Women in the fleet have until Oct. 31 to switch out their covers, as outlined in NAVADMIN 236/15.
"It's really awesome how something as simple as our cover is so symbolic in regards to equality and the uniformity in the military," Seaman Recruit Madeleine Bohnert said in the Navy release.
Similarly, female officers and senior enlisted are making the switch to new uniforms based on traditional men's styles, with combination covers and mandarin-collar dress whites.
"We're already part of a team and this just promotes it in a better way," recruit division commander Engineman 2nd Class Shanice Floyd said in the release. "Junior enlisted males and females already wear the same dress white uniform so this way when we get into the same dress blues uniform we'll look more as a unit."
Senior enlisted women have until January 2020 make the switch with their dress whites, while junior enlisted women have until that date to get blue crackerjacks, followed by the white version no later than October 2021.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members. Follow on Twitter @Meghann_MT