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CNO Issues Wear Guidance for NWU Type II / III

We’ve written a couple of articles about the development and fielding of the Navy Working Uniform Type II and III designed to replace the Woodland and Desert Combat Utility Uniforms for Sailors who require them. The big hiccup in full implementation has been wear guidance from the Chief of Naval Operations and he issued it yesterday in NAVADMIN 259/11.

Here are a couple of highlights:

-The NWU Type II is DIGITAL DESERT and the NWU Type III is a DIGITAL WOODLAND pattern. These were developed for Naval Special Warfare by USSOCOM and have been referred to as AOR 1 and 2 respectively but will incorporate the Navy’s unique Anchor, Constitution, and Eagle (ACE) into the design in a similar fashion to how the Marine Corps has included the EGA in MARPAT.
AOR1 AOR2

-The only difference between Type II and III is pattern and not the style of uniform. The uniform style is a compromise between a combat and garrison style.
(Click on photos to enlarge)

-Sizing is NOT the same as the CUU.

-NWU Type II and II are organizational clothing. The basis of issue will be 3 blouses, 3 trousers, 2 eight point covers, 1 Goretex Parka, 1 fleece, 1 helmet cover, 1 sun hat, brown fleece watch cap, and brown belt.

-Yes, there will reportedly be a “waterproof, breathable” parka offered in the new patterns. At one point in the message it is referred to as a “Goretex Parka.” It will likely be in the current APECS cut but we have not seen any examples yet in either camo pattern.

-The Type III will replace the current Woodland CUU for everyone and serve as the standard garrison uniform. Only those assigned to NSW or working in direct support if them will be authorized the NWU Type II. This includes Coast Guard personnel assigned or attached to NSW.

-The wearout date for both the Woodland and Desert CUUs will be 1 June, 2012. Non-NSW units with an operational requirement for Desert uniforms after June of next year will have to ask the CNO permission. What is unclear is whether they will use the NWU Type II, continue wear of the Desert CUU, or get an entirely new hybrid uniform in the cut of the NWU but with the 3-color desert camo pattern. I think the NAVADMIN is vague for a reason. It gives them almost a year to decide what to do.

-Naval personnel performing duties outside the wire in deployed environments will continue to wear a mish-mash of FR clothing articles from a variety of sources.

-Sorry JB, but security forces will continue to wear the NWU Type I unless assigned to NSW.

-Some traditions never die. SEABEEs will still be allowed to embroider their logo on the pocket.

-The Navy is really worked up over which way the eagle faces. They mention it six separate times.

-Finally, one change implemented by this NAVADMIN that will affect all Sailors is that the blue fleece liner in the APECS parka can now be worn as a stand alone outer garment.

For the full message

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NAVADMIN 259/11

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SUBJ/NAVY WORKING UNIFORM TYPE I, II AND III, CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS//

REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/262243ZJUN09// REF/B/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/091030ZJUN06//
REF/C/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/291203ZDEC09// REF/D/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/062034ZAUG10//
REF/E/DOC/NAVPERS 15665I/01JAN03// REF/F/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/111942ZMAR11//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 188/09 NAVY UNIFORM UPDATE. REF B IS NAVADMIN 165/06 DESERT CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORM (DCU). REF C IS NAVADMIN 374/09 NAVY WORKING UNIFORM TYPE II AND III. REF D IS NAVADMIN 265/10 NAVY UNIFORM UPDATE (NWU TYPE III). REF E IS NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS. REF F IS NAVADMIN 081/11 NAVY UNIFORM UPDATE.

RMKS/1. THIS NAVADMIN:
A. UPDATES REFS A AND B;
B. SUPERSEDES REF C;
C. ANNOUNCES THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS FINAL DESIGN APPROVAL OF THE NAVY WORKING UNIFORM (NWU) TYPE II (DIGITAL DESERT) AND III (DIGITAL WOODLAND) (NWU TYPE II/III);
D. ANNOUNCES POLICY UPDATES ON THE NAVY WORKING UNIFORM TYPE I(NWU TYPE I);
E. DESCRIBES THE NWU TYPE II/III FLEET IMPLEMENTATION PLAN; AND
F. UPDATES STATUS OF THE DESERT CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM (CUU DESERT).

2. NAVY WORKING UNIFORM (NWU TYPE I) PARKA FLEECE LINER (BLACK).
EFFECTIVE NINETY DAYS FROM THE RELEASE OF THIS MESSAGE, THE NWU TYPE I FLEECE LINER IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR AS A STAND ALONE OUTER GARMENT WITH THE NWU TYPE I UNIFORM ONLY. WHEN WEARING AS AN OPTIONAL OUTER GARMENT, THE FLEECE WILL BE WORN OVER THE NWU TYPE I SHIRT, ZIPPERED AT LEAST 3/4 OF THE WAY AND MUST HAVE A SEWN ON CENTER CHEST RANK TAB.

A. CENTER CHEST RANK TAB: THE CENTER CHEST RANK TAB IS A BLACK 1 AND 5/8 INCH WIDE BY 4 AND 1/8 INCH TAB MADE OF REINFORCED NYLON MATERIAL. THE TAB IS STITCHED TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE LINER (AS WORN) IN THE SEAM BETWEEN THE NYLON REINFORCEMENT FABRIC AND FLEECE. THE TAB SHALL BE POSITIONED 3/4 INCH FROM THE CENTER FRONT FOLD TO THE LEADING EDGE OF THE RANK TAB. THE FINISHED RANK TAB WILL MEASURE 1 AND 5/8 INCHES IN WIDTH AND 4 AND 1/8 INCHES IN LENGTH TO THE POINT.

B. HOOK AND LOOP (VELCRO) FASTENER: THE RANK TAB IS SECURED TO THE FLEECE BY A HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER. THE LOOP PORTION OF THE FASTENER IS STITCHED ON ALL FOUR SIDES TO THE FLEECE FABRIC WHICH CORRESPONDS WITH THE HOOK PORTION OF THE FASTENER, LOCATED ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE RANK TAB. WHEN CLOSED, THE LOOP FASTENER SHOULD NOT BE VISIBLE.

C. SLIP ON RANK INSIGNIA: THE RANK INSIGNIA FOR THE NWU TYPE I PARKA FLEECE LINER WILL BE MADE OF APPLICABLE NWU TYPE I PATTERN AND FABRIC. THE DIMENSIONS OF THE SLIP ON RANK INSIGNIA IS 1 AND 1/2 INCHES IN WIDTH AND 2 INCHES IN LENGTH.

