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UNIFORM OF THE DAY..................................




PERSONAL APPEARANCE.................................


CIVILIAN ATTIRE.....................................






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1000.  GENERAL


1.  The purpose of this Manual is to define Marine Corps uniform policies and provide regulations for the proper wear of the uniform.


2.  Commanders may interpret the provisions of this Manual to address specific concerns whenever necessary.  However, authority for local interpretations does not extend to the institution of policies or practices, which are in contradiction to the provisions of this Manual.  Exceptions to this Manual are only granted in writing by the Commandant of the Marine Corps (MCUB).


3.  The Marine Corps uniform, with appropriate insignia, is designed primarily to show at a glance the branch of service and grade of the individual authorized to wear it.  The uniform represents visual evidence of the authority and responsibility vested in the individual by the United States Government.


4.  The title "commander," as used in these regulations, includes those Marine officers titled as commanding general, commanding officer, director, officer-in-charge, or inspector-instructor.


5.  When official references are made to the uniform by any person in the Marine Corps, or its official publications, the terms in these regulations will be used.


>Ch 5 6.  Wearing the uniform should be a matter of personal pride to all Marines.  Marines will maintain their uniforms and equipment in a neat and serviceable condition and will, by their appearance, set an example of neatness and strict conformity with these regulations.


    a. Marines are known not just for their battlefield prowess, but for their unparalleled standards of professionalism and uncompromising personal conduct and appearance.  It is a Marine's duty and personal obligation to maintain a professional and neat appearance.  Any activity, which detracts from the dignified appearance of Marines, is unacceptable.  The use of chewing gum, chewing tobacco, cigarettes or the consumption of food while walking in uniform or while in formation, ARE examples of activities that detract from the appearance expected of a United States Marine.


    b. Good judgment will govern the application of this policy in the field environment.


    c. The purpose of this policy is to ensure Marines present the best possible image at all times and continue to lead the way in military presence. (ALMAR 299/97 and MARADMIN 322/05)


7.  Components of one uniform will not be worn with components of another except as authorized by these regulations.


8.  The commander may authorize Marines participating in athletics, range instructions, field exercises, and similar activities to wear clothing and equipment other than that prescribed in these regulations.


9.  Chapter 1 of these regulations is a punitive order.  Violation of the specific prohibitions and requirements in chapter 1 by Marine Corps or Marine Corps Reserve personnel and those of other services who wear the Marine Corps uniform may result in prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).




1.  Permanent Marine Corps Uniform Board (CMC (MCUB).  The President, Permanent Marine Corps Uniform Board acts as the principal advisor to CMC on all uniform matters, coordinates approval of all clothing allowances, and oversees development and coordinates testing of new and redesigned uniform items.  The CMC (MCUB) implements the Commandant's guidance or "vision" in regard to uniforms.  The Uniform Board functions as advocate for the individual Marine (user) and develops field concerns (as expressed in official correspondence) into decision issues for the Commandant.  Also, the PMCUB sponsors this manual, which details uniform policies and prescribes how uniforms are worn.


2.  Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics, Logistics Capability Center (DC, I&L (LPC).  DC, I&L (LPC) is responsible for individual uniform clothing policy and oversight of the Retail Clothing Outlets (RCOs) and Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSSs) that stock, manage and sell uniform clothing.  DC, I&L LPC sponsors MCO P10120.28, Individual Clothing Regulations, which provides regulations and guidance on the administration of individual clothing.  Annually, DC, I&L (LPC) publishes MCBUL 10120, Individual Clothing Allowances, which contains all authorized allowances and minimum requirements lists, as approved by CMC (MCUB).


3.  Commanding General, Marine Corps Systems Command (CG, MARCORSYSCOM), Program Manager, Infantry Combat Equipment (PM, ICE).  CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) is responsible for research, development and acquisition of both individually retained and organizational items of individual field clothing and equipment as directed by the CMC and PMCUB.  It coordinates with the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center as well as other DoD laboratories on all joint service tests of uniform items.  CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) monitors quality control of uniform items through field submission of product quality deficiency reports (PQDRs), and manages the quality control program for optional items.  CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) is responsible for preparation and maintenance of detailed specifications and drawings of all authorized uniform items.   Also, CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) sponsors TM-10120-15/1, Technical Manual for Fitting and Alteration, which provides detailed guidance on the correct fitting of uniforms.


4.  Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, (DC, M&RA).  The DC, M&RA (Fiscal Branch (MRF)) administers all Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSSs) that sell both standard issue and optional items.  DC, M&RA (MRF) assists with stock management of supply system items at the MCSSs.  The DC, M&RA (Retail Operations Branch (MRX)) administers all uniform shops co-located with Marine Corps Exchanges that sell optional or non-supply system items exclusively.  DC, M&RA (MRX) ensures that sufficient quantities of optional uniform items (to include officer uniforms) are procured and stocked at both uniform shops. MCO P1700.27, MWR Policy Manual, details procedures for uniform clothing for all exchange activities.  Also, DC, M&RA (MWX) sponsors the Marine Corps Exchange Commercial Sources Manual for Approved Marine Corps Uniform Items, which lists all authorized optional uniform items and accessories with their Marine Corps approval identification serial numbers.


5.  Commander, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM).  The Director, Navy Uniform Program is responsible for providing mail-order support to Marine Corps personnel worldwide for system uniform clothing items.  The CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) and the Commander, NEXCOM will continually coordinate this program.


6  Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES Pacific).  AAFES Pacific administers the MCSS in Okinawa and ensures that both standard issue and optional uniforms are procured and stocked in sufficient quantities.


>Ch 5 7.  Chapter 1 of MCO P10120.28F expands upon the responsibilities listed above. 




