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CHAPTER 3

 

 

UNIFORM ITEMS AND REGULATIONS FOR THEIR WEAR

 

 

PARAGRAPH

GENERAL ................................................

 

3000

ALL-WEATHER COAT (AWC) .................................

 

3001

BELTS AND BUCKLES ......................................

 

3002

BOATCLOAK/DRESS CAPE ...................................

 

3003

BRASS ITEMS   ..........................................

 

3004

CAPS/HEADGEAR ..........................................

 

3005

COATS ..................................................

 

3006

COLLAR, WHITE STRIP ....................................

 

3007

CUFF LINKS SETS (MALES) ................................

 

3008

CUMMERBUNDS ............................................

 

3009

EARRINGS (FEMALES) .....................................

 

3010

EXTENDED COLD WEATHER CLOTHING SYSTEM (ECWCS) PARKA

AND TROUSER  ...........................................

 

3011

FOOTWEAR ...............................................

 

3012

GLOVES .................................................

 

3013

HANDBAG/PURSE (FEMALES) ................................

 

3014

JACKET, TANKER .........................................

 

3015

JACKETS, EVENING DRESS .................................

 

3016

MATERNITY UNIFORMS .....................................

 

3017

MOURNING BAND ..........................................

 

3018

NAMETAGS ...............................................

 

3019

NECKTABS/NECKTIES ......................................

 

3020

NECKTIE CLASPS .........................................

 

3021

OPTIONAL UNIFORMS FOR SNCOS ............................

 

3022

PHYSICAL TRAINING CLOTHING  ............................

 

3023

PROTECTIVE MOTORCYCLE CLOTHING .........................

 

3024

SCARF ..................................................

 

3025

SHIRTS .................................................

 

3026

SKIRTS .................................................

 

3027

SLACKS (FEMALES) .......................................

 

3028

SOCKS/HOSE .............................................

 

3029

SUSPENDERS (MALE) ......................................

 

3030

SWEATERS ...............................................

 

3031

SWORD AND ACCESSORIES, OFFICERS ........................

 

3032

TAPES, NAME/SERVICE ....................................

 

3033

TROUSERS ...............................................

 

3034

UMBRELLAS (FEMALES) ....................................

 

3035

UNDERGARMENTS ..........................................

 

3036

CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM .............................

 

3037

COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM .................................

 

3038

WAISTCOATS .............................................

 

3039

Figure

 

 

 

3-1

OFFICER’S CAP COMPONENTS

 

3-2

MALE FOOTWEAR

 

3-3

FEMALE FOOTWEAR

 

3-4

FEMALE OFFICER SLEEVE ORNAMENTATION

 

3-5

OFFICERS’ COLLAR ORNAMENTATION

 

3-6

NECKTIE CLASP

 

3-7

OFFICER’S SWORD

 


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3000.  GENERAL

 

1.  Detailed fitting instructions for uniform items are contained in the current edition of TM-10120-15/1, Technical Manual for Uniform Fitting and Alteration.

 

2.  All uniform items are standard as sold/issued through the DoD Supply System.  Items sold through the Military Clothing Sales Stores or approved commercial sources are considered standard if properly labeled as described in chapter 1.  Uniform items that are not approved as conforming to Marine Corps specifications are not authorized for wear and cannot be used to satisfy minimum requirements, except as otherwise stated in these regulations.

 

3.  Detailed descriptions are omitted from this chapter for uniform items, which are issued/sold through the DoD Supply System and are standard for enlisted personnel.  Brief descriptions are provided for officers' and optional items that are sold through the Marine Corps Exchange System bearing Marine Corps approval identification.  Detailed descriptions of these items are available from the CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE).

 

3001.  ALL-WEATHER COAT (AWC) (See figs. 2-36 and 2-37)

 

1.  The pewter gray AWC is a full-length, double-breasted, belted coat with detachable liner and is made of polyester/cotton poplin fabric that has been treated to be water-repellent/resistant.

