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6401-6408 Specific Situations

SECTION 4   Article

1.  UNIFORMS.  The uniforms for quarterdeck personnel are as follows:

a.  Officer-of-the-Deck.  The officer-of-the-deck, in port, wears the prescribed uniform of the day.  Side arms and gloves may also be prescribed.  The OOD carries binoculars at sea.

b.  Officer-of the-Day.  The officer-of-the-day and junior officer-of-the-day on duty at a shore station wear the uniform of the day, and "OOD" and "JOOD" brassard as appropriate.  Side arms may be prescribed.

c.  Petty Officers-of-the-Watch.  Personnel on duty as quarterdeck petty officer-of-the-watch wear the uniform of the day.  Side arms may be prescribed.

d.  Messengers.  Personnel on duty as quarterdeck messengers wear the uniform of the day.  Side arms may be prescribed.

e.  Sideboys.  Sideboys wear uniform of the day.

2.  PISTOL BELT.  When carrying a pistol, wear the belt outside the coat, with the holster slightly in front of the right hip.  Only one magazine pocket is worn to the left of the buckle.  Two are worn to the right and left of the buckle.  A white pistol belt and holster cover (or bayonet scabbard) may also be prescribed for quarterdeck watch standers ashore.


a.  Wear.  Leggings and other equipment as outlined below may be prescribed:
(1) White Leggings
(a) May be worn when participating in ceremonies such as ceremonial guard, drill teams, sentries, guards, and special details.

(b) May be worn when assigned to Armed Forces Police Detachments.

(c) May be worn by recruits when prescribed.

(2) White Gloves.  White gloves may be prescribed (if provided at no cost to E1-E6 personnel) with white leggings and white guard belt.

(3) White Helmet Liner.  May be prescribed for sentry, guard, and police details only.


1.  ACCOUTREMENTS.  For ceremonies when smartness in appearance is desired, or for drill teams, sentries, and guards; white leggings, gloves, helmets, ascots, belts, and aiguillettes may be authorized by the prescribing authori­ty.


1.  PISTOL BELT.  Personnel on duty as mail clerks, orderlies, guard mail petty officers, and similar official details wear a pistol belt.

1.  GENERAL.  NAVMEDCOMINST 5360.1 establishes burial uniform policy.  For additional information on funerals contact the BUPERS Casualty Assistance Branch (Pers-621) at COM (901)874-4300 or DSN 882-4301.

a.  Officers and Enlisted Personnel.  Personnel wear mourning badges when serving as honorary pallbearers at military funerals or when attending military funerals in an official capacity.  Officers and enlisted attending military or civilian funerals in uniform may wear mourning badges at their discretion.

b.  Wear.  Officers wear the mourning badge on the left sleeve of the outer garment, halfway between the shoulder and elbow.  Enlisted personnel wear the mourning badge on the right sleeve of the outer garment, halfway between the shoulder and elbow.  The badge is 3 inches wide and made of black crepe, long enough to fit around the arm. When wearing the sword, officers also wear a mourning badge 3 inches wide and 20 inches long, knotted in the middle at the sword hilt.

3.  WHITE GLOVES.  Officers may be required to wear white gloves at military funerals.  Enlisted personnel may be required to wear white gloves at military funerals if gloves are provided at no cost to the individual.  Officers and enlisted personnel may wear white gloves at other funerals but only during the actual ceremonies unless white gloves are an authorized part of their uniforms being worn.
1.  Religious apparel is defined as articles of clothing worn as part of the doctrinal or traditional observance of the religious faith practiced by the member.  Hair and grooming practices required or observed by religious groups are not included within the meaning of religious apparel.

2.  NORMAL DUTY HOURS.  With the exception of approved religious headwear, religious items or articles not visible or otherwise apparent may be worn with the uniform, provided they do not interfere with the performance of the member’s military duties, or interfere with the proper wearing of any authorized article of the uniform.

3.  ORGANIZED WORSHIP SERVICES.  Navy Personnel may wear any required religious apparel distinct to their faith group with the uniform while in attendance of organized worship services.

4.  CHAPLAINS.  Chaplains have the option of wearing their uniform when conducting worship services and during the performance of rites and rituals distinct to their faith groups.  Chaplains conducting such services, rites and rituals, may wear any religious apparel required by their faith groups.

5.  JEWELRY.  Jewelry bearing religious inscriptions or otherwise indicating religious affiliation of belief may be worn subject to the same uniform regulations prescribed for jewelry that is not of a religious nature.

6.  RELIGIOUS ITEMS DURING CEREMONIAL DETAILS.  Visible items of religious apparel shall not be worn while wearing historical or ceremonial uniforms; participating in review formations, parades, honor or color guards, or similar ceremonial details and functions.

