only a medical activity, such as a hospital or
dispensary. Staff corps officers should not be confused
with staff officers. Staff officers may be either line or
staff corps officers assigned to the staffs of high-
UNIFORMS AND CORPS DEVICES
Naval officers wear various uniforms for
different occasions, similar to various civilian dress
requirements. Figures 9-2 and 9-3 show some of the
uniforms worn by Navy men and women. Naval
aviators and chief petty officers (CPOs) serving as
pilots or naval flight officers or in aviation support
billets wear the aviation working green uniform
(forest green). Other officers and chief petty officers
attached to aviation commands may also wear it. U.S.
Navy Uniform Regulations gives full details
regarding uniforms and insignia.
Area coordinators prescribe the uniform of the
day to be worn in their respective geographical areas.
The senior officer present afloat (SOPA) prescribes
the uniform of the day for shipboard commands
outside the geographical limits of the area
coordinator. The senior officer present (SOP)
prescribes the uniform of the day for shore stations.
Officers wear certain devices with different
uniforms to signify their grade. They wear gold sleeve
stripes on blue coats; black sleeve stripes on forest
green coats; and shoulder marks on white coats,
white tropical shirts, and blue over-coats. They wear
metal grade insignia on the shoulder straps of the
blue raincoat and overcoat and on collars of khaki
and blue flannel shirts.
Above the stripes (inboard of them on shoulder
boards), line officers wear a five-pointed gold star;
staff corps officers wear the appropriate corps
Figure 9-4.Commissioned officers line and staff corps devices.