropriate miniature embroidered petty officer collar insignia on the NWU Type I               and the standard chest insignia on the NWU Type III.

f.  Enlisted rating specialty insignias and staff corps devices (except Chaplains) are not authorized to be worn on              any NWU.

(3) NWU Fleece:  slip-on rank insignia will be worn by E4 and above personnel on the fleece's rank tab as follows:

 

(a) Officers, with the exception of vice admirals and admirals, will wear a slip-on version of the regular size                 embroidered grade insignia.  When wearing the eagle insignia, eagle faces to the wearer's right.  Vice admirals                  and admirals will wear a slightly smaller size insignia to accommodate the insignia's proper fit on the tab.  The                stars will be stacked vertically point to center.

(b) Master, senior, and chief petty officers will wear a slip-on version of the 1-1/4 inch embroidered cap device on            the tab.

(c) First, second, and third class petty officers will wear a slip-on version of the appropriate embroidered petty                 officer cap device on the tab.  The eagle faces to the wearer's right.

(d) Rating specialty insignias are not authorized to be worn on the tab.

 

9.    The appropriate breast insignia will be embroidered in the applicable color and worn as follows:

(1) Command insignia (Command at-Sea, Command Ashore/Project Manager) is worn on the NWU shirt above the right              pocket centered 1/4 inch above the name tape.  Post-tour- command insignia may be worn on the left pocket flap of the                   wearer, 1/4 inch below the top of the pocket.  When authorized to wear two warfare insignias and the post-tour command           insignia, the post-tour command insignia may be worn centered on the left pocket flap 1/4 inch below the top of the                 pocket.

(2) When authorized, a maximum of two warfare/qualification insignia may be worn on the NWU shirt.  The size of the                 fabric on which they are embroidered will be of the NWU pattern, rectangular, and the approximate size of the breast               insignia with no more than 1/4 inch of fabric on either side of the embroidery.  The primary breast insignia will be worn              centered above and flush with the "U.S. Navy" service tape on the shirt.  The secondary breast insignia may be worn                below, flush and centered under the primary warfare insignia and flush with the top of the service tape (double stacked).             The NWU is the only uniform in which two warfare insignias may be worn in this manner.  Primary and secondary warfare       insignia positions will be as prescribed in article 5201.2.c.(3).  The secondary warfare insignia may optionally be worn           centered on the left pocket flap 1/4 inch below the top of the pocket.  Eligible enlisted Sailors may wear an authorized            identification badge centered on the left pocket flap 1/4 inch below the top of the pocket.  When wearing an identification               badge, no other device is authorized for wear on the pocket flap.

10.  Identification Badges:  the following identification badges are authorized to be worn on the NWU:  Navy/Fleet/Force/                           Command Master, Senior, Chief badges, Command Career Counselor, Recruit Division Commander, and security/law enforcement.                The wearing of authorized badges are as follows:

(1) All enlisted personnel will wear identification badges on the NWU shirt centered on the wearer's left pocket flap.

(2) All officers will wear identification badges above the wearer's right pocket centered 1/4 inch above their name.

(3) Identification badges can be either metal or embroidered on a strip of NWU fabric.  Pin on devices shall not be worn               on the NWU when metal devices might present a FOD or safety hazard.

 

(4) Embroidered Navy Security Force Identification badges may be worn on working uniforms (NWU Type I, II, and                     III only) centered and flush with the wearer's nametape. 

11.  Identification markings:  identification markings will be embroidered in approximately 3/4  inch block letters on approximately              1-1/4 inch wide fabric strips uniform.  Names exceedingly long can be embroidered in approximately 1/2 inch letters.  Proper                    locations of fabric strips are as follows:

               (1) NWU Shirt:

(a) Wearer's surname will be sewn centered above and flush with the top of the wearer's right shirt pocket.

(b) "U.S. Navy" will be sewn centered above and flush with the top of the wearer's left shirt pocket.

(c) Rating badges will not be worn or stenciled on the NWU.

(d) Authorized (current assignment) force or command/unit patch may be worn on the wearer's right breast                         pocket.  The size of the patch shall not exceed 3 to 3-1/2 inches in length/width/diameter. When worn, the patch              will be sewn centered on the pocket below the pocket flap to allow for easy removal and minimum expense. 

(2) NWU Trousers: the wearer's surname will be sewn centered above and flush with the top of the right rear trouser                   pocket.

(3) NWU Parka:   slip-on rank insignia will be worn by E4 and above personnel on the parka's rank tab as follows:

(a) Officers, with the exception of vice admirals and admirals, will wear a slip-on version of the regular size                  embroidered grade insignia.  When wearing the eagle insignia, eagle faces to the wearer's right.  Vice admirals                 and admirals will wear a slightly smaller size insignia to accommodate the insignia's proper fit on the tab.  The                  stars will be stacked vertically point to center.

(b) Master, senior, and chief petty officers will wear a slip-on version of the 1-1/4 inch embroidered cap device on             the tab.

(c) First, second, and third class petty officers will wear a slip-on version of the appropriate embroidered petty              officer cap device on the tab.  The eagle faces to the wearer's right.

(d) Rating specialty insignias are not authorized to be worn on the tab.

12.  The parka is the authorized outerwear worn with the NWU.  Close the zipper at least 3/4 of the way.  It has a detachable                  black fleece liner that provides extra comfort and protection during extremely cold conditions.  The accompanied black fleece liner                is the only liner authorized to be worn with the NWU.  The parka is equipped with a fold-out hood located inside the velcro closure       section of the collar.  The hood is designed to provide additional protection during inclement weather conditions.  To ensure its               water tight integrity, puncturing, pinning, or sewing items to the parka is not authorized, except on the pocket flap and rank tab.  

13.  The black fleece liner is authorized to be worn as a stand-alone outer garment with the NWU Type I and III.  When worn as an             outer garment, it will be placed over the NWU blouse zippered at least 3/4 of the way, include a sewn-on rank tab and E4 and                 above will wear their rank via slip-on rank insignia over the rank tab.  As a liner, the fleece will be worn zippered into the Parka to              provide extra comfort and protection during inclement weather conditions.  Black gloves (leather and non-leather) are authorized                to be worn when weather conditions warrant.     

14.  Navy uniform regulations grooming standards apply when wearing the NWU.

15.  For environmental extremes the following modifications are authorized when granted by appropriate authority (regional commander/commanding officer).

               (1) The NWU shirt may be removed on job sites or in work spaces.

               (2) NWU trousers may be worn unbloused on job sites or in workspaces.

 (3) During the winter or inclement periods, the parka hood is authorized for wear in addition to head gear.  Black                  leather gloves are authorized.

 

16.  Aiguillettes: At commander's discretion, aiguillettes are authorized for wear with NWU shirt and parka by                  personnel assigned to billets in which aiguillettes are a prescribed uniform item.  Puncturing the outer shell of the              parka will result in compromising the water tight integrity of the garment.

 
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