D. MANNER OF WEAR: NWU TYPE I PARKA AND PARKA FLEECE LINER RANK INSIGNIA (PULL ON/PULL OFF) SHALL BE WORN BY E4 AND ABOVE PERSONNEL ON THE FLEECE CENTER CHEST RANK TAB AS FOLLOWS:
(1) OFFICERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF VICE ADMIRALS AND ADMIRALS, WILL WEAR A REGULAR SIZE EMBROIDERED GRADE INSIGNIA. WHEN WEARING THE EAGLE INSIGNIA, THE EAGLE FACES TO THE WEARER’S RIGHT. ADMIRALS AND VICE ADMIRALS WILL WEAR A SLIGHTLY SMALLER SIZE INSIGNIA TO ACCOMMODATE THE INSIGNIA’S PROPER FIT ON THE TAB. THE STARS WILL BE STACKED VERTICALLY WITH THE POINT UP.
(2) MASTER, SENIOR, AND CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS WILL WEAR THE APPROPRIATE EMBROIDERED CHIEF, SENIOR CHIEF AND MASTER CHIEF INSIGNIA ON THE TAB.
(3) FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD CLASS PETTY OFFICERS WILL WEAR THE APPROPRIATE EMBROIDERED PETTY OFFICER INSIGNIA ON THE TAB. THE EAGLE FACES TO THE WEARER’S RIGHT.
(4) E1-E3 PERSONNEL SHALL HAVE CENTER CHEST RANK TAB AFFIXED TO THE FLEECE, BUT WILL NOT WEAR RANK INSIGNIA.
(5) PICTURES AND ILLUSTRATIONS DEPICTING THE PROPER PLACEMENT AND WEAR OF THE CENTER CHEST RANK TAB ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS WEBSITE.

3. THE NWU TYPE II AND TYPE III ARE OF UNISEX DESIGN AND INCLUDE THE NAVY’S LOGO ANCHOR CONSTITUTION EAGLE (ACE) DESIGN IN THE PRINT OF THE FABRIC. THE NWU COLORING SCHEMES CONSIST OF TWO UNIQUE FOUR-SHADED DIGITAL CAMOUFLAGE PROFILES (DESERT AND WOODLAND) DEVELOPED BY NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE (NSW) UNDER THE AUTHORITY AND GUIDANCE OF UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND FOR NSW AND MARITIME SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES. THE APPROVED DESIGN OF THE NWU TYPE II/III IS BASED ON THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE NWU TYPE III CONFORMANCE TEST ANNOUNCED IN REF D. THE CONSTRUCTION FEATURES OF THE NWU TYPE II/III INCORPORATE THE FOLLOWING:

A. A RETRACTABLE MANDARIN COLLAR WITH VELCRO FASTENER;
B. A CENTER CHEST RANK TAB;
C. CHEST AND SHOULDER POCKETS WITH TAPERED FLAPS AND COMBINATION BUTTON AND VELCRO FASTENERS;
D. SHOULDER POCKET FLAPS WITH VELCRO TO ACCOMMODATE IDENTIFICATION FRIEND OR FOE (IFF) MARKERS;
E. CANTED THIGH CARGO POCKETS AND ELEVATED CALF POCKETS WITH POCKET FLAPS; AND
F. ELASTIC WAIST BAND FOR IMPROVED TROUSER WAIST ADJUSTMENT AND REINFORCED RIBBON BUTTONS ON THE FLY AND CARGO POCKETS. DETAILS OF THE FINAL DESIGN CAN BE REVIEWED AT WWW.NAVFAC.NAVY.MIL/NWU.

4. AUTHORIZATION TO WEAR:
A. NWU TYPE II: ALL NSW PERSONNEL, SAILORS ASSIGNED TO NSW UNITS, OR SAILORS ASSIGNED TO UNITS DIRECTLY SUPPORTING NSW MISSIONS (INCLUDING U.S. COAST GUARD PERSONNEL) REQUIRING A DESERT TACTICAL UNIFORM IN THE THEATER OF OPERATIONS WILL TRANSITION TO THE NWU TYPE II AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SUBJECT TO UNIFORM AVAILABILITY, BUT NO LATER THAN 1 JUNE 2012. THE NWU TYPE II WILL PRIMARILY BE WORN WHILE DEPLOYED AND DURING PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING. UNITS DESIGNATED TO TRANSITION TO THE NWU TYPE II ARE LISTED IN PARAGRAPH 8A. OUTFITTING SCHEDULE IS DELINEATED IN PARAGRAPH 10. THIS GUIDANCE SUPERSEDES REF A PARAS
2.A AND 2.B.

B. NWU TYPE III:
(1) THE NWU TYPE III WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING FOUR-COLORED WOODLAND CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM (CUU WOODLAND) AS THE STANDARD CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORM WORN IN CONUS AND WHILE DEPLOYED AS PRESCRIBED BY THE COMBATANT COMMANDER.

(2) ALL PERSONNEL, COMMANDS, AND UNITS THAT ARE CURRENTLY AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE CUU WOODLAND PER REF E PARA 6802, WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL TRANSITIONED TO THE NEW NWU TYPE III. UNITS DESIGNATED TO TRANSITION ARE LISTED IN PARAGRAPH 8B. OUTFITTING SCHEDULE IS DELINEATED IN PARAGRAPH 10.

(3) ALL NON-NSW PERSONNEL CURRENTLY WEARING THE CUU DESERT WILL TRANSITION TO THE NWU TYPE III AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT NO LATER THAN 01 JUNE 2012. NAVY UNITS, (OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED IN PARAGRAPH 8A), REQUIRING THE WEAR OF A DESERT PATTERN CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORM FOR TACTICAL OPERATIONS SHALL SUBMIT A REQUEST TO THE NAVY UNIFORM BOARD FOR CNO APPROVAL VIA THE APPLICABLE TYCOM AND COMPONENT COMMAND FOR VALIDATION OF THE TACTICAL REQUIREMENT, PER REF E, PARA 1101.1.B.(4). THIS GUIDANCE SUPERSEDES REF A, PARAS 2.A AND 2.B.

