The U.S. Navy said Thursday that it will transition to a new shore working uniform starting Oct. 1.
The transition will take three years, Navy officials said.
The transition will allow sailors time to prepare for the change and allow them to get the maximum wear out of recently purchased older uniforms.
"As the CNO and I travel to see sailors deployed around the world, one of the issues they consistently want to talk about are uniforms," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "They want uniforms that are comfortable, lightweight, breathable ... and they want fewer of them. We have heard the feedback and we are acting on it. As a direct result of sailors' input, effective Oct. 1, we will transition from the NWU Type I to the NWU Type III as our primary shore working uniform."
Navy officials said the new uniform is better fitting, more breathable and lighter weight.