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Uniforms! Holy Cow! These puppies are expensive! (Bonus: Tax writeoff gouge)

SynixMan

Professional CCX Wrangler
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You want a base that's in a fleet concentration area or at a commissioning/intake source. So San Diego, Great Lakes, Everett, Pensacola, Newport, Norfolk, Jacksonville.
 

AMGunner

Member
yea - thats my point. Since I'm new and not anywhere near a NEX, I'm going to have to go and get fitted by a Navy professional at least the first time. After that, I can use the online site. I bought my NWU on the website because I knew what size I wore from my Army uni. But the blues, whites, khaki etc are all different. I want to get it done well and right the first time if possible.

Im in OHIO - 6 hours from Great Lakes and Bethesda, MD. Ive heard good things about both - but there is a tiny NEX in Indiana somewhere.
Just wanted to throw this out since I just recently lived in MD, if you end up going that way the Exchange in Annapolis is pretty decent and well stocked. Lots of brass in the area so they do alot of officer uniform tailoring.
 

ABMD

Pork Chop
Just wanted to throw this out since I just recently lived in MD, if you end up going that way the Exchange in Annapolis is pretty decent and well stocked. Lots of brass in the area so they do alot of officer uniform tailoring.
Agreed, I purchased a few things at the NEX in Annapolis prior to DCOIC and when the Type III came out. Also, if you're in Northern VA/DC area, Fort Belvoir has "some" Navy uniform items, Joint Base Myers-Henderson Hall is where Pentagon brass go, and then there's Annapolis (already mentioned).

Keep this in mind, the NEX is a retail business and is not a Navy uniform shop. They carry the uniform, but some accessories may not be regulation (at least according the Sr Chiefs in Newport). I'm talking about things like gloves, hats, etc.

Your best bet is to wait until you're in Newport at DCOIC/Training (assuming you going). That uniform shop has everything and can outfit you with their eyes closed.
 

devilbones

Active Member
Agreed, I purchased a few things at the NEX in Annapolis prior to DCOIC and when the Type III came out. Also, if you're in Northern VA/DC area, Fort Belvoir has "some" Navy uniform items, Joint Base Myers-Henderson Hall is where Pentagon brass go, and then there's Annapolis (already mentioned).

Keep this in mind, the NEX is a retail business and is not a Navy uniform shop. They carry the uniform, but some accessories may not be regulation (at least according the Sr Chiefs in Newport). I'm talking about things like gloves, hats, etc.

Your best bet is to wait until you're in Newport at DCOIC/Training (assuming you going). That uniform shop has everything and can outfit you with their eyes closed.
Bolling-Anacostia has a NMCRS Thrift shop with a good uniform section. Also at Newport there are lots of uniforms at the Thrift Shop. Dont forget to pick up shoulder boards for ENS, LTJG and LT. They are less than $10 for the hard boards (~$40 savings) and $4 for the soft ones. You can also find an Eisenhower Jacket if you are lucky.
 

JHoward

Well-Known Member
For San Diego NASNI and 32nd Street Wet-Side have everything. The gas station on Rosecrans in PL (adjacent to NTC, not at the real Point) has most of everything too.
There’s also a Navy-Marine Corps relief society/used uniform shop on 32nd Street Wet-Side too. The hours are kind of wierd there and are different than the NEX, but I’ve heard it’s a good source.
 

AllAmerican75

Back to School!
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So what socks are everyone using for cruise socks nowadays??????
Soft?
Absorbent?
Soft & absorbent?
The cool kids are all investing in VR headsets and fleshlights these days. Very choice if you have the means.

What pair do you like the best?
In regards to sock recommendations, the Fox River Fatigue Fighter socks are some of the best I've worn. They've been great for long days underway when I'm on my feet for nearly the entirety of that 24 hours. They come in the coolest of colors, too.
 

Sculpin

Well-Known Member
In regards to sock recommendations, the Fox River Fatigue Fighter socks are some of the best I've worn. They've been great for long days underway when I'm on my feet for nearly the entirety of that 24 hours. They come in the coolest of colors, too.
I was eyeing those ones initially, but after strenuously comparing and experimenting with the chemical properties of polypropylene and polyester, I went with these bad boys. Just kidding about that first part. I just asked around and went with it.
 
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