5. OCCASION FOR WEAR:
A. CONUS
(1) THIS GUIDANCE APPLIES TO ALL NWUS AND UPDATES GUIDANCE OF REF A, PARAS 2.C, 2.D, AND 2.E. FOR NWU TYPE I/II/III UNIFORMS, IN CONUS ROUTINE SHORT-TERM STOPS WHILE TRANSITING BETWEEN WORK AND PLACE OF RESIDENCE VIA POV OR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ARE AUTHORIZED. EXAMPLES OF SHORT-TERM STOPS INCLUDE DROP OFF/PICK UP FOR CHILD CARE, DRY CLEANERS, GAS STATIONS, BANKS, AND CONVENIENCE STORES. SHOPPING AT NON-MILITARY INSTALLATION RETAIL STORE OUTLETS OR MALLS OR ATTENDING OFF-BASE ENTERTAINMENT VENUES ARE CONSIDERED EXTENDED STOPS AND ARE NOT AUTHORIZED. WEARING OF THE NWU TYPE I/II/III UNIFORMS IS NOT AUTHORIZED AT FORMAL OFF-BASE OFFICIAL NAVY OR GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS (E.G., SAILOR OF THE YEAR EVENTS, NAVY LEAGUE FUNCTIONS, AWARD BANQUETS). OFF-BASE WORKING PARTIES, INCLUDING COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COMREL) PROJECTS, MAY BE AUTHORIZED BY REGIONAL COMMANDERS. WEARING OF THE NWU TYPE I/II/III UNIFORMS IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR OFF-BASE PERSONAL APPOINTMENTS (E.G., COURT, DMV, CIVILIAN MEDICAL VISITS, OFF-BASE EDUCATION). DURING THE PRESCRIBED WORKDAY OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (NCR), ROUTINE SHORT-TERM STOPS AND OFF-INSTALLATION DINING IN THE NWU TYPE I/II/III IS AUTHORIZED; HOWEVER, OFF-INSTALLATION DINING AFTER THE PRESCRIBED WORKDAY IS PROHIBITED.

(2) PER REF A, PARA 2.H, NWU TYPE I/II/III UNIFORMS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR ANY HEADQUARTERS/STAFF FUNCTIONS/STAFF VISITS OR DESIGNATED LOCATIONS AND FACILITIES WITHIN THE NCR. NWUS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO REPLACE THE PRESCRIBED SERVICE UNIFORM WITHIN THE NCR. THEREFORE, NAVY PERSONNEL ON STAFFS LOCATED IN OR VISITING THE NCR WILL NOT WEAR NWUS AS THE UNIFORM OF THE DAY. ADDITIONALLY, NAVY PERSONNEL ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO WEAR NWUS FOR OFF-BASE DINING, ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, OR FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS CONDUCTED WITHIN THE NCR. HOWEVER, TO AFFORD NWU TYPE I/II/III EXPANDED WEAR, DEFINITION OF THE NCR IN REF A, PARA 2.H, IS AMENDED AS FOLLOWS: THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CRYSTAL CITY, PENTAGON CITY, ROSSLYN, THE MARK CENTER, FEDERAL OFFICE BUILDING 2 (NAVY ANNEX), NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY ARLINGTON, JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, AND THE PENTAGON. NWUS ARE AUTHORIZED OUTSIDE THE NCR AS DEFINED ABOVE. COMMANDERS/COMMANDING OFFICERS MAY PRESCRIBE NWUS FOR THOSE UNITS WITHIN THE NCR REQUIRING THE OPERATIONAL USE OF CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORMS. NWU TYPE I WEAR IS ENCOURAGED IN OFFICE ENVIRONMENTS AT HEADQUARTERS STAFFS OUTSIDE OF THE NCR RESTRICTED AREAS.

(3) EXCEPT AS INDICATED IN PARAGRAPH 5.B.(1)(B), CONUS AIR TRAVEL IN NWU TYPE I/II/III UNIFORMS IS AUTHORIZED ONLY ON MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACTED FLIGHTS BETWEEN MILITARY AIRFIELD INSTALLATIONS (E.G., NAS OCEANA TO NAS FALLON).

(4) CNIC NAVY SECURITY FORCE SAILORS, TO INCLUDE AUXILIARY SECURITY FORCES AND RESERVE SECURITY FORCES, WILL WEAR NWU TYPE I UNLESS ASSIGNED TO NSW COMMANDS.

B. OCONUS:
(1) REF A (PARA 2.F) AND REF B ARE UPDATED FOR ALL NWUS AS FOLLOWS:
(A) WHILE OCONUS, PERSONNEL WHO ARE DEPLOYING, EXECUTING PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS, ON REST AND RELAXATION LEAVE STATUS TO OR FROM OCONUS AORS OR TRANSITING IN AN EMERGENCY LEAVE STATUS WILL TRAVEL IN APPROPRIATE CIVILIAN ATTIRE.
T-SHIRTS, SHORTS, SANDALS, ETC. ARE NOT CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE ATTIRE. UNIFORMS WILL NOT BE WORN WHEN USING COMMERCIAL TRAVEL.
(B) UPON ENTERING OR DEPARTING CONUS, PERSONNEL ON OFFICIAL TRAVEL TRANSFERRING TO AND FROM ANY AOR, ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE NWU TYPE II/III ONLY ON U.S. FLAG COMMERCIAL AIRLINES AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACTED FLIGHTS. PERSONNEL WILL ONLY WEAR NWUS AT THE CONUS PORT OF ENTRY OR DEBARKATION AND WILL NOT WEAR NWUS WHEN ARRIVING OR DEPARTING ANY OCONUS CIVILIAN AIRPORT POINT OF DEBARKATION/ENTRY (APOD/E). PERSONNEL WILL WEAR CIVILIAN CLOTHES PER PARA 5.B.(1)(A), WHEN DEBARKING AT THE APOD/E. NWUS WILL BE CLEAN AND PRESENT A SHARP MILITARY APPEARANCE.
(C) IN ALL CASES, AT LEAST ONE SET OF CIVILIAN ATTIRE IS TO BE PACKED IN CARRY-ON LUGGAGE FOR CONTINGENCY SITUATIONS.
(D) TRAVEL IN NWUS IS NOT AUTHORIZED ON ANY COMMERCIAL CARRIER FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN STIPULATED IN THIS MESSAGE.

(2) WHEN DEPLOYED, PERSONNEL REQUIRING A UNIFORM FOR OUTSIDE THE WIRE OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO USE CURRENT FLAME RESISTANT (FR) COMPLIANT UNIFORMS (FRACU, NOMEX FLIGHT SUIT, FROG I/FROG II AND OCP). PERSONNEL ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE NWU TYPE III WHEN A FR UNIFORM IS NOT REQUIRED.

(3) INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTS (IA) OUTFITTED THROUGH ECRC WILL BE ISSUED A SET OF UNIFORMS DETERMINED BY THE BILLET TO BE FILLED.

6. NWU TYPE II/III COMPONENTS:
A. COMPONENTS INCLUDE BROWN COTTON UNDERSHIRT, BLACK BOOT SOCKS, BLOUSING STRAPS, NAVY CERTIFIED DESERT TAN OR BROWN BRUSHLESS BOOTS, 1 3/4-INCH COYOTE BROWN NYLON WOVEN RIGGERS BELT WITH SUBDUED BLACK FINISHED BUCKLE, EIGHT POINT UTILITY CAP, UNISEX BLOUSE (SHIRT) AND TROUSERS, SERVICE AND NAME TAPE.

B. PRESCRIBED NWU TYPE II AND III COMPONENTS INCLUDE MATCHING PATTERN WATERPROOF AND BREATHABLE FABRIC PARKA WITH SLIP ON RANK INSIGNIA, REMOVABLE COYOTE BROWN FLEECE LINER, AND BROWN FLEECE OR KNIT WATCH CAP.

