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ALMAR 028/02; COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND BOOT GUIDANCE

Date signed: 05/20/2002
ALMAR Number:
028/02

R 201130Z MAY 02
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC//MCUB//
TO ALMAR
BT
UNCLAS //N01000//
ALMAR 028/02
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASH DC//MCUB/I&L//
SUBJ/COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND BOOT GUIDANCE//
REF/A/MCUB/27JAN95//
REF/B/DOC/LPP-2/O7APR94
NARR/REF A IS MCO P1020.34F THE MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS
REF B IS MCO P10120.28F INDIVIDUAL CLOTHING REGULATIONS//
POC/GS12 M. BOYT OR CAPT D. DUKES/-/MCUB/TEL: (703)784-0661/
EMAIL: BOYTMK@TECOM.USMC.MIL AND DUKESDW@TECOM.USMC.MIL//
RMKS/1. SITUATION. THE COMMANDANT APPROVED THE ADOPTION OF THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM ON 6 JUNE 2001. THE COMBAT UTILITY
UNIFORM IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE DURABILITY AND COMBAT UTILITY
WHILE PROVIDING MARINES WITH A MARINE UNIQUE UNIFORM.
MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE; IMPROVED VISUAL CAMOUFLAGE (MARINE PATTERN (MARPAT) IN WOODLAND, DESERT AND URBAN) WITH A DIGITAL PATTERN AND OPTIMIZED COLORS, PERMANENT PRESS TREATMENT TO INCREASE COMFORT AND APPEARANCE WITHOUT THE NEED FOR COMMERCIAL
PRESSING OR STARCHING, INTEGRATED KNEE/ELBOW PAD INSERTS,EMBROIDERED MARINE CORPS EMBLEM, SLEEVE POCKETS, SLANTED BREAST POCKETS, RE-DESIGNED SLEEVE CUFFS AND ELASTICIZED CARGO POCKETS.  THE URBAN PATTERN WILL BE DEVELOPED AND FIELDED AS A CONTINGENCY TRAINING ALLOWANCE POOL (CTAP) ITEM. THE UNIFORM WILL ALSO HAVE TWO CAPS; ONE FOR FIELD AND ONE FOR GARRISON, AND WILL BE PRODUCED IN TWO MARPATS; DESERT AND WOODLAND. ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND A DESIRE FOR UNIFORMITY LED THE MARINE CORPS TO DEVELOP IMPROVED STANDARD ISSUE COMBAT BOOTS. THESE BOOTS, HAVING ROUGH-SIDE-OUT LEATHER, WILL HAVE TWO VERSIONS: AN IMPROVED INFANTRY COMBAT BOOT (ICB) FOR TEMPERATE CLIMATES (REFERRED TO AS MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOT (TW)) AND A JUNGLE/ DESERT BOOT FOR HOT WEATHER (REFERRED TO AS MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOT (HW)).

     A. THE NYLON/COTTON RIPSTOP WOODLAND CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN (ALSO KNOWN AS POPLINS), REMAINS THE STANDARD CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM FOR THE MARINE CORPS. COTTON/NYLON TWILL CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS (ALSO KNOWN AS WOODLANDS) ARE AUTHORIZED FOR OPTIONAL WEAR UNTIL NO LONGER SERVICEABLE.

     B. THE CURRENT OPTIONAL BOOT POLICY (IAW REF (A)) FOR THE
CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM WILL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL
1 OCTOBER 2004.

2. MISSION. USMC BEGINS TRANSITION FROM THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY (NYLON/COTTON RIPSTOP) UNIFORM TO THE COMBAT UTILITY
UNIFORM IN JUNE 2002, TO BE COMPLETED BY OCTOBER 2006.

3. EXECUTION. THE TRANSITION TO THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM
WILL TAKE FOUR YEARS FROM THE DATE THE CLOTHING REPLACEMENT
ALLOWANCE (CRA) FOR ENLISTED MARINES IS CHANGED. THE CHANGE IS
SCHEDULED TO BEGIN 1 OCTOBER 2002. THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM WILL DECREASE ANNUALLY BY ONE SET, WHILE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR THE COMBAT UTILITY
UNIFORM WILL INCREASE BY ONE SET UNTIL THE NYLON/COTTON COTTON RIPSTOP UTILITY UNIFORM IS PHASED OUT BY 1 OCTOBER 2006.

