Navy Issues New NWU; “We’ll be getting complaints three hours after these are issued…”

06 Aug

In today’s fashion news, military fashion that is, the Navy announced it’s new Navy Working Uniform (NWU). The NWU will include several cold weather options, such as a unisex pullover sweater, a fleece jacket, and a parka. It comes in three camo patterns, the main one being the blue/gray variant you see here, with woodland and desert digital palette for those going ashore. 

"We'll Be Getting Complaints..."

The color pattern of the NWU (navy blue, deck gray, haze gray and black) is designed to make it more difficult for some hostile local ashore to get a good shot at a sailor on the deck of a navy ship. Also, many sailors also work ashore, often in combat zones, where the camo pattern still works in built up areas. But more immediately, the camo pattern hides the grease, and other, stains that sailors tend to get on their uniforms. The stains become part of the camouflage pattern, and are one less thing for your chief (Chief Petty Officer, every sailors works for one) to worry about. The camo pattern also makes the uniform still look presentable, even though it is wrinkled. The uniform is made of wash-and-wear material, and is lighter, and more rugged, than fabric currently used. The normal wear life of the NWU is designed to be up to 18 months, compared to six months for the current working uniforms.

The permanent press, 50/50 nylon and cotton blend NWU will replace seven different styles of current working uniforms and is to be worn with a blue cotton t-shirt, eight-point USMC-style cover, a black web belt and black leather boots, according to the Navy.

But apparently a few of those men and women who filed by the exhibit were less than impressed. Biggest complaint…what’s with the buttons? Two for each pocket. This is 2008, how ’bout some Velcro? And why no waist band adjuster strap?

“We’ll be getting complaints three hours after these are issued,” one Navy Captain grumbled as he filed out the comment form offered up by the DLA guy.

Rumors that talks with Ralph Lauren broke down appear to be true…apparently over the insistence, by RL himself, on replacing the Navy patch with one of his Big Pony Logo’s.

[That last line is a joke, so put down your keyboard and stop writing right now…I don’t want to hear it!]


Posted by on August 6, 2008 in Special Interest



16 responses to “Navy Issues New NWU; “We’ll be getting complaints three hours after these are issued…”

  1. Jeremy Gibbons

    December 10, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    I just joined the U.S. Navy and ship out on 20090519 and I like these new uniforms. Yes, I do think there needs to be velcro for the pockets rather than buttons. This is more modern and will be much easier to maintain.

    • james

      October 25, 2009 at 1:16 PM

      Velcro was not used because of its short lifespan and its difficulty to maintain. same reason that Air Force didn’t go with it.

  2. PR1

    January 6, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    It is obvious that this uniform, and the other new uniforms implemented in the past several years, has as much to do with the individual branches attempting to express their individuality and uniform manufacturers monetary gain than special uniform needs of that particular branch. Military members would benefit trmendously by all branches adopting an identical uniform. This would lower production costs significantly, thereby allowing servicemembers to save the difference. Also, it is very common for members to be stationed or deployed at sister-services bases and would allow, for example, an Airman to buy uniforms at a Navy base. In the case of Navy Individual Augmentees, the government would not have to spend extra money to provide Sailors with Army uniforms, because the Sailor would already have that unform in his seabag. There really should be standardization between services as to where a servicemember is allowed to publicly wear their uniform. On a regular basis, I see Soldiers wering their ACUs at disount and grocery stores, while Sailors are prohibited by uniform regulations from walking to the mailbox. It is also obvious by the design and wearing regulations of the NWU that it was designed and written by someone who hasn’t spent a day in BDUs!