 

2.  The correct length of the AWC will be to a point midway between the knee and mid-calf.  The coat must be long enough to reach the bottom of the kneecap for males, and 1 inch below for females.  It must not extend below the mid-calf.  With the liner inserted, the coat will fit smoothly across the chest and shoulder blades and will have a noticeable fullness on the back waist, providing a pleated effect of the material under the belt.  The belt will be adjusted loosely enough to provide a smooth appearance, maintained in a horizontal position and not sagging at center front or back.  The tapered end of the belt will pass through the buckle to the wearer's left and will extend from 1 inch beyond the belt keeper to 1-1/2 inches beyond the left belt loop on the coat.  The buckle will be centered between the vertical rows of buttons on the front of the coat.

 

3.  The coat's top button may be worn buttoned or may be left open with the collar neatly folded back to form lapels.  The back of the collar will cover all garment collars worn underneath the AWC.  The sleeves and collar will be roll-pressed, not creased.  Creases in the skirt of the coat, except for the center back pleat, are prohibited.

 

4.  The design of the AWC does not include a sword slit. If the sword must be worn with the coat, the service belt may be utilized.  Commanders will not prescribe the AWC with sword unless service belts are available as organizational property.

 

5.  The AWC may be worn or prescribed for wear with the service, dress, and utility uniforms.  It may be worn with or without the liner at the individual's option.

 

3002.  BELTS AND BUCKLES

 

1.  Belts for all uniforms will be worn at the natural waistline with the right edge of the buckle (wearer's right) on line with the edge of the fly or coat front.

 

2.  Belts for all male's service coats and male officers' blue coats must match the color and material of the uniform with which they are worn.  The buckle will cover the bottom button of the coat.  The belt's tapered end will pass through the buckle to the wearer's left and will extend from 2-3/4 inches to 3-3/4 inches beyond the buckle.  The free end of the belt will be held in place by a cloth keeper 1/2 inch wide and may be fitted with a snap fastener to secure the belt point.  Buckles will be kept highly polished.

 

3.  The 1-1/4 inch wide cotton khaki web belt, with buckle, will be worn by all Marines with the utility uniform, until qualified to wear the martial arts utility belt.  Male Marines will wear the khaki web belt with service and blue dress trousers and it may be worn with the white dress trousers.  The tip end of the web belt will pass through the buckle to the wearer's left and will extend from 2 to 4 inches beyond the buckle.  The metal belt tip and the buckle will be kept highly polished.  The buckle will be worn with the buckle tongue depressed into the buckle.

 

4.  The optional white nylon web belt, with buckle, may be worn by males only with the white dress trousers.

 

5.  Enlisted males will wear the white web coat belt with waist plate with the blue and blue-white dress "A"/"B" uniforms.  This belt may also be worn with the male enlisted blue dress "C" and "D" uniforms when the sword is prescribed.  Enlisted females will wear this belt with the blue dress uniform when armed with the NCO sword.

 

    a. The enlisted waist plate has a highly polished, natural plain brass finish, is about 2 inches by 3 inches in size, and is worn centered on the coat front buttons.

 

    b. The NCO waist plate will be the same as the plain waist plate except that the NCO waist plate has brass Marine Corps emblem attached on the center of the plate.

 

    c. The waist plate worn by SNCOs will be the same as the NCO waist plate except that it has an ornamental wreath design surrounding the Marine Corps emblem.

 

6.  Martial Arts Utility Belt.  The 1-3/4 inch wide nylon utility belt having black D-type buckle with locking bar will be worn by all martial arts qualified Marines with the utility uniform.  The tip end of the utility belt will pass through the buckle, feeding back around the locking bar to the wearer’s left, with the belt-end extending 4 to 8 inches beyond the buckle.  The buckle will be kept subdued in flat black finish.  The buckle will be worn with the locking bar cinched tightly into the buckle.