     A. THE FOLLOWING UNIFORM DESCRIPTIONS ARE GERMANE:

         (1) THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM CONSISTS OF:

-CAP, COMBAT, WOODLAND CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN
-COAT, COMBAT, WOODLAND CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN
-TROUSERS, COMBAT, WOODLAND CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN
-SERVICE TAPES, EMBROIDERED, GREEN W/BLACK LETTERING WORN OVER THE LEFT BREAST POCKET
-NAME TAPES, EMBROIDERED, GREEN W/BLACK LETTERING, WORN OVER
THE RIGHT BREAST POCKET AND RIGHT REAR TROUSER POCKET
-BOOTS, BLACK ICB, BLACK OR GREEN HOT WEATHER BOOTS, AND/OR
AUTHORIZED OPTIONAL BOOTS (IAW REF (A))

         (2) THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS CONSISTS OF:

-CAP, COMBAT UTILITY, FIELD, WOODLAND AND DESERT MARPAT
WITH EMBROIDERED EMBLEM, AND WITHOUT EMBROIDERED EMBLEM FOR
NAVAL PERSONNEL SERVING WITH THE MARINE CORPS.
-CAP, COMBAT UTILITY, GARRISON, WOODLAND AND DESERT MARPAT W/
EMBROIDERED EMBLEM FOR MARINES, AND WITHOUT EMBROIDERED
EMBLEM FOR NAVAL PERSONNEL SERVING WITH THE MARINE CORPS
-COAT, COMBAT UTILITY, WOODLAND AND DESERT MARPAT W/EMBROIDERED EMBLEM
-TROUSERS, COMBAT UTILITY, WOODLAND AND DESERT MARPAT
-SERVICE TAPES, EMBROIDERED, WOODLAND MARPAT W/BLACK LETTERING AND DESERT MARPAT W/BROWN LETTERING WORN OVER THE LEFT BREAST COAT POCKET
-NAME TAPES, EMBROIDERED, MARPAT, WOODLAND W/BLACK LETTERING
AND DESERT W/BROWN LETTERING WORN OVER THE RIGHT BREAST COAT
POCKET AND RIGHT REAR TROUSER POCKET
-BOOT, MARINE CORPS COMBAT (TW)
-BOOT, MARINE CORPS COMBAT (HW)

     B. FOR ENLISTED MARINES ON ACTIVE DUTY WHO ENTERED THE MARINE CORPS PRIOR TO BEING ISSUED THE NEW UNIFORM ITEMS AT RECRUIT TRAINING, THE FOLLOWING EFFECTIVE DATES ARE PROVIDED AS
INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE FOR EXECUTING THE TRANSITION FROM THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY TO THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS.

        (1) EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2002, THE CLOTHING REPLACEMENT
ALLOWANCE FOR ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES WILL BE ADJUSTED
TO COMPENSATE FOR THE COST OF THE NEW COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM
(IAW REF (B).

        (2) EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2003, THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT LIST WILL CONSIST OF:

-3 SETS OF CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS
-1 SET OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT WOODLAND)

        (3) EFFECTIVE 1 APRIL 2004, THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT LIST
WILL CONSIST OF:

-3 SETS OF CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS
-1 SET OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT WOODLAND)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (HW)
-GREEN AND BLACK JUNGLE BOOTS NO LONGER AUTHORIZED FOR
WEAR WITH ANY UTILITY UNIFORMS.
-BLACK LEATHER BOOTS (EXCEPT SAFETY BOOTS) NO LONGER AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS, BUT MAY STILL BE WORN WITH CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS.

        (4) EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2004, THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT LIST WILL CONSIST OF:

-2 SETS OF CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS
-1 SET OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT WOODLAND)
-1 SET OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT DESERT)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (TW)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (HW)
-BLACK LEATHER BOOTS (EXCEPT SAFETY BOOTS) NO LONGER AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH ANY UTILITY UNIFORM. THE OPTIONAL BOOT POLICY IS CANCELLED.

        (5) EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2005, THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT LIST WILL CONSIST OF:

-1 SET OF CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS
-3 SETS OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (2 SETS OF MARPAT WOODLAND
AND 1 SET OF MARPAT DESERT)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (TW)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (HW)

        (6) EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2006, THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT LIST WILL
CONSIST OF:

-0 SETS OF CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS
-2 SETS OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT WOODLAND)
-2 SETS OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT DESERT)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (TW)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (HW)

        (7) EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2006 THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY (NYLON/
COTTON RIPSTOP AND COTTON/NYLON TWILL) UNIFORMS ARE DEEMED
OBSOLETE AND NO LONGER AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR.

