Sailors wearing red or yellow stripes stand in formation during the commissioning ceremony of the USS South Dakota on Feb. 2, 2019. STEVEN HOSKINS/U.S.NAVY
Sailors wearing red or yellow stripes stand in formation during the commissioning ceremony of the USS South Dakota on Feb. 2, 2019. STEVEN HOSKINS/U.S.NAVY

Gold for all: Navy ending use of red ‘misconduct’ uniform stripes

by Joshua Karsten
Stars and Stripes

MANAMA, Bahrain — The Navy is doing away with “misconduct” red stripes for senior sailors, among other changes outlined in a new uniform policy released Monday.

The 13 changes are a result of feedback received from the fleet, according to the message signed by Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke.

Starting June 1, all sailors over the 12-year service mark will be authorized to wear gold chevrons on their dress and service uniforms, a stark contrast to the red stripe worn by some senior enlisted sailors as a visible sign of misconduct from some point in their careers.

The current policy mandates that sailors who have received nonjudicial punishment or court-martials within the past 12 years wear red stripes. Sailors who already have reached the milestone had to restart the 12-year clock if they had further infractions. Each stripe represents four years of service, with the gold previously indicating good conduct.

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