 

    a. Qualified Marines will wear only the single color of utility belt with or without instructor stripes appropriate to their martial arts proficiency, per the current edition of MCO 1500.54.  Martial arts utility belts are not authorized for wear with civilian attire.

 

    b. Personnel designated as close combat instructors or instructor-trainers will wear the appropriate identifying stripes on their belts.  Instructor stripes will be 1/2-inch tan or red stripes, as appropriate, sewn on perpendicular to the length of the belt in thread that matches the color of the stripe.  First stripe will be placed 2 inches from the belt-end holding the buckle, and each subsequent stripe placed 1/4 inch intervals from the previous stripe.

 

3003.  BOATCLOAK/DRESS CAPE (See fig. 2-1)

 

1.  The boatcloak, made of dark blue broadcloth material lined with scarlet wool broadcloth, is an optional item which may be worn by male officers and SNCOs with evening dress and blue dress "A"/"B" uniforms for official and social functions.  It will not be worn when the blue dress uniform is worn as the uniform of the day.

 

2.  The dress cape, made of dark blue polyester-wool tropical material lined with scarlet satin rayon cloth, is an optional item which may be worn by female officers and SNCOs with the evening dress and blue dress "A"/"B" uniforms for official and social functions.  It will not be worn when the blue dress uniform is worn as the uniform of the day.

 

3004.  BRASS ITEMS

 

>Ch 6 1.  Brass items that have a gold or silver-plated mirror finish are considered anodized.  Brass items that have a dull gold or silver appearance are considered oxidized.  In addition to anodized and oxidized brass items, subdued insignia may be worn on the utility uniform and other field clothing as detailed in chapter 4.

 

2.  Marines may purchase and wear anodized brass items not available through the DoD supply system, but only as authorized in these regulations.  Marines may also have their own brass items anodized at the individual’s expense.  Anodized brass items not available through the DoD supply system may be purchased through Retail Clothing outlets and approved commercial sources.

 

>CH 5 3.  Unless otherwise authorized by this manual, anodized, oxidized and subdued brass items will not be mixed on the uniform.  This policy does not apply to medals and breast insignia/badges.

 

3005.  CAPS/HEADGEAR. (See fig. 3-1.)

 

Figure Hyperlink:

 Fig 3-1.       Officer’s Cap Components.

 

1.  General

 

    a. Dress and service caps will be worn centered and straight with the tip of the visor in line with the eyebrows.  Leather chinstraps and visors will be kept polished.  Garrison caps will be worn centered squarely or slightly tilted to the right, with the top unbroken, and with the base of the sweatband about 1 inch above the eyebrows.

 

    b. Male cap crowns should fit on the frame and be free of wrinkles.  Male officers' cap crowns will have a quatrefoil (fig. 3-1) centered on the top panel and an outer band of mohair braid.

 

    c. When outdoors, Marines should remain covered, including during invocations and other religious portions of military ceremonies (i.e., changes of command, ship commissioning, military burials, etc.).  Marines will uncover outdoors when so ordered or during religious services not associated with a military ceremony.  Chaplains will be guided by the customs of their respective churches with respect to wearing head coverings.

 

>CH 5 d. Headgear is normally removed indoors.  Marines in a duty status and wearing side-arms or a pistol belt will remain covered indoors except when entering a space where a meal is in progress or religious services are being conducted.  Headgear will be worn in Government vehicles on military bases and installations, except when doing so would present a hazard to safe driving.  Wear of headgear in privately owned vehicles is not required.  (MARADMIN 322/05)

 

    e. Males may wear a rain cap cover to protect service or dress caps in inclement weather with or without the all-weather coat.  Male rain cap covers sold by Marine Corps exchanges will be considered standard.  Females may wear the previously issued/required rain cap cover (havelock) with service/dress caps in inclement weather as long as the havelock is serviceable.

 

2.  Dress Cap Components

 

    a. Males

 

        (1) Cap Frame

 

            (a) Field grade/general officers, black cloth-covered visor with gold bullion or synthetic ornamentation as prescribed (fig. 3-1).

