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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 Type I and Type III (NWU Type I and NWU Type III) and pertains to all personnel unless specified otherwise.  
(2) The NWU Type I and III are battle dress utility style uniforms 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 Type I and NWU Type III are intended for year-round wear and shall be the standard “Working Uniform” ashore.  The uniforms are unisex designed to accommodate male and female Sailors and to fulfill multi-functional/geographical uniform requirements at sea and ashore.   Both uniforms are designed 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 Type I and NWU Type III.  The NWU Type I and NWU Type III Parka is designed to minimize the requirement for various cold and foul weather gear.
Occasion for wear 
(1) NWU Type I and III wear is authorized for commuting and all normal task 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 liberty uniforms.  Wear while conducting official business, when business attire is appropriate and participating in social events after normal working hours is not permitted.  Consumption of alcohol off-base is not permitted.  The area or regional commander may 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 Type 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.  NWU wear while in metro, public transportation and slug lines outside the Pentagon is authorized.  Wear is also authorized in office environments at headquarters staffs outside these NCR areas.  Recruiters are authorized to wear the NWU Type I and NWU Type III in the continental United States (CONUS), Hawaii and Guam (e.g., malls, schools, normal recruiting areas).
(3) Conus air travel 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, NWU Type I, II and 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 Type I and NWU Type III is as follows:




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