This October, Navy exchanges will be receiving new physical training uniforms displaying the Navy slogan, “forged by the sea.” The optional new uniform will be available in unisex sizes and include a moisture-wicking navy blue short-sleeve shirt and 5-inch running shorts, as stated in the Navy’s administrative message 163/18.
New Navy recruits will receive these physical training uniforms at boot camp “in the next 12 to 18 months.” For existing recruits, the current gold and blue training uniforms will be authorized for continued wear until a date for the uniforms’ phase-out is announced.
Along with new PT uniforms, the Navy is also working to develop updated black leather safety boots for wear with coveralls and working uniforms. The boots will have a “padded foam collar, a full-length liner made of moisture-wicking fabric, and a slip-resistant sole,” making them appropriate for use in both hot and cold climates.
Additionally, all sailors are now able to wear the Eisenhower jacket that is the best fit according to their uniform requirements. Both styles will be designated unisex and will be available in a large number of sizes.
Furthermore, female sailors are now able to wear their ID badges on their right side. Optional Defense Contract Management Agency identification badges have also been approved for any Navy personnel on an active assignment “to a DCMA billet”, and sailors who are assigned to Submarine Force Atlantic may wear Allied Submarine Command ID badges, if they choose.
The Navy also plans to continue its testing of the new slacks and skirts for female and chief petty officers.
Finally, with all of these uniform changes and updates, the Navy plans to modify its uniform mobile application, making it easier for personnel to access exchanges online and communicate regarding uniform matters. The app is slated to be ready for download in July.