Their impression of the Navy will be the one you give
In general, any matter that might have a bearing
on the official business of a command will be referred
by officers to their commanding officer through their
chain of command.
If you make any official communication to a
superior authority other than your commanding
officer, except as provided for in United States Navy
Regulations, 1990, ensure the communication is sent
through your commanding officer.
Use your grade, full name, branch of service,
military personnel identification number (Social
Security number), and designator in all official
correspondence to clarify your identification.
From: ENS Jane B. Doe, USN,
Chief of Naval Personnel
Washington, DC 20370-5000
Commanding Officer, Naval
and Training Program Management
Support Activity, Pensacola, FL
If your subordinates forward communications to
higher authority through you, make sure you take
prompt action and forward the correspondence up the
chain of command.
Do not delay official
correspondence involving a naval member to ensure
Promptness should take priority
Refer to the Navy Correspondence Manual,
SECNAVINST 5216.5, and to the Navy Military
Personnel Manual, article 5410160, for more
information about official correspondence.
Historically, uniforms have been the product of a
physical, geographical, and
Uniforms were first provided for
protection against the elements or to create distinction
among specialists in a growing Navy.
however, was an element of simplicity providing a
uniform that would not interfere with the sailors
Womens uniforms, on the other
hand, were originally designed to duplicate civilian
Todays Navy has narrowed the gap between
mens and womens career paths.
perform many of the same tasks and have the same
specialties as their male counterparts. These changes
required a more definitive policy to bring the
uniforms of both men and women more closely in line
with each other. Navy uniforms are distinctive visual
evidence of the authority and responsibility vested in
their wearer by the United States.
Naval area coordinators are the prescribing
authorities responsible for issuing and controlling
uniform policy within the geographic limits of their
The senior officer present is
responsible for uniform policy afloat.
Prescribing authorities select uniforms; the
individual does not. Normally, only one uniform of
the day is authorized for wear at a given time and
Officers are responsible for buying and
maintaining uniforms appropriate to their assigned
Refer to U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations,
NAVPERS 15665, for a listing of the major items of
uniform clothing normally prescribed for officers.
Most Navy Exchanges have a uniform shop
where you can purchase uniforms. In addition, many
cities have reputable uniform tailors. The U.S. Naval
Uniform Shop in Norfolk, Virginia will supply
uniforms by mail or phone through their mail order
center. The mailing address of the uniform shop is:
Uniform Support Center, 1545 Crossways Blvd.,
Suite 200, Chesapeake, VA 23320. The toll-free
telephone numbers of the shop are as follows:
Continental United States (CONUS):
Toll free 1-800-368-4088
Alaska, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, and Puerto
Defense Switched Network (DSN) 680-8586