Navy Expands Command Ball Cap Policy

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacques Chenet assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd, stands watch on the bridge wearing a command ball cap on June 16, 2014. Declan Barnes/U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy Command baseball caps are making a comeback by popular demand.

Starting Sept. 1, U.S. Navy commanding officers will be authorized to allow their sailors to wear command ball caps with Navy Working Uniforms, Types I, II and III.

The change was announced Friday by the chief of naval personnel.

Command ball caps used to be a mainstay with utility uniforms; they identified the ship a sailor belonged to and also were a source of pride. However, when utilities were replaced by Navy Working Uniforms, that uniform came with a matching eight-point cover. As a result, in 2010, the Navy implemented tighter rules on the use of ball caps.

Officials said feedback from sailors at all hands calls spurred the decision to bring the cap back.

Under the current policy, these ball caps are allowed only with physical training attire, coveralls and flight suits. Sailors wearing Navy Working Uniforms may wear command ball caps only when standing bridge watch or during training.

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