>CH 5 1.  The uniform of the day will be as prescribed by the commander, per guidance provided in chapter 2 of this manual.  The seasonal uniform change will coincide with Daylight Saving Time conversion.  One day after the fall Daylight Saving change to standard time, the Marine Corps will transition to the winter season uniforms (Marine Corps combat utility uniform (MCCUU), woodland Marine Pattern (MARPAT) with the sleeves rolled down in garrison, service "A"/"B", dress blue "A"/"B"/"C"...).  One day after the spring Daylight Saving change the Marine Corps will transition to the summer season uniforms (MCCUU, desert MARPAT with the sleeves rolled up in garrison, service "A"/"C", dress blue "A"/"B"/"D", blue-white dress "A"/"B" for SNCOs and officers...). ALMAR 007/08


2.  In prescribing the uniform of the day, commanders will consider the duty to be performed and the weather conditions.


3.  The order prescribing the uniform of the day will be conspicuously posted.




1.  Members of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve, including retired Marines, are prohibited from wearing the Marine Corps uniform while engaged in any of the following activities, functions or circumstances unless specifically authorized by the CMC (PA):


a. Soliciting funds for any purpose from the public outside of a military base or establishment.


b. Participating in any type of show or event which is commercially sponsored for advertising purposes, where it could be implied or construed that the Marine Corps "endorses" the product advertised.


c. "Endorsing" commercial products in such ways as to involve the uniform, title, grade or rate, or in any way establish or imply their military affiliation with such products.


d. Appearing or participating in any event in public that would compromise the dignity of the uniform.


2.  Whenever any doubt exists as to the propriety of wearing the Marine Corps uniform under circumstances similar to those enumerated above, specific requests should be directed to the CMC (MCUB/PA).  For further information on those laws and directives, which govern the authority to wear the uniform, refer to chapter 11.




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Prohibited Male Hair Styles

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Female Hair Length


1.  Marines will present the best possible image at all times and continue to set the example in military presence.  The Marine Corps uniform regulations for standards of personal appearance and grooming are as specific as practicable in order to establish the parameters with which Marines must comply.  Marines are prohibited from:


a. Mutilation of the body or any body parts in any manner, and;


>CH 5 b. Attaching, affixing or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to, through or under their skin, tongue or any other body part.  Female Marines, however, may wear earrings consistent with paragraph 3010.


>CH 5 c. Tattoos or brands on the head and neck are prohibited..  Sleeve tattoos are likewise prohibited.  A sleeve tattoo is a very large tattoo, or a collection of smaller tattoos, that covers or almost covers a person’s entire arm or leg.  Half-sleeve or quarter-sleeve tattoos that are visible to the eye when wearing standard physical training gear (t-shirt and shorts) are likewise prohibited.  A half-sleeve or quarter-sleeve tattoo is defined as a very large tattoo, or a collection of smaller tattoos that covers, or almost covers the entire portion of an arm or leg above or below the elbow or knee.  Tattoos or brands that are prejudicial to good order, discipline and morale, or are of a nature to bring discredit upon the Marine Corps are also prohibited.  “Prejudicial to good order, discipline and morale or are of a nature to bring discredit to the Marine Corps” may include, but are not limited to, any tattoo that is sexist, racist, vulgar, anti-American, anti-social, gang related, or extremist group or organization related.  


>CH 5   (1) Marines who currently have a sleeve tattoo(s) will be grandfathered.  The Marine’s command will insert a photograph(s) of the respective tattoo(s) along with a measurement(s) of the size in inches and of the location(s) on the body and the date the tattoo(s) was documented, on the Page 11 of the Marine’s service record book.  The Marine will sign the Page 11 entry verifying the information is correct. 


>CH 5   (2) The Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (DC M&RA) is designated as the adjudicating authority for any tattoo issue involving retention or special duty assignments.  Review of a questionable tattoo(s) will be submitted to DC M&RA (MM) via the reenlistment, extension, lateral move system (RELMS).  The package will include a photograph(s) of the tattoo(s), measurement(s) of the size in inches, description of the location(s) and explanation as to why the tattoo(s) has been deemed questionable by the commander.  MARADMIN 198/07


d. This regulation does not prohibit necessary medical or surgical procedures conducted by licensed, qualified medical personnel.


>CH 5 2.  Marine Corps uniform standards of grooming do not allow eccentric or faddish styles of hair, facial hair, make-up/nail polish, jewelry, or eyeglasses.  Eccentric and faddish individual appearances detract from uniformity and team identity.  Because it is impossible to provide examples of every acceptable  or unacceptable style of  "conservative" or  "eccentric/faddish" grooming and attire, the good judgment of Marines at all levels is key to enforcement of Marine Corps standards in this issue, as in other issues.  The following definitions are provided to aide in the interpretation of these regulations:


    a.  *Eccentric.  Departing from the established or traditional norm.


    b.  *Fad(dish).  A transitory fashion adopted with wide enthusiasm.


    c.  *Conservative.  Traditional in style.


    d.  *Inconspicuous.  Not readily noticed or seen.


    e.  *Unsightly.  Unpleasant or offensive to look at.


    f.  Braids/plaits (hair).  Three or more portions/bunches of interwoven hair.


g.  Organizationally issued items.  Those individual clothing items on the unit's allowance list that are purchased using local Operations and Maintenance, Marine Corps (O&MMC) funds and issued to Marines on a temporary basis to accomplish assigned duties.  The Marine is accountable for organizational clothing and equipment issued, and will return it upon reassignment.

