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Navy To Expand Ball Cap Wear Policy (Video)

Command Ball Cap Wear Policy Updates

Starting Sept. 1, commanding officers in the Navy will have the discretion to authorize when their sailors wear ball caps.

The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) announced the impending change to policy last week.

Apparently, many sailors were vocal in their desire to go back to the days when they could wear ball caps more frequently, according to Stars and Stripes...

Command ball caps used to be a mainstay with utility uniforms; they identified the ship a sailor belonged to and also were a source of pride.

However, when utilities were replaced by Navy Working Uniforms, that uniform came with a matching eight-point cover. As a result, in 2010, the Navy implemented tighter rules on the use of ball caps

Those 2010 rules are as follows:

[B]all caps can only be worn with the physical training uniform, coveralls and flight suits; with Navy Working Uniforms only when standing bridge watch and by command training teams during a training evolution.

So, exactly how will things be different starting Sept. 1? The Navy will release an official document later this summer that will "include occasion of wear rules."

What do you think of the change in the Navy's ball cap rules? Have your say in our comments section!

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