1. Wear it a size too small. You’ll get used to it quickly and the tight neckline will be worth it because it will look perfect.
2. Strip the right way. When you take the t-shirt off, pull it over your head by grasping it on your back instead of on the neck. This will keep the shirt looking good for much longer.
OVERVIEW: #1: cover #2: t-shirt #3: belt #4: blousing straps #5: boots
We call them covers in the Navy. Don’t let a superior hear you call it a hat. Use a worn-out piece of cardboard inside your
cover as a stiffener. Look how saggy the cover is without it.
1. Do not fold the bill. If you just have to, you can fold it a little bit. Keep it almost totally straight.
2. The front of the cover, where the rank insignia is, should be stiff and vertical, not saggy, and it should conform to the skull’s
This cannot be stressed enough. After haircut/shave, this is the number one thing your superiors will look at. If you want to look like a real Sailor, at least get this right.
There are two things you can do to shine in this area.
1. POLISH OFTEN AND WHILE BOOTED. Do a “for real” 30-minute shine one day, then do a quick touch-up every day after you get dressed. If you keep up with it, it’ll only take about five minutes to get the shine back to the “for real” status.
2. DON’T JUST SHINE THE TOES. Many Navy Chiefs and officers will notice if you have the backs and sides shined up. So get it done!
#2: Get real snuggly with your t-shirt.
#5: THE HOLY GRAIL: Shine your boots!
#3: Embrace the blast from the past
The only part of the NWU’s t-shirt that is seen is at the neck. That’s why you have to make it perfect.
#4: Leave your ego at the door and love the blousing straps
1. Males thread the belt clockwise around the waist, women counterclockwise.
2. Shine the buckle when you shine your boots. it only takes a minute but many Sailors forget and get busted during uniform inspections.
Look at the photo below and look at the ankles.
See how the pants looked like they’re tucked in to the
boots? The pant legs have been wrapped up in blousing
straps. If you dressed like this as a civilian you’d probably
get some stares.
1. Fold your pant leg between the third and fourth eyelets on the boots.
2. Strap up while sitting and then while standing. Notice the difference in where
the pant leg ends up.
These belt buckles were HUGE in the 80s.
There’s a couple of quick things to know about them.
#1 The Cover
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