Navy gets ‘earful of feedback’ from sailors to return rank insignias to uniform covers

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Navy’s personnel leadership is looking at putting rank insignias back on the working uniform cover after receiving “an earful of feedback” from sailors to make a change.

The issue was raised during a Facebook live event Tuesday with Vice Adm. John Nowell, the chief of naval personnel, and Fleet Master Chief Wes Koshoffer for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education.

The Navy currently has only the anchor, Constitution and eagle, or “ACE” emblem, on its green Navy working uniform eight-point covers, also known as utility caps. The sailor’s rank insignia on the uniform is only on the chest.

The issue was raised at the event, submitted by a sailor and read aloud, stating it was “uncomfortable staring at a female’s chest to see her rank.”

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