US NAVY Uniforms

OK, So after watching H50 last Friday night, Many questions rose up. But one that called my attention was non-directly-related with the episode but more with Uniforms. YES! One friend asked: “Why did they use The Whites with Billy and The Blues with Freddy?” Incredible question! So, this girl’s curiosity turned on and did some research about it. Wanna know more about the why? In that case keep reading…

Like I said, I did some research about the topic. I tried to be as accurate as possible and to mention the sources. If you notice something is not right let me know! But so far this Is what I found…

In order for you to understand I first gotta explain there are different classes of uniforms. There are many of them and they have different variations depending on the place and the circumstance. This is the classification according to the official NAVY web page.

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Because the question was especifically about the “CEREMONIAL” Uniforms, Im gonna focus mainly on them. But I wil also try to show you, as brief as posible, the other as well.

CEREMONIAL

U.S. Naval Officers and Chief Petty Officers have several dress uniforms depending on the season or location; Dress White for warm weather wear and Dress Blue for cooler temperatures. Also authorized during winter in certain geographical locations includeing Hawaii, Guam… It also explains why the use of both of them into the show. Dress Blue into Freddy’s and Dress White into Billy’s.

Full Dress uniforms are worn for ceremonies such as changes of command, retirements, commissionings and decommissionings, funerals, weddings, or when otherwise appropriate. Full Dress is similar to Service Dress, but ribbons are replaced with full-size medals above the left breast pocket, with ribbons worn on the opposite side for decorations without corresponding medals. Swords or cutlasses are authorized for wear by officers and Chief Petty Officers,and may be required for Lt. Commander and above. For the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard in Washington, D.C., the enlisted (E6 and below) Full Dress uniforms are further modified with the wearing of a white pistol belt, ascot, and dress aiguilette (the latter two are white for winter and navy blue for summer), and white canvas leggings. Other honor guards are only authorized leggings and white pistol belt.

FULL DRESS BLUE

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The Dress Blue uniform consists of black shoes, Navy Blue (black in appearance) coat and trousers, a white shirt and either a Windsor or formal bowtie. As with the white uniforms, only ribbons are worn with Service Dress Blue, while ribbons and medals are worn with Full Dress Blue. Depending on the occasion, officers may also wear swords with either Full Dress White or Blue. Both the white and blue uniforms are worn with the distinctive combination cap with white cover

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Full Dress White

The Dress White uniform consists of a stand-collar white tunic, white trousers, and white dress shoes. Rank for officers is displayed on shoulder boards for males and on the sleeve cuffs for females, while CPO rank insignia is worn on the collar for both sexes. Service dress white includes ribbons, whereas full dress white includes ribbons and medals. This uniform is informally called “Chokers”, due to the stand-collar.

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The main difference between them is on the basic components, prescribable items and other opcional items. As well as the color.Here you can see all o them epecified:  http://bit.ly/16fMU5T; http://bit.ly/16DpmKo

DINNER DRESS

The dinner dress uniforms of the United States Navy are the most formal and have the most variations. For officers, there are Dinner Dress Blue and Dinner Dress White, Dinner Dress Blue Jacket and Dinner Dress White Jacket, and Formal Dress. Although trousers are authorized, women frequently wear the appropriate color skirt-

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Dinner Dress White                                                                                        Dinner Dress Blue

SERVICE DRESS

Service dress uniforms are worn for official functions not rising to the level of full or dinner dress. They are also commonly worn when traveling in official capacity, or when reporting to a command. They are seasonal, with the white uniform worn in summer and the blue in winter. Service Dress Blue may be worn year round for travel only.

Service Dress Blue

The Service Dress Blue uniform consists of a black suit coat, trousers (or optional skirt for women), white shirt, and Windsor necktie (women substitute a neck tab)

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Service Dress White

The Service Dress White uniform is: Men wear a high stand-collared white tunic, with black shoulder boards for officers or the metal anchor collar devices for CPOs, white trousers, and white shoes. This uniform is informally called “chokers” due to the standing collar. Women wear a uniform similar to the service dress blue but with a white coat and skirt or trousers.

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SERVICE

Service Uniforms are the Navy’s daily wear uniforms, and exist in several variations. They are intended for use in office environments, in positions that interact with the public, and in watch situations. Skirts are authorized for women in all service uniforms.

Service Khaki

The Service Khaki uniform is the sole province of commissioned officers in grades O-1 through O-10, chief warrant officers in grades W-2 through W-5 (the W-1 grade is not currently in use in the U.S. Navy) and chief petty officers (also known as CPOs) in grades E-7 through E-9. Worn in Summer/Winter for office work, watchstanding, liberty, or business ashore when prescribed as uniform of the day.

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Summer White

The Summer White Service uniform is the formerly known as Tropical White Long; nicknamed the “milkman” and “Good Humor”. Worn in summer for office work, watch-standing, liberty, or business ashore when prescribed as uniform of the day.

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WORKING

Working uniforms are worn when other uniforms may become unduly soiled or are otherwise inappropriate for the task at hand. These are worn at sea and in industrial environments ashore. In July 2010, the new Navy Working Uniform and coveralls became the only authorized working uniforms.

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Recent Changes:

The additional patterns addressed the fact that the blue and grey Type I pattern was not meant for a tactical environment (the Battle Dress Uniform and Desert Camouflage Uniform are still used for this purpose).[13] Backlash from Marines, including an objection from Commandant Conway, led to restrictions when NAVADMIN 374/09 was released:the Type II to Naval Special Warfare personnel, while Type III is restricted to Navy ground units.

COVERALLS

Simple blue coveralls are a working uniform at sea and in dirty, laborious environments ashore. Coveralls are not authorized for wear outside a naval installation, and typical local regulations dictate that coveralls are not authorized off of the pier, or outside the confines of an assigned workcenter ashore. Naval Officers’ and Chief Petty Officers’ coveralls are worn with gold insignia, khaki belt and a gold buckle, whereas sailors in paygrades E-6 and below wear coveralls with silver insignia, black belt and a silver buckle. “U.S. Navy” on the left and the wearer’s surname on the right are worn embroidered. Rank insignia is worn on the collar. This uniform is worn with black boots.

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PHYSICAL TRAINING (PTU)

The PTU is designed primarily for group/unit physical training activities and the semi-annual Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA). It can be worn both on and off base for fitness and/or leisure unless determined otherwise by regional coordinators or commanding officers. The PTU cannot be worn while in a duty status or when conducting official business on base. I.E. visiting medical treatment, galleys or Personnel Support Detachments.

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THE INFORMATION RELATED TO ALL THE BASIC COMPONENTS AND IMPLEMENTS AS WELL AS THE OFFICIAL REGULALTIONS AND RECENT CHANGES CAN BE FIND ON THIS WEB PAGE:

http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/SUPPORT/UNIFORMS/UNIFORMREGULATIONS/CHAPTER3/MALECHIEF/MC_CEREMONIAL/Pages/default.aspx

OTHER INFORMATION AS SPECIAL UNIFORMS AN OBSOLETE UNIFORMS (AND FROM WHERE PART OF THIS ARTICLE WAS TAKEN) IS:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniforms_of_the_United_States_Navy#Full_Dress

 AND THAT’S IT! BUT Just few pics of Man in Uniform are not enough right? So, here you go!!! ENJOY!!!

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So, I hope you enjoyed it!!!

Love,

Zía

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