FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
SUBJ/NAVY TATTOO AND NWU TYPE II AND III BALL CAP POLICY CHANGE//
REF/B/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/211737ZAPR06//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the revision to the Navys personal
appearance policy as it pertains to tattoos and expands the manner of wear of
the Navy Working Uniform Type II and III (NWU Type II/III). References (a)
and (b) are revised.
2. Effective 30 days after the release of this NAVADMIN, a modification of
the Navys tattoo policy regarding acceptable criteria while in uniform will
be in effect. This policy change is meant to ensure we dont miss
opportunities to bring in talented young men and women willing to serve.
a. Location. One tattoo is authorized on the neck and shall not exceed
one inch in measurement in any dimension (height/width). Tattoos meeting
these requirements are acceptable behind the ear. Permissible tattoos on the
torso area of the body shall not be visible through white uniform clothing.
No tattoos are permitted on the head, face (to include ear) and scalp.
b. Size. The size restriction for visible tattoos is limited to the
area of the neck and behind the ear only. As a result of this change, leg
and arm tattoos can be of any size. Tattoo on the neck or behind the ear
will not exceed one inch in measurement in any dimension (height/width).
c. Content. Tattoos located anywhere on the body that are prejudicial
to good order, discipline, and morale or are of a nature to bring discredit
upon the naval service are prohibited. For example, tattoos that are
obscene, sexually explicit, and or advocate discrimination based on sex,
race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin are prohibited. In addition,
tattoos that symbolize affiliation with gangs, supremacist or extremist
groups, or advocate illegal drug use are prohibited. Waivers will not be
given for tattoos with prohibited content.
d. Cosmetic Tattoos. Cosmetic tattoos are authorized to correct medical
conditions requiring such treatment. For the purpose of this regulation,
cosmetic tattooing refers to medical or surgical procedures conducted by
licensed, qualified medical personnel.
3. Documentation of waiverable and non-waiverable tattoos will be
accomplished via Administrative Remarks (NAVPERS 1070/613). NAVPERS 1070/613
will be submitted for inclusion in the electronic service record via the
local personnel support detachment for enlisted personnel and mailed to
Records Analysis Branch (PERS-312) for officer personnel. Sailors not
complying with the established criteria are in violation of uniform policy
and are subject to disciplinary action to include involuntary separation.
4. Enlisted Accession Policy. This section refers to individuals newly
accessed and gained in the active or reserve component.
a. Commander, Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC) shall screen all Navy
enlisted accessions and prior service veterans processing for enlistment,
reenlistment, or affiliation in to the active or reserve enlisted components
for tattoos and compliance with this policy.
b. Waivers received during previous service periods shall be honored.
However, tattoos found to be contrary to good order, discipline, and morale
shall be disapproved and the member rejected for affiliation.
c. Individuals unable to provide a documented waiver for a previously
existing tattoo since termination of their last enlistment may be granted a
waiver by CNRC in accordance with this policy.
5. Commissioning Program Accessions. For purposes of this modification of
the Navys tattoo policy, DCNO(N1) is the authority to ensure compliance with
the acceptable criteria for all officer commissioning programs. This
authority may be delegated.
6. Sailors are advised to review eligibility criteria for desired special
duty assignments and commissioning programs before obtaining tattoos.
7. Effective immediately, commands authorized to wear the NWU Type II and
III uniform may optionally issue and wear a coyote brown command ball cap.
The manner of wear and authorized lettering, names, acronyms, logos and
embroidery worn on the coyote brown command ball cap will be in accordance
with reference (a), chapter 3, article 3501.8. The eight-point cover will
remain the standard head gear worn with the NWU Type II and III uniform
during uniform inspections, special events and as determined by the
8. Command ball caps are organizational clothing that may be purchased with
appropriated funds and are issued in accordance with reference (a), chapter
6, article 6801. Sailors may purchase additional command ball caps with
their personal funds if desired, just as they purchase other optional
permissible wear uniform items. Additionally, wardrooms, chief petty officer
messes, first class petty officer associations, junior enlisted associations,
and other similar organizations may purchase command ball caps with their
funds. The use of Morale, Welfare and Recreation non-appropriated funds to
purchase command ball caps is prohibited per DoD Instruction 1015.15 and CNIC
9. Direct questions regarding grooming and uniform policy changes reflected
in this NAVADMIN to the Navy Uniform Matters Office (OPNAV N131U) via e-mail
to Mr. Robert B. Carroll, Head of Navy Uniform Matters at
robert.b.carroll(at)navy.mil; LSCS(AW/EXW/SW) Judith P. Nelson-Williams,
Deputy Head, at judith.nelson(at)navy.mil; or PS1(SW/AW) Manuel A.
Guiracocha, N131U, at manuel.guiracocha(at)navy.mil.
10. Direct questions regarding the coyote brown ball cap specifications and
authorized procurement sources to the NWU Type II/III Program Office, Navy
Exchange Service Command, Mr. Mark Stephens, Director at
11. File this NAVADMIN until superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first.
Reference (a) will be updated to reflect the new policy changes in the next
12. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//