The Dungaree Uniform
When Sailors Looked Like Sailors
Why did Sailors wear blue denim aka dungaree uniform?
ANSWER: The blue denim uniform, dungarees, was the Sailor’s working uniform.
In 1901 regulations authorized the first use of denim jumpers and trousers, and the 1913 regulations permitted the dungaree uniform to be used by both officers and enlisted with the prescribed hat of the day.
Officer’s engaged in aviation introduced the khaki uniform and eventually it was the accepted working uniform for officers.
Chief Petty Officers were, in time, allowed to don the khaki work uniform.
As a junior enlisted….dungarees were my favorite uniform….it was a sad day for me when they replaced the dungaree uniforms.