*NOTE: Commander has ultimate discretion on this determination.
  MARADMIN 504/07


>CH 5  3.  The use of chewing gum, chewing tobacco, cigarettes; hands in pockets; or the consumption of food or beverage while walking in uniform or while in formation, are examples of activities that detract from an appropriate military presence.  However, good judgment will govern the application of this policy in the field environment.  See subparagraph 1004.4.c below regarding the use and wear of cellular phones and other electronic equipment in uniform.  MARADMIN 504/07


4.  Articles that are not authorized for wear as a part of a regulation uniform will not be worn exposed with the uniform unless otherwise authorized by the Commandant or higher authority.  

>CH 5  a. Examples of such articles include but are not limited to the following:  cell phones (and other electronic equipment, organizationally issued or personally owned), pencils, pens, watch chains/fobs, personally owned backpacks/bags/hydration systems, jewelry (except as authorized herein), handkerchiefs, combs, pipes, tobacco pouches/canisters, visible barrettes (except in physical training (PT) situations), key chains/lanyards/security badges (except as required by the command in the work environment) hair ribbons/ornaments, flowers (corsages/boutonnieres, etc..) or other similar items.  MARADMIN 504/07 and MARADMIN 065/08


>CH 5  b.  Only organizationally issued bags, to include special issue equipment bags (i.e. camera bags) designed to be worn over the shoulder(s), may be worn on the uniform (with the uniform it was designed for) per the commander’s guidance.  You may not wear personally owned bags (except for the purse as described in paragraph 3014 herein), to include book/gym bags and computer bags, but may hand carry them.  Organizationally issued or commander approved hydration systems may be worn per the commander’s guidance with the utility and PT uniforms.  Motorcyclists/bicyclists riding in uniform may wear organizationally issued bags or affix personally owned bags to the motorcycle/bicycle.  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5 c.  In order to maintain good order and proper military courtesies, conversations on cellular phones (to include the use of the earpiece), while walking in uniform, indoors or outdoors, are prohibited. The use of electronic equipment (i.e. portable audio devices) is not authorized while walking/running in uniform except as authorized per command/facility regulations.     MARADMIN 507/04 and MARADMIN 065/08


>Ch 5 5.  Jewelry, eyeglasses and contact lenses.    MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5 a.  Jewelry.  Jewelry is authorized for wear with all uniforms, as detailed below.  Commanders may require the removal of all jewelry for safety/tactical reasons. MARADMIN 504/07 


>Ch 5   (1) Rings.  Inconspicuous rings are authorized for wear in uniform.  When worn, only one ring is authorized per hand, except for wedding and engagement rings (when worn on the same finger they will count as one ring) and will be worn  on the base of the finger close to the palm.  Rings will not be worn on the thumbs.   MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5   (2) Watches.  Inconspicuous watches are authorized for wear in uniform.    MARADMIN 504/07     


>Ch 5   (3) Necklaces.  Except as detailed in paragraph 1004.6, necklaces if worn will not be visible in uniform (including the chain around the neck).  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5   (4) Earrings.  The below policy applies when in civilian attire, as well as in uniform.    MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5       (a) Male Marines.  Male Marines are not authorized to wear earrings.    MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5       (b) Female Marines.  Female Marines are authorized to wear one earring per ear, as described in paragraph 3010, in civilian or military attire.    MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5   (5) Dental Ornamentation.  The use of gold, platinum caps (permanent or removable) for purposes of ornamentation is prohibited.  Teeth, whether natural, capped or veneered, will not be ornamented with designs, jewels, initials, etc.  Unnatural shaping of teeth for non-medical reasons is prohibited.  Commanders may consider waivers for permanent gold, platinum caps that were applied prior to 1 October 2007.    MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5 b.  Eyeglasses.  Eyeglasses, when worn, will be conservative in appearance.  Eccentric or conspicuous eyepieces are prohibited.  Chains, bands, or ribbons will not be attached to eyeglasses; however, eyeglass restraints are authorized for safety purposes, but must be of conservative style/design.  Sunglasses, when worn, will be conservative in appearance without ornamentation.  Manufacturer logos should be small and inconspicuous.  Sunglasses may be worn on leave, liberty, and in garrison but not in formation unless prescribed by the commander or certified medical authority.  When authorized for wear in formations, sunglass lenses will be of standard green, black, or brown shade or may be the type commonly referred to as "photosensitive."  Sunglasses that do not have "photosensitive" lenses will not be worn indoors.    MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5 c.  Contact Lenses.  When worn in uniform, contact lenses must imitate a natural eye color/pupil shape.  Designs are not permitted (e.g. cat eyes).   MARADMIN 504/07


6.  Subject to temporary revocation due to health, safety, or mission requirements, Marines may wear neat and conservative religious apparel items, as follows:


a.  Articles of religious apparel which are not visible or apparent when worn with the uniform.


b.  Visible articles of religious apparel with the uniform while attending or conducting divine services or while in a chapel or other house of worship.


c.  Visible articles of religious apparel with the uniform which do not interfere with or replace required uniform articles.


>Ch 5 7.   Grooming Regulations.  No faddish or eccentric wearing of head, facial, or body hair will be permitted.    MARADMIN 504/07

