Your uniform tells your story. Who you are, what you are, what you do and how well you do it are all explained (at least in part) by your uniform.
Take pride in it. Proper care of your uniform will be a waste of time if your "gear adrift" ends up in the Lucky Bag or is in the laundry for lack of ownership markings. Navy Uniform Regulations state that all articles of clothing and accessories must be legibly marked with the owner's name (usually meaning last name and initials) and service number, unless otherwise notified, in a particular way and in a particular place. All Hands Magazine shows how it is done.
All markings, other than those on labels, shall be made with a one-half-inch stencil or stamp, if available; otherwise with a stencil not larger than one-inch. Where the word "right" or "left" appears in regulations (except in the case of towels), the term means the man's right or left when he is wearing the garment.
Use black marking fluid for all white clothes and chambray shirts and white marking fluid for blue clothes and dungaree trousers. Use indelible ink when labels are provided for the purpose.
Optional items of clothing shall be marked similarly to comparable items of required clothing.
No transfer or exchange of uniform clothing of enlisted personnel shall be made without the authority of the commanding officer. When such transfers or exchanges are authorized, or when clothing belonging to deserters is sold, the name of the former owner shall be obliterated with a stamp marked "DC," and the purchaser's name shall be placed above, below or next to it. The master-at-arms shall keep a record of such changes.