The Navy announced a two-year rollout plan for putting the new Navy Working Uniform Type IIIs in every sailor’s seabag.
The transition goes into effect Oct. 1 and ends on the same date in 2019, when everyone in the service will be required to have the green uniform in their seabags — and the current “blueberries” will be no more.
The plan and details about the rollout were released by the Navy on Thursday in NavAdmin message 214/17.
For the next two years, sailors can wear either the Type IIIs or the Type Is — though it’s officially up to your commanding officer to decide. In addition, the Navy will in fiscal year 2018 initiate a two-year increase for enlisted uniform allowances to cover the costs of the new uniforms. As usual, officers will be required to foot the bill out of pocket.
Already, the uniform and its accessories are available for purchase at Navy Exchange Uniform Centers at Navy installations in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia as well as Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In the continental United States, the official rollout begins Oct. 1, yet the duds are already available at at the Newport, Rhode Island, Navy Exchange.