    C. THE OFFICER CANDIDATE INITIAL CLOTHING ALLOWANCE LIST AND
DRILL INSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTAL ALLOWANCE/ISSUE WILL BE PUBLISHED VIA SEPCOR. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE ISSUED TO MARINE RECRUITS BEGINNING IN JUNE 2002 (SUPPLY AND INVENTORY
PERMITTING):

-3 SETS OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT WOODLAND)
-2 SETS OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT DESERT)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (TW)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (HW). THE ISSUE OF MARINE
CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (TW) AT THE MCRDS WILL BE CONTINGENT ON
INVENTORY DEPLETION OF THE CURRENT ISSUE BOOT. IT IS PROJECTED, BASED OFF INVENTORY OF THE BLACK ICB, THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOT (TW) WILL BEGIN BETWEEN JUNE AND JULY 2002 AT THE MCRDS AND OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL.

    D. ENLISTED MARINES WHO RECEIVE THE NEW ITEMS AT INITIAL
TRAINING AND OFFICERS WHO RECEIVE THE ITEMS AT OCS WILL BE
REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN THE BELOW LISTED COMBAT UNIFORM ITEMS.

-2 SETS OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT WOODLAND)
-2 SETS OF COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS (MARPAT DESERT)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (HW)
-1 PAIR OF MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (TW). MARINES WHO DO NOT
RECEIVE THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (TW) AND (HW) PRIOR TO
ARRIVING AT THEIR FIRST PERMANENT DUTY STATION WILL NOT BE
REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN THE BOOTS UNTIL 1 OCTOBER 2004.

    E. SAFETY BOOTS WILL REMAIN BLACK LEATHER, AND WILL BE WORN
AS AUTHORIZED BY COMMANDERS WHILE MARINES PERFORM SPECIFIC
DUTIES. AS A REMINDER, SAFETY BOOTS ARE AN ORGANIZATIONAL
ISSUE AND ARE FUNDED USING LOCAL O&MMC FUNDS.

4. COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS.

    A. INDIVIDUALS MAY PURCHASE ADDITIONAL SETS OF THE COMBAT
UTILITY UNIFORMS AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE AHEAD OF THE MINIMUM
REQUIREMENT LIST SCHEDULE, PER PARAGRAPH 3. COMMANDERS,
HOWEVER, MAY NOT DIRECT INVOLUNTARY PURCHASE OF UNIFORMS BY
INDIVIDUAL MARINES AHEAD OF THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT LIST
SCHEDULE.

    B. MILITARY CLOTHING SALES STORES WILL NO LONGER CONTINUE
TO PROVIDE COTTON/NYLON TWILL WOODLAND CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY
UNIFORMS FOR PURCHASE ONCE THE CURRENT ON-HAND STOCKS ARE
DEPLETED.

    C. COMMANDS WITH AUTHORIZED UTILITY UNIFORM SUPPLEMENTARY
CLOTHING ALLOWANCES MUST CONTACT THE MCUB NLT 1 JUNE 2002
TO COORDINATE THE TRANSITION TO COMBAT UTILITIES.
SUPPLEMENTAL ISSUES IN FY02 WILL BE MADE WITH THE CAMOUFLAGE
UNIFORMS AND CURRENT BOOTS VICE THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM
ITEMS, UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED IN WRITING BY HQMC.

    D. ISSUES OF THE SPECIAL INITIAL UTILITY UNIFORM ALLOWANCE
FOR AUTHORIZED NAVY PERSONNEL SERVING WITH MARINE CORPS
UNITS, PER REF B, WILL ALSO BE MADE WITH THE EXISTING NYLON/
COTTON RIPSTOP UNIFORMS AND CURRENT BOOTS DURING THE
REMAINDER OF FY02. GUIDANCE ON PROVIDING THE NEW UNIFORM
ITEMS TO NAVY PERSONNEL WILL BE PROVIDED VIA SEPCOR.

5. ADMINISTRATION AND LOGISTICS.

    A. ADMINISTRATION. CHANGES TO REF (B) REGARDING
APPROPRIATE WEAR, CARE AND INCIDENTAL ALLOWANCES WERE
PUBLISHED VIA ALMAR 15/02 AND MAY BE VIEWED AT "WWW.TECOM.
USMC.MIL/MCUB."

    B. LOGISTICS.

        (1) THE FIELDING PRIORITY FOR THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS
WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

-MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOTS AND OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL
-MILITARY CLOTHING SALES STORES AT CAMP LEJEUNE, CAMP PENDLETON AND ON OKINAWA, FOLLOWED BY ALL OTHER
CLOTHING STORES AND CASH SALES AS INVENTORY SUPPORTS
-COMMARFORRES
-EXTERNAL SALES ORGANIZATIONS, SUCH AS AAFES AND THE NAVY
EXCHANGES
(2) INITIAL STOCKS ARE BEING STORED TO PREPARE FOR ISSUE TO
RECRUITS, CANDIDATES AND DRILL INSTRUCTORS, THUS SLOWING DOWN
THE AVAILABILITY FOR PURCHASE IN THE MILITARY CLOTHING SALES
STORES. COMBAT UTILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN
SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES IN JUNE 2002. BOTH MARINE CORPS COMBAT
BOOT (HW) AND (TW) WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JULY 2002. AVAILABILITY
INFORMATION FOR THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND MARINE CORPS
COMBAT BOOTS AT OTHER MILITARY CLOTHING SALES STORES (MCSS),
RETAIL CLOTHING SALES STORES (CASH SALES), AND VIA MAIL OR
INTERNET ORDER FROM NEXCOM WILL BE PUBLISHED VIA SEPCOR.

