By Rear Adm. Fritz Roegge
Military Personnel Plans and Policy
Uniforms are an issue that’s always on the fleet’s mind—especially uniform changes. Every change to uniforms is an attempt to improve fit, function, or appearance, resulting in uniforms that our Sailors will wear proudly at sea and ashore, and that project our proud Navy heritage.
The uniform board process is designed to collect, evaluate and endorse Fleet recommendations on uniform matters. Now, through direct engagement at all hands calls, e-mails and social media, you are giving us that feedback faster than ever before, so we’re streamlining the uniform board process to improve our responsiveness. We’re using that feedback as a key component to how we address the responsibility of outfitting the fleet.
Feedback on uniforms is among the most common topics raised to leadership at all hands calls. Additionally, Sailors are encouraged to send their feedback – comments, critiques, questions, etc – directly to the Uniform Matters Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Uniform Matters Office will also appreciate your ideas to create, delete, or modify a uniform or its manner of wear, but these must be submitted via your chain of command to include respective Fleet Commander endorsement to the Chief of Naval Personnel Navy Uniform Matters Office (OPNAV 131U).
To keep that feedback coming, I would like to give you an update on some current uniform initiatives.
Right now we are in the process of testing new female combination covers, a jumper style service dress blue uniform designed for females, and a light-weight (tropical climate) Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I.
New Female Combination Covers:
We’re in our second month of testing these new covers with our initial group of 28 participants. To capture their experiences and recommendations regarding the cover’s design, fit and function, participants were provided a survey questionnaire to complete by the end of this month. The results of this survey will be utilized to develop design improvements to be incorporated in our Extended Wear Evaluation this fall.
New Female Service Dress Blue and Dixie-cup Cover:
Last week we kicked off a preliminary wear evaluation in Norfolk, Va.
Twenty-seven participants were outfitted with two prototype design versions of the dixie hat, one service dress blue jumper top and two different service dress blue slack designs – one front-zipper and one side-zipper design.
This preliminary evaluation will run three weeks to gather initial feedback that we can incorporate into an improved design for the Extended Wear Evaluation this fall.
New Light Weight NWU Type I:
Later this month we’re outfitting 238 Sailors with two different prototypes for the Light Weight NWU Type I, each made of a different fabric. Participants for this two-month test are stationed in Bahrain, Pearl Harbor and Guam and will let us know how these uniforms perform in a tropical environment.
I will continue to update you on these initiatives as well as new ones. I encourage you to give us your feedback by emailing: