The Navy Anticipates Changes to Working Uniforms

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

The Navy expects to transition to the green Type III Working Uniform, starting October 2017, Navy Times reported.

The service now permits Type III uniforms for all sailors. Navy Exchanges will begin stocking the parts and pieces this fall.

Officials first announced the switch from Type I “aquaflage” to Type III “green digital” back in August 2016. Sailors who already have Type III, due to organizational command, may continue wearing the uniform even if they transfer from their command.

Navy officials aim to complete the transition by October 1st, 2019. At this date, Type III uniforms will become mandatory. Officials are also considering a two-piece, flame-retardant suit, which is currently in development.

With the new uniforms, the Navy will continue to authorize blue command ball caps, but coyote brown ball caps will also be permitted. Nine-inch black safety boots will remain standard while the Navy actively seeks a more comfortable seaboard boot. Ashore, sailors may wear brown safety boots, black leather safety boots, or rough-side-out leather safety boots. They may also wear non-safety leather boots when authorized by their commanding officer.

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