C. OPTIONAL NWU TYPE II/III COMPONENTS INCLUDE 1 3/4-INCH WIDE COYOTE BROWN ONE PIECE ADJUSTABLE NYLON WEBBING RIGGERS BELT WITH FORGED STEEL BUCKLE, D-RING AND HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER, SMOOTH BLACK LEATHER BOOTS, BROWN OR GREEN BOOT SOCKS, EARMUFFS (WITH OUTER GARMENTS ONLY), EARRINGS (GOLD BALL FOR FEMALE E7 AND ABOVE AND SILVER BALL FOR FEMALE E6 AND BELOW), BLACK LEATHER GLOVES, MATCHING PRINT INCLEMENT COLD WEATHER PANTS AND NAVY APPROVED HARD HATS.

7. NWU TYPE II/III MANNER OF WEAR. STANDARD OF APPEARANCE FOR ALL PERSONNEL WEARING THE NWU TYPE II/III IS AS FOLLOWS:
A. THE FOLLOWING HEADGEAR MAY BE WORN WITH THE NWU TYPE II/III:
(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) SUN HAT, WHEN AUTHORIZED BY APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY, WILL BE WORN SQUARELY ON THE HEAD SO THE VISOR IS ON A LINE JUST ABOVE THE LEVEL OF THE EYES. RANK/RATE INSIGNIA OR SERVICE LOGO IS NOT AUTHORIZED ON THE SUN HAT.

(3) 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.

B. UNDERSHIRTS SHALL BE BROWN, COTTON, QUARTER-LENGTH SLEEVE, WITH AN ELLIPTICAL (CREWNECK) COLLAR. ORGANIZATION ISSUED OR PERSONALLY PURCHASED THERMAL UNDERWEAR IS AUTHORIZED TO BE WORN UNDERNEATH THE NWU TYPE II/III UNDERSHIRT AND TROUSERS. THERMAL UNDERWEAR WILL NOT BE VISIBLE WHEN WORN UNDERNEATH THE UNDERSHIRT.

C. SOCKS SHALL BE BLACK, BROWN OR GREEN AND EXTEND ABOVE THE TOP OF THE FOOTWEAR TO ENSURE COMFORT.

D. NWU TYPE II/III BLOUSE: NORMAL WEAR IS OUTSIDE THE WAISTBAND OF THE NWU TYPE II/III TROUSERS. WHEN DIRECTED BY APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY, THE SHIRT WILL BE WORN INSIDE THE TROUSER WAISTBAND (TUCKED IN). WHEN WORN IN GARRISON, THE MANDARIN COLLAR FOLDS DOWN FLAT AND THE NECK TAB EXTENSION IS SECURED UNDER THE LEFT COLLAR WITH HOOK AND LOOP TAPE (VELCRO). FOR TACTICAL APPLICATION ONLY (SUCH AS WHEN WEARING CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL RADIATION GEAR, BODY VEST ARMOR AND CARRYING WEAPONS WITH A SLING) THE COLLAR IS WORN IN THE UP POSITION WITH THE VELCRO TAB PULLED ACROSS THE CENTER OF THE NECK AND SECURED TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE OPPOSITE COLLAR. SLEEVES MAY BE WORN ROLLED UP AS DIRECTED BY APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY. WHEN AUTHORIZED, NWU TYPE II/III 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 TYPE II/III 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. ONLY THE SEABEE LOGO IS AUTHORIZED TO BE EMBROIDERED ON THE UNIFORM (REFER TO PARA K).

E. NWU TYPE II/III TROUSERS: NORMAL WEAR IS FASTENED FULLY ON THE WAIST WITH BELT BUCKLE 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 BOOT HEEL.

F. RIGGERS BELT: ALL PERSONNEL WILL WEAR THE 1 3/4-INCH COYOTE BROWN ONE PIECE NYLON WOVEN RIGGERS BELT, WITH SUBDUED BLACK FINISHED BUCKLE OR 1 3/4-INCH WIDE COYOTE BROWN ONE PIECE ADJUSTABLE NYLON WEBBING RIGGERS BELT WITH FORGED STEEL BUCKLE, D-RING AND HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER. THE EXCESS END OF THE FASTENING TIP WILL BE ORIENTED TO THE LEFT OF THE BUCKLE OF THE WEARER’S BODY. WHEN PROPERLY WORN, THE BELT TIP WILL EXTEND 2-4 INCHES FROM THE BUCKLE.

G. AUTHORIZED FOOTWEAR WORN WITH THE NWU TYPE II/III IS THE NAVY CERTIFIED DESERT TAN OR BROWN BRUSHLESS BOOTS (INCLUDING OPTIONAL AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE (ANSI) APPROVED SAFETY BOOTS). SMOOTH BLACK LEATHER BOOTS ARE ALSO AUTHORIZED AND MUST BE BLACKENED AND BUFFED WHEN WORN IN GARRISON. BOOTLACES WILL BE TUCKED IN A MANNER TO PRESENT A WELL-KEPT APPEARANCE.

H. RANK/RATE INSIGNIA:
(1) ALL RANK, RATE, SERVICE AND NAME TAGS, BREAST INSIGNIA, WARFARE PINS, AND IDENTIFICATION BADGES WILL BE EMBROIDERED ON EITHER NWU TYPE II MATERIAL OR THE NWU TYPE III MATERIAL WITHOUT BLACK INK PIXELS ON THE NWU TYPE III PRINT.

(2) CAP INSIGNIA (RATE/RANK) WILL BE WORN CENTERED ON THE FRONT OF THE NWU TYPE II/III 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, THE 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. THE EAGLE FACES TO THE WEARER’S RIGHT.
(D) E3 AND BELOW WILL NOT WEAR A CAP INSIGNIA.

(3) RANK INSIGNIA (PULL ON/PULL OFF) SHALL BE WORN BY E4 AND ABOVE PERSONNEL ON THE PARKA, FLEECE AND BLOUSE CENTER CHEST RANK TAB AS FOLLOWS:
(A) OFFICERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF VICE ADMIRALS AND ADMIRALS (O9S AND O10S), WILL WEAR A REGULAR SIZE EMBROIDERED GRADE INSIGNIA. WHEN WEARING THE EAGLE INSIGNIA, THE EAGLE FACES TO THE WEARER’S RIGHT. ADMIRALS AND VICE ADMIRALS WILL WEAR A SLIGHTLY SMALLER SIZE INSIGNIA TO ACCOMMODATE THE INSIGNIA’S PROPER FIT ON THE TAB. THE STARS WILL BE STACKED VERTICALLY WITH THE POINT UP.
(B) MASTER, SENIOR, AND CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS WILL WEAR A 1 1/4-INCH EMBROIDERED CAP DEVICE ON THE TAB.
(C) FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD CLASS PETTY OFFICERS WILL WEAR THE APPROPRIATE EMBROIDERED PETTY OFFICER CAP DEVICE ON THE TAB. THE EAGLE FACES TO THE WEARER’S RIGHT.
(D) RATING SPECIALTY INSIGNIAS AND STAFF CORPS DEVICES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO BE WORN ON THE NWU TYPE II/III.

