RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS
Question: How does the research and development process work?
In most cases a suggestion/recommendation is forwarded to the Uniform
Board from Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC), but we also receive suggestions
from contractors/manufactures, higher headquarters, major commands, and
If the request comes from a source
other than MCLB Albany or MCSC, and the Uniform Board establishes it is a
viable suggestion, MCSC are tasked with developing a prototype. Once a prototype is developed the Uniform
Board will review the suggestion and prototype to determine its value and
whether or not a wear test is warranted.
This recommendation is forwarded to the Commandant. If the Commandant disapproves the wear test,
the originator will be informed as much.
If the Commandant approves a wear test, MCSC then works with a contractor
to develop enough prototypes for a wear test.
Once the prototypes are developed
they are distributed for wear tests.
Wear test participants for the wear test are normally chosen based off
their location and the item to be tested.
The selected test group is provided with
the uniform items and instructions on how they are to be worn (ie. how long, for what occasions,etc),
and are required to complete a survey at the end of the test.
The results of the test are then forwarded to the Uniform Board for review. Using the prototypes and wear test results the Uniform Board forwards a recommendation to the Commandant whether to adopt the item or to not adopt the item.
If the item is approved, the Uniform
Board informs MCLB Albany, who works with contractors and the
Question: How would I submit a uniform change request?
Answer: If you would like to propose an improvement/change to an existing uniform, or propose a new item, submit your recommendation, via your chain of command, in naval letter format to; CMC (MCUB), 2076 South Street, Quantico, VA 22134. Make sure your recommendation has any schematics/graphics you have developed for the item, as well as a detailed description. Additionally, ensure you provide a good point of contact and phone number, because we will have to contact you at some point in the process. Any requests received without command endorsement will be returned without action (where appropriate).