 

            (b) Company grade officers/enlisted, black leather/synthetic leather (high gloss) visor.

 

        (2) Dress chinstrap (officers), or black leather/synthetic leather (high gloss) chinstrap (enlisted).

 

        (3) Two 27-line gold uniform screw post buttons.

 

        (4) Dress cap insignia (officers), or gold branch of service insignia (enlisted).

 

        (5) White crown, cloth or vinyl.  Officer crowns with quatrefoil.  The Commandant and former Commandants will have general officers' gold ornamentation embroidered on the front half of the crown's braid band.

 

    b. Females

 

        (1) Officers will wear the white vinyl dress cap with dress chinstrap.  Field grade/general officers will have a black cloth visor with synthetic gold ornamentation as prescribed (see fig. 3-1).

 

        (2) Company grade officers/enlisted caps will have a black synthetic leather (high gloss) visor.  Enlisted females will wear the black synthetic leather (high gloss) chinstrap.

 

3.  Service Caps

 

    a. Males

 

        (1) Components

 

            (a) Frame with plain black leather/synthetic leather (high gloss)

visor (captains and below).  Field grade and general officers will wear the dress frame with ornamented visor with the green service crown.

 

            (b) Black leather/synthetic leather (high gloss) chinstrap.

 

            (c) Two 27-line black uniform screw post buttons.

 

            (d) Branch of service cap insignia, black (officer/enlisted, as appropriate).

 

            (e) Service crowns (with quatrefoil for officers) of green all-season fabric or of phase-out summer weight polyester-wool fabrics may be worn with service uniforms of any fabric.

 

        (2) The service cap may be worn optionally by male Marines with

the service uniform on all occasions.  Commanders may prescribe the wear of the service cap on specific occasions.

 

    b. Females

 

        (1) Service caps of green all-season fabric or of phase-out summer weight polyester-wool or winter weight all-wool fabrics may be worn with service uniforms of any fabric.

 

        (2) Field grade/general officers will wear the service cap with black chinstrap and black cloth visor with synthetic gold ornamentation as prescribed (see fig. 3-1.).

 

        (3) Company grade officer/enlisted caps will have a plain green fabric visor and a scarlet cord.

 

        (4) Females may wear either the service cap or garrison cap on all occasions.  Commanders, however, may choose to prescribe which cap will be worn for specific occasions.

 

4.  Garrison Caps

 

    a. Males

 

        (1) Garrison caps of either green all-season fabric or phase-out summer weight polyester/wool fabric may be worn with service uniforms of any fabric.

 

        (2) Male Marines will wear the garrison cap with the service uniform except when the service cap is authorized/required per subparagraph 3004.3a(2).

 

        (3) The garrison cap will normally be worn in formation with the service uniform, except when the service cap is prescribed by the Commander for specific occasions.

 

    b. Females

 

        (1) Garrison caps of either green all-season fabric or phase-out summer weight polyester/wool fabric may be worn with service uniforms of any fabric.

 

        (2) The garrison cap may always be worn except when the service cap is prescribed for specific occasions.

 

>CH 5 5.  Utility Caps.  The combat utility garrison cap, and combat utility field hat will be worn with the respective utility uniform according to paragraph 3037 and paragraph 3038, except when another type of headgear is specifically authorized by these regulations or as directed by the commander.  Field hats will not be worn with the maternity work uniform.

 

3006.  COATS

 

1.  General

 

>CH 5   a. Utility coats will only be worn as a part of the utility uniform and will have the Marine Corps emblem decal placed/embroidered on the left breast pocket according to paragraph 3037.  There will be no mixing of desert and woodland pattern uniform items (except organizational gear per the commander’s guidance).

 

    b. Buttons on all service/dress coats may be detachable with worked eyelets provided for them.