(4) THE RANK TAB IS CENTRALLY LOCATED ON THE PARKA, FLEECE, AND BLOUSE. THE TAB IS 3-1/2 INCHES TALL AND 1-1/2 INCHES WIDE. ALL RANK TABS ARE CENTRALLY LOCATED FOR A CONSISTENT FOCAL POINT FOR IDENTIFICATION. ON THE BLOUSE, THE RANK TAB TOP EDGE IS IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE TOP SEAM OF THE CHEST POCKETS. ON THE PARKA, THE RANK TAB EDGE IS LOCATED TWO INCHES TO THE WEARER’S LEFT FROM THE PRIMARY ZIPPER. ON THE FLEECE, THE RANK TAB EDGE IS ONE-HALF INCH FROM THE ZIPPER ON WEARER’S LEFT SIDE, AND EXTENDS DOWN FROM THE CHEST SEAM.

I. BREAST INSIGNIA WILL BE EMBROIDERED IN THE APPROPRIATE COLOR AND WORN AS FOLLOWS:
(1) COMMAND INSIGNIA (COMMAND AT-SEA, COMMAND ASHORE/PROJECT MANAGER) IS WORN ON THE NWU TYPE II/III BLOUSE ABOVE THE RIGHT POCKET CENTERED 1/4-INCH ABOVE THE NAME STRIP. THE COMMAND INSIGNIA SHALL BE EMBROIDERED ON A STRIP OF THE APPLICABLE NWU TYPE II/III FABRIC.
(2) WHEN APPLICABLE, A MAXIMUM OF TWO WARFARE/QUALIFICATION INSIGNIA MAY BE WORN ON THE NWU TYPE II/III. THE SIZE OF THE FABRIC STRIP ON WHICH THEY ARE EMBROIDERED WILL BE RECTANGULAR AND THE APPROXIMATE SIZE OF THE BREAST INSIGNIA. THE PRIMARY BREAST INSIGNIA WILL BE WORN CENTERED ABOVE AND FLUSH WITH THE “U.S. NAVY” IDENTIFICATION MARKING ON THE SHIRT. SECONDARY BREAST INSIGNIA WILL BE WORN CENTERED ON THE WEARER’S LEFT POCKET FLAP. ENLISTED PERSONNEL AUTHORIZED TO WEAR TWO WARFARE/QUALIFICATION INSIGNIA AND AN IDENTIFICATION BADGE MAY WEAR THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY WARFARE/QUALIFICATION INSIGNIA CENTERED AND FLUSH ABOVE THE “U.S. NAVY” FABRIC STRIP. THE NWU TYPE I/II/III ARE THE ONLY UNIFORMS 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) OF REF E.

J. IDENTIFICATION BADGES: THE FOLLOWING IDENTIFICATION BADGES ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE WORN ON THE NWU TYPE II/III: NAVY FLEET/FORCE /COMMAND MASTER, SENIOR, CHIEF BADGES, COMMAND CAREER COUNSELOR, RECRUIT DIVISION COMMANDER, AND SECURITY/LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE WEARING OF AUTHORIZED BADGES IS AS FOLLOWS:
(1) ALL ENLISTED PERSONNEL WILL WEAR IDENTIFICATION BADGES ON THE NWU TYPE II/III BLOUSE 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) POST TOUR COMMAND INSIGNIA WILL BE EMBROIDERED ON A STRIP OF THE APPLICABLE NWU TYPE II/III FABRIC AND WORN ON THE LEFT POCKET FLAP CENTERED ONE FOURTH OF AN INCH BELOW THE SERVICE TAPE (U.S. NAVY).
(4) IDENTIFICATION BADGES SHALL BE EMBROIDERED ON A STRIP OF THE APPLICABLE NWU TYPE II/III FABRIC.

K. IDENTIFICATION MARKINGS: IDENTIFICATION MARKINGS WILL BE EMBROIDERED IN APPROXIMATELY 3/4-INCH BLOCK LETTERS ON APPROXIMATELY 1 1/4-INCH WIDE FABRIC STRIPS. NAMES EXCEEDINGLY LONG CAN BE EMBROIDERED IN APPROXIMATELY 1/2-INCH LETTERS. PROPER LOCATIONS OF FABRIC STRIPS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
(1) NWU TYPE II/III BLOUSE:
(A) WEARER’S SURNAME WILL BE SEWN CENTERED ABOVE AND FLUSH WITH THE TOP OF THE WEARER’S RIGHT BREAST POCKET.
(B) “U.S. NAVY” WILL BE SEWN CENTERED ABOVE AND FLUSH WITH THE TOP OF THE WEARER’S LEFT BREAST POCKET.
(C) RATING BADGES WILL NOT BE WORN OR STENCILED ON THE NWU TYPE II AND III.
(D) THE SEABEE LOGO (AUTHORIZED FOR CURRENT ASSIGNMENT SEABEES AND CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS OFFICERS) IS THE ONLY AUTHORIZED FORCE/UNIT LOGO WORN ON THE NWU TYPE II/III. IT MAY BE WORN ON THE WEARER’S RIGHT BREAST POCKET. WHEN WORN THE SEABEE LOGO SHALL BE EMBROIDERED ON THE POCKET CENTERED ON THE POCKET BELOW THE POCKET FLAP AND SHALL NOT EXCEED 3 1/2 TO 4-INCHES IN LENGTH/WIDTH/DIAMETER. THE ORIENTATION OF THE LOGO SHALL POINT TOWARD THE CENTER OF THE CHEST FOR NWU TYPE I/II/III.
(E) NO BADGES, INSIGNIA, ACCOUTREMENTS, LOGOS/PATCHES OR DEVICES OF ANY TYPE WILL BE WORN ON THE LEFT BREAST POCKET.
(F) IFF GLINT TAPE OR OTHER IDENTIFICATION/MARKER MAY BE WORN DURING DEPLOYMENT TRAINING EXERCISES AND ON DEPLOYMENT WHEN APPROVED BY THE JOINT TASK FORCE COMMANDER.
(G) VELCRO ATTACHMENTS DURING TACTICAL OPERATIONS: VELCRO ATTACHED ACCOUTREMENTS ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR AND REMOVAL ON THE NWU TYPE II AND III AT THE DESCRETION (sic) OF THE NAVY UNIT COMMANDER AND APPROVAL FROM THE TASK FORCE OR JOINT TASK FORCE COMMANDER DURING TACTICAL OPERATIONS.
ACCOUTREMENTS INCLUDE SERVICE TAPE, NAME TAPE, COMMAND INSIGNIA, ALL IDENTIFICATION BADGES AND ALL BREAST INSIGNIA.
(2) NWU TYPE II/III TROUSERS: THE WEARER’S SURNAME WILL BE SEWN CENTERED ABOVE AND FLUSH WITH THE TOP OF THE RIGHT REAR TROUSER POCKET.

