United States Navy Dress Blue Uniform (E1-E6)
Daniel D. Smith, SCPO, USNR (Ret)
Prior to 1817 there
were no Navy Department regulations governing enlisted men's uniforms.
The first regulations covering enlisted men's clothing (uniform) appears
in the regulations of the Navy issued by Benjamin W. Crownishiel, dated
September 1817. Note that the information contained on these web pages
will pertain to the Navy enlisted dress blue uniform unless otherwise
stated. The 1817 regulations provided for blue jacket and trousers, red
vest, yellow buttons and black hat.
In the early years of enlisted uniform regulation changes and updates, the changes often merely formalized what uniform the majority of enlisted men were already choosing and wearing.
1944 1973 2005
Navy Rating Marks and Badges
Uniform Slang: Bluejacket (enlisted man); Cracker Jacks (service dress blues); Dixie Cup (white hat); White Hat (enlisted man); SDBs (service dress blues); Donald Duck hat (flat hat)
Uniform Regulations (requires Adobe Acrobat reader: (credit for transcribing the following uniform regulations goes to CMDCM(SW) Clint Steed, USN (ret) for the 1905 regulations, and to GSCM(SW) Dan Goebel, USNR for transcribing the other years presented here) 1833, 1905, 1947
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