Sailors from USS George Washington (CVN 73) wear-test the I-Boot 5 at Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photo by Courtney Williams)
Navy senior leaders could decide whether or not to approve the new I-Boot 5 early in 2020, said Rob Carroll, director of the uniform matters office at the Chief of Naval Personnel's office.
"The I-Boot 5 is currently wrapping up its actual wear test, its evaluation," Carroll told Task & Purpose on Monday. "We're hoping that within the first quarter of calendar year 2020 that we'll be able to present leadership with the information that they need to make an informed decision."
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.
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.