Yesterday I traveled to Bangor to update my ID card. It was my first time on a base in 15-20 years. I noticed the sailors wearing green camouflage uniforms who I mistakenly assumed were Marines or Army personnel.
My question is, have all the traditional uniforms gone away? If so, it just doesn't seem right to me but maybe I'm just turning into an old curmudgeon.
Scott....that green uniform replaced dungarees and has been the working uniform for all hands for about 10ish years now. Nearly every officer and enlisted at ONI wear that uniform daily...even the Admiral.
Nick, thanks for the update. It was just so surprising not to see the old uniforms.
I think the one change that threw a curve at me was seeing the Khaki shirt on other than chiefs and officers. I must be getting old.
In the fall of 1958, an OCS instructor, a Navy LT, wore "winter aviation
working green." It had a single-breasted jacket with black sleeve stripes.
That was a sharp uniform Bruce. I recall Adm Ben Hacker, LT Hacker in 1966 as NAVFAC Arg OPS Officer. He wore that uniform a lot and looked like a poster boy every time. He knew how to wear a uniform and that Aviation Green Uniform set an example of sharpness that was hard to match,
I remember the unusual working uniform we sometimes wore at NavFac Point Sur. Marty (a waitress at Glen Oaks restaurant) and her husband (Bruce) were building a house in the mountains above Big Sur. One “80" Tom Hardy and Alan Wyman (the other two OTs in our watch section) went to help them with it but upon finding their gate closed, we left the car and hiked up the mountainside to their house. The only problem was that half way up in the dusk, we realized we were going through poison oak! Thus the creation of the modified working uniform one alpha (T-shirt, dungarees, and shower shoes) for our next string of mid-watches. No one even questioned why we were “out of uniform”. Just one look at our arms and legs eliminated any questions! The funny thing was that one of the OT chiefs got a bad case of poison oak several months later and stood several watches in working uniform one alpha also!:slightly_smiling_face:
Ugggh, ouch!!!!! Been there and done that. Any uniform should be legal under those circumstances.
When I was a kid, my Dad and I pulled Poison Ivy/Oak up by its roots with out bare hand and neither had any reaction at all. Fast forward 45 years when I had a piece of rental property in North MS and my tenant complained of having poison ivy in her rose bushes. So I sat off to rectify the situation and upon arrival, I stripped down to my Bda shorts with no shirt or socks and waded into the stuff like I was still a kid. Needless to say, my immunity as a kid was no more and I was laid up for two weeks before I could put any clothes on at all. Couldn't have stood a watch in any uniform, legal or illegal.