L. THE PARKA IS THE STANDARD OUTERWEAR WORN WITH THE NWU TYPE II/III.
IT HAS A DETACHABLE COYOTE BROWN FLEECE LINER THAT PROVIDES EXTRA PROTECTION DURING EXTREMELY COLD CONDITIONS.
(1) 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.
(2) TO ENSURE ITS WATERTIGHT INTEGRITY, PUNCTURING, PINNING, OR SEWING ITEMS TO THE PARKA IS NOT AUTHORIZED.

M. THE COYOTE BROWN PARKA FLEECE LINER IS THE ONLY LINER AUTHORIZED TO BE WORN WITH THE NWU TYPE II/III. THE COYOTE BROWN FLEECE LINER IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR AS A STAND-ALONE OUTER GARMENT WITH THE NWU TYPE II AND III UNIFORMS ONLY. WHEN WORN AS AN OUTER GARMENT, IT SHALL BE ZIPPED AT LEAST 3/4 UP, COVER THE SHIRT WITH THE RANK TAB AND APPROPRIATE SLIP ON RANK INSIGNIA DISPLAYED FOR E4 THROUGH O10 PERSONNEL. THE FLEECE IS INTERCHANGEABLE WITH BOTH TYPE II AND III.

N. MATCHING PATTERN MATERNITY UNIFORMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE NWU TYPE III ONLY.

O. GROOMING STANDARDS WHEN WEARING THE NWU TYPE II AND III SHALL BE IN ACCORDANCE
WITH REF E.

P. FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMES THE FOLLOWING MODIFICATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED WHEN GRANTED BY APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY (REGIONAL COMMANDER/COMMANDING OFFICER).
(1) THE NWU TYPE II/III BLOUSE MAY BE REMOVED ON JOB SITES OR IN WORK SPACES.
(2) TO ALIGN WITH NWU TYPE I POLICY, NWU TYPE II/III TROUSERS MAY BE WORN UNBLOUSED ON JOB SITES OR IN WORK SPACES.
(3) DURING THE WINTER OR INCLEMENT PERIODS, THE PARKA HOOD IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR IN ADDITION TO HEAD GEAR. BLACK LEATHER GLOVES AND MATCHING PATTERN INCLEMENT WEATHER PANTS ARE AUTHORIZED.

Q. CARE. THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS MUST BE FOLLOWED WHEN CARING FOR THE NWU TYPE II/III IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE SERVICE LIFE AND MAINTAIN OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE:
(1) FOLLOW THE WASH AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS INDICATED ON EACH NWU UNIFORM ARTICLE.
(2) DO NOT STARCH THE TYPE II AND III UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THE USE OF STARCH AND ANY PROCESS THAT INVOLVES DRY-CLEANING OR A STEAM PRESS WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT THE TREATMENTS AND DURABILITY OF THE UNIFORM AND IS NOT AUTHORIZED.
(3) WHEN WASHING AND DRYING, TURN GARMENTS INSIDE OUT, CLOSE HOOK AND LOOP FASTENERS TO PREVENT SNAGGING, MACHINE WASH IN COLD OR WARM WATER (120 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT MAX), PERMANENT PRESS CYCLE. AT MOST, USE MILD DETERGENT CONTAINING NO OPTICAL BRIGHTENERS OR BLEACH.
(4) TUMBLE DRY AT LOW HEAT (NOT TO EXCEED 120 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT).
REMOVE IMMEDIATELY FROM THE DRYER AND FOLD FLAT OR PLACE ON A RUSTPROOF HANGER. TO DRIP DRY, REMOVE FROM THE WASHER/WATER AND PLACE ON A RUSTPROOF HANGER. DO NOT WRING OR TWIST.
(5) LIGHT IRONING IS AUTHORIZED IF NEEDED. CREATING CREASES IN THE NWU IS NOT AUTHORIZED. DO NOT COMMERCIALLY HOT PRESS. ALTERNATE CARE INSTRUCTIONS: FOLLOW SHIPBOARD FORMULA II.

8. INITIAL OUTFITTING ORGANIZATIONS/UNITS. PARAS 8.A. AND 8.B. BELOW SUPERCEDE REF E PARA 6802 ON 1 JUNE 2012 FOR THE PURPOSE OF NWU TYPE II/III.
A. CENTRALLY-FUNDED INITIAL OUTFITTING OF THE NWU TYPE II IS AUTHORIZED ONLY FOR THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL REQUIRING A DESERT TACTICAL UNIFORM IN THE THEATER OF OPERATIONS:
(1) NSW PERSONNEL;
(2) SAILORS (INCL USCG) ASSIGNED TO NSW UNITS; AND
(3) SAILORS (INCL USCG) ASSIGNED TO UNITS DIRECTLY SUPPORTING NSW MISSIONS.

B. CENTRALLY-FUNDED INITIAL OUTFITTING AND DAILY WEAR OF THE NWU TYPE III IS AUTHORIZED ONLY FOR THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:
(1) NSW PERSONNEL AND SAILORS ASSIGNED TO NSW UNITS;
(2) NAVAL EXPEDITIONARY COMBAT COMMAND (NECC) FORCES;
(3) NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMANDS (NAVFAC);
(4) NAVAL BEACH GROUP (NBG) COMMANDS;
(5) NAVAL EDUCATION TRAINING CENTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAINING NECC/NBG/NSW CORE RATES (SPECIFICALLY: CENTER FOR EOD AND DIVING, CENTER FOR SEABEES AND FACILITIES ENGINEERING, CENTER FOR SEAL/SPECIAL WARFARE COMBAT-CRAFT CREWMAN, AND EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE TRAINING GROUPS);
(6) NAVY EXPEDITIONARY MEDICAL SUPPORT COMMAND;
(7) OCCUPATIONAL SUPPORT HEALTH UNITS;
(8) STRATEGIC COMMAND WING ONE/TASK FORCE 124;
(9) FLEET READINESS CENTER WEST;
(10) COMMANDER PATROL AND RECONNAISSANCE WING (CTF-57);
(11) EXPEDITIONARY NAVAL AVIATION UNITS DIRECTLY ISO USMC AND NSW OPERATIONS;
(12) NAVY EXPERIMENTAL DIVING UNIT;
(13) COMMANDER SUBMARINE DEVELOPMENT SQUADRON 5 (SATURATION PROJECTS);
(14) NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY SITE DETACHMENT SEA COMPONENT;
(15) NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY THURMONT;
(16) SEABEE/CEC ASSIGNED TO UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE MCB KANEOHE, CAMP BUTLER OKINAWA, MCAS IWAKUNI, MCB QUANTICO;
(17) OVERSEAS SHORE COMMANDS THAT CURRENTLY FALL UNDER PARAGRAPH 4.B.(3); AND
(18) USCG PERSONNEL ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR NWU TYPE III IN COMPLIANCE WITH THIS NAVADMIN AND NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS. HOWEVER, FUNDING FOR INITIAL OUTFITTING AND SUSTAINMENT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF USCG.

9. PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES:
A. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL AUTHORITY FOR THE NWU TYPE II AND III IS ASSIGNED TO NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND (NAVFAC). PROGRAM MANAGER AND TECHNICAL AUTHORITY FOR THE DIGITAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERNS IS ASSIGNED TO PROGRAM MANAGER SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES SURVIVAL, SUPPORT, AND EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS (PM-SOF SSES), U.S. ARMY SOLDIER SYSTEMS CENTER, NATICK AS DIRECTED BY NSW. DISTRIBUTION AUTHORITY OF THE NWU TYPE II IS ASSIGNED TO COMMANDER, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE COMMAND, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY APPROVED PER PARAGRAPH 4 .A AND 4.B.(3). PROGRAM MANAGEMENT FOR USCG UNIQUE ITEMS SUCH AS USCG ENLISTED INSIGNIA IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF USCG.

B. CONTACT THE NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND EXPEDITIONARY PROGRAM OFFICE (NEPO) NWU TYPE II/III PROGRAM MANAGER IF IT APPEARS YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THIS APPROVED LIST. ECHELON THREE APPROVED ENDORSEMENTS ARE DUE TO NEPO NLT 15 NOVEMBER 2011 FOR CONSIDERATION OF ADDITIONAL UNITS TO QUALIFY FOR INITIAL OUTFITTING. ADDITIONAL UNITS MEETING INITIAL OUTFITTING CRITERIA WILL BE REPORTED TO OPNAV N13/UNIFORM MATTERS OFFICE FOR A PROPOSED UPDATE TO REF E. THE NAVY UNIFORM
MATTERS OFFICE WILL UPDATE CHAPTER SIX, SECTION EIGHT OF REF E ONCE A COMPLETE LIST OF UNITS REQUIRING THE TYPE III HAS BEEN PROPOSED TO THE UNIFORM BOARD AND APPROVED BY THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.

10. THE NWU TYPE II/III FIELDING PLAN:
A. PRODUCTION CONTRACTS FOR NWU TYPE II/III WERE AWARDED IN SEPTEMBER 2010. DELIVERY BEGAN IN FEBRUARY 2011 FOR TYPE II AND ANTICIPATED DELIVERY WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER 2011 FOR TYPE III. INITIAL OUTFITTING FOR APPROVED ORGANIZATIONS IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE BY JUNE 2012 FOR MOST UNITS. NWU TYPE II/III ARE DESIGNATED ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING AND WILL BE PROVIDED AT NO EXPENSE TO THE SERVICE MEMBER IN
AUTHORIZED UNITS. NEPO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FUNDING AND EXECUTION OF INITIAL OUTFITTING REQUIREMENTS WHICH WILL INCLUDE ISSUE OF 3 BLOUSES, 3 TROUSERS, 2 EIGHT POINT COVERS, 1 GORTEX PARKA, 1 FLEECE, 1 HELMET COVER, 1 SUN HAT, BROWN FLEECE WATCH CAP, AND BROWN BELT (UNLESS ALREADY ISSUED) FOR APPROVED PERSONNEL. ALL NAMETAGS, SERVICE TAGS, INSIGNIA, SEWING AND EMBROIDERY WILL BE INCLUDED AS PART OF THE INITIAL OUTFITTING.

B. SIZES FOR THE NWU TYPE II/III ARE IDENTICAL TO NWU TYPE I SIZES. SERVICE MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THEIR PROPER NWU TYPE I SIZES AND COMMANDS SHOULD PLACE ORDERS FOR THE TYPE II/III UNIFORMS USING THE TYPE I SIZING CONVENTION. DO NOT BASE SIZING ON THE CUU. CONTACT NEPO FOR ANY SPECIAL ORDER SIZING REQUIREMENTS. UNITS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THE CORRECT QUANTITY, SIZES, NAME, RANK, AND DEVICES ARE ORDERED FOR INITIAL OUTFITTING. ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR PLACING ORDERS WILL BE POSTED AT WWW.NAVFAC.NAVY.MIL/NWU.

C. INVENTORY ISSUED TO UNITS WILL BE BASED ON NUMBER OF ASSIGNED UNIT PERSONNEL PLUS UP TO TEN PERCENT EXTRA STOCK. THE ADDITIONAL STOCK IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE MINIMUM INITIAL RE-SUPPLY UNIFORMS FOR NEW CHECK-INS AND TO IMMEDIATELY ADDRESS ANY POTENTIAL SIZING ISSUES IDENTIFIED UPON RECEIPT. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL UNIFORMS BE RETURNED FOR REWORK UNLESS A MANUFACTURER’S DEFECT IS IDENTIFIED. ALL INITIAL OUTFITTING DISCREPANCIES WILL BE HANDLED THROUGH THE NEPO NWU TYPE II/III PROGRAM MANAGER.

D. AFTER UNIT INITIAL OUTFITTING HAS OCCURRED, EACH UNIT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUSTAINMENT AND RESUPPLY OF THE TYPE II/III UNIFORM. UNIFORM ITEMS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY (DLA) AND CAN BE PURCHASED VIA MILSTRIP STARTING AUGUST FY11. STRICT MANAGEMENT OF DLA INVENTORY LEVELS IS REQUIRED FOR THIS NEW PROGRAM TO ENSURE ADEQUATE SUPPLIES ARE AVAILABLE. ONLY UNITS WHO HAVE COMPLETED INITIAL OUTFITTING WILL BE APPROVED TO ORDER AND RECEIVE RESUPPLY STOCKS THROUGH DLA. UNITS ARE ADVISED TO ORDER STOCKS ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS DUE TO LIMITED SUPPLY OF THESE NEW PRODUCTS. UNITS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL KNITTING, SEWING, AND EMBROIDERY FOR ANY RESUPPLY /SUSTAINMENT ORDERS; DLA WILL NOT PERFORM THESE SERVICES AFTER THE INITIAL OUTFITTING PHASE. ANTICIPATED START DATE FOR DLA SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT IS FALL 2011.

