From this Navy guy. I wear the ball cap when I must. I love going to sea as the moment we slip my hat goes in my locker never to be seen until we are back alongside. Personally I'm not a hat kind of guy and only wear one because I have to. As operational dress it's OK and practical but not as professional looking. Operational dress should be practical vs professional if that is the standard you wish to gauge my opinion by. When I'm off the ship, I wear my beret instead of the ball cap unlike most others. And seeing as my present ship is at ISI, I have never worn my new ball cap.startbutton said:As a navy guy how do feel about the professional look of the baseball cap all the navy pers seem to wearing even when not on ship?