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  1. The Navy has approved wearing command ball caps as an optional replacement for the eight-point covers. They can be worn with the blue-and-gray, desert and woodland NWU versions MC3 Wade T. Oberlin/Navy

    Tell us: Ball caps and uniform rules

    It's official: Navy leaders approved wearing ball caps with NWUs for the first time.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  2. Navy officials have decided to separate Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Sims, a 12-year sailor, for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle, according to a Wednesday statement from the chief of naval personnel's office. Courtesy of HM2 Jessica Sims

    Officials decide to boot HM2 for her locks

    Navy officials have decided to separate a 12-year African-American sailor for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. Former commander in chief President George W. Bush may have accepted the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' but the DoD Office of General Counsel has issued an edict that current service members and Defense Department employees cannot have ice dumped on them while in uniform — including civilian uniforms. AP

    DoD throws cold water on 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    The Defense Department has declared war on the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' the Internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. Female chiefs say they want more shoulder room in their khakis and a better fit in their trousers. Navy officials say they intend to give them what they want. MC3 Timothy A. Hazel / Navy

    Navy working on better fitting uniforms for female sailors

    Navy women were asked what they like — and don't like – about their uniforms, and their answers are driving a number of key changes.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  5. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Sims Photo courtesy HM2 Jessica Sims

    Hagel changes hair policy after controversy

    Dreadlocks, cornrows, twisted braids and other hairstyles popular among African American women will be more accepted across the military after a forcewide review of hairstyle policies prompted several changes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  6. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Sims refused to change her hairstyle after officials at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill., told her she was out of regulation. She may be administratively separated. Left, the photo in Sims' application to become an RTC instructor. Photos courtesy HM2 Jessica Sims

    Navy reconsiders booting corpsman over hairstyle

    The Navy is taking a second look at the unusual case of a boot camp instructor who was due to be kicked out August 13 for her 'unauthorized' hairstyle, although she claims that the command singled her out for being a black woman with natural hair.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  7. Rules coming in September would allow more sailors to wear ball caps with their Navy working uniforms, at their commanding officer's discretion. MC3 Kenneth Abbate/Navy

    New rules will let COs make the call on ball caps with NWUs

    For most of the past 70 years, ball caps have weaved their way into Navy culture and tradition.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  8. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet June 25 in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Vasily Maximov / AP

    West to Putin: Prove commitment to Ukraine peace

    The Kremlin on Wednesday renounced the right to send troops into Ukraine and voiced support for a peace plan, but the West said Russia must do much more to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine if it wants to avoid a new, more crippling round of sanctions.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  9. Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Christian Mountian rolls up Fire Controlman 2nd Class Scott Godwin's sleeve during a uniform wear test aboard the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii-based destroyer Chafee on June 18. MC2 Diana Quinlan/Navy

    Sailors test lightweight cammies that could become optional uniform

    For years, sailors facing the wilting heat of Bahrain or the tropical humidity of Guam have complained that the Navy working uniform wasn’t cutting it. The blouse is too heavy for work topside, they’ve said, and the belt and tucked-in trouser legs trap heat like a greenhouse.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  10. Sailors on the destroyer Arleigh Burke wear flame-resistant coveralls as they handle mooring lines during a visit to Bahrain in May. MC2 (SW/AW) Carlos M. Vazquez/Navy

    Coverall complaints and changes

    The fleet's new coveralls may stand up to a fire, but they're also ill-fitting and stuffy.

    • Jun. 21, 2014
  11. About 30 female sailors are testing uniform items before a larger wear test in the fall. Participants include Electronics Technician 2nd Class Melissa Rheaume, left, and Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Alyzamarie Santos. Lance M. Bacon / Staff

    Female sailors offer mixed reviews for crackerjacks

    About 30 women have donned 'Dixie cups' and crackerjacks — and found an initial three-week wear test to be a love/hate relationship.

    • Jun. 8, 2014
  12. Building better boots

    They're heavy and stuffy. Not waterproof. Hard to break in — and uncomfortable afterward.

    • May. 26, 2014
  13. Defense Secretary Hagel speaks ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister's office on , May 16 in Jerusalem. Mandel Ngan/The Associated Press

    Hagel: Accountability needed in VA system

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview broadcast Friday that the focus of an investigation into alleged delayed treatments and deaths in the Veterans Administration's health care system should be to 'fix the problem' rather than fire VA Secret

    • May. 23, 2014
  14.  Army

    House panel seeks to halt controversial Army hair regulations

    Black women aren't the only group who have a problem with the Army's new hairstyle standards — House lawmakers don't like them either.

    • May. 7, 2014
  15. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Hagel directs all services to review hairstyle policy

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed all of the services to review their hairstyle policies in response to a letter from the Congressional Black Caucus.

    • Apr. 29, 2014
  16. Lt. Heidi Boettger and Chief Yeoman Brianne Dentson model prototypes for the female combination cover. Wear tests of the cover begin this month. MC1 Elliott Fabrizio/Navy

    Testing moves forward for uniform items

    For coveralls, boondockers, women's uniforms and even the Uniform Board, updates are in the works.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  17. The Navy's redesigned aircrew vest, in a new color and with better protection, will be distributed fleetwide by 2016 Navy

    Better survival vests coming to Navy, Marine aircrews

    Aircrews will soon be outfitted with safer aircrew vests.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  18. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens discussed his plans in a March 19 interview. Rob Curtis/Staff

    MCPON's next moves: Uniform fixes, fleetwide tablets and more

    A year ago, a lot of people were mad at Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens.

    • Mar. 29, 2014
  19. Sailors on the attack submarine Jimmy Carter are testing a lighter-weight, composite toe cap, left, in their boots. John F. Williams/Navy

    Better boondockers

    Steel-toe boots may soon be a thing of the past.

    • Mar. 22, 2014
  20. Guneet Lamba pins a new corporal insignia on the camoflage turban of her husband, Cpl. Simranpeet Lamba. Lamba is one of only three Sikhs serving in the military, and the only enlisted Sikh soldier. Scott Hansen / Joint Base Lewis McChord

    U.S. lawmakers urge inclusion of Sikhs in military

    A bipartisan group of 105 lawmakers urged the Defense Department on Monday to make it easier for practicing Sikh Americans who wear beards and turbans to serve in the military.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  21. Vice Adm. Bill Moran, the chief of Naval Personnel, addressed issues from sea pay to advancements to uniform rules during a Feb. 18 interview with Navy Times staff. Mike Morones/Staff

    CNP's big changes: Higher sea pay, stable advancements and a streamlined uniform board

    Vice Adm. Bill Moran is a man on a mission.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  22. An Air Force rabbi leads an evening service. The Pentagon announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies Lance Cheung / Air Force

    Religious exemptions for troops easier to request under new rules

    The Pentagon on Wednesday announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies.

    • Jan. 22, 2014
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