Midshipmen Uniform Regulations
4102. Standards Of Dress
Wear.Midshipmen take part in a wide variety of activities while on liberty; therefore, a wide range of clothing styles are acceptable. Naval personnel shall ensure that their dress and personal appearance are appropriate for the occasion and in accordance with proper dress code requirements. While on summer cruise, midshipmen will comply with standards of dress required by the Commanding Officer; however they may never “DRESS DOWN” from Midshipmen Regulations. A midshipman confronted with the choice of civilian clothing should always “DRESS UP” consistent with the high standards of the officer corps.
Dress Code.When civilian clothing is worn, midshipmen shall ensure that their dress and personal appearance are appropriate for the occasion and will not discredit Naval Academy or the Navy. The following dress code classification will be followed by midshipmen when civilian clothes are authorized:
Occasion Men Women Formal Dress Dark Business Suit or Tuxedo Long Formal/Cocktail Dress or Formal Pant Suit Business/Informal Business suit or Conservative Sports Jacket (blazer) with Tie. (Sweater with Shirt/Tie without Jacket is NOT informal) Short or Long Dress, Dress Slacks and Jacket, Skirt with Blazer or Blouse/Sweater Business Casual Collared Shirt, Trousers, modest Shoes with Socks, Blazer or Business Jacket can be added. Skirt (not mini), Trousers, Dress Shirt/Sweater Set, or Dress of appropriate length. Smart Casual Dress Trousers or Shorts with pockets, Collared Shirt/Sweater, Loafers, socks. Sports Coat or Blazer when appropriate. Casual Dress, Dress Slacks or Shorts with pockets and Blouse/Collared Shirt/Sweater, Jacket. Casual Jeans or Shorts with pockets, Collared Shirt/TShirt, Sweater and Shoes. Jeans or Shorts with pockets, Skirt (not mini), Shirt, Shirt, and shoes or Casual Dresses.
Minimum Standard.The minimum acceptable standard for midshipmen casual civilian attire is described below:
Men:Trousers (to include jeans) or shorts (NO gym shorts or shorts that extend below the knees), belt (when appropriate), clean shirts tucked in or sweaters that are neat in appearance, and appropriate shoes. Civilian T-Shirts are authorized if they are pressed and worn in good taste. Sandals without a back are authorized; however, shower shoes are not appropriate. On occasions when jeans are appropriate attire, the jeans will be neat in appearance, clean, serviceable, and without holes, tears, frays, stains, or varying patterns of color/dye. Hats (caps) in good taste may be worn on liberty (with brim forward) but shall be removed when indoors.
Women:Casual type dresses or skirts, Slacks (to include jeans) or shorts (NO gym shorts or shorts that extend above mid thigh or below the knees), belt (when slacks or shorts are designed to be worn with a belt), a top that is neat in appearance, and appropriate shoes. T-Shirts and tank tops are authorized if they are pressed, worn in good taste and not revealing. They will NOT be of a sheer or transparent fabric and will not be immoderately low cut, show cleavage, and the shoulder straps of the shirt will be a minimum of one inch wide (no spaghetti straps). Sandals without a back are authorized; however shower shoes are not appropriate. On occasions when jeans are appropriate attire, the jeans will be neat in appearance, clean, serviceable, and without holes, tears, frays, stains, or varying
patterns of color/dye. Hats (caps) in good taste may be worn on liberty (with brim forward) but shall be removed when indoors.
The following are NOT considered casual attire and are inappropriate for wear on liberty/leave:
- Dirty, frayed or torn clothing.
- Cut-off shorts or shirts.
- Miniskirts or clothing that bares midriffs.
- Shower shoes or barefoot.
- Jogging suits, sweat suits, PE gear (unless specifically authorized for special events – e.g., clean-up, repair work, yard work, etc.)
- Any clothing that is so unusual it is clearly inappropriate for wear.
- White undershirts as outer garments.
- Bandanas or any other head gear that is not a ball cap or hat.