NAVAL BASE, Japan — Sailors in Japan
better forget their flip-flops, ditch
their do-rags and burn their baggy
jeans, because the Navy is cracking down
on civilian clothing.
Adm. Robert C. Chaplin, the commander of U.S. Naval
Forces Japan, issued the first comprehensive set of
guidelines for off-duty
attire of naval personnel in Japan two
weeks ago. The controversial order affects all
active-duty officers and enlisted personnel based in
Japan and the Indian Ocean
base at Diego Garcia.
Chaplin’s order, sailors are barred from wearing
certain kinds of casual clothing in public,
including head bandannas,
flip-flops, tank tops, halter tops, oversized
shirts and trousers, tank tops and jogging suits,
with exceptions for swimming or sports.....
policy didn’t result from specific incidents or
complaints, said Cmdr. David Wells, a CNFJ
spokesman. [we just dreamed
it up one night at the Officers' Club over a
CNFJ leadership felt the existing civilian clothing
policy needed to be updated in order to align all
the Navy bases in Japan to the same standard to
ensure consistency across the force,” he said.
officers and chief petty officers are authorized to
write up violators with “infraction chits,” which
will be turned over to the sailor’s command for
possible disciplinary action. [Next week, Admiral Chaplin is
expected to rescind the prohibition against
flogging to assist commanders to find suitable
punishments for dress code violations...]
whole drive is to reinstall a sense of pride and
professionalism,” said Capt. Dan Hartwell, Chaplin’s
chief of staff. “You have to look good. ... this is
a whole mindset that we’re working on here.” [and, by golly, we're going to
make sure EVERYONE has the EXACT SAME mindset
before we're done with them...]
said the order went through several drafts since
April, when he began working on it with
several Yokosuka-based command master chiefs.
[who refused to give their
names during the interview, and had their faces
blurred out with those little square pixel
laid the expectation out so it’s in black and
white,” Hartwell said. “It’s clear guidance, not
confusing.”.... “This is an order, it’s not a vote,”
.....Other services to follow?
said CNFJ has received “very, very strong and
positive feedback” from the other bases under its
leadership. “We’ve gotten nothing but
rave reviews,” he said. [I'll bet. Do you think that
the fact that Admiral Chaplin writes their fitness
reports has anything to do with it?]
are so good, in fact, that he said the order has
been forwarded to U.S. Forces Japan with a
suggestion that other services consider adopting
their own versions. A USFJ official said
she wasn’t sure whether that would happen.
“This is the first we’re hearing of CNFJ’s policy,
and to this point we haven’t considered adopting
their civilian clothing code at USFJ,” said Master
Sgt. Leah Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the
multiservice command. [in
fact, she went on, off camera, 'all us enlisted
folks and company grade officers think that
Admiral Chaplin rolls ball bearings around in his
hand. God knows what he's going to come up
with when he finds out about the
leaders believe the furor will die down once people
get used to the new regulations. [and after a couple dozen
Admiral's Masts and floggings drive home the
will probably evolve as the questions get answered,”
said Wells, the CNFJ spokesman. “It’s certainly a
step in the right direction.” [does anyone seriously think that
Admiral Chaplin's spokesman would say anything
[Editor's Final Note:
"Don't give up on me Dad..."]
The commander of U.S. Naval Forces
Japan, Rear Adm. Robert Chaplin, recently
issued CNFJ Instruction 1020.3, which strictly
regulates what civilian clothing
servicemembers working on U.S. Navy bases may
wear in their off-duty time, including time
spent away from the base. Among the new
• Flip-flops or “dive booties” may
not be worn except at beaches or pools.
• Shirts or blouses with long tails
must be tucked inside the pants.
• Sleeveless tank tops and
see-through mesh tops may not be worn except
during physical training.
• No halter tops, tube tops or
swimsuit tops, or any shirt that bares the
midriff. Women may, however, wear sleeveless
• Oversized shirts and trousers are
prohibited, as are trousers that sag enough to
expose any portion of the underwear or
•Unnatural hair color is prohibited.
• Women may wear up to two earrings
in each ear when in civilian clothing on or
off base. Men may wear up to two earrings in
each ear when in civilian clothing, off-base,
and on liberty. All other tongue and body
piercing is prohibited.
• No beach or athletic clothing,
such as running shorts or jogging suits, are
permitted in any on-base facilities such as
the commissary, exchange, restaurants,
theaters, libraries or bowling alleys.
• Bandannas, do-rags and hair nets
are prohibited as headgear, except during
sports or physical training.
• Shorts must not be too revealing.
• Tattoos or brands “that are
prejudicial to good order, discipline and
morale or of a nature to bring discredit upon
the U.S. Navy” are prohibited.
For the complete text of the order,
check the Web site for U.S. Naval Forces
See the Stars
Stripes for the Rest of the Article....
Sailors on Diego Garcia begin to
remove offensive clothing following the
directive issued by Admiral Chaplin.
Yes! It is clothing like this
that degrades the great and powerful U.S. Navy,
and it must be removed!
So, all loyal citizens of the
PPDRDG! Do your part!
Hurry up and take off those bandannas,
flip-flops, tank tops, halter tops, tank tops,
swim wear and jogging suits!
Show the Admiral you're part of the
team! Do it today!
P.S. Many thanks to
Phil Anderson for the heads-up on this article...
USN DOES IT
AGAIN! AND THE USAF BUYS IN!
After 4 years
of sending boys and girls off to kill terrorists
without proper body armor, the Admirals and
Generals bring the axe down on today's
generation of slackers... God only knows how we
might loose the war because of a few tatoos and
Ed. Note: I
feel like I'm a 10 year old Air Force Brat back in
the 50s again when we had to have military haircuts
- note that the policy applies to dependents,
retirees, contractors, etc., etc. Also,
when did they decide we have to fight wars sober and
with no Playboys? Thanks to TSgt T.S. for the
head's up (Tom, I'm keeping your name off the page,
for your own safety!)
New Civilian Clothes Policy
13 Jul 2005 03:15:59 -0000
They did it
again... Gotta love the Navy.
Mango's still here, hanging out at the Brit and the
Yacht Club every once in a while. The Yacht Club's
active again, but the bar's gone and the building
and deck belong to MWR now, so it's become more of a
sailing organization as opposed to social. (Not that
we don't party, it's just our main focus.
Also, I have some
pictures of another painted-up bomb; this one has an
Orange County Choppers inspiration. As soon as we
get clearance, I'll send 'em your way. Take
care and keep safe,
Keeper of the Holy Hand Grenades of
From: 40 AEG/JA Staff Judge Advocate
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:28 AM
To: 40 AEG All
Subject: FW: New Civilian Clothes Policy
Please read and heed. Diego Garcia
is a US Naval Forces, Japan installation. The
attached policy applies to all military personnel,
it is a general order and failure to comply is a
violation of Art 92, UCMJ. Of note: Soiled, torn
or excessively worm or frayed clothes is
prohibited. Hair nets, wave-caps-do-rags,
handkerchiefs, bandannas, or nylon socks on the
head are prohibited outside of living
quarters. Men may not wear earrings.