This black hat band is designed for wear with the circular brims and rigid, upswept sides of the caps worn by the Navy’s female Chief Petty Officers (E-7 to E-9), and Officers. Dubbed “bucket covers,” they are the equivalent of the combination caps worn by male Navy Officers and CPOs.

For CPO hats, rank is indicated by the fouled anchor insignia worn in the center of the hatband that extends upward into the crown; a fouled anchor with no stars indicates a CPO, one star is a Senior CPO, two stars is a Master CPO, and three stars is reserved for Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. The hat for female Officers, on the other hand, is distinguished by its gold chinstrap as well as the Navy Officer insignia worn on the hatband.

This style of hat is being phased out by the United States Navy. In 2016, its wear by enlisted female Sailors at the rate of E-6 and below was prohibited as the “Dixie Cup” was authorized for wear by both male and female enlisted personnel. And beginning 31 October 2018, female Officers and Chief Petty Officers will be required to wear either the Alternate or Unisex Combination Covers.

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