6. COMMAND AND SIGNAL.

    A. THIS ALMAR IS APPLICABLE TO THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE.

    B. SUBSEQUENT BULLETINS CHANGING, CORRECTING OR AMPLIFYING
THIS OR THE REFERENCES WILL BE PUBLISHED AS MARADMINS.

    C. INFORMATION ON PRODUCTION AND AVAILABILITY OF THE COMBAT
UTILITIES AND ROUGH-SIDE-OUT BOOTS WILL BE PROVIDED VIA THE
MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD WEBSITE AT "WWW.TECOM.USMC.MIL/USMC."

    D. POINTS OF CONTACT.

        (1) MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD, GS12 M. BOYT (EMAIL "BOYTMK@ TECOM.USMC.MIL") AND CAPT D. DUKES (EMAIL "DUKESDW@TECOM.USMC.MIL") AT DSN 278-0661/2.

        (2) DEP COMMANDANT FOR INSTALLATIONS AND LOGISTICS, FOR SUPPLY POLICY ISSUES, GS12 T. FLORIAN (EMAIL FLORIANTA@HQMC.USMC.MIL") AT DSN 225-8946.

        (3) MARCORSYSCOM FOR DESIGN AND QUALITY, LTCOL J. NELSON (EMAIL "NELSONJL@MCSC.USMC.MIL") AT DSN 256-3010

ALMAR 015/02;  UNIFORM REGULATIONS FOR THE NEW COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND NEW MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (MCCB'S)

Date signed: 03/13/2002
ALMAR Number:
015/02

R 130810Z MAR 02
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC//MCUB//
TO ALMAR
BT
UNCLAS //N00123//
ALMAR 015/02
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC/MCUB//
SUBJ/UNIFORM REGULATIONS FOR THE NEW COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND NEW MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (MCCB'S)//
REF/A/DOC/CMC/04JAN02//
REF/B/MCO P1020.34F//
NARR/REF A IS CMC DECISION MEMORANDUM FOR MCUB NO. 202. REF B IS THE MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS. //
POC/GS12 M. BOYT OR CAPT D. DUKES/MCUB/TEL: (703) 784-0661/
EMAIL: BOYTMK@TECOM.USMC.MIL AND DUKESDW@TECOM.USMC.MIL//
RMKS/1. SITUATION. THE COMMANDANT APPROVED THE ADOPTION OF THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (MCCB) ON 6 JUNE 01. REF A IS THE RESULT OF THE MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD (MCUB) NO. 202 DISCUSSION OF THE REGULATIONS FOR THE WEAR AND CARE OF THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND MCCB'S.

    A. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS MSG AND REF B, THE FOLLOWING
DEFINITIONS/ DESCRIPTIONS APPLY.

        (1) OLD OR CURRENT UTILITY UNIFORM ITEMS.

- UTILITY UNIFORM (COAT, TROUSERS AND CAP) WITH OLD CAMOUFLAGE
PATTERN REFERRED TO AS THE "CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM"

- INFANTRY COMBAT BOOTS (ICB) REFERRED TO AS "ICB'S"
- JUNGLE (GREEN / BLACK) COMBAT BOOTS (JCB) REFERRED TO AS "JCB'S"

        (2) NEW UTILITY UNIFORM ITEMS.

- UTILITY UNIFORM (COAT, TROUSERS, FIELD AND GARRISON CAPS) WITH
DIGITAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN REFERRED TO AS THE "COMBAT UTILITY
UNIFORM"
- MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS, TEMPERATE WEATHER REFERRED TO AS
"MCCB(TW)"
- MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS, HOT WEATHER REFERRED TO AS "MCCB(HW)"
- WHEN THE TERM "MCCB" IS USED BY ITSELF, IT REFERS TO BOTH MCCB(TW) AND MCCB(HW) BOOTS.

2. MISSION. CMC PROVIDES POLICY GUIDANCE FOR THE WEAR AND CARE OF THE NEW COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND MCCB TO SUPPORT TRANSITION FROM THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM.

3. EXECUTION. THE BELOW POLICY CHANGES TO REF B ARE IN EFFECT UPON RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE.

