In another crushing blow to the patriarchy, female sailors have finally received the green light to free their feet from the man-made shackles that are high heels and don flats with their service and dress uniforms.

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Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy M. Atkins Ricks

If you Google “In The Navy,” after you scroll through some other stuff, you'll strike a few hits on the Navy’s unlucky history with uniforms. Most recently, in 2010, the Navy forced sailors to wear a short-lived blue camouflage uniform that was derisively dubbed  “blueberries” or “aquaflage.” Now, the service is trying to avoid the pitfalls of the past as it tests three new prototypes for a new two-piece working uniform.

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U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Villalovos

After less than a decade of use, the Navy's blue camouflage uniforms are on their way out in the Pacific Northwest.

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Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Seth Schaeffer

Were you not thrilled when the Navy decided to bring back the “Cracker Jack” dress blues in October 2016? The Navy wants to know.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart

The Navy plans to phase out its blue-and-gray camouflage uniform that was widely mocked for hiding only sailors who fell overboard and needed to be rescued, the service announced Thursday.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan L. Correa

There’s a “pink tax” on military uniforms — that is, women are charged more for the same item as men. It’s yet another invisible form of gender inequality. This has largely been accepted as a routine annoyance, and is part of the overall trend of how being a woman is more expensive than being a man. Some argue that this is because there are fewer women in the service, so the uniforms cost more to make. This is lazy nonsense, quickly disproved by the fact that there are several items that do cost the same, including one manufacturer’s version of the service dress blues. Even though it’s common to price gouge women for the same product, it’s still wrong to do so, especially during the current push toward “gender-neutral” uniforms.

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