>Ch 5 a.  Male Grooming Regulations.  Men will be well groomed at all times and will abide by the following:    MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5     (1) Hair     MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5         (a) Hair Length.  Hair will be neat and closely trimmed.  The hair may be clipped at the edges of the side and back and will be evenly graduated all the way around the head (blended or faded and not edged as an outline) from zero length at the hairline in the lower portion of the head to the upper portion of the head.  Hair will not be over 3 inches in length fully extended (an extended hair, not the style, determines proper length) on the upper portion of the head.  The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately two inches.  Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair protrudes from the scalp when styled.  The back and sides of the head below the hairline may be shaved to remove body hair.     MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             1. Sideburns will not extend below the top of the orifice of the ear, as indicated by the line A-A' in figures 1-1 and 1-2.  Sideburns will not be styled to taper, flare or come to a point.  The length of an individual hair of the sideburn will not exceed 1/8 inch when fully extended.   MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             2. No male Marine will be required to have his entire hair length clipped to the scalp except while he is undergoing recruit training or when such action is prescribed by a medical officer.  This does not prohibit a male Marine from having his hair clipped (or shaved) to the scalp if he so desires.   MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5         (b) Hair Style.  Head hair will be styled so as not to interfere with the proper wear of uniform headgear.  Hair, which protrudes from beneath properly worn headgear in an unsightly manner, is considered excessive, regardless of length. Male hair styles will conform to the natural shape of the head without eccentric directional flow, twists or spiking. One (cut, clipped or shaved) natural, narrow, fore and aft off centered part (placed no further than the outer corner of the eye and will not extend down the back of the head) is authorized.  The following hair style types are considered eccentric and are not authorized (this list is not all inclusive):  (1) hair styling which include single patches of hair on the top of the head (not consistent with natural hair loss); (2) hair styled to run as a strip down the center of the scalp (i.e. “Mohawk” fashion); (3) hair styled to leave an unusually large open (bald) area on the top of the head (not consistent with natural hair loss); and (4) hair styles which include the etching of letters, signs or figures, not considered natural in appearance.  Braiding of the hair is not authorized for male Marines.  When used, hair gel/mousse should provide a conservative, natural appearance.  (See figures 1-1 through 1-2)  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5         (c) Hair Color.  If applied, dyes, tints, bleaches and frostings, which result in natural colors, are authorized.  The hair color must complement the person's complexion tone.  Color changes that detract from a professional image are prohibited. 


>Ch 5         (d) Facial/Chest HairMARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             1. The face will be clean-shaven, except that a mustache may be worn.  When worn, the mustache will be neatly trimmed and must be contained within the lines of B-B', C-C', D-D' and the margin area of the upper lip, as shown in figures 1-1 and 1-2.  The individual length of a mustache hair fully extended must not exceed 1/2 inch.                


>Ch 5             2. Except for a mustache, eyebrows, and eyelashes, hair may be grown on the face only when a medical officer has determined that shaving is temporarily harmful to the individual's health.  In these cases, the current edition of MCO 6310.1 applies.                 


>Ch 5             3. No male Marine will be required to have his chest hair clipped.  Chest hair should not protrude in an unsightly manner above the collar of the visible undershirt when worn, or long sleeve khaki shirt. MARADMIN 504/07   


>Ch 5             4. Excessive plucking or removal of eyebrows is not authorized, except for medical reasonsMARADMIN 504/07

>Ch 5     (2) Fingernails.  Fingernails will be kept clean and neatly trimmed so as not to interfere with performance of duty, detract from military image or present a safety hazard.  Fingernails shall not extend past the fingertips.  Nail polish for male Marines is not allowed. MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5     (3) Members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve will comply with these regulations, except that wigs are authorized not in a drilling/active duty status.  If worn, wigs will comply with the above grooming regulations.  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5 b.  Female Grooming Regulations.  Women will be well groomed at all times and will abide by the following:   MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5     (1) Hair Regulations.  The requirement for hair regulations is to maintain uniformity within a military population.  Women's hairstyles require non-eccentric and non-faddish styles, maintaining a conservative, professional appearance.  For the purpose of these regulations, women’s hairstyles will be organized into three basic categories; short length, medium length and long hair.  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5         (a) Hair Length (see Figure 1-3).  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             1. Short Hair Length.  Short hair is defined as hair length that extends no more than 1 inch from the scalp (excluding bangs).  Hair may be no shorter than 1/4 inch from the scalp, but may be evenly graduated to within 2 inches of the hair line. Bangs, if worn, may not fall into the line of sight, may not interfere with the wear of all headgear, and when worn with headgear must lie neatly against the head.  The width of the bangs may extend to the hairline at the temple.  MARADMIN 504/07    


>Ch 5             2. Medium Hair Length.  Medium hair is defined as hair that does not extend beyond the collar’s lower edge (in all uniforms), and extends more than 1 inch from the scalp.  Medium hair may fall naturally in uniform and is not required to be secured.  When worn loose, graduated hair styles are acceptable, but the length, from the front to the back, may not exceed one inch difference in length, from the front to the back (see Figure 1-3).  The regulations for the wear of bangs detailed above are relevant.  No portion of the bulk of the hair as measured from the scalp will exceed approximately 2 inches (see Figure 1-3). MARADMIN 504/07


                  3. Long Hair.  Long hair is defined as hair that extends beyond the collar’s lower edge.  Long hair will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned, except that bangs may be worn.  The regulations for the wear of bangs detailed above are relevant.  No portion of the bulk of the hair, as measured from the scalp, will exceed approximately 2 inches (except a bun, which may extend a maximum of 3 inches from the scalp) and no wider than the width of the head.  MARADMIN 504/07                