    A. COMBAT UTILITIES UNIFORM OF THE DAY POLICY.

        (1) CHANGE PARAGRAPH 1002.1 TO READ:

"1. THE UNIFORM OF THE DAY WILL BE AS PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMANDER, PER GUIDANCE PROVIDED IN CHAPTER 2."

    B. COMBAT UTILITIES OCCASIONS FOR WEAR POLICY.

        (1) RENUMBER PARAGRAPH 2008-2010 AS 2009-2011


       
(2) INSERT THE BELOW TEXT:
"2008. COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM.

1. THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM CONSISTS OF UTILITY COAT AND TROUSERS PER PARAGRAPH 3038), APPROPRIATE CAPS (PER PARAGRAPH 3038) AND COMBAT BOOTS (PER PARAGRAPH 3010.2). THE UTILITY COAT MAY BE REMOVED FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING AND WORK DETAILS.

2. COMMANDERS MAY PRESCRIBE THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AS THEUNIFORM OF THE DAY. THE UNIFORM IS AUTHORIZED FOR PARADES, REVIEWS OR OTHER CEREMONIES AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONS.

3. REGULATIONS FOR WEARING THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM ARE DETAILED IN PARAGRAPH 3038.

4. PARAGRAPH 2007 OF THESE REGULATIONS REGARDING THE WEAR OF THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM OFF BASE APPLIES TO THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM."

    C. THE COMBAT UTILITIES WEAR REGULATION POLICY.

        (1) RENUMBER PARAGRAPH 3038 AND 3039 TO READ 3039 AND 3040.

        (2) DELETE PARAGRAPH 3037 HEADING "UTILITY UNIFORM" AND REPLACE WITH "CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM".

        (3) INSERT THE BELOW TEXT:
"3038. COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM.

1. THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM SHOULD BE LOOSE FITTING AND
COMFORTABLE. ITEMS SHOULD BE FITTED LOOSELY ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR SOME SHRINKAGE WITHOUT RENDERING THE GARMENT UNUSABLE. NO ITEMS OF DESERT AND WOODLAND CAMOUFLAGE PATTERNS WILL BE MIXED. CARE OF THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM WILL OBSERVE GUIDANCE PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 10104.

2. NAME/SERVICE TAPES WILL BE WORN ON THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AS PRESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH 3032, WITH THE EXCEPTION THAT NAME/SERVICE TAPES WILL BE PLACED IMMEDIATELY ABOVE AND PARALLEL WITH THE TOP OF THE SLANTED CHEST POCKETS FLAPS. THE BACKGROUND OF THE NAME/SERVICE TAPES IS OF THE SAME FABRIC AND PRINT AS THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM.

3. THE COMBAT UTILITY COAT WILL BE WORN OUTSIDE THE TROUSERS. WHEN AUTHORIZED BY THE COMMANDER, SLEEVES WILL BE ROLLED WITH THE INSIDE OUT, FORMING A ROLL ABOUT THREE INCHES WIDE, AND TERMINATING AT A POINT ABOUT TWO INCHES ABOVE THE ELBOW. WHEN MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (MCCB'S) ARE WORN, THE TROUSERS WILL BE BLOUSED IN A NEAT UNIFORM MANNER. WHEN THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM IS PRESCRIBED FOR PARADES, REVIEWS AND CEREMONIES, THE HELMET WITH CAMOUFLAGE COVER MAY BE PRESCRIBED.

4. THE COMBAT UTILITY GARRISON CAP WILL BE WORN IN GARRISON AND MAY BE WORN IN FIELD ENVIRONMENTS AT THE COMMANDER'S DISCRETION. THE COMBAT UTILITY FIELD CAP MAY BE WORN DURING FIELD-TYPE EXERCISES ONLY, AND MAY NOT BE PRESCRIBED FOR PARADES, REVIEWS OR OTHER CEREMONIES.

5. NO WOODLAND OR POPLIN FABRIC ITEMS OF THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM WILL BE MIXED WITH THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM."

    D. COMBAT UTILITIES CARE REGULATIONS POLICY.

        (1) RENUMBER PARAGRAPH 10104-10115 TO READ 10105-10116.

        (2) DELETE PARAGRAPH 10103 HEADING "UTILITY UNIFORMS" AND REPLACE WITH "CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORMS'.

        (3) INSERT THE BELOW TEXT:

"10104. COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM. IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE SERVICE LIFE
AND MAINTAIN OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE, THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS SHOULD BE FOLLOWED WHEN CARING FOR THE UNIFORM:

1. WASH IN WARM WATER AND MILD DETERGENT CONTAINING NO OPTICAL BRIGHTENERS OR BLEACH. TUMBLE DRY AT LOW HEAT (NOT TO EXCEED 1300 F). REMOVE IMMEDIATELY FROM THE DRYER AND FOLD FLAT OR PLACE ON A RUSTPROOF HANGER TO ENSURE HEAT FROM THE DRYER DOES NOT SET WRINKLES. TO DRIP DRY, REMOVE FROM THE WASHER/WATER AND PLACE ON A RUSTPROOF HANGER. DO NOT WRING OR TWIST.

