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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. A sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship Bataan unpacks flame-resistant coveralls Wednesday. The Bataan's crew will be the first to wear the new, dark blue uniforms. Navy

    Bataan sailors first to get new flame-resistant coveralls

    The Navy has started distributing flame-resistant coveralls to its sailors, with crew members aboard the amphibious assault ship Bataan receiving the first batch.

    • Jan. 15, 2014
  9. Lt. Heidi Boettger and Chief Yeoman Brianne Dentson model prototypes for the female combination cover — designed to resemble the male cover but allow a better fit for women's hairstyles. MC1 Elliott Fabrizio/Navy

    Female uniform tests to include new combo cover

    The Navy's newly unveiled covers for female officers and chiefs look a lot like those worn by men — but are tailored for a better fit.

    • Dec. 23, 2013
  10. The 2014 defense authorization bill directs the Defense Department 'to adopt and field a common combat and camouflage utility uniform, or family of uniforms, for specific combat environments, to be used by all members of the armed forces.' Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone/Marine Corps

    Congress wants common camouflage uniform

    Congress will try one more time to get the Pentagon to cease its uniform madness and adopt a common camouflage pattern for all four services.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  11. The shirt-grabbing 'assault' that got a CMC fired

    A 35-year career came down to one crushing confrontation last summer for Command Master Chief (SW) Rick Helwick.

    • Dec. 9, 2013
  12. Sailors aboard the attack submarine Bremerton secure mooring lines in Apra Harbor, Guam, in April. The lightweight Navy working uniform, expected to undergo wear tests soon, will look identical to the normal NWU. MC1 Jeffrey Jay Price / Navy

    Uniform update: Key officer weighs in on NWUs, crackerjacks, running suit

    A lightweight NWU wear test appears imminent, and the redesigned white crackerjacks are coming soon, too, contingent on funding. And it's back to the drawing board for a new and improved running suit.

    • Nov. 19, 2013
  13. Female mids at the Naval Academy wear the male combination covers as part of their uniform. Wear-testers said the covers are ill-fitting, bulky and headache-inducing. U.S. Naval academy

    Unisex uniforms will mean changes to covers and crackerjacks

    The advancing push for unisex uniforms comes straight from the top.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  14. Pentagon: No limits on combat camo patterns

    Since taking over as secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel has shaken up the status quo on several fronts, such as warning the Army about potential massive force cuts or telling the Navy it may need to mothball a few aircraft carriers.

    • Nov. 5, 2013
  15. The Navy is flatly denying claims that SEALs are no longer allowed to wear the First Navy Jack patch on their uniforms. In fact, the Navy recently expanded the wear rules for the iconic 'Don't Tread on Me Patch.' Navy

    UPDATE: 'Navy Jack' flag rumor started in the chiefs' mess, official says

    A misunderstanding in the chief's mess is to blame for the widespread (and false) rumor that SEALs can no longer wear the Navy Jack patch, a Navy official tells Navy Times.

    • Nov. 4, 2013
  16. Uniform changes: New coveralls mean more ball caps, fewer chances to wear NWUs

    New flame-proof coveralls are rushing to the fleet, signaling the end of shipboard wear for utility coveralls and the Navy working uniform — today's fleet mainstays that are susceptible to melting in a fire and injuring sailors.

    • Oct. 28, 2013
  17. New coveralls to start rolling out in December

    New flame-proof coveralls are rushing to the fleet. Every fleet sailor will get two sets of these new flame-resistant variant coveralls as part of the latest rollout plan that begins in December, when the first sets reach sailor hands.

    • Oct. 28, 2013

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