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Description and Wear of Uniform Components

Article 3501.5
 Black Neck Gaiter


a.  Description.  Black in color, polyester, cotton or polyester blend fabric.  The securing mechanism may be drawstring, zipper or elastic.  Logos (if contained) must not be visible when worn with the uniform (Figure 3501.5-1).

b.  Occasion for Wear.  Optional wear of a black neck gaiter is authorized during extreme cold weather conditions as promulgated by Regional Commanders ashore.  Neck gaiters are authorized for afloat Sailors within the lifelines of the ship/boat/vessel as promulgated by the Commanding Officer.

c.  Correct Wear.  Worn below the eyes and extended down over the nose, mouth and neck into the inside of the Outer garment worn.  When wearing the neck gaiter, fully fasten outer garments at the top to secure the neck gaiter in place (Figure 3501.5-2).  The neck gaiter may also be worn with earmuffs, knit Watch cap and appropriate Navy headgear.

d.  Ownership Markings (Optional for Officers/CPOs).  Initials only on manufacturer’s tag.

Notes.  Neck gaiters are commercially procured non-government issued clothing items.  Neck gaiters may be worn with the following cold weather outer garments only: cold weather parka, NWU type II/III parka, peacoat, reefer, overcoat, and all-weather coat.  Neck gaiters authorized for wear will be removed upon request of security forces or senior military personnel to facilitate verifying the identity.
Figure 3501.5-1          
Figure 3501.5-1             Figure 3501.5-2
Black Neck Gaiter          Correct wear
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