>Ch 5         (b) Hairstyles.  Faddish and exaggerated styles to include shaved portions of the scalp other than the neckline, designs cut in the hair, unsecured ponytails (except during physical training), and unbalanced or lopsided hairstyles are prohibited.  Hair will be styled so as not to interfere with the proper wear of all uniform headgear.  All headgear will fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without distortion or excessive gaps.  When headgear is worn, hair should not protrude at distinct angles from under the edges.  Hairstyles, which do not allow the headgear to be worn in this manner, are prohibited.  Examples of hairstyles considered to be faddish or exaggerated and thus not authorized for wear in uniform are (this list is not all-inclusive); locks and twists (not including French rolls/twists), hair sculpting (eccentric directional flow, twists, texture or spiking), buns or braids with loose hair extending at the end, multiple braids that do not start at the top of the head, hair styles with severe angles, and loose unsecured hair (not to include bangs) when medium/long hair is worn up.  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             1. Braids.  Medium and long hair may be braided.  Multiple braiding (defined as more than two braids) is authorized.  When worn, multiple braids shall be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (approx. 1/4 inch), show no more than 1/8 of an inch of scalp between the braids and must be tightly interwoven to present a neat, professional, well groomed appearance.  Foreign material (i.e., beads, decorative items) shall not be braided into the hair.  Braids must continue to the end of the hair in one direction, in a straight line, and can be worn loose per medium hair length guidelines or secured to the head in the same manner as described for medium or long length hair styles. Ends shall be secured only with inconspicuous rubber bands.  If multiple braids are worn they must encompass the whole head. MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             2. Hair Extensions.  Hair extensions are authorized for medium and long hair only.  Extensions must have the same general appearance as the individual's natural hair.  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             3. Wigs.  Wigs, if worn in uniform, must look natural and conform to the above regulations.  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             4. Physical Training (PT).  Medium/short length hair may be worn down for organized PT, except when considered a safety hazard.  Long hair must be secured.  Pony tails are authorized.  When hair-securing devices are worn (i.e. barrettes, small pony tail holders…), they must be consistent with the hair color.  Examples of hair accessories not authorized for securing hair for PT are; scrunchies, bows, ribbons, alligator clips…   MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             5. Boots and Utilities (“boots and utes”).  When wearing boots and utes in a PT environment, hair should be secured using the PT guidelines identified above.  When boots and utes are worn in a non-PT related environment, hair must be secured per the regulations detailed in the hairstyle regulations provided in paragraph 1004.5.c.1.a-b.  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             6. Hair Accessories.  Except in PT situations, inconspicuous hairpins and bobby pins, if required, are authorized.  Hairnets will not be worn unless authorized for a specific type of duty.  Barrettes, combs, rubber bands, etc. are authorized, if concealed by the hair.  MARADMIN 504/07               


>Ch 5             7. Hair Color.  If applied, dyes, tints, bleaches and frostings, which result in natural colors, are authorized.  The hair color must

complement the person's complexion tone.  Color changes that detract from a professional image are prohibited.   MARADMIN 504/07               


>Ch 5             8. Body Hair.  No female Marine will be required to remove body hair except where leg hair protrudes beyond the appropriate hosiery per subparagraph 3027.5, or causes a visibly uneven texture under said hosiery.   MARADMIN 504/07 

>CH 5         (c) Cosmetics.  Cosmetics, if worn, will be applied conservatively and will complement the individual's complexion tone.  Exaggerated or faddish cosmetic styles are inappropriate with the uniform and will not be worn. MARADMIN 504/07        


>Ch 5             1. Fingernails.  Nail length will be no longer than 1/4-inch from the tip of the finger.   MARADMIN 504/07                  


>Ch 5                a. Nail Polish in service and dress uniforms.  When worn, nail polish must be in shades of red (within the red spectrum, to include pinks and burgundies) and must complement the skin tone.  Fingernails with multiple colors (except as mentioned in paragraph 1004.7.b(1)(c)i.c) and decorative ornamentation are prohibited.  MARADMIN 504/07                     


>Ch 5                b. Nail polish in utilities.  Colored nail polish is not authorized for wear with the utility uniform (except as mentioned in paragraph 1004.7.b(1)(c)i.c).  MARADMIN 504/07                     


>Ch 5                c. Manicures.  Manicures that imitate the natural nail are authorized for wear with all uniforms (i.e. French manicures), to include utilities.  Press-on and acrylic nails are authorized for wear as long as they are maintained within the length and style regulations as per regulations detailed above.   MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             2. Lipstick.  Lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm must be in shades of red (within the red spectrum, to include pinks and burgundies) or clear and must complement the skin tone.  When worn, lip liner must be in the same shade as the lipstick, gloss or balm.  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5             3. Other make-up.  Mascara, when worn, must be in tones of black or brown.  Cosmetics with a sparkle/glitter or similar finish are not authorized for wear (to include in the hair).  False eyelashes should be natural in appearance.  MARADMIN 504/07


>Ch 5         (d) Reserve Marines.  Members of the (Selected) Marine Corps Reserve will comply with these regulations during periods of active or reserve duty.   MARADMIN 504/07 





1.  Authority


a. The CMC has extended the privilege of wearing civilian clothing to officers and enlisted Marines within the limitations of these regulations.


b. The possession and wearing of civilian clothing by Marines may be prescribed by commanders for military reasons.  In prescribing civilian clothing, commanders will be guided by the current edition of MCO P10120.28 and directives of higher authority.


2.  Within the United States


>Ch 5 a.  Marines are associated and identified with the Marine Corps in and out of uniform, and when on or off duty.  Therefore, when civilian clothing is worn, Marines will ensure that their dress and personal appearance are conservative and commensurate with the high standards traditionally associated with the Marine Corps.  Revealing clothing (i.e. clothing that exposes midriff, the buttocks, excessive amounts of chest/cleavage) or items designed to be worn as undergarments (and worn exposed) are not authorized for civilian attire, while on or off duty.  When wearing trousers with civilian attire, a belt must be worn (unless there are no belt loops).  Trousers will be worn at the waist.  Undergarments, when worn, will not be visible, except as when the undershirt is exposed in a manner similar to the service “C” uniform.  Civilian attire, including undershirts, should be worn as appropriate to the occasion (i.e. bathing suit/bikini appropriate to the beach/pool but not to the Marine Corps Exchange).  Commanders are charged with determining and publishing the local civilian clothing policy.  No eccentricities of dress will be permitted.  When onboard a military installation, civilian headgear will be removed indoors in accordance with established norms.   MARADMIN 504/07 and MARADMIN 322/05


b. Marines may wear civilian clothing when in an off-duty status, when directed by competent authority, and as otherwise authorized herein.  Within the confines of a military base or a DoD installation, civilian clothing will be worn subject to local regulations.


c. When civilian clothing has been authorized by competent authority for wear in a duty status in lieu of a uniform, the civilian clothing will be of the same comparable degree of formality as the uniform prescribed for such duty.  Standards of dress and appearance will be conservative and meet the same high standards established for personnel in uniform.


d. The wear of clothing articles not specifically designed to be normally worn as headgear (e.g. bandannas, doo rags) is prohibited.


e. No part of a prescribed uniform, except those items not exclusively military in character, will be worn with civilian clothing.