2. A HAND IRON SET ON LOW HEAT MAY BE USED TO INDIVIDUALLY PRESS ARE AS SUCH AS COLLAR POINTS OR POCKET FLAPS TO HELP MAINTAIN A NEAT APPEARANCE. CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN PRESSING CREASES, AS THE UNIFORM IS MANUFACTURED WITH PERMANENT CREASES. IMPROPER PRESSING MAY RESULT IN MULTIPLE PERMANENT CREASES. NO NEW CREASES MAY BE CREATED.

3. THE USE OF STARCH, SIZING AND ANY PROCESS THAT INVOLVES DRY-
CLEANING OR A STEAM PRESS WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT THE TREATMENTS AND DURABILITY OF THE UNIFORM AND IS NOT AUTHORIZED."

    E. COMBAT UTILITIES WEAR OF OFFICER GRADE INSIGNIA POLICY.

        (1) CHANGE THE FIGURE MENTIONED IN THE TOPIC LINE OF PARAGRAPH 4005 TO READ "(SEE FIG 4-12)" VICE "(SEE FIG 4-11)."

        (2) CHANGE PARAGRAPH 4005.1 TO READ:

1. GENERAL. OFFICERS WILL WEAR ONLY THE GRADE INSIGNIA PRESCRIBED FOR THEIR GRADE. INSIGNIA WILL BE MADE OF EITHER SHINY (ANODIZED OR OXIDIZED) METAL OR SUBDUED (FLAT BLACK OR BROWN) METAL WITH PIN-ON
(CLUTCH-TYPE) FASTENERS. . .

        (3) ADD THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE AT THE COMPLETION OF SUBPARAGRAPH3005.3A:

"COMMANDERS WILL PRESCRIBE SUBDUED OR SHINY PIN-ON RANK INSIGNIA FOR OFFICERS (AS APPROPRIATE) WITH THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND OTHER FIELD CLOTHING IN FIELD ENVIRONMENTS. DRAB BROWN SUBDUED INSIGNIA WILL BE USED TO REPRESENT GOLD COLORED INSIGNIA (2NDLT AND MAJOR) AND FLAT BLACK SUBDUED INSIGNIA WILL BE USED TO REPRESENT SILVER COLORED INSIGNIA. SHINY PIN-ON GRADE INSIGNIA WILL BE WORN FOR ALL OTHER OCCASIONS AND UNIFORMS, EXCEPT AS DETAILED ABOVE."

        (4) IN SUBPARAGRAPH 4005.3C(2) DELETE "TO THE FRONT EDGE OF THE COLLAR" AND REPLACE WITH "TO THE DECK."

    F. COMBAT UTILITIES BREAST INSIGNIA WEAR REGULATIONS POLICY. CHANGE PARAGRAPH 4002.3(C) TO READ:

"(C) WHEN WORN ON THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY COAT, THE BOTTOM OF THE INSIGNIA WILL BE CENTERED, 1/2 INCH ABOVE THE SERVICE TAPE. WHEN WORN WITH THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM, THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE INSIGNIA WILL BE CENTERED OVER THE POCKET ON A HORIZONTAL (PARALLEL TO THE GROUND) LINE EVEN WITH THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE SERVICE TAPE SEE FIGURES 4-11, 4-12, 8-2 AND 8-4). EITHER SUBDUED OR SHINY BREAST INSIGNIA MAY BE WORN IN THE FIELD AT THE COMMANDER'S DISCRETION."

    G. MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (MCCB'S) WEAR REGULATIONS POLICY.  CHANGE PARAGRAPH 3010.2 TO READ:

"3010.2. COMBAT BOOTS. UNLESS OTHERWISE PRESCRIBED BY THE
COMMANDER, TEMPERATE WEATHER AND HOT WEATHER BOOTS, AS DESCRIBED BELOW, MAY BE WORN WITH ANY VERSION OF THE UTILITY UNIFORM AT THE INDIVIDUAL'S OPTION. ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUE SAFETY BOOTS AND DEVIATIONS AS APPROVED BY COMMANDING OFFICERS AND/OR MEDICAL OFFICERS ARE ALSO AUTHORIZED.

