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Z-Gram #77; dated 27 February 1971

Enlisted Working Blue Uniform

R 271406Z FEB 71
FM CNO (Z-77)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS //N01020//
ENLISTED WORKING BLUE UNIFORM

1. COMMENCING 1 APRIL 1971, ISSUE OF THE NEW ENLISTED WORKING BLUE UNIFORM TO RECRUITS WILL BEGIN. THIS UNIFORM IS THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE PRESENT DUNGAREE WORKING UNIFORM. IN ADDITION TO IMPROVED APPEARANCE, LONGER LIFE AND BETTER LAUNDERING CHARACTERISTICS, IT ALSO HAS GREATER FLASH FIRE PROTECTIVE QUALITIES THAN DUNGAREES.

2. THE NAVY HAS RECEIVED AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE THREE OF THESE NEW UNIFORMS AT NO INDIVIDUAL COST TO EVERY E-6 AND BELOW WITH MORE THAN ONE YEAR OF OBLIGATED SERVICE REMAINING AS OF 1 JULY 1971. COMMENCING ON THAT DATE, AND AS UNIFORMS BECOME AVAILABLE DURING THE FOLLOWING 12 MONTHS, ELIGIBLE E-1 THROUGH E-6 WHO JOINED THE NAVY PRIOR TO 1 APRIL 1971 MAY DRAW THREE NEW UNIFORMS FROM CLOTHING AND SMALL STORES. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS PROGRAM, ADDITIONAL ENLISTED WORKING BLUE UNIFORMS MUST BE MANUFACTURED. BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBER REQUIRED, DELIVERY WILL NOT BE COMPLETED UNTIL JUNE OF 1972. DETAILS OF REQUISITIONING, ACCOUNTING AND ISSUE WILL BE PROVIDED BY SEPARATE DIRECTIVE.

3. UPON RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE, VOLUNTARY PURCHASE OF ENLISTED WORKING BLUES IS AUTHORIZED FOR THOSE WHO DESIRE TO BUY THEM AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE. THE DUNGAREE UNIFORM MAY ALSO BE PURCHASED AND WORN UNTIL 30 JUNE 1973, ALTHOUGH INDIVIDUALS MAY NOT WEAR ITEMS OF ONE UNIFORM WITH THE OTHER.
E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U. S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.
BT

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Published:Fri Oct 14 06:28:33 EDT 2016