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Navy Uniform, Awards and Grooming for Enlisted Sailors


Maintaining Your Uniform

For Active Duty and Reserve enlisted Sailors, maintaining a tip top set of uniforms and consistently maintaining above average grooming standards is a visual cue to supervisors and the chain of command that you are a cut above the rest. Long-term, this will help your evaluations and command respect. Sailors who want to take it a step above and beyond should strive to be knowledgeable about regulations, standards and the history of awards and uniforms. Navy Task Force Uniform (linked below) provides the latest regulation news that you may want to keep an eye on.

If you are a supervisor, instruct your Sailors on grooming and uniform standards. You should also show them how to look up the instructions on their own so that they become self-sufficient in awards, grooming and uniform standards. This is all part of "Sailorization" which will also benefit you as supervisor.

Uniform and Grooming

NAVPERS 15665I - Navy Uniform Regulations governs most aspects of grooming and uniform regulations and standards. Of interest to Sailors on, the uniform manual has sections for Chief, female and male, and enlisted, female and male. Separately there are chapters on rank/rate insignia, and badges awards and breast insignia.


NAVPERS 15665I, chapter 5 (awards,) SECNAVINST 1650.1J, (Navy Awards Manual,) and DoD 1348.33-M, (Military Decorations and Awards,) govern most aspects of the Navy award policies. Additionally, the awards precedence can be found in NAVPERS 15665I Uniform Regulations.

Active duty and reserves should log into BOL for NDAWS access. Enlisted personnel's admin support enters all related documents locally for BOL NDAWS placement so talk to them first.


Uniforms & Grooming



  • Check My Awards - BOL NDAWS (Navy Department Awards Web-Service)
    • User Guide - Navy Department of Awards Web Service (NDAWS)
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