Recent Questions

Previously submitted questions along with the answer:

Q: I’m looking for the regulations regarding rolling up of the
sleeve on the navy coveralls?

A:
Shipmate
What a coincidence, I had this very subject come up on my last underway period. The Uniform regulations for the sleeves of the blue coveralls is identical to the camouflage BDU’s. Here is the verbiage directly from the uniform regs.

COVERALLS (NAVY)

a. Description. Made of 65/35% Navy blue poly/ cotton fabric with zippered front, buttoned long sleeves, belt loops, and two side pockets and two back pockets.

b. Correct Wear. Close zipper all the way, button sleeves and wear a belt through all loops. Coveralls shall hang approximately 2 inches from the floor at the back of the shoe. Coveralls should be tailored to include a 2 inch hem to provide material for adjustments. Embroidered tapes (i.e., name, U.S. NAVY, breast insignia (if worn), collar devices, etc.) are required. Present command crest/logo patch may be worn optionally, centered on the right breast pocket. Embroidery directly onto the Navy coveralls fabric is not authorized. Refer to articles <3101.5b>, <3101.6>, <4104>, <4212> and <4227>. Sleeves may be rolled up at the option of local commanders. When authorized, sleeves will be rolled with the inside out, forming a roll approximately 3 inches wide, and terminating at a point approximately 2 inches above the elbow. Men wear the belt with clip to the LEFT of the buckle and women wear the belt with clip to the RIGHT of the buckle. The buckle is centered on the zipper flap. When authorized to wear a decorated buckle which is larger than the standard Navy buckle, it shall be worn centered with the clip end concealed.

Have a great Navy Day

The Chief


Q: Can you give someone else your leave time if you want to and what channels would have to go through to transfer the leave from one person to another?

A:
Shipmate,
Not at this time. Civil Service personnel have been able to do this for years. There has been legislation put before congress to allow military personnel to do this also but it has yet to be approved. Call your Senator and tell him or her that you want to allow military leave sharing.

Go Navy!
The Chief

Q: Can you wear boots with nylon on the sides and steel toed on a ship?

A:
Shipmate
Per Navy regs ,Yes. But your command can dictate what it deems as appropriate footwear and can exclude nylon boots for shipboard use.

Have a great Navy day!
The Chief


Q: Can you give me some old school(sea story)info on the
neckerchief thanks?

A:
Shipmate,

Ok, here is how it was told to me by an old Scottish sailor in Her Majesty’s Navy. As you may or may not know we take a lot of our traditions from the Royal Navy. Considering that is where the original sailors in the Continental Navy came from you can see why. As for the neckerchief, the old sailor traditionally wore their hair long and to keep it from getting caught up in the rigging they would grease it back. Upon pulling into a port of call they would tie planks of wood to their necks (also this is where the flap on your crackerjacks comes from also) to keep the grease from soiling their uniforms. After the ship was tied up they would wash the grease out and head in to town to find as much trouble as possible in a clean uniform. So the neckerchief is part of a symbolic icon for the old planks worn by our forefathers.

Go Navy!
The Chief

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2 responses

6 07 2009
kristina

Chief,
I am failing to comply with my family care plan due to being a single mother. Since turning in my package to legal my command has become unreasonable. I wanted to take leave over this last friday which was my duty day, and it was denied through my immediate chain of command but approved by the CO, when i came into work this morning i was informed by my CWO that i was to report to duty today as punishment for taking leave over my duty day. Is this “legal”? Also, attatched to my leave chit were 3 emails from between the XO and my CWO stating that they are going to “work the crap out of me from now until i get out” and that i “have more childcare issues than any one person i (CWO) have worked with in my (CWO) career.”, which is not true because there are females with many, many more issues than i. (I am being discharged because i have no one to help me provide LONG TERM care for my son). I am requesting leave over this memorial day because i also have duty then, as well as the simple fact that i need to pack my belongings to move out of my apartment. I fear this leave chit is going to be treated the same way my last one was, i do not have anyone in my chain of command i trust. I spoke to navy legal and was advised to file a grievancem. I am afraid to do this. Please help!

6 07 2009
The Chief

Kristina,

The behavior of your CWO is unsat. Your CO tolerating it is even worse. Legal is right. You do need to file a grievance. You can also go through the Navy’s Inspector General’s Office: http://www.ig.navy.mil/Complaints/Complaints(AtoZ).htm

Regardless of your career intentions, no sailor deserves unfair treatment. If you are worried about filing, remember other sailors are having to deal with similiar issues from these leaders and are afraid to bring the issue to light. Help them.

The Chief

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