7.  RELIGIOUS HEADGEAR.  Navy personnel with an approved religious accommodation per BUPERSINST 1730.11 may wear religious headgear while in uniform if the headgear meets the following criteria.
a.  It must be black or navy blue and contours closely to the shape of the head and face as applicable when worn;

b.  It must be of a style and size that facilitates the proper wear of all Navy uniform covers, safety or emergency headgear when worn;

c.  It cannot interfere with the proper wear or functioning of protective clothing or safety or emergency headgear and equipment;

d.  It cannot bear any writing, symbols, or pictures;

e.  It will not be worn in place of military headgear when military headgear is required (outdoors, or indoors when required for duties or ceremonies);

f.  It will not obstruct or inhibit the full view of the face from the front or side view.  When wearing a turban or hijab, the natural hairline and ears may be fully covered;

g.  Any portion of religious headgear that extends below the collar of the uniform shirt/blouse being worn will be tucked into the neck area and over the t-shirt or under garment being worn.


1.  WORK UNIFORM (MEN).  Culinary Specialist (men) working in galleys and bakeshops, and Food Service Attendants, performing their duties, may wear white tee shirts with washable trousers, aprons, and caps as appropriate.

2.  WORK UNIFORM (WOMEN).  Culinary Specialist (women) working in galleys and bakeshops, and Food Service Attendants, performing their duties, may wear female white short sleeve shirt or tee shirt with washable white work slacks and white or beige undergarments.

3.  PRIVATE MESSES.  Personnel will wear a white jacket while performing duty in private messes on board ship.  Trousers or skirts shall conform to the uniform of the day.  Personnel serving in private messes ashore, afloat, or in aircraft, will wear name tags indicating name, rate, and command.

4.  ENLISTED AIDES.  The flag officer will prescribe the work clothing for the Enlisted Aides.

a.  The work attire may be either the appropriate Navy uniform or black uniform pants with either a white short-sleeved uniform shirt.  Enlisted Aide polo shirt or aloha shirt.  Shoes will be Navy uniform black shoes.  The black relax fit jacket is authorized to be worn as an outer garment, but without rank devices.  Navy coveralls will be worn for upkeep and maintenance duties.  Clothing will be standardized if more than one Enlisted Aide is assigned to the quarters.  Jewelry shall be worn per Navy Uniform Regulations.

b.  Formal clothing may be prescribed for certain events.  Formal clothing may include a jacket or a vest with a bowtie or a necktie.

c.  If civilian attire is authorized to enter or leave the quarters, such clothing will be clean and neat such that it does not bring discredit to the flag officer.  Shorts, jeans, or tee shirts are not authorized.

5.  Commanding Officers may authorize colored, striped, or printed food service uniforms instead of white.

6.  Clothing requirements and usage outside that intended of uniforms issued as part of the sea bag will not be at the expense of the Culinary Specialist, but to the command as an organizational funding requirement.


1.  MILITARY.  For military weddings, follow these guidelines:

a.  Groom and Best Man.  May wear either civilian attire or uniforms corresponding to accepted civilian customs, i.e., business suit; Service Dress, tuxedo; Dinner Dress, etc.

b.  Bride and Maid-of-Honor.  May wear either civilian attire or uniforms corresponding to civilian attire as discussed in paragraph a.

c.  Ushers and Bridesmaids.  All Uniformed participants should wear the same uniform which may be different from those worn by personnel in subparagraphs 1.a. or 1.b. above.

d.  Immediate Family.  Uniformed participants wear uniforms which correspond to subparagraph 1.a. or 1.b. above.

e.  Guests.  Wear appropriate service dress uniforms.

2.  SWORDS.  Swords are not usually carried in a house of worship, but the sword belt without scabbard may be carried with Full or Dinner Dress uniforms with end clips fastened together.  For this occasion, if you plan to form an arch of swords through which the bridal party will pass, draw swords outside the house of worship.


1.  Personnel wear the uniform of the day as pre­­scribed when assigned to or performing duties of:

a.  Security department (base police guards, shore patrol, etc).

b.  Master-at-Arms personnel.

c.  Navy absentee collection Unit staff.

d.  Brig/Correctional Custody staff.

2.  Identification badges/brassards are worn as described by picture in Chapter 5.

3.  Other Accoutrements.

a.  Security personnel other than brig/correctional custody staff.  Traffic control personnel may carry whistles.  Permission to carry or wear a black leather belt, pistols, nightsticks and handcuffs must be granted in writing by the Commanding Officer.  White guard belts, white helmet liner, and white leggings may be authorized for Personnel assigned Guard duty.  Reflective materials may be used at night.

b.  Brig/Correctional Custody staff.  To distinguish staff from prisoners, uniform staff will wear a nylon or leather black pistol/duty belt.  Attachments to the pistol/duty belt authorized internal to the confinement facility include radio pouch, glove case, and when required key ring.  Attachments to the pistol/duty belt authorized external to the confinement facility include the above items and, when authorized, handcuff pouch and nightstick holder.
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