    • 60Guyinarmyland

      June 2, 2009 at 10:00 PM

      I completely agree. I am USN stationed at an Army base for a year. The US Navy has too many restrictions on its sailors in regards to the uniform restrictions off base (post for you Army guys). What ever happened to being proud of your uniform and wearing it in public? I am a pilot and have not been allowed to wear my flight suit on the Army base. I wanted to get into BDUs to be more comfortable, but didn’t want to invest in yet another uniform (woodland BDU) that was soon to be obsolete. Since I am in the midwest, the new BDU wasn’t authorized until recently, but on backorder. I had to have a friend from the east coast mail me a set of the new ones once they were authorized. When they arrived, I was surprised that there was no velcro to be found. All the Army folks enjoy the velcro upgrades. I agree that the services need to settle on one uniform for exactly the reasons you stated. I would be curious too see how much money was wasted in uniform design and development over the years. I know I have personally spent a small fortune keeping up. I can wear a different USN uniform every day of the week and then some (with different footwear each day as well). It’s getting out of hand.

  3. woodenparrot

    February 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    8-pointed hat – yeach! I remember laughing at the jarheads having to block and starch theirs so they would keep their shape and thinking “I am sooo glad I don’t have to do any think like that!” Personally, I don’t see any skipper worth a dam making his crew wear those things. I wonder how a ship ballcap looks with the NWU. I saw that a rounded cap was an option at one time with this uniform. Anyone know if it still is?

  4. Steve

    March 13, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    I just received a set of these. I think they look okay, but my main complaint is with the pants. Who thought that zipper-fly, pleated-front, elastic-waist pants were a good idea? I feel like I’m 65 getting ready to hit the flea markets. This was obviously designed under the direction of someone much older.

  5. Steve

    March 13, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Oh, and to woodenparrot, the 8-point cover isn’t even allowed to be starched or blocked. Just straighten it out and plonk it on your melon. Much like the BDU covers the Seabees and Cargo Handlers wear.

  6. Gabe Taijeron

    June 25, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Stop complaining already! We are breaking away from the Air-Force Wanna-be utilities that made us look like car mechanics and industrial workers in the Cold War. I joined when we wore white hats (dixie cups) with our dungarees (yes, I am old!) and it was all about the job. Now, what kind of uniform LOOKS like we are ready to hunt pirates, augment the Army, and fight terrorists? Not the utilities! Every smart-aleck who wants to say we are gonna “blend in” if we fall overboard can go join the Peace Corps, because the POINT is to not fall off! We should wear them out in town, yes, but only if we can be squared away in them ON BASE first. We are all proud of the uniform, we just need to show outstanding pride and then we can be trusted to not look unprofessional…I have seen many a Sailor wearing their utilities out in town when not authorized, and we deserved the probation before the privilege of wearing them off base. I love these uniforms, and the elastic is more about shipboard laundry…what we should be complaining about are those effeminate PT Shorts and Yellow, transparent-when-wet PT Shirts that aren’t even compatible with shipboard laundry, and the Surface Sailors are the only ones who wear these (EOD, SEALS, DIVERS couldn’t care less what the Surface Warriors wear). Even SeaBees have their own community of PT Gear. At least I’m not an Officer (yet, wink wink) with extremely expensive uniforms and swords. I am grateful for a BDU uniform. They look like we are in the War on Terror, not the War on Dirt.

  7. andrew

    October 1, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    The uniform its self is ok, my commmand is trying to make us tuck in our blouse HAHAHAHA how horrible is that
    My main complaint is the BOOTS, the bellville boots they want us to wear are the most uncomfortable boots i have ever worn. Please god let them change that part of the regs. Its obvious who ever made up this uniform hasn’t spent much time in those damn boots or he would have changed that. Those are desk boots not foot patrol or standing gate boots

    • CM3

      October 27, 2009 at 11:21 PM

      tuck the f*cking blouse in? holy sh*t! you gotta be kidding me…

  8. CM3

    October 27, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    when i first heard about the NWU (which sounds f*ckin stupid) i was afraid that people would start wearing the 8 point like a ballcap all f*cked up and sh*t. and as soon as i saw a fleet returnee in “A” school wearing the BDU 8 point cover that dumba** confirmed my fear. pulled it over his fat a** head like a ballcap and jacked it all up.

    but from what im seeing on google images people are wearing it like they should be except for some who are wearing it a little too high above their eyes.

    as far as the way the sleeves are rolled it honestly makes sense why they would be rolled like that, because of the whole battle dress thing, but the only people i’ve ever seen get that kinda roll correct are AF and Army personnel.

