What You Need to Know about the NWU Type I Update

By Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens

NAVADMIN 084/13 provided a summary on all Navy Working Unit Type I related guidance and announced the authorized wear of the aiguillette and the expanded wear of footwear with the NWU Type I. Below is what you need to know about the NWU Type I update.

Capt. Joseph Kuzmick, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), addresses the crew during an all-hands Navy working uniform inspection in Bremerton, Wash., May 13, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Josue L. Escobosa/Released)

Capt. Joseph Kuzmick, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), addresses the crew during an all-hands Navy working uniform inspection in Bremerton, Wash., May 13, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Josue L. Escobosa/Released)

 

What is the purpose of NWU Type I update?

We want to educate our Sailors on the proper wear of this uniform and we think it would be helpful to capture all of the guidance into one NAVADMIN. This NAVADMIN will provide a summary and give clarity to the uniform components, standards of appearance, occasions for wear and proper care instructions.

The NAVADMIN also provides new guidelines on footwear that you can wear with the NWU Type I and if you are assigned to a billet in which aiguillettes are a prescribed uniform item, your commanding officer may authorize you to wear it with the NWU shirt and parka.

What changes were made to the footwear now authorized?

Sailors can now wear with NWU Type I a black 9-inch leather (smooth) steel-toed boot, a black 9-inch rough side out leather steel toed boot and a black 8-inch aviation flight deck steel toed boot.

What is the change regarding wearing aiguillettes?

At the commanding officer’s discretion, those personnel who are assigned to billets where wearing an aiguillette is prescribed can now wear it with their NWU Type I shirt and parka. Sailors need to know that puncturing the outer shell of the parka will compromise the manufacturer’s water proof guarantee and void the lifetime warranty. It will be at the owner’s expense to replace or repair the parka if punctured or torn.

Where can I find the NWU training video?

The NWU Type I training video can be found on Navy.mil or below.

 Who’s the best point of contact for uniform questions?

You can ask your chain of command. Additional uniform questions may be addressed to the points of contact listed on the NAVADMIN or “Ask the Master Chief” at umo_cmc@navy.mil.