Friday, March 18, 2011

Officer and Enlisted Uniforms

 (SEALs' uniforms are no different than the ones in the pictures, except for wearing the Trident on the left side, above ribbons or medals).  (Also see heading "Burials at Sea" for more pictures with uniforms.)

NOTE:  On uniforms of Line Officers (shoulder boards and sleeves), the star always has one point pointing toward the stripe(s).  

All Navy dress blues are labeled with the following: Name, Service No., Contract No., Name of Supplier, and Manufacturer.  (See additional photo at bottom of post for uniforms in 1914.)

(Appears to be 1st Class Diver Insignia)
Command Master Chief Paulette Brock inspects the
back of Sailors' uniforms during a dress blues inspection aboard
the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103)
(Nov. 5, 2010) Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Aaron Gregory,
assigned to Naval Station Mayport, salutes the colors as
part of the passing of the flag ceremony while wearing the uniform
that was worn by U.S. Navy chiefs during World War I.
Left is Summer Dress Whites for Officers.
Right is enlisted Winter Dress Blues.
Enlisted Dress Whites
Standing at Parade Rest -
Enlisted Dress Whites (background);
Officer Dress Whites (foreground)
(Same Uniforms for SEALs)
Inspection - Service Dress Blues -
Officers and Enlisted Uniforms
(Officer is a Lieutenant)

Placing Ribbons on Dress Blues
(Trident would be placed above ribbons.)

Chief Petty Officers at Parade Rest
Summer Service Khakis 
(Same uniforms for SEALs)
Notice same position of hands on weapons.
Officer - Summer Service Whites
(Uniform nicknamed "Good Humor")
Officer - Summer Service Khakis;
Same uniform for CPOs
(Sept. 19, 2007) - A Sailor shows off the prototype 
uniform for service dress khaki, a throwback to the traditional
 WWII style uniform. It allows for chiefs and officers to shift from
 service khaki to service dress khaki by adding a black tie 
and jacket. 

Three Sailors show off the prototype uniforms for
service dress white and service dress khaki. The prototype
service dress khaki uniform is a throwback to the traditional
WWII style. The uniform allows for chiefs and officers to
shift from service khaki to service
dress khaki by adding a black tie and jacket.

Dungarees were the working uniform worn from 1913 through the 1990s. Unlike the utility uniform, dungarees were not allowed to be worn outside of military installations. Service members were allowed to wear the uniform to and from the installation in a vehicle, but were not authorized to make any stops between while in the dungarees.
Dungarees consisted of a short or long-sleeve blue chambray shirt, white t-shirt, and boot-cut denim jeans (the jeans in question had heptagonal "patch" pockets sewn on the front of the pant-legs rather than the traditional "slash" pockets often seen on civilian-worn jeans). Head gear was the white "dixie cup" cover for men and an early form of the black garrison cap or a black beret for women. During cold weather a black watch cap was allowed. The command ball cap was optional. Names were hand-stenciled and the rating badge was "iron on." Only petty officers wore a rating badge on this uniform, on the left arm. The sailor's last name was affixed in white on the pants just above the back pocket on the right side. The name was also affixed in black on the shirt just above the right breast pocket. An iron-on surface warfare or submarine warfare insignia iron-on was authorized to be placed over the left breast pocket.
Low black leather boots called "boondockers" were worn with the dungaree uniform. Flight deck personnel were issued a type of taller cap-toe boot similar in design to paratrooper jump boots boots known colloquially as "wing walkers". These types of boots had zig-zag patterned out-soles to avoid gathering FOD (Foreign Object Debris) between the ridges that could litter the flight deck and cause potential damage to aircraft. "Dealer/Chelsea" style ankle boots (known colloquially as Lox boots) with elastic-sides were issued to personnel working with liquid oxygen for easier removal in case the boots would freeze upon contact.


Flight Deck Personnel:

  • Purple – Aviation Fuel Handlers (also known as "grapes")
  • Blue – Plane Handlers, Tractor Drivers, Elevator Operators
  • Yellow – Flight Deck Officers and Plane Directors
  • Green – Operations Personnel, Catapult and Arresting Gear Personnel, Ground Support Equipment Maintenance Personnel, Squadron Maintenance Personnel, Cargo handling personnel, Hook runners, Landing Signalmen Enlisted (LSE), and Photographers
  • White – Safety Observers, Squadron Final Checkers (F/C), Landing Signal Officers (LSO), Corpsmen, LOX Handlers, Air Transfer Officers, and visitors
  • Red – Ordnance Handlers, EOD Personnel, Crash and Salvage Crews
  • Brown – Plane Captains (Crew Chiefs and Mechanics)

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations approved Navy Uniform Board recommendations Jan. 25, 2011.

The recommendations include a new cutlass for chiefs, an overblouse for female officers and chiefs, updated rules for portable communication devices and clarification on the manner of wear for flight suits.

"Whether addressing new proposals or updating old regulations to the current operating environment, the Uniform Board has taken input from the fleet and provided the best recommendations and proposed solutions for CNO's approval," said Capt. William Park, head, Officer Personnel Plans and Policy, who also oversees the Uniform Matters Office. "The result is a set of adaptive uniform regulations that maintains the professional appearance of our Sailors."

Designed to be worn by members of an official party during ceremonies requiring officers to wear swords, the chief petty officer (CPO) cutlass may be the most visible of the announced uniform changes. With a twenty-six inch stainless steel blade and four laser engraved CPO anchors (CPO, SCPO, MCPO and MCPON) on the base, the new cutlass is expected to be available for purchase in August. As an optional uniform item, the Uniform Board sought to ensure uniformity in appearance by directing the cutlass to be worn only when all members of an official party are wearing swords.

The next change was the approval of an overblouse option for female officers and chiefs when wearing the poly/wool service khaki uniform. Since the roll-out of the service uniform for junior enlisted, the Office of Women's Policy had received regular feedback from the fleet, requesting a similar overblouse option for female officers and CPOs to wear with their service khaki uniform. When this change takes effect in sixty days, female officers and CPOs will be able to wear the overblouse with slacks or skirts.

Portable electronic devices were another topic of concern for Sailors, which prompted the Uniform Board to make several noteworthy changes. Effective 60 days from the announcement, Sailors will be authorized to use these devices while in their service or working uniform, to include when walking. Although authorized, the device must be conservative in color and design, cannot distract from the appearance of the uniform, must be worn on the belt aft of the elbow and cannot interfere with the rendering of military courtesies and honors.

The final set of changes announced in the update were regarding the manner of wear for the aircrew flight suit. While in the continental United States, the green flight suit will be worn with a black undershirt, while overseas, aircrew may wear tan flight suits with brown undershirts as determined by the Navy component commander.

To support the Centennial of Naval Aviation, CNO is allowing flight suits to be worn at designated events in calendar year 2011. A list of these approved Centennial of Naval Aviation events will be released quarterly by Commander, Naval Air Forces.

1914 Uniforms:

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