>Ch 5  (1) Items authorized for wear with civilian clothing by men are restricted to the gold cuff links, studs, tie bar, mourning band, footwear, socks, gloves, undergarments (the green undershirt may only be worn for PT), black bow-tie, green wool scarf, general purpose trunks, and crew neck-service sweater, the all-weather coat, tanker jacket, the dress blue sweater without insignia of grade (with or without epaulettes), watch caps, and cold weather physical training uniforms (only worn as a set for PT situations, for non-PT situations, only the sweatshirt or running suit jacket may be worn as an outergarment or as a layering garment).  ALMAR 019/08


>Ch 5 (2) Uniform items authorized for wear with civilian clothing by women are restricted to the white shirt without insignia of grade, footwear, gloves, green undershirt (for PT only) handbag, clutch purse, mourning band, crew-neck service sweaters, green wool scarf, general purpose trunks, the all-weather coat, tanker jacket, the dress blue sweater without insignia of grade (with or without epaulettes), watch caps, and cold weather physical training uniforms (only worn as a set for PT situations, for non-PT situations, only the sweatshirt or running suit jacket may be worn as an outergarment or as a layering garment).  ALMAR 019/08


(3) Uniform items that have been declared obsolete may be worn with civilian clothing, when appropriate, provided such items contain no distinctive insignia or buttons.


3.  Outside the United States


a. Marines stationed outside the United States will wear the appropriate uniform when on duty unless civilian clothing is required by the laws of a foreign country, prescribed by competent authority, or necessary in performing specialized duties.


b. Personnel on leave and traveling in a foreign country should normally wear civilian clothing.  When civilian clothing is worn, it will be in good taste and not in conflict with accepted attire in the country visited.  The guidelines in subparagraph 1005.3c apply.


c. In Mexico, official visits will always be made in the appropriate uniform.  Unofficial visits to the interior should always be made in civilian clothing.  Unofficial visits to border towns may be made in either civilian clothing or the appropriate uniform.


4.  Aboard Ship and Aircraft


a. Officers and enlisted Marines are permitted to possess civilian clothing when assigned duty aboard ship.  Unless otherwise prescribed by competent authority, such clothing may be worn while leaving or returning to the ship, while awaiting transportation after being given permission to leave the ship, while on authorized leave of absence, liberty, or in any off-duty status ashore.


b. Officers and enlisted Marines will wear appropriate military uniform when traveling as passengers aboard MSC ships.  However, all Marines traveling aboard Category B military air charters or government-owned aircraft (including AMC category M) are authorized to wear appropriate civilian attire, unless otherwise directed by the individual's orders or for unit deployment. 


c. Civilian clothes will reflect in style and quality the service "C" uniform.  Non-inclusive examples of appropriate civilian attire:


        (1) Shirt or blouse with a collar,


        (2) Trousers/slacks with a belt (if applicable), and


        (3) Socks and shoes.


d. Examples of inappropriate civilian attire:


        (1) Beach or swim wear,


        (2) Gym or sweat gear,


        (3) Tank tops,


        (4) Short shorts,


        (5) Ripped or torn clothing,


        (6) Garments designed as underwear,


        (7) Clothing with designs of an obscene or suggestive nature, and


        (8) Shower shoes/flip-flops.


e. The activity issuing travel orders will refer to the current editions of the USAF Foreign Clearance Guide and MCO 4650.30, to determine whether uniform or civilian attire should be prescribed.


5.  Special Assignments/Requirements


a. Marines in special billets whose offices are separate from other naval activities, and whose duties require them to associate principally with civilians, may wear civilian clothing when so stated in their orders or as otherwise authorized by the CMC.


b. Officers under instruction at civilian educational institutions and in civilian industrial establishments may wear civilian clothing for such duty.


6.  White House.  Civilian attire may not be worn to the White House, except as follows:


a. While attending or participating in conferences, working group sessions, etc., at the Executive Office Building when the President or his senior advisers will not be present.


b. When explicitly called for in an invitation.


c. When an assigned billet requires civilian attire be worn.


d. While visiting the White House as a tourist.


1006.  UNIFORM PROCUREMENT AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS.  There are two distinct categories of uniforms and therefore two separate systems for procurement and management.


