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Description and Wear of Uniform Components

Article 3603.4
Shirt (NWU Type III)

a. Description  
The NWU Type III shirt (see Figure 3603.4–1) has a mandarin style collar.  The blouse also contains five front concealed buttons covered by a fly opening. The elbows have reinforcement patched elbow pads.  Each sleeve has an angled shoulder pocket with a 2-inch by 4-inch Velcro patch on flaps.

b.  Correct Wear
Wear squarely on shoulders and outside the waistband of the NWU trousers. When directed by appropriate authority, the shirt will be worn inside the trouser waistband (tucked in).  Length should fall between bottom of crotch and no further than the middle of the trouser cargo pocket flap. All closures will be secured with sewn buttons/holes.

(1) Collar
The NWU Type III mandarin collar folds down flat and the neck tab extension is secured under the left collar with hook and loop tape (Velcro). When directed for tactical or damage control application (such as when wearing chemical biological radiation gear, body vest armor and carrying weapons) the collar is worn in the up position with the Velcro tab pulled across the center of the neck and secured to the underside of the opposite collar.

(2) Sleeves
Sleeves will be fully extended and fastened at the cuff using either of the two buttons located close together on the sleeve (see Figure 3603.4–2) to present a fitted appearance. When worn extended, sleeves will cover the wrist bone but will not extend beyond first knuckle at the base of the thumb. Sleeves may be worn rolled up when authorized by appropriate authority. When authorized to be worn rolled up, sleeves will be rolled cuff right-side out, forming a 3-inch wide band covered by the cuff of the shirt (the outside digital camouflage pattern of the NWU will show). The termination point of the roll is approximately 2 inches above the elbow. This manner of sleeve roll presents a short sleeve appearance and facilitates expeditious unrolling and fastening during emergency situations.

(3) Environmental Extremes
When granted by appropriate authority (Regional Commander/SOPA/Commanding Officer), the NWU shirt may be removed on job sites/work spaces.

c.  Ownership Markings
Last name, first initial and middle initial (if applicable), on label provided inside the shirt.  

Figure 3603.4-1
NWU Shirt normal wear

Figure 3603.4-2
NWU Sleeves

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