AUTHORIZED BOOTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
   
    A. MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOT, TEMPERATE WEATHER (MCCB(TW)). THE STANDARD TEMPERATE WEATHER COMBAT BOOT IS THE BROWN ROUGH-SIDE-OUT LEATHER BOOT AND WILL BE WORN AS ISSUED/SOLD THROUGH THE MARINE CORPS SUPPLY SYSTEM/RETAIL CLOTHING OUTLET AND THOSE PRIVATE VENDORS WHO HAVE AUTHORITY TO SELL THE PATENTED BOOT. A MARINE CORPS EMBLEM HEAT-EMBOSSED ON THE OUTER ANKLE IDENTIFIES MCCB S THAT ARE
AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR. THE MANDATORY POSSESSION DATE FOR THE MCCB(TW) IS 1 OCTOBER 2004.

    B. INFANTRY COMBAT BOOT (ICB). THE TEMPERATE WEATHER BLACK ICB, WITH ALL BLACK SMOOTH-SIDE-OUT LEATHER UPPER, WILL BE WORN AS ISSUED/SOLD THROUGH THE MARINE CORPS SUPPLY SYSTEM/RETAIL CLOTHING OUTLET AND THOSE PRIVATE VENDORS WHO HAVE AUTHORITY TO SELL THE PATENTED BOOT. MARINES WHO ENTERED THE MARINE CORPS BEFORE 1 MARCH 2002 ARE AUTHORIZED TO CONTINUE TO WEAR THIS BOOT UNTIL 1 OCTOBER 2004, AT WHICH TIME THEY ARE REQUIRED TO REPLACE IT WITH THE MCCB(TW).

    C. MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOT, HOT WEATHER (MCCB(HW)). THE STANDARD HOT WEATHER COMBAT BOOT IS THE BROWN ROUGH-SIDE-OUT LEATHER BOOT AND WILL BE WORN AS ISSUED/SOLD THROUGH THE MARINE CORPS SUPPLY SYSTEM/RETAIL CLOTHING OUTLET AND THOSE PRIVATE VENDORS WHO HAVE AUTHORITY TO SELL THE PATENTED BOOT. A MARINE CORPS EMBLEM HEAT-EMBOSSED ON THE OUTER ANKLE IDENTIFIES MCCB'S AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR. THE MANDATORY POSSESSION DATE FOR THE MCCB(HW) IS 1 MARCH 2004.

    D. JUNGLE COMBAT BOOT (JCB). THE HOT WEATHER JUNGLE BOOT, WITH EITHER GREEN OR BLACK FABRIC UPPER, WILL BE WORN AS ISSUED/SOLD THROUGH THE MARINE CORPS SUPPLY SYSTEM/RETAIL CLOTHING OUTLET AND THOSE PRIVATE VENDORS WHO HAVE AUTHORITY TO SELL THE PATENTED BOOT.  MARINES WHO ENTERED THE MARINE CORPS BEFORE 1 MARCH 2002 ARE AUTHORIZED TO CONTINUE TO WEAR THESE BOOTS UNTIL 1 MARCH 2004, AT WHICH TIME THEY ARE REQUIRED TO REPLACE THEM WITH THE MCCB(HW).

    E. OPTIONAL BOOTS. OPTIONAL BOOTS (BLACK ONLY) MAY BE WORN WITH THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM UNTIL 01 MARCH 2004. OPTIONAL BOOTS (BLACK ONLY) MAY BE WORN WITH THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM UNTIL 01 OCTOBER 2004.

THE BOOTS MAY BE WORN PER THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE:

        (1) ALL MARINES MAY PURCHASE OPTIONAL COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE BLACK LEATHER OR BLACK HOT WEATHER TROPICAL (JUNGLE) COMBAT BOOTS FROM ANY SOURCE PROVIDED THEY MEET CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS. THESE ITEMS WILL NOT BE USED TO SATISFY MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS. THESE BOOTS MAY BE WORN AT THE OPTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHENEVER COMBAT BOOTS ARE PRESCRIBED/AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR,
EXCEPT THAT COMMANDERS MAY REQUIRE THE WEAR OF THE STANDARD ISSUE BOOTS ON SPECIFIC OCCASIONS WHEN UNIFORMITY IS REQUIRED, I.E., INSPECTIONS, PARADES, CEREMONIES (AS AUTHORIZED BY ABOVE TIMELINES).

        (2) ALL OPTIONAL BOOTS WILL MEET THE FOLLOWING GENERAL APPEARANCE STANDARDS. THE BOOTS WILL BE OF ALL-BLACK LEATHER OR, FOR HOT WEATHER BOOTS, ALL-BLACK LEATHER WITH BLACK FABRIC UPPERS. BOOTS WITH A PATENT LEATHER OR GLOSSY FINISH, ARE NOT AUTHORIZED. SPEED LACES OR EYELET LACING IS ACCEPTABLE. THE TOTAL HEIGHT OF THE BOOTS WILL BE FROM 8 TO 12 INCHES. LINING, INSULATION, OR PADDING IS OPTIONAL.
 