    i dunno but from what im seeing hardly anybody in the Navy ever seems to to know to roll a f*cking sleeve correctly, except for me and a select few others. i had a lot of practice before i came into the Navy so for me, it ain’t hard. as to how the f*ck people manage to get the fold that should be on the inside of your arm on the outside is beyond me! but when done correctly i think the way we the seabees (oorah!) roll the sleeves on the BDUs right now (like the Marines) looks the best.

    my solution to that problem is giving people formal training on how to do it instead having to figure it out from some other idiot who doesn’t actually know how to roll em either. they should have given us bees formal training on that shit back in our “A” schools but no, if it makes sense in the Navy we don’t do it. just figure it out on your own so you can look like an a** clown in uniform instead of a professional.

    as far as the 8 point cover solution a simple look in the f*cking mirror should be enough to show you whats wrong with the way you’re wearing it, if not you’re just plain too f*cking stupid to be in the military period.

    but i guess when you introduce a whole different style of uniforms to a branch these things tend to happen at the beginning. the sleeve thing though, we’re just fucked.

    and i refuse to wear cammies that have an EGA unless i went through USMC boot camp or FMF school and got selected. i didn’t earn my right to wear the EGA so im not going to wear it.

    that stupid ass anchor, constitution, and whatever the f*ck it is idea is gay IMO. thats just a cheap a** copy off the Marines idea. and from what i heard we seabees are gonna have to put our emblem on the right breast pocket? i say just scrap the damn “ACE” cause its a dumba** imitation of the Marines EGA.

    but then again i didn’t enlist in the Navy back when it was f*ckin created like some of the people that decided on the policies for this new uniform so anything i say doesn’t matter, and im a seabee so its a given that nobody cares what i think.

    my two cents plus a few more…

  9. Sailor

    November 1, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Yeah the new Cammies are gay and so is the the Service Uniform the only good thing to come from the Task Force Uniform was the PT uniform and everyone seems to hate that but whatever The Navy sucks anyway.

  10. ShutIt

    January 8, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Yeah, I really like the NWUs but I’m with CM3, the damn sleeve rolling and fucking up of the 8 points really pisses me off. IT’S NOT HARD to wear a uniform properly! READ THE GODDAM REGULATIONS! Have a soldier or an airman teach you how to roll sleeves! Have a Marine teach you how to wear the 8 point! Jesus!

    Besides the NWU, the SU’s are gay. Since most sailors don’t know how to properly tuck in a uniform shirt the damn thing looks like peanut butter colored marshmallows sitting on top of a snickers bar. The garrison cap don’t fit right, goddamit navy, that kind of cover should NOT be unisex! And I am not a Chief, I do not wear khakis, nor collar devices! Shit!

    And the PT’s suck the worst. Yes, let’s have a shirt that doesn’t breathe, and shorts with a balls-crushing non-breathing liner that also likes to cram itself into your asscrack. Who the fuck decided we should wear this shit!

    Lastly, STOP issuing coveralls! They need to be organizational clothing, for the engine room folks and the submariners, not every damn recruit needs them!

    But yeah, fuck it, the navy sucks anyway.

  11. AM3

    February 11, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Yeah i just got back from a 9 months tour in IRAQ wereing the Army DCU’s and cant figure out why the Navy didnt come up with something like it….I hate the elastic waistband in the NWU and buttons on the blouse….donesnt make sense…think i’m going to take mine to the tailor shop and have them remove the elastic in the pants and sew on a zipper for the blouse just like the Army DCU’s i’ve been wearing…but like some of u have said i think they had OLD peole designing the uniform…

  12. Martin

    November 12, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    I was in the Navy back in the early 90’s and I haven’t had to wear the NWU, but I do think that they look a hell of a lot better than the prison dungarees we had to wear! At least they make you look like your are in the military and not an escapee from a chain gang.

  13. Overstock

    March 24, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Shutit, your name says it all you assclown. Get the fuck out, we don’t wanna here you bitch and complain about nothing anymore. See you at the drive thru at McDonalds once you finish your french fry pqs!


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