 

2.  Males

 

    a. Service coats are semi-formfitting garments and will not be fitted to present a tight or formfitting appearance.  Approximately 2 inches of freedom should be allowed through the chest and 1 inch at the waist, with the belt of sufficient length to fit the coat waist rather than pulled snugly against the waist of the individual.  A properly fitted service coat will ride freely up and down the body when the arms are raised/lowered.

 

    b. Blue dress coats are formfitting garments and will be fitted and altered accordingly.

 

    c. Only the sleeves, collars, and lapels of the service coat will be creased and pressed flat.  Creases in the back skirt of the coats are prohibited.   

 

    d. The length of all coats will extend about 1 to 2 inches below the individual's crotch.  The sleeve cuff bottom will extend to about 1 inch above the second/large joint of the thumb.

 

3.  Females

 

>CH 5    a. The blue dress coats will be worn at all times with the blue and blue-white "A"/"B" uniforms .

 

    b. Service and dress coats are semi-formfitting garments and will be fitted and altered accordingly.  The coat should fit smoothly but not tightly across the bust and shoulders with sufficient looseness to permit both arms to move freely.

 

    c. Coat sleeves/lapels will be roll pressed.

 

>CH 5 3007.  COLLAR, WHITE STRIP.  The standing white strip collar is worn by male officers with the evening dress and blue dress uniforms, attached in the inside of the coat or jacket with eyelet fasteners.  The collar will have a straight edge high enough to extend not more than 1/4 inch above the uniform collar and will be long enough for the ends to meet in the front without a visible gap and with a slight overlap not to exceed 1/4 inch.  CMC decision of 15 Oct 2007

 

3008.  CUFF LINKS SETS (MALES).  The officer or SNCO gold service cuff links sets (Officers have superimposed sterling silver, rhodium-finished Marine Corps emblems; SNCOs have gold-plated Marine Corps emblems superimposed), concave gold or gold- plated cuff links, and MSC and above command level cuff links may be worn at the wearer’s option with the with the male French cuff khaki shirt and dress shirts.

 

3009.  CUMMERBUNDS

 

1.  Scarlet cummerbunds will be worn with the female officers' evening dress "A" (except general officers), the male and female officers' evening dress "B" (except general officers), and the SNCOs evening dress.

 

2.  Cummerbunds will be worn with the pleats opening towards the top.

 

3010.  EARRINGS (FEMALE)

 

1.  Female Marines may wear earrings with service and dress uniforms at the individual's option, according to the following regulations:

 

    a. Small, polished, yellow gold color, ball, or round stud earrings (post, screw-on, or clip), not to exceed 6 millimeters (about 1/4 inch) in diameter, may be worn with the service, blue dress, and blue-white dress.

 

    b. Small white pearl or pearl-like earrings (post, screw-on, or clip), not to exceed 6 millimeters (about 1/4 inch) in diameter, may be worn with evening dress uniforms and with the blue dress "A" and blue-white dress "A" uniforms when worn for social events.  


>CH 5  c.  Small diamond or diamond-like earrings (post, screw-on, or clip) not to exceed 6 millimeters (about 1/4 inch) in diameter maybe worn with the evening dress uniform.  Pearl or diamond earrings maybe worn at the wearer's discretion with the evening dress uniform.  MARADMIN 322/05


2.  When worn, earrings will fit tightly against, and will not extend below, the earlobe.  Only one earring will be worn on or in each earlobe.

 

3.  Earrings will not be worn with the utility uniform, or while participating in a parade, ceremony, or other similar military functions.

 

3011.  ECWCS PARKAS AND TROUSERS

 

 

>CH 5 1.  Marines are allowed to purchase the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) items (as optional uniform items and may wear them with the utility uniform at their option during cold or inclement weather, except when specifically prohibited by the commander for reasons of uniformity.  Marines are authorized to wear ECWCS items with the traditional woodland pattern with the desert and woodland combat utility uniforms per the commander’s guidance.