        (3) BOOTS WORN UNDER THIS AUTHORITY WILL BE FUNCTIONAL AND SUITABLE FOR COMBAT AND FIELD WEAR. EXAMPLES OF BOOTS, WHICH DO NOT MEET THIS CRITERIA, ARE LIGHTWEIGHT HIKING SHOES/BOOTS BASED ON RUNNING SHOE LASTS OR TECHNOLOGY, BOOTS WITH PATENT LEATHER AND/OR ZIPPERS, OR BOOTS MADE ENTIRELY OF CANVAS AND RUBBER. BOOTS DESIGNED FOR POLICE AND SWAT USE IN URBAN AREAS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE COMBAT BOOTS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SUITED FOR LOAD BEARING IN ROUGH TERRAIN."

    H. ISSUE: MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (MCCB'S) CARE REGULATIONS POLICY.  INSERT THE BELOW PARAGRAPH:

"10106.4. MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS (MCCB'S). THE BROWN MCCB(TW) AND MCCB (HW) SHOULD BE KEPT CLEAN BY USING A STIFF BRISTLE BRUSH TO REMOVE MUD AND DIRT AND THEN RINSING WITH PLAIN WATER. ALLOW THE BOOTS TO NATURALLY DRY BY PLACING THEM IN A COOL, DRY AREA WITH GOOD AIR CIRCULATION. USE OF FORCED HOT AIR TO DRY BOOTS WILL STIFFEN THE LEATHER AND CAUSE CRACKS. APPLICATION OF SPECIAL TREATMENTS SUCH AS WATERPROOFING SEALANTS AND WAX POLISH WILL SEAL PORES AND RESTRICT BREATHING OF THE LEATHER AND IS NOT AUTHORIZED. OTHER TREATMENTS SUCH AS LEATHER CONDITIONING AND SADDLE SOAP WILL CAUSE EXCESSIVE AND PERMANENT FADING OR DARKENING OF THE BROWN LEATHER TANNING AND IS NOT AUTHORIZED. THE USE OF EDGE DRESSING IS PROHIBITED. SPOTS WORN SMOOTH BY EXCESSIVE WEAR MAY BE GENTLY ABRADED WITH EITHER A WIRE-BRISTLE BRUSH OR ROUGH-GRAIN SANDPAPER UNTIL THEY HAVE A SURFACE APPEARANCE CONSISTENT WITH OTHER AREAS OF THE LEATHER UPPER.

4. ADMINISTRATION AND LOGISTICS.

    A. ADMINISTRATION. THIS ALMAR CONSTITUTES AUTHORITY TO CHANGE THE MCUR (REF (B)) AS DIRECTED IN PARAGRAPH 3. GRAPHICS FOR THESE CHANGES WILL BE PUBLISHED VIA THE MCUB WEBSITE AT
WWW.TECOM.USMC.MIL/USMC.

    B. LOGISTICS. SPECIFIC INFORMATION REGARDING FIELDING OF THE NEW COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM AND MCCB'S (OBSOLETION AND MANDATORY POSSESSION DATES), AND PHASING OUT OF THE CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM AND BLACK BOOTS WILL BE PUBLISHED VIA SEPCOR. INFORMATION ON PRODUCTION AND AVAILABILITY OF THE COMBAT UTILITIES AND MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS, AND A LINK TO THE NAVY EXCHANGE UNIFORM WEB SITE CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON THE MCUB WEBSITE.

5. COMMAND AND SIGNAL.

    A. THIS ALMAR IS APPLICABLE TO THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE.

    B. SUBSEQUENT BULLETINS CHANGING, CORRECTING, OR AMPLIFYING THIS OR THE REFERENCES WILL BE PUBLISHED AS MARADMINS.

    C. QUESTIONS MAY BE REFERRED TO THE FOLLOWING POINTS OF CONTACT:

       (1) MCUB: GS12 M. BOYT (EMAIL "BOYTMK@TECOM.USMC.MIL") AND CAPT D. DUKES (EMAIL "DUKESDW@TECOM.USMC.MIL") AT DSN 278-0661/2.


      
(2) HQMC INSTALLATIONS AND LOGISTICS FOR SUPPLY POLICY ISSUES, GS12 T. FLORIAN (EMAIL "FLORIANTA@HQMC.USMC.MIL") AT DSN 225-8946.

       (3) MARCORSYSCOM FOR DESIGN AND QUALITY, LTCOL J. NELSON (EMAIL "NELSONJL@MCSC.USMC.MIL") AT DSN 256-3010.//
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