In an effort to obtain a snapshot of fleet satisfaction with female uniform design and fit among female Sailors, the Navy collected data through interviews, surveys and female focus groups at various shore installations beginning in June 2010. As a result of feedback collected during this initial evaluation, the Navy determined a larger, fleet-wide uniform survey was needed.
Additionally, the Navy identified several uniform improvements for immediate implementation, including:
- The female service dress coat will be changed to add backing buttons to align with the male officer and chief petty officer (CPO) service dress coat design.
- A binding will be added over the edge of the inner stitching of waistbands in female slacks to improve professional appearance and reduce skin chaffing.
- Additional stitching will be added to the bottom hem, side seams and front-facing seams of female service shirts to prevent unraveling of the hems and to improve professional appearance.
"Uniforms represent the pride and professionalism of our Sailors," said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk. "We strive to take care of our people - and this means providing uniforms that fit properly and comfortably, are durable and of good quality, and maintain the professional appearance of our Sailors."
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