 

2.  Whenever an optional ECWCS parka is worn, grade insignia will be worn as prescribed in chapter 4.  Name tapes may be sewn on the right shoulder pocket flap of the parka/right seat pocket flap of the trouser and service tapes may be sewn on the left shoulder pocket flap of the parka, as the commander prescribes, in a manner that does not damage the weather-proof integrity of the item.

 

3.  Marines who purchase ECWCS parkas or trousers from sources other than Marine Corps Exchange/DoD supply system may wear them provided they are identical in appearance to the standard item, as well as functional and suitable for combat and field wear.  No ECWCS items are authorized for wear as civilian attire.

 

3012.  FOOTWEAR. (See figs. 3-2 and 3-3.)

 

Figure Hyperlinks:

 Fig 3-2.  Male Footwear

 Fig 3-3.  Female Footwear

 

1.  General

 

    a.  All Marines may purchase and wear approved commercial black leather and synthetic leather shoes in semi-gloss or high gloss (patent) finishes on an optional basis (approval identification not required for pumps).  These shoes may be used to satisfy minimum requirements.  Chukka boots are authorized for male officers and SNCO's only.

 

    b. Double/platform soles, heels, metal heel or toe plates are prohibited.

 

    c. All Marines may wear clear, smoky gray, or black zipper-closure overshoes or rubbers of plain design with the uniform during inclement weather.  Additionally, females may wear plain black boots which do not extend above the knee.  Female boots with a one-piece sole/heel construction in flat or wedge style may be worn; however, platform soles are prohibited.  If boots with separate heels are worn, the heel dimensions will conform to those prescribed for female oxfords/pumps.  Soles and heels must be black and linings will be inconspicuous.  These items will not be worn indoors.

 

2.  Combat Boots.  Temperate weather and hot weather boots 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:

 

>CH 5 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 DoD 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 MCCBs that are authorized for wear. 

 

>CH 5  b. 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 DoD 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 MCCBs authorized that are for wear by Marines. 

 

    c. Optional MCCBs.  Optional MCCBs with a Marine Corps approval identification number (see fig. 1-4) and Marine Corps emblem on the outside heel of the boot are authorized for wear with the utility uniform and will meet the minimum requirement. 

 

3.  Male Dress Shoes. (see fig. 3-2).  Officers' dress black shoes will be either oxford or chukka boot in style and may be either the bal- or blucher-type.

 

4.  Female Dress Shoes. (See fig. 3-3.)

 

    a. All pumps will be of conservative cut with closed toes and heel without ornamental stitching or seams.

 

>CH 5 b. Black suede or fabric pumps will be worn with evening dress uniforms.  Heels will measure from 1-1/2 inches to 3 inches in height.  The base of the heel will measure from 3/8 by 3/8 inch to 1-1/4 by 1-1/2 inches.  MARADMIN 361/08

 

>CH 5 c. Black pumps (except evening dress) will be smooth leather or synthetic leather.  Any elastic binding around the throat of the pump will match the color of the shoe.  Heels will measure from 1 inch to 3 inches in height.  The base of the heel will measure from 3/8 by 3/8 inch to 1-1/2 by 1-7/8 inches. MARADMIN 361/08

 

    d. Black dress flats are authorized for optional purchase and wear with dress and service uniforms instead of black pumps or oxfords under certain conditions.  The flats will not be used to satisfy minimum requirements for either the black pumps or oxfords.  They may be purchased from commercial sources or Marine Corps Exchanges and are not required to contain USMC approval identification.  Black dress flats worn under this authority will be of smooth leather or synthetic leather, with the same general appearance standards as pumps.  They will have a maximum heel height of 7/8 inch.  The flats will have heels that are separate and distinct from the sole of the shoe; "wedged" heels are prohibited.

 

    e. Black pumps, dress flats, and oxfords will be worn with the blue dress, blue-white dress, service and maternity uniforms per the following guidance:

 

        (1) When the skirt is worn as part of the blue dress, blue-white dress, or service uniform, either black pumps or black dress flats will be worn at the individual's option, except as follows:

 

            (a) If the skirt is worn for drill, parades, and other occasions that require functional uniformity, oxfords will be the prescribed footwear.

