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Z-Gram #92; dated 29 June 1971

Civilian Clothing Aboard Ship for Non-Rated Personnel

R 291924Z JUN 71
FM CNO (Z-92)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS //N01020//
CIVILIAN CLOTHING ABOARD SHIP FOR NON-RATED PERSONNEL

A. NAVOP Z-05
B. NAVOP Z-68
C. NAVOP Z-70

1. BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS OF PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED BY REFS A AND B. AUTHORIZING PETTY OFFICERS TO MAINTAIN CIVILIAN CLOTHES ABOARD SHIP FOR WEARING ASHORE ON LEAVE AND LIBERTY, THIS PRIVILEGE IS HEREBY FURTHER EXTENDED TO ALL NON-RATED MEN. ENLISTED PERSONNEL WILL BE PERMITTED TO WEAR SUITABLE CIVILIAN ATTIRE AS LISTED IN REF B, AND WHICH IS REPEATED HERE FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES:

A. COATS AND TOUSERS [sic]; TURTLE NECK; SHIRTS WITH TIE; ASCOT OR OPEN COLLAR. SPORT SHIRTS, INCLUDING BUTTON-DOWNS, SWEATERS, CREW OR V-NECK SHIRTS SOLD AS AN OUTER GARMENT. OVERCOATS, JACKETS AND WINDBREAKERS; LEVIS, PERMANENT PRESS AND BELL BOTTOM TROUSERS OF VARIOUS COLORS AND MATERIALS; WELL KEPT SHOES AND BOOTS OF VARIOUS COLORS AND MATERIALS. CLOTHING WHICH IS EXCESSIVELY WORN, FRAYED, SOILED OR UNPRESSED IS, OF COURSE, INAPPROPRIATE ANYWHERE. ATHLETIC CLOTHING TO BE WORN ONLY WHEN ENGAGED IN OR WHEN PROCEEDING FROM AND TO SPORTS ACTIVITIES. DISTINCTIVE PARTS OF THE UNIFORM WILL NOT BE WORN WITH CIVILIAN CLOTHES.

2. IN EXTENDING THIS PRIVILEGE TO ALL HANDS, I GAVE MUCH THOUGHT TO APPROVING A RECOMMENDATION THAT I CANCEL THE AUTHORIZATION TO WEAR DUNGAREES TO AND FROM WORK, INASMUCH AS THE AUTHORIZATION FOR ALL SHIPBOARD PERSONNEL TO WEAR CIVILIAN CLOTHES ASHORE WOULD ELIMINATE MUCH OF THE REASON FOR DOING SO. HOWEVER, IN VIEW OF THE SIGNIFICANT CONVENIENCE WHICH THIS AUTHORIZATION BRINGS TO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY OUR FAMILY MEN BOTH ASHORE AND AFLOAT, I HAVE DECIDED TO LEAVE THE DUNGAREE PRIVILEGE IN FORCE FOR THE TIME BEING. AS A RELATED MATTER, I HAVE BECOME CONCERNED BY MANY REPORTS THAT SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF OUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VIOLATING THE DIRECTIVE BY WEARING DUNGAREES ON LIBERTY, AND TRAVEL OTHER THAN FROM AND TO WORK. I EXPECT CO’S TO RESCIND EITHER TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY, THE DUNGAREE PRIVILEGE OF ANY PERSON APPREHENDED FOR IMPROPER WEAR OF DUNGAREES ASHORE. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTION DEEMED APPROPRIATE. IF THIS PRIVILEGE IS TO CONTINUE IN FORCE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PRUDENT MAJORITY, IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR ALL HANDS TO RECOGNIZE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO ABIDE BY THE REGULATIONS SET DOWN IN REF C AND TO TAKE PROMPT, DECISIVE ACTION REGARDING THOSE WHO DO NOT. HERE IS A CASE WHERE RESPONSIBLE OFFICERS AND PETTY OFFICERS CAN RAPIDLY CORRECT VIOLATIONS TO PROTECT A HARD-WON PRIVILEGE. E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U. S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.

BT

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ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS:
CO: commanding officer

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Published:Wed Nov 02 06:29:14 EDT 2016