In a January, 2019 photo, recruits walk in formation wearing neck gaiters during a snowstorm at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.. SPENCER FLING/U.S. NAVY
In a January, 2019 photo, recruits walk in formation wearing neck gaiters during a snowstorm at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.. SPENCER FLING/U.S. NAVY

Navy uniform updates include neck gaiters, two-piece swimsuits for physical test

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — Sailors now have the option to wear a black neck gaiter during cold weather as well as a two-piece swim suit for the physical readiness test, among some of the uniform updates announced Monday by the Navy.

The list of uniform updates comes from feedback from sailors and leadership directions, according to the Navy.

Sailors can wear a black neck gaiter during extremely cold weather, which is determined from policy made by either regional commanders for sailors ashore or commanding officers for sailors at sea. The gaiter is worn from the neck up, covering the sailor’s nose and face to just under their eyes. They can be purchased commercially and worn only with the following cold weather outer garments: the cold weather parka, the Navy working uniform type II and III parka, the pea coat, the reefer coat, and the all-weather coat.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.610519

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