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Z-gram # 68 (Civilian Clothes Aboard Ships), 23 December 1970

FROM: CNO (Z-68 )
TO: NAVOP
UNCLAS //N01020//
231350Z DEC 70

CIVILIAN CLOTHES ABOARD SHIP

A. CNO 301504Z JUL 70 {NAVOP Z-05}

1. IN VIEW OF THE ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE TO PILOT PROGRAM AUTHORIZING FIRST CLASS PETTY OFFICERS TO MAINTAIN CIVILIAN CLOTHES ABOARD SHIP FOR WEARING ASHORE ON LEAVE AND LIBERTY, PRIVILEGE IS HEREBY EXTENDED TO ALL PETTY OFFICERS ON ALL SHIPS.

2. PROVISIONS OF REF A REGARDING TYPE AND STYLE OF CLOTHING WILL BE OBSERVED. RECOGNIZING THAT GUIDANCE CANNOT BE PROVIDED TO MEET ALL LOCAL CONDITIONS, FOLLOWING EXAMPLES ARE PROVIDED FOR GUIDANCE OF COMMANDING OFFICERS IN DETERMINING APPROPRIATE ATTIRE:

COAT AND TROUSERS; TURTLENECK; SHIRT WITH TIE, ASCOT, OR OPEN COLLAR.

SPORTS SHIRTS, INCLUDING BUTTON-DOWNS, SWEATER, CREW OR V-NECK SHIRTS SOLD AS AN OUTER GARMENT.

OVERCOATS, JACKETS AND WINDBREAKERS.

LEVIS, "PERMA PRESS," AND BELL BOTTOM TROUSERS OF VARIOUS COLORS AND MATERIALS.

WELL KEPT SHOES AND BOOTS OF VARIOUS COLORS, MATERIALS AND STYLES.

CLOTHING WHICH IS EXCESSIVELY WORN, FRAYED, SOILED OR UNPRESSED IS OF COURSE INAPPROPRIATE ANYWHERE.

ATHLETIC CLOTHES ARE TO BE WORN ONLY WHEN ENGAGED IN OR PROCEEDING TO AND FROM SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

DISTINCTIVE PARTS OF THE UNIFORM WILL NOT BE WORN WITH CIVILIAN CLOTHES.

3. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS AND OTHER RECENT DIRECTIVES CONCERNING GROOMING AND UNIFORMS ARE NOT A LOWERING OF STANDARDS BUT RATHER ARE CHANGES IN STANDARDS TO REFLECT CONTEMPORARY TIMES.

E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADM, USN,
CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.


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