E. THE CUU WOODLAND AND DESERT ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR UNTIL 01 JUNE 2012, AT WHICH TIME THEY WILL NO LONGER BE AUTHORIZED AS A NAVY UNIFORM. PERSONNEL IN ROTATIONAL UNITS OR IA/GSA WHO STARTED THEIR ASSIGNMENT/DEPLOYMENT IN CUU DESERT AND CANNOT MEET THIS CUTOFF DATE WILL TRANSITION TO TYPE III (IF REQUIRED) IMMEDIATELY AFTER COMPLETION OF THE DEPLOYMENT.

F. REF E PARA 6802 REMAINS IN EFFECT REGARDING CUU WOODLAND OCCASION FOR WEAR AND CUU DESERT OCCASION FOR WEAR FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FLEET UNTIL 01 JUNE 2012.

11. NWU TYPE I UPDATE. THESE PARAGRAPHS REEMPHASIZE REF F.

A. MATCHING NWU PATTERN GORE-TEX FOUL WEATHER TROUSER IS AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR AS ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING.
(1) THE NWU GORE-TEX FOUL WEATHER TROUSER IS INTENDED FOR WEAR WITH THE NWU TYPE I PARKA DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS OR DURING THE PERFORMANCE OF DUTIES REQUIRING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AS DIRECTED BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER.
(2) ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING IS DEFINED AS ANY CLOTHING LOANED TO AN INDIVIDUAL BY A NAVAL ACTIVITY, FOR WHICH THERE IS A REQUIREMENT ABOVE AND BEYOND AUTHORIZED NAVY UNIFORMS. ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING REMAINS THE PROPERTY OF THE NAVY AND IS RETURNED TO THE ACTIVITY WHEN THE INDIVIDUAL IS TRANSFERRED. ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING IS WORN WITH WORKING UNIFORMS ONLY WHILE PERFORMING DUTIES FOR WHICH THE GARMENTS ARE DESIGNED.
(3) THE NWU TYPE I GORE-TEX FOUL WEATHER TROUSER IS CURRENTLY MANUFACTURED BY TENNESSEE APPAREL CORP AND IS AVAILABLE THROUGH GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA) ADVANTAGE (GSAADVANTAGE.GOV). THE GSA CONTRACT NUMBER IS GS07F5689R AND THE PART NUMBER IS T1902. ALL REQUESTS MUST SPECIFY THE PRINT PATTERN AS “NAVY DIGITAL CAMOUFLAGE.” SIZES RANGE FROM SMALL SHORT THROUGH XX LARGE LONG. THE MINIMUM ORDER QUANTITY IS 25 UNITS (SAME SIZE OR COMBINATION OF SIZES ). SPECIAL REQUESTS OR VOLUME PRICING CAN BE ARRANGED BY CALLING THE COMPANY AT (931) 455-3491 AND ASKING FOR NAVY SALES OR BY E-MAIL AT NAVYSALES(AT)TNAPC.COM. THE AVERAGE TIME OF DELIVERY FROM RECEIPT OF ORDER IS 60 DAYS.

12. FILE THIS NAVADMIN UNTIL CHANGES ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE QUARTERLY BUPERS DIRECTIVE CD-ROM CHANGE CONTAINING REF E. IN THE INTERIM, FOR MORE INFORMATION ON UNIFORM POLICY, VISIT THE NAVY UNIFORM MATTERS WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.PUBLIC.NAVY.MIL/BUPERS-NPC/SUPPORT/UNIFORMS/PAGES/DEFAULT2.ASPX.

13. POINTS OF CONTACT:
A. FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING OCCASION AND MANNER OF WEAR POLICIES, PLEASE
CONTACT XXXX

B. FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING THE NWU TYPE II AND III IMPLEMENTATION AND FIELDING PLAN,
CENTRAL FUNDING AND LOGISTICS, PLEASE CONTACT XXXXX

C. DIGITAL CAMOUFLAGE PROGRAM MANAGER AND TECHNICAL AUTHORITY, XXXXX

D. IA ISSUES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE XXXXX

E. NECC POINT OF CONTACT IS XXXXX

14. RELEASED BY MS STEFFANIE B. EASTER, N1 (ACTING).//

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13 Responses to “CNO Issues Wear Guidance for NWU Type II / III”

  1. Sean says:

    So, they want coasties to wear a uniform with the Navy logo in a pattern. Ummm, no thanks.

  2. Administrator says:

    You do realize that there are several Coasties who have completed BUDS are currently attached to WARCOM units?

  3. AV says:

    And if the USCG goes down this route, it is projected to save millions in R/D. Why go through through the whole design process when it is already done.

  4. chigurh says:

    I’ve seen the goretex parka and it is indeed a regular apecs design in aor2.

  5. Jack Luz says:

    Two things: First, I think that all this unform change has gotten completely out of hand. Is it any wonder why the U.S. Armed Forces has lost credibility with the general public?

    Second, I actually believe that the Navy design makes more sense than the Army”s ACU design (unofficially dubbed WRE for Walking Ridiculous Embarassments and WSBT for Walking Sniper’s Billboard Target). Maybe the Army and Air Force should adapt the Navy design and emply the multi-cam pattern.

  6. Thomasjane says:

    I didn’t see this in the message- are these fabric patterns going to be available for gear manufacturers?

  7. Administrator says:

    Accessing fabric has been a major issue. Now that the patterns will see wider spread issue, I only expect the issue to get worse. Expect to see more knockoffs available as the market moves to fill a void.

  8. Greg says:

    Luz,It would probably make more sense but thie no telling if the Navy feels sentimental about thiers uniforms as much as the Marine corps yet,plus you would think that sense both of them are in the same line of work they would wear the same uniform, I still agree the diffrent camo for every branch is retarded but i belive out of all the nonsense this issue will be fixed soon,and see everyone back in the same thing over time I also get the strange hunch that the Coast Gaurd is going to do the same thing More money to waste to look different if know what i mean.

  9. Greg says:

    I apologize for the typing errors too.

  10. Lazy civy says:

    Just wait for the first friendly fire reports due to someone not being able to recognize one of the gazillion US military uniform camo patterns! Everyone likes MultiCam, why doesn’t the DoD just implement that for everyone and call it quits?
    It’s going to happen eventually anyway . . .

  11. Yessir says:

    There are better camo patterns out there than Multicam. And the Licensing fees on Multicam are outrageous. Drives the price through the roof. Check out DEPSOC 360 on mmitactical.com

  12. Greg says:

    True but multicam is good for one enviroment,like UCP “witch is shit”is afghanistan and to the lesser pakistan,Not to good for open desert ecspecialy when we had Desert Storm and our Bright Star exercises,and in places like Haiti,panama,Japan S.Korea and eventualy venezuela:) where theres tons of green to hide in,Their’s too little if any green to compensate it or use it in those places they go when called But i did have the same idea as you two years ago Why not put everybody in MultiCam to save cash is what i thought.

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