How to Wear a Navy Uniform Cap

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Navy Ball Cap
Navy Ball Cap (Image: Navy Personnel Command: npc.navy.mil, Ileana Weinstein)

Navy caps are an essential part of a uniform, and there are special uniform regulations designating how to properly wear each cap. Due to the specificity of these instructions and their applications, you must take steps to ensure proper attire.

Things You'll Need

  • Navy cap
  • Ruler
  • Mirror

Select the correct cap for the circumstances. The Knit Cap is a cold-weather cover, the Eight-Point Cap goes with the Navy Working Uniform, and the Garrison Cap is worn with the Navy Service Uniform. The Combination Caps are worn by officers and chiefs and female enlisted service members. Wear the White Cap with Service Dress Whites and Blues, and wear the Ball Cap with your coveralls.

Eight-Point Cap
Eight-Point Cap

Place the cap on your head. Using the mirror, horizontally adjust the cap so that it is set squarely, the middle of the cap lining up with your nose. If wearing the Knit Cap, fold the edge of the cap all the way around your head. Using the ruler, adjust the crease so that the folded edge is 3 inches wide.

Knit Cap
Knit Cap

Using the mirror, make vertical adjustments to your cap so that it if there is a brim or visor, it is parallel to your eyebrows. If wearing the Knit Cap, the back of the cap should run across the nape of your neck, and the front of the cap should run across your eyebrows. If adjusted properly, there should be a diagonal line formed across your ears moving downwards from front to back.

Garrison Cap
Garrison Cap

Using the ruler, look in the mirror and ensure that the visor or brim of the cap is the proper distance from your eyebrows. On the Eight-Point Cap, the visor should be in line with your eyebrows. If wearing the Garrison Cap, the brim should lie 1 inch above your eyebrows. If wearing the Combination Cap, White Cap, or the Ball Cap, the brim should lie 1 1/2 inches above your eyebrows.

White Cap
White Cap

Look in the mirror and check the top of your cap. If wearing the Eight-Point or Combination Cap, your head should not interrupt the horizontal plane at the top of the cap. If your can see any of the roundness of your head interrupting the flatness of the cap, adjust the cap so that it is higher on your head until the roundness is no longer visible. Then, repeat Step 4 to ensure that the visor is correctly situated.

Combination Cap
Combination Cap

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