Per NAVADMIN 284/21, the Navy Uniform Matters Office, N13X (UMO), in conjunction with the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) will launch a Maternity Uniform Pilot Program (MPP) to issue maternity uniforms to a select number of eligible Sailors on a temporary basis and at no cost to the Sailor. The MPP will launch January 2, 2022 and conclude September 30, 2026. Participation in the program is voluntary and requires command endorsement. During calendar year 2022, the MPP program will be available to 400 Sailors.
The MPP program is open to officers and enlisted, Active and Reserve Sailors assigned to CONUS and OCONUS commands. Selection for participation will be on a first-come, first-serve basis provided all eligibility requirements are met. Upon selection, participants will receive at no charge one set of Maternity Working, Service and Dress Uniforms, and the Maternity Cardigan Sweater. Maternity Working uniforms will come complete with sewn-on embroidered name tape, service tape and qualification insignia. Enlisted E1-E6 Maternity Dress uniforms will come with sewn-on rank insignia. Hemming and shipment of uniforms will be performed free of charge.
Program Application Process
Sailors who are pregnant and would like to participate in the Navy’s MPP, please read and perform the following required actions:
1. Download the MPP Application Instruction Guide, Maternity Pilot Program Application and the Maternity Uniform Measurement Sheet. Using the MPP Application Instruction Guide, fill out the Maternity Pilot Program Application and route through your chain of command (i.e., immediate supervisor, department head, commanding officer/chief of staff or equivalent).
2. Applicant’s chain of command will verify the member’s pregnancy status and MPP participation eligibility criteria (i.e., EAOS 12 months or greater from date of request and not in receipt of a maternity clothing allowance during this pregnancy). Upon verification of applicant’s eligibility, the member’s commanding officer, chief of staff or equivalent will indicate their approval on the Maternity Pilot Program Application per the MPP Application Instruction Guide.
3. Upon receipt of command approval, the applicant will print a copy of the Maternity Uniform Measurement Sheet and present to their local uniform center to obtain and document required body measurements (please ensure you have a copy of your approved application to verify command endorsement). If the applicant resides remotely from a military uniform center, a “How to Measure video” is available for to obtain self-measurements or commercial tailor measurements. Ensure all information required is documented on the form.
4. Once the application and measurement sheet are completed, the member will send both PDF documents using the following file names:
a. Rank Last name, First name MPP SRC Application
b. Rank Last name, First name MPP Measurement Sheet
5. Applicant will email both documents to Navy_MPP.firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: Rank Last Name, First Name MPP Application.
6. UMO will screen each application, ensuring that the member has an EAOS of at least 12 months from date of application, and if the applicant is enlisted, will verify that they have not received an allowance during this timeframe. UMO will forward both documents to the NEXCOM Call Center for processing.
7. Upon receipt of maternity uniform measurements the NEXCOM Call Center will contact the applicant to ensure all information received is accurate before placing the order for maternity uniform components. Orders will be shipped to service members and tracking numbers provided to applicants (delivery timeframes may vary depending on method of shipment). The service member can expect to receive their requested uniform order as described in the program guidance. All uniform items are expected to be returned via a pre-paid shipping label to the Navy Maternity Pilot Program, within 9 to 12 months of initial receipt.