Uniform 2019

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S ince the early 1800s, and perhaps in periods even before that, U.S. Coast Guard uniforms largely mirrored U.S. Navy uniforms. Both sea services, the Navy and Coast Guard had little difference between the two uniforms, and the Coast Guard made changes only when necessary. Every time the Navy came out with new uniform regulations, Coast Guard units received a packet of instructions on how to adapt them. Rating badges were swapped, service insignia and buttons switched and "U.S. Coast Guard" was emblazoned across enlisted hat bands, but otherwise, the difference between the two services couldn't be discerned from a distance. From World War II through the early 1970s, officers of both services had two uniforms for summer: a khaki uniform and summer whites, and two uniforms for winter: the dress white and dress blue suits. (All these uniforms are still in use by the Navy today, but only the Navy's dress white and dinner dress uniforms are still used by the Coast Guard.) In the same time period, enlisted men had three uniforms: dungarees (light blue- gray chambray shirts and dark blue denim pants with stenciled names) and traditional "crackerjacks" in black or white. Up until 1967, petty officers and non-rated personnel wore the traditional "Dixie cup" hat. According to Naval History and Heritage Command, enlisted uniforms reflected sailors' surroundings and the work they did, and many parts served a practical purpose. FOR MANY YEARS, THE COAST GUARD'S UNIFORMS MIRRORED THE NAVY'S. COAST GUARD PATROL FORCE FOR THE ALBANY, N.Y., REGATTA, 1929. T H E U N I F O R M I S S U E 2 0 0 6 I N C L U D E D A S E C T I O N O F A 1 9 9 0 A R T I C L E O N T H E H I S T O R Y O F T H E U N I F O R M B Y D O N A L D C A N N E Y . T H E O R I G I N A L A R T I C L E , A V A I L A B L E F R O M T H E H I S T O R I A N ' S O F F I C E , C O V E R E D T H E U N I F O R M I N D E T A I L B A C K T O T H E R E V E N U E C U T T E R S E R V I C E . T H I S S T O R Y C O V E R S T H E L A S T F I V E D E C A D E S A N D P I C K S U P W H E R E C A N N E Y L E F T O F F . 6 RESERVIST � Uniform Issue • 2019

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