TRAVELING IN UNIFORM
When traveling in uniform, wear the prescribed
uniform for the area to which you are traveling. If you
cannot determine the prescribed uniform, wear the
Service Dress Blue uniform. This uniform is accepted
worldwide in all seasons as a travel uniform. Under
certain circumstances, you may not be permitted to
perform international travel overseas in uniform.
Consult your personnel officer for the proper uniform
or civilian attire to wear when performing
A sharp uniform looks tacky on an officer who
does not meet proper grooming standards.
uniform is only a part of your overall personal
appearance. Dont degrade the uniform with sloppy
grooming standards. For the most part, the Navys
grooming standards havent changed recently.
However, sometimes they sound new when you are
reminded of them. Listed below are excerpts from
Navy grooming standards:
Mens hair is to be tapered. Hair above the ears
and around the neck shall be tapered from the lower
hairline upwards at least three-fourths inch and
outward not greater than three-fourths inch to blend
with hairstyle. The length of hair can be no longer
than 4 inches, and the bulk of the hair cannot be more
than 2 inches thick. Hair cannot touch the shirt collar.
Faddish, multicolored hair is not authorized.
The maximum width allowed for a mustache is
one-quarter inch beyond the corners of the mouth.
The mustache cannot extend below the upper lip line
or below an imaginary line through the corners of the
mouth. Mustache hair cannot be longer than one-half
of an inch in length.
Beards are not authorized
without a temporary medical waiver approved by the
Sideburns are to be of an even width and no
longer than the lower point of the ear lobe.
Womens hair is not to extend beyond the lower
edge of the shirt collar. Hair is not to be visible under
the front of any headgear, except the beret. The front
of the hair cannot be lower than the eyebrows with
your headgear removed.
Rubber bands, pins, and
combs must be inconspicuous. No more than two
barrettes can be used, and the color must match the
color of the hair. The bulk of the hair cannot be more
than 2 inches thick. Faddish, multicolored hair is not
Women may not wear ponytails or pigtails. A
maximum of two braids, neatly secured at all points to
the head are authorized.
Jewelry, for both men and women, can include
one ring per hand, plus a wedding ring (or wedding
ring set). A necklace can be worn if it is not visible. A
total of one wristwatch and one bracelet can be worn.
No ankle bracelets are authorized.
Women officers may only wear 6-mm matte
gold, ball-type earrings. Earrings are not authorized
for men while in uniform. Additionally men may not
wear earrings with civilian attire when in a duty status
or while aboard any ship, craft, aircraft, in any
military vehicle, or within any base or other place
under military jurisdiction or while participating in
any organized military recreational activities.
Fingernails for men must be even with the
fingertip. Fingernails for women cannot be longer
than one-fourth inch from the fingertip.
Cosmetics and fingernail polish for women
must be conservative and complement the womans