You will purchase all necessary uniforms during your first week of training at NSI. Until uniform fitting and issue, Officer Candidates will wear PT gear as the Uniform of the Day. If you do not already own uniforms listed on the NSI Uniform Issue list, do not purchase them prior to arrival. Uniform items are very specific, and purchasing them from any source other than an authorized Navy Uniform Store may result in you having to repurchase items and have unnecessary expenditures.
Any uniform items you may already own that are the same for both officer and enlisted (i.e. raincoat, Navy issue PT gear, black leather gloves, ribbons/medals/warfare devices) can be brought with you so as to prevent repurchasing of these particular items. Prior Chiefs should bring all khaki uniform components. However, if the Class Officer or Senior Enlisted Class team member determines items are unserviceable, Officer Candidates will be required to purchase new items. Items on the list are not optional, unless otherwise noted. This is to ensure uniformity among the class.
The typical Uniform of the Day at NSI will be the Navy Working Uniforms or Service Khakis. If you have these items, bring them with you. Gold name tapes and US Navy tapes can be while at NSI. No sewn on rank insignia is required for officer candidates on the NWU. You will have the opportunity to purchase or update uniforms at NSI.
All Officer Candidates with the exception of prior Chief Petty Officers will receive a one-time uniform allowance to cover the cost for the initial uniform issue. For further questions concerning uniform allowances, please see the below link.
DoD 7000.14-R ‘Clothing Monetary Allowances’ (Click on Volume 7A, Chapter 29 -
Clothing Monetary Allowances)