The Navy is making some changes to its uniform standards in new regulations released by Naval Personnel Command, according to a report.
Navy Times reports that there will be more “flexibility” in clothing options, including a black neck gaiter that is allowed during extremely cold weather as long as it is worn with a cold weather parka in accordance with Navy uniform standards. Ultimately, it will be up to regional commanders to determine when neck gaiters are allowed.
The command will also improve NWU and cold weather parka black fleece liner with some additional outer fabric to improve wind and rain resistance, according to the report.
Also, both men and women will now be able to wear two-piece swimwear for their Optional Physical Readiness Test. Full-body swimwear will also be allowed, but the sailors themselves must purchase it at their own expense.
The Times reports that survivors of deceased service members can now wear the Gold Star Lapel Button and Next of Kin Lapel Button with service and full dress uniforms as part of the new regulations.