1.  Department of Defense (DoD) Supply System/Standard Issue Clothing


a. The first category is standard issue or "seabag" clothing items, which constitute minimum required uniforms, and accessories for enlisted Marines.  These items are known as "system" items because they are procured and managed by the Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia (DSCP) and are available through the Marine Corps Supply System.


b. The DSCP is responsible for procuring standard uniform items for all services, except those uniform items specifically managed by CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE).  They use the "best value" concept to evaluate contractor clothing samples in order to make cost-saving multi-year buys.  DSCP is responsible to the Secretary of Defense through the Commander, Defense Logistics Agency.  The uniform clothing provided by the CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) are managed and distributed through a third party logistics provider.


c. Retail Clothing Outlets (RCOs) and Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSSs) buy standard issue items from DSCP using normal Marine Corps Supply System procedures per MCO P4400.150.  Commands can purchase authorized organizational and/or supplemental clothing using these same procedures.


d. RCOs are managed by the Marine Corps Supply System to sell standard issue uniform items to Marines at cost.  MCSSs are managed by the Marine Corps exchange to sell "system" clothing at cost and to sell "non-system" or optional uniform items at cost plus a reasonable retail mark up.  Base commanders pay a management fee out of their operating funds to their base MCSS to cover uniform alterations and operation and overhead costs.


e. The procurement and inspection of Marine Corps clothing are matters under the cognizance of the DSCP; therefore, the entry of defective clothing into the Marine Corps Supply System is not recognized until received at the RCO or MCSS.  In this instance, commanders will ensure that clothing outlets:


(1) Inspect all uniform clothing prior to issue or sale.


(2) Submit a PQDR in accordance with the current edition of MCO 4855.10 upon receipt of defective clothing that affects the desired appearance and/or functionality.  No repairs to defective items are authorized until repair/disposition instructions are received from the CG, MCLB Albany, GA because all uniform items procured are covered by various contractual warranties.


f. All system clothing and accessory items are available to Marines stationed worldwide via a mail order program managed by the NEXCOM.  Submit orders by mail to Mail Order Program, 1545 Crossways Blvd., Suite 200, Uniform Support Center, Chesapeake, VA 30320.  The following information is required with each order:  full name, grade, social security number, sex, telephone number, shipping address, duty station, items desired, size, color, fabric, type, and quantity.  Orders may be placed toll free to an operator on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The telephone number is 1-800-368-4088.  Orders may also be placed on the NEXCOM website at  System items can also be purchased online through the Marine Corps Exchange Uniform Online Store on the Marine Corps Community Services website at


g. All standard issue or "system" items can be identified as such by the by the Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode label or the national stock number (NSN) on the garment label.  Labels will contain the garment's fiber content and proper care and cleaning instructions.


2.  Nonsupply System/Optional Clothing.  The second category of uniforms is commercial "non-system" or optional clothing items.  These items are not available through the Marine Corps Supply System and therefore must be procured from commercially available sources.  Optional uniforms and accessories to include all officer uniform items are procured and managed by the Marine Corps exchange and/or commercial vendors.


 a. Exchange-Operated Uniform Shops and MCSSs


        (1) The Marine Corps Exchange manages the retail sale of non-supply system clothing through Uniform Shops or MCSSs in a decentralized manner.  Each Uniform Shop or MCSS orders and stocks non-supply system clothing as they fit.  Retail mark-up on non-supply system items is managed by CMC (MRX) to ensure reasonable and consistent pricing.  Base commanders can have a significant impact on their local exchanges management priorities in determining the availability of uniform items.


(2) Items listed as approved for purchase from sources other than the Marine Corps Supply System may be procured from approved commercial vendors.  All items purchased must bear the USMC approval identification to indicate that they meet Marine Corps standards (see figure 1-3).  Items of hardware must have a USMC approval serial number stamped on the reverse side.  The Wool Products Labeling Act and Textile Products Fiber Identification Act require that all clothing manufactured or sold in the U.S. contain a label specifically stating the fiber content of the garment.  The military specification for all Marine Corps clothing garments requires this labeling and that proper care and cleaning instructions be included.  It is the individual's responsibility to ensure that his or her purchases are properly labeled.


(3) Only those items approved and authorized by the CMC will be sold to personnel through the Marine Corps exchange-operated uniform shops and MCSSs.


(4) Marine Corps exchanges and MCSSs that purchase items of approved, regulation uniforms and/or accessories from a vendor will require, in addition to the approval identification, a certification on the receipt, invoice or statement that the item was manufactured according to approved Marine Corps standards and of Marine Corps approved materials.


(5) Marine Corps exchanges which purchase uniforms or accessories of inferior quality or workmanship from approved manufacturers, distributors, or tailors will immediately notify the Marine Corps Exchange, Retail Operations Branch (MRX) by letter.  These reports will specifically detail the nature of the complaint and forward a sample item to the CMC (MRX) for further submission to the CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) for examination and evaluation according to the Quality Control Program.  Ensure the following information is contained in the report: name and address of manufacturer, item and date purchased, USMC approval serial number, and detailed description of defects.  Articles forwarded should be charged to the Marine Corps Exchange Fund and be accompanied by an invoice showing the description of the article, unit cost price, name of the manufacturer, and of the distributor or tailor if not purchased direct from the manufacturer.  After examination and evaluation, the CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) will return and re-invoice the article or direct other disposition.


(6) Marines who purchase defective uniform clothing items from Marine Corps exchanges should report the purchase of defective clothing by letter to the Marine Corps exchange officer at the base where they are stationed, enclosing the defective item.  Ensure that the following information is contained in the letter:  name and address of the exchange from which item was purchased, description of article, price, date purchased, name of manufacturer, USMC approval serial number, and description of defect.


(7) Marines stationed at bases where there is no Marine Corps exchange in the immediate vicinity and who purchase defective clothing from the Marine Corps Exchanges should report the purchase of the defective item by letter to the CMC (MRX), enclosing the defective item.  Ensure that the letter contains all of the information required by subparagraph 1006.2a(6), above.


(8) The Marine Corps exchange operates a mail order program for standard issue and commercial/optional uniform items.  The CMC (MRX) publishes and distributes the "Mail Order Catalog for Commercial Uniforms."  Mail order service is provided for male and female Marines by the MCCDC Quantico exchange and for male Marines by the exchanges at Marine Corps Bases, Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune.


