The Navy SEAL Uniform

Posted September 17th, 2009 by Navy SEAL

“There is no ‘I’ in TEAM” – US Navy SEALs

An elite Special Forces unit of the United States Navy, the US Navy SEAL wear their uniforms with pride. The US Navy SEAL uniform can be classified into 5 categories:

• Service Dress
• Full Dress
• Dinner Dress
• Service Uniform
• Battle Dress

Service Dress

The service dress is a Naval Uniform worn by the US Navy and SEAL for all official functions but is not considered as a dinner dress. This uniform is normally worn while traveling on official work, and during reporting to high command. There are two variants for summer (white) and winter (blue) although the blue uniform can be worn through the year.

The color of the US Navy SEAL uniform is the same for both officers and Petty officers. The only changes are in the hat, insignia, stripes, and rank. Here are the different types of hats for different ranks:



Full Dress

Full Dress uniforms of the US Navy SEAL are normally worn during different types of ceremonies including retirement, change of command, commissioning and de-commissioning, wedding, funeral, and for any occasion otherwise appropriate. The full dress uniform is quite similar to the service dress uniform with ribbons being replaced by full-size medals right above the left breast pocket. The ribbons are worn, but on the opposite side of the decorations.

Dinner Dress

The Dinner dress uniforms of the US Navy SEALs are also similar to the service dress uniforms except for the fact that they are worn without ribbons and with miniature medals as well as badges. The dinner dress blue of Navy SEALs is worn with a white dress shirt and black bow tie. The Dinner Dress is worn with a Blue or White short jacket that has three buttons on each side and is always worn open. The other accessories include a black bow tie and cummerbund.

Service Uniform

The US Navy SEAL service uniform is the daily wear dress and is also known as the khaki uniform. The uniform consists of a khaki short-sleeve button-up shirt and khaki trousers that is worn with a gold belt buckle. The Ribbons are worn right above the left pocket of the khaki shirt. The US Navy SEAL warfare insignia is above the ribbons, the nametag is above the right pocket, while the rank insignia is on the collar. The shoes worn with the khaki dress are black or brown oxfords while the socks are black or brown in color.

Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU)

Battle dress uniforms are used by the US Navy SEALs for combat warfare. These uniforms are normally in camouflage designs and colors depending on the warfare region. The most common BDU for US Navy SEALs is the Woodland Camo shirt and trousers. The nametag is above the right breast pocket, the SEAL insignia patch on the right hand and the US flag patch on the left hand. Some of the other US Navy SEAL BDU’s include the Desert Camo, Olive drab, Black, and the Tiger stripes Camo.



This Article is written by James Kara Murat

18 Responses to “The Navy SEAL Uniform”

  1. Jorge Godoy

    I’m a US Navy Seals fan and I was wondering if they still use the tiger strip pattern as they did during the Vietnam war operations in the Mekong…

    Thank you

  2. darius calhoun

    in some units the clothing is no longer used. i should know because im a current navy seal

  3. Marna

    @ Darius Ah dude that is awesome. I am a woman (South African) and I absolutely LOVE the Navy SEALS. Kick ass SEAL!

  4. Tyler Johnson

    Darius, i’m going into the seal’s after graduation, any tips? Hooay seal.

  5. Avi


    You are not a seal. Quit BSing. IF you were you are sworn to secrecy and can NEVER ever mention that you are a SEAL, only to your wife.

  6. Gunnar

    Agreed your obviously lying you should have sworn by the SEAL Creed.

  7. Angel Marie

    Avi, There is no such rule stating that they can NEVER ever mention that they are SEALs, except to their wives. However they should not go around advertising it as Darius has. I would be almost certain he is not a SEAL however even if he was there is nothing saying he can’t tell people he is.

  8. kalei

    Darius.oh really then what class did youghraduate in.what year did you graduate.was your class a summer or winter class.and where did you go after bud/s.

  9. Shep

    Seriously. Why do people feel the need to bash a SEAL if he
    wants to be proud of what he did? It took me about 10 years
    after the fact before anyone knew why I had been gone for so long. But now I have a plate on my truck, and I wear my hat in public. I’m GD proud of what I accomplished. But all in all, we truly don’t give a FxxK what you think. Hoo Ya!!

  10. Zach

    People who think Darius is a liar shut up! You guys don’t know. Of course a NAVY SEAL can tell people he is a SEAL. They are not sworn to secrecy you idiots. If they were sworn to secrecy they wouldn’t give them the SEAL pin to wear on their uniforms AT ALL TIMES. You guys are idiots. Leave him alone!



  12. george w.golowach

    their not suppose to brag about it, and thats all I know, I have a NavySeals shirt and I wear it at times,yes I was in the navy in 72 and knew nothing about the seals ..Cee Bees yes and get asked if I was a Seal I say no just a proud ex Navy guy

  13. USA!!!!!!!

    There’s know way you will ever know there is no point in asking them questions they can’t answer lol

  14. Christian Sharkey

    he wasn’t bragging. but he is right. in some units the clothing is no longer required

  15. Jason Mimiaga

    @All the GD flamers

    First,announcing that you’re a SEAL isn’t bragging. SEALS go through THE toughest training the US armed forces, and have earned the right to call themselves SEALS and wear the Trident. They are among the most respected – and feared – military organization IN THE WORLD. No, stating that you’re a SEAL isn’t bragging. It is said with pride, not arrogance. Hoo-yah Navy!

    Second: Darius, I believe that you are a SEAL (why else would you say so). Kudos, and thanks.

    @everyone else –
    Leave the guy alone. You have no right to question someone’s service. Furthermore, doing so just tells me that you either don’t have what it takes to be a SEAL, or that you have a jealous streak in you a mile long.

    Oh, and Gunnar: SEAL Creed? The SEAL’s creed doesn’t swear them to secrecy, their job does. I do believe there is a SEAL’s Creed, similar to the Sailor’s Creed, but I do not know it.

  16. Eddie

    Reminds me of the last time I went back home and some of the people I used to hang with told me: “hey, you know JoeBlow?” He’s been going around claiming he’s a Navy Seal and has been boasting of all his “secret jobs”. You know him , right?

  17. BUDS292

    S.E.A.L Creed :
    In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.

    Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life…I am that man.

    My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.

    My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.

    I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men.

    Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.

    We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.

    I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.

    We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me – my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.

    We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.

    Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.


  18. BUDS292

    “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.”

    just did some digging, took about 3 minutes, Mr. Calhoun. (I say mister because thats the only title he’s earned) has never been and is not a Navy S.E.A.L – also he’s currently changed his gameplan and is now claiming to be an Airborne RANGER in the US Army according to his Facebook site.

    I suppose he hasn’t heard of the revised STOLEN VALOR ACT of 2011. … I rekon if i were a member of “facebook” i could see his photos, where i’m sure he has his store bought WANNABE trident and his WANNABE RANGER tab in the a location that is anything but regulation…. its all good. everybody wannabe… fact is most are never gunna-be. Anchors Aweigh brothers.

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