After doing an article on the Navy Working Uniform (NWU), we decided we should take a look at the Navy Dress Uniform. This clothing set may not look as cool as the new digital camouflage of the NWU, but it’s required for certain occasions by Navy soldiers.
Of all the military branches, it is the Navy that seems to have the largest number of uniforms for specific ranks and occasions. There are three categories of the Navy dress uniform: service, full, and dinner dress. This article is on the service uniform, the least formal of the three, worn by officers and chief petty officers. We’ll take a look at the Service Dress Blue Yankee Uniform (search “BCM020″ in the top right corner), offered by our friends at Uncle Sam’s.
This uniform is just one of the authorized versions of service uniforms worn by officers and chief petty officers. It is made up of a navy blue suit coat, trousers, dress shirt, tie, and hat.
The suit coat is usually made of wool and has six buttons for the men’s version and four buttons for the women’s. Ranks are determined either by gold stripes on the sleeves (for officers) or badges worn on the left breast (for chief petty officers).
The usual trousers worn are navy blue, and are accompanied by black shoes. However, the Yankee uniform uses white trousers with shoes from a white uniform.
The shirt worn under the jacket is a basic white dress shirt. The tie is pretty standard as well. Usually a combination cap is worn with the Navy dress uniform. However, the garrison cap is also allowed.
It’s tough to come by a Navy dress uniform similar to the ones that Navy officers and chief petty officers wear, but you can definitely get other Navy gear here.
Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.