(9) The Marine Corps Exchange (MRX), Quantico, VA maintains a toll-free uniform hotline, which may be accessed internationally, to facilitate the resolution of inquiries/complaints pertaining to the availability and quality of commercial uniforms and uniform items.  The number for the hotline is 1-800-386-USMC (8762) or DSN 278-6332.  Calls may be placed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but will be answered by a machine outside of normal working hours and when the office staff is otherwise occupied.  When leaving messages include the caller's name, duty station, toll or DSN number along with operator number if available, and time zone or best CONUS time for return calls.  Calls should be confined to non-supply system uniform items, which are sold exclusively for officers wear or as optional enlisted items.


b. U.S. Commercial Vendors


(1) Marine Corps activity commanders will prohibit vendors from entering the confines of their activities for the purpose of displaying and/or selling uniform items/accessories without proper identification to indicate that specific uniform items/accessories have been approved by the CMC.  All clothing items must be properly labeled to include USMC approval identification, the fiber content of the garment and proper care and cleaning instructions.  Instances of nonconformance by an approved source will be reported to the CMC (MRX).


(2) Unless specifically authorized by these regulations, items purchased outside the Marine Corps Supply System and which do not bear approval identification are non-regulation, and wearing such items is prohibited.  If an emergency makes it necessary to temporarily wear non-regulation clothing obtained from other sources, such clothing will be procured at the commander's direction and conform as closely as possible to items prescribed herein.


(3) Marines who purchase defective clothing items (containing the USMC approval identification) from authorized commercial vendors, other than the Marine Corps Supply System and Marine Corps exchange system, are urged to report the purchase of defective clothing directly to the CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE).  When desirable, forward a sample defective item by registered mail.  Ensure the following information is contained in the report:  name and address of authorized vendor from which the item was purchased, description of the article, price, date purchased, name of manufacturer, USMC approval serial number, and description of defects.  After examination and evaluation, the CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) will return the article via registered mail, annotated with the action taken on behalf of the individual.


c. Purchase Outside the United States


(1) Personnel ordered overseas for a normal tour of duty will possess not less than the minimum required items of uniforms and accessories, unless otherwise prescribed in the individual's orders or in the current edition of MCO P3000.1.


(2) Marines are authorized to purchase uniforms outside the United States, provided such uniforms are manufactured from materials and findings purchased from the CG, MCLB Albany (Fleet Support (586-3)).  Under this authority enlisted Marines may purchase only those uniform items listed in paragraphs 9202 and 9203.


(3) Commanders will ensure uniforms purchased conform to Marine Corps specifications and these regulations.  An appropriate entry will be made in the individual's service record book.




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Fig 1-4       USMC Approval Identification.


1.  All uniform clothing, equipment, and accessories issued or sold by the DoD Supply System are considered regulation.  Non-supply system clothing items are regulation if they contain a USMC approval identification serial number, except as otherwise authorized in these regulations.  Non-supply system uniforms must have proper content labeling unless fabricated under the provisions of subparagraph 1006.2(c)(2).


2.  Figure 1-3 is a sample of the USMC approval identification label that all commercial or non-supply system items must have.  The serial number is issued by the MARCORYSCOM (ICE) to the manufacturer, fabricator or wholesale supplier after an item has been reviewed and approved per the latest edition of MCO 10120.56.  The serial number will be unique to the manufacturer/wholesaler and uniform item or material fabricated.  Retail outlets will not normally be issued approval numbers unless they fabricate a uniform item on their own.


3.  The term "cloth of adopted standard" refers to the standard sealed samples of fabrics in the custody of the CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE).  All fabric used in standard issue and optional uniform clothing must be approved by the CMC.  DSCP manages the supply support of all issue fabrics.  Optional fabric samples submitted to CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) MARCORYSCOM (ICE) by textile mills and/or distributors must be certified by an independent textile testing agency.


4.  The CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE) has been delegated the responsibility for the preparation and maintenance of detailed specifications and drawings for all articles of uniform, insignia, and accessories prescribed for wear by Marines.  Standard samples of uniforms, fabrics, insignia, and accessories, as approved by the CMC, will be held by the CG, MCLB Albany.  Articles procured, manufactured, or issued will conform in every respect to the standard samples, and no change will be permitted without CMC approval.


5.  Marine Corps Exchanges and individuals authorized to purchase uniforms from sources other than the DoD Supply System may procure materials and findings upon direct application to the CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE).  Patterns and specifications may be obtained without cost upon request.


6.  Sale of Marine Corps uniform materials for the manufacture of uniforms for enlisted personnel is not authorized, except when enlisted personnel are authorized to wear officer-type uniforms and then therefore are also authorized to procure officer uniform materials, findings, patterns, and specifications.




1.  Alterations to uniform clothing to improve fit are authorized; however, such alterations will not change the intended appearance or function of the garment as designed. Wearing improperly altered uniform clothing is prohibited.


2.  Alterations to uniform clothing of enlisted personnel will be made at Government expense when authorized by organization supply officers according to instructions in the current edition of TM-10120-15/1, Technical Manual for Uniform Fitting and Alteration.


3.  Care should be taken when contracting alteration services from a commercial vendor so that unauthorized or unneeded alteration procedures are not included in the contract.  Uniforms are designed so as to minimize alteration costs.  Alteration contracts can be reviewed periodically by contacting the CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE).  Reports of an excessive number of fitting sessions are an indication that there may be problems with the alteration process.


4.  Commanders will ensure that all alterations, either at Government expense or at the individual's expense, conform to the spirit and intent of these regulations.  Every effort will be made to ensure that proper tailoring facilities are available to all personnel of the command.  Personnel will be advised that alterations performed at other than designated military tailoring establishments will be the individual's responsibility and will conform strictly with these regulations and the current edition of TM-10120-15/1.


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