Navy Uniform Wear by Retirees and Veterans
When to Appropriately Wear Their Military Uniform Post-Service
The Navy Uniform Regulations prescribe the wear of the Navy uniform by Navy retirees and veterans.
Appropriate Uniform Wear for Retired Personnel
Retired personnel may wear uniforms at ceremonies or official functions when the dignity of the occasion and good taste dictate. Wearing a uniform is appropriate for memorial services, weddings, funerals, balls, patriotic or military parades, ceremonies in which any active or reserve United States military unit is participating, and meetings or functions of military associations.
Retired personnel may wear the uniform of their grade while instructing a cadet corps or similar organization at approved naval or military academies or other approved academic institutions.
Retired personnel is prohibited from wearing the uniform in connection with personal enterprises, business activities, or while attending or participating in any demonstration, assembly or activity for the purpose of furthering personal or partisan views on political, social, economic, or religious issues.
Retired personnel, who are not on active duty, living or visiting a foreign country, may only wear a uniform to attend ceremonies or social functions when wearing a uniform is required by the terms of the invitations of customs of the country.
Appropriate Uniform Wear for Veterans
Curiously, the Navy Uniform Regulations do not contain any authority for the wear of the Navy Uniform by honorably discharged Navy veterans or Medal of Honor recipients.
Note: Any individual wearing a U.S. Military uniform is expected to reflect the high personal appearance standards and esprit de corps that the U.S. Military in uniform represents. To this end, particular attention will be paid not only to the correct and military wear of uniform components but also to the individual’s personal and physical appearance. All personnel exercising the privilege of wearing a U.S. Military service or dress uniform will comply fully with their service's grooming and weight control standards.