Nurses and the U.S. Navy, 1919-1941
Nurses' Uniforms



Navy Nurses' uniforms slowly changed during the two decades between the World Wars. The outdoor uniform was modernized in the 'twenties, leaving behind the wide-brimmed "sailor" hat adopted during World War I. The first uniform gratuity was authorized in 1923. Uniform regulations were expanded at about that time and gradually updated. Hemlines inched upward conservatively, in keeping with trends in civilian clothing. In 1929 a new, and then stylish, uniform hat was adopted that lasted in somewhat altered form until a new uniform regulation appeared during the early 1940s.

This page features views of U.S. Navy Nurses' uniforms during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Photo #: NH 52969

Navy Nurse Uniforms


Modeled by Betty Mayer, who was Assistant Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1923-1930. Her cap bears the two gold stripes of her position.
Seen here is the white indoor duty uniform and blue knit sweater, authorized 22 January 1923.
Probably photographed prior to 1929.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 52953

Navy Nurse Uniforms


Dark blue knit sweater, authorized from 22 January 1923 to 21 October 1948. It is worn here with the indoor duty uniform.
Probably photographed in 1929 or during the early 1930s. Skirts were required to be 10 inches above the floor from 1924 until 1929, when they were changed to 12 inches.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 52968

Navy Nurse Uniforms


Modeled by Betty Mayer, who was Assistant Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1923-1930. Her cap bears the two gold stripes of her position.
Seen here is the white indoor duty uniform (left), authorized 22 January 1923, and the same uniform with cape.
Probably photographed prior to 1929.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 52955

Navy Nurse Uniforms


White indoor duty uniform, authorized from 22 January 1923 to the "present" (1962).
Probably photographed in 1929 or during the early 1930s. Skirts were required to be 10 inches above the floor from 1924 until 1929, when they were changed to 12 inches.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 96KB; 585 x 765

 
Photo #: NH 52954

Navy Nurse Uniforms


Cape, authorized from 22 January 1923 to the "present" (1962). It is worn here with the indoor duty uniform.
Probably photographed in 1929 or during the early 1930s.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 52967

Navy Nurse Uniforms


Indoor duty uniform with cape and hat, as worn during the 1930s.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 52957

Navy Nurse Uniforms


Blue outdoor uniform, authorized from 22 January 1923 to 20 March 1942.
Probably photographed in 1929 or during the early 1930s, as the hat is of the style adopted in 1929.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 85KB; 585 x 765

 
Photo #: NH 52958

Navy Nurse Uniforms


White outdoor uniform, authorized from 22 January 1923 to 20 March 1942.
Probably photographed in 1929 or during the early 1930s, as the hat is of the style adopted in 1929.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 148KB; 590 x 765

 
Photo #: NH 52956

Navy Nurse Uniforms


Raincoat and storm cap, authorized from 22 January 1923 to 20 March 1942.
Probably photographed in 1929 or during the early 1930s.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 52961

Navy Nurse Uniforms


Storm cap (at left, and lower right), authorized 12-9-24, and uniform hat (upper right), authorized from 1929 to March 1942.

Courtesy of the Nursing Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, September 1962.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

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