Fleet-Wide Women’s Uniform Survey Seeks Input

By Robert Carroll
Head of Uniform Matters Office

NAVADMIN 127/13 announced the release of a fleet-wide women’s uniform survey to gather female officer and enlisted feedback on their uniform concerns and recommended solutions. 

Recruits undergo a uniform inspection at Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp, April 16, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Walsh/Released)

Recruits undergo a uniform inspection at Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp, April 16, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Walsh/Released)

What is the purpose of the women’s uniform survey?

This fleet-wide survey will help the Navy Uniform Board gather feedback on uniform concerns and recommendations from female Sailors. The survey will ask female Sailors about their level of satisfaction regarding fit, design and durability of their working and service uniforms and components.

Why are you only surveying women?

Interviews and focus groups determined that there was a need to gather more feedback on women’s uniform concerns and recommendations. Also, NAVADMIN 154/12 announced the Navy’s comprehensive review of the women uniform initiative as one of the multiple phases of the chief of Naval Personnel’s initiative. The Navy Uniform Board has not received the same level of interest in a uniform survey from male Sailors in the Fleet.

Who will get the survey?

Approximately 16,000 randomly selected female officers and enlisted Sailors will be asked to participate in this survey. The survey will be administered online.

Who developed the survey?

The Navy Uniform Matters Office worked with Navy Personnel Research, Studies and Technology, Office of Women’s Policy, Navy Exchange Service Command, and Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility to develop the survey. The questions were developed from feedback obtained during uniform focus groups with female Sailors in fleet concentration areas.

What will happen to the results?

The results of the survey will be analyzed by Navy Personnel Research, Studies and Technology and sent to the Navy Uniform Board. The board will brief chief of Naval Personnel and chief of Naval Operations on the results and based on recommendations approved, a NAVADMIN will be released.

What changes would you make to Navy uniforms?