Cotton Skivvy Shirts Remain on Critical List
Despite earlier hopes for a more plentiful supply, undershirts, cotton, remain on the critical list and stocks should be strictly conserved, Navact 11-47 (NBD, 31 March) announced.
However, the picture is brighter in regard to the other items of clothing carried in small stores. The directive cancelled various Alnavs which had outlined procedures for selling wearing apparel to dischargees, and which had limited the sale of certain items.
Source: "Cotton Skivvy Shirts Remain on Critical List." All Hands. 363 (May 1947): 49.
Shortened Jumpers Officially Approved
Recently approved changes in Navy Uniform Regulations for enlisted men, contained in Circ. Ltr. No. 97-44 (semi-monthly N. D. Bul., 15 April, 44-383), were outlined originally in an article in the INFORMATION BULLETIN of January 1944, page 67.
Blue jumpers now will hang straight, fully covering the top of the trousers, and eliminating the traditional "blouse." During the necessary period of transition from the old jumpers to the new, men will be permitted to wear the draw-string type of jumpers until the supply is exhausted or those in use are worn out.
Source: "Shortened Jumpers Officially Approved."All Hands. 326 (May 1944): 64.
Skivvy shirt shortages that have plagued boot and admiral, and turned gray the hair of skippers at inspections for the past several months, are about over. BuSandA has come up with the glad news that by the first of this month an increase should be noticeable in small stores' stocks the world over.
Labor and materials shortages resulted in the near-disappearance of the skivvy in the civilian and naval economy. The Navy, desiring to cooperate in a situation which found civilian and bluejacket, alike, skivvie-less, did not a attempt to "hog" a big supply for itself. Toward the end of 1946, as the over-all shortage eased, the Navy was able to buy in one month about two-and-a-half times its previous monthly purchase of skivvies, and was able also to contract for delivery of adequate amounts of skivvies for the ensuing six months.
BuSandA's prediction is there'll be an increase in the stock of skivvies noticeable about the first of March, and a plentiful stock will accumulate during the following 90-120 days.
Only other small stores shortage confronting the Navy is in white cotton socks. The supply is about one-half normal. But there's plenty of everything else.
Source: "Skivvy Shirt." All Hands. 361 (March 1947): 20.
Uniform Changes Include New Sports Model Shirt, Lightweight Raincoat
If you're an enlisted man, the day may not be far off when you can discard your conventional-type dungaree shirts for a new "sports" model.
If you're a male officer or chief petty officer, you may soon, if you wish, add a lightweight, single-breasted raincoat to your wardrobe.
These, and other notes on uniform items, are to be contained in the latest change to U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations. The change has been circulated Navy-wide in the form of BuPers Notice 1020 of 12 Mar 1962.
The new style dungaree shirt is described as "blue cotton chambray, convertible sport style collar, long sleeves, two patch pockets, squared off bottom, matching blue stitching and no shoulder yoke." The shirt will be authorized until it is distributed through the Navy supply system (it will be sold in small stores) when the old type is depleted.
The raincoat, not yet available or authorized for wear, is "lightweight, single-breasted, box style; fly front; set-in sleeves; beltless; shoulder loops; dark blue synthetic fabric." The new raincoat will be an optional article when the effective date for wearing is established.
Women officers may now wear, as appropriate, the Dinner Dress Blue Jacket Uniform or Dinner Dress White Jacket Uniform. These consist of mess jacket, dress skirt, and cummerbund, dark blue and white, respectively; dress shoes and handbag (black, white); white dress shirt; black dress necktie; service hat (or tiara, optional); beige stockings; and miniature medals. The uniform is optional for all women officers until 1 Jul 1964, when it becomes mandatory for commanders and captains.
Another new item for women is a redesigned white plastic handbag. The new bag will replace the current white handbag when available and on a date yet to be announced. The handbag will be of white plastic; embossed with a leather grain pattern; envelope style; not more than 11 inches wide and 7 ½ inches deep; with detachable shoulder strap. The bag may be used with or without the strap.
In the case of aviation cadets and aviation officer candidates, the aviation green working uniform has been deleted from their minimum outfits; working khakis will be prescribed instead.
Of general interest to all naval personnel is a spelled-out version of regulations which govern the wearing of hats during outdoor ceremonies. A portion of Article 1110.2 of Uniform Regs now reads: "Out of doors, personnel should remain covered at all times except when ordered to uncover, or during religious services not associated with a military ceremony. Thus, unless ordered to uncover, personnel shall remain covered during the invocation or other religious portions of ceremonies which are primarily military in nature, such as changes of command, ship commissionings and launchings, military burials, etc. The chaplain conducting the religious portion of the ceremony will be guided by the customs of his church with respect to wearing of head covering.
Source: "Uniform Changes Include New Sports Model Shirt, Lightweight Raincoat." All Hands. 545 (June 1962): 46.
Uniform Changes: New Jacket and Sweater Authorized
A Navy black jacket, 55/45 polyester/wool with a stand-up knit collar, has been approved for optional wear by officers and chief petty officers with service and working uniforms (summer khaki, summer white, winter blue, winter working blue and working khaki). Additionally, the jacket is authorized for wear in lieu of the service dress blue coat when the service dress blue uniform is worn. The wooly-pulley sweater is an option with this combination. (The jacket is an option for Navy khaki and black (blue) jackets, not a replacement.)
The jacket will soon be available at Navy Exchange Uniform Shops or can be ordered through the Uniform Support Center, Suite 200, 1545 Crossways Blvd. Chesapeake, Va. 23320 (1-800-368-4088). The jacket is worn in the same manner as the Navy khaki and black (blue) jackets.
A black V-neck style pullover sweater has been approved to replace the blue crew neck (wooly-pulley). The V-neck style sweater is available in both light (acrylic) and heavy (wool) weaves and will be worn in the same manner as the blue wooly-pulley sweater. The blue wooly-pulley sweater is authorized for optional wear until Oct. 1, 1995. After this date, the blue wooly-pulley may not be worn ashore. However, a ship's commanding officer can authorize the blue wooly-pulley for shipboard wear. See NavAdmin 139/93 for details.
Source: "Uniform Changes: New Jacket and Sweater Authorized." All Hands. 919 (November 1993): ii.