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Is it time to bring back ball caps?

Jan. 22, 2013 - 10:21AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 22, 2013 - 10:21AM  |  
Should the Navy relax the rules and allow more sailors to wear ball caps while in their Navy working uniform? Navy Times is seeking sailor opinions.
Should the Navy relax the rules and allow more sailors to wear ball caps while in their Navy working uniform? Navy Times is seeking sailor opinions. (MC2 James R. Evans / Navy)
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Ball caps have been mostly a no-go with the Navy working uniform for the past three years.

When asked in December whether it was time for that to change, the Navy's three-star personnel chief said he would consider it, but that such a recommendation had to come from the fleet. No proposal had reached his desk, he added.

So what do you think — is it time to bring ball caps back? Your voice could make a difference.

And if you favor the current rules, we want to hear from you, too.

The http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2010/NAV10118.txt">current policy limits the wear of ball caps underway to bridge watchstanders and training teams in blue-and-gray NWUs.

Many view ball caps as a way to display command camaraderie. Should they be allowed on base? And given that the NWU is approved for commuting, should ball caps be permitted for going to and from work — and the stops made en route?

Uniform officials have said the eight-point cover presents a more professional appearance than the ball cap. Do you think the eight-point is a better cover, at least for some occasions?

Finally, are there any other uniform issues would you like the Navy to address?

Navy Times wants to hear from active-duty sailors about their preferences. Please send your thoughts to staff writer sfellman@navytimes.com">sfellman@militarytimes.com?subject=Question from NavyTimes.com reader">Sam Fellman. Your comments may be featured in an upcoming Navy Times story.

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