 

            (b) Black pumps will be worn with the blue dress or blue-white dress uniform with skirt for formal occasions.  However, flats may be worn by those engaged in ceremonial details on such occasions at the individual's option, unless oxfords are prescribed by the Commander.

 

            (c) Oxfords are authorized for wear when a duty involves prolonged walking or standing, when pumps are considered unsafe, when prescribed for medical reasons, or when otherwise deemed appropriate by the commander.  However, low-heeled pumps or flats are encouraged when skirts are worn for duties involving moderate walking or standing.

 

        (2) When slacks are worn as part of the blue dress or service uniform, either black oxfords or black dress flats will be worn at the individual's option, except that oxfords will be prescribed for drill, parades, and other occasions which require functional uniformity.  When slacks and oxfords are worn, either dark hose or black socks will be worn at the individual's option.  Dark hose will be worn with slacks and dress flats.

 

        (3) When the maternity service uniform with skirt is worn, pumps, oxfords, or flats will be worn.  Oxfords will be worn with the maternity service uniform when slacks are worn.

 

3013.  GLOVES

 

>Ch 5 1.  During the winter uniform period, Marines may wear/carry black leather, vinyl, or cloth (females only) gloves when an outer coat is worn with the service uniform.  Black gloves may be worn/carried with the service "A" uniform or service uniform with sweater or tanker jacket at the individual's option; however, local commanders will designate whether gloves will be worn by troops in formation.

 

2.  Marines may wear black gloves with the utility uniform.

 

>Ch 5 3.  White gloves may be worn or carried with evening dress, blue-dress, or blue-white dress during summer and winter uniform seasons.  When an outer garment is worn during the winter uniform seasons, black gloves may be worn or carried.  During the summer season, black gloves may be worn or carried when the AWC is worn as the outer garment, and white gloves may be worn or carried when the boat cloak or dress cape is worn as the outer garment.

 

3014.  HANDBAG/PURSE

 

1.  Females may purchase optional handbags through the Marine Corps Exchange or commercial sources provided they conform to the following guidelines:

 

    a. The optional handbag must be of plain natural grain black leather or synthetic leather.  Exotic materials such as eel skin, alligator, or ostrich are not authorized.  The closure hardware will be brass-plated or gold-colored.

 

    b. The handbag will be of rectangular design with a flap.  If the flap has a closure, it must be a clasp (no buckles, zippers, or string ties are allowed).  The handbag may not have any visible ornamentation, decorative stitching, embossed design, or manufacturer's logo.  The handbag will not be any smaller than 7-1/2 inches wide by 5-1/2 inches high by 2 inches deep nor will it be larger than 12 inches wide by 8 inches high by 3-1/2 inches deep.

 

    c. The strap may be removable or non-removable and may have a gold-colored or black-coated buckle.  It will be of the same material as the purse and no part of the strap will be made of chain.  The strap will be of sufficient length to allow the handbag to be carried properly per subparagraph 3013.3.

 

2.  The handbag may be carried at the individual's option with the service, blue dress, and blue-white dress uniforms.  The handbag will not be carried in formation or when the utility uniform or maternity work uniform is worn.

 

3.  The handbag will be carried either over the left shoulder or left arm.  The strap will be adjusted so that the bottom of the handbag will be near the bottom of the uniform coat.  When carried over the left arm, the strap will be adjusted to its shortest length.

 

>CH 5 4.  Officers may procure a clutch purse(s) to wear with dress uniforms.  Black clutch purses purchased from commercial sources may be used with appropriate dress uniforms.  The clutch purse will be plain, unadorned, rectangular, and will not exceed 6 inches by 9 inches.  USMC approval identification is not required for the clutch purse.

 

>CH 5 5.  A black clutch purse may be carried with all evening dress uniforms, and may be carried with the officers' blue dress or blue-white dress "A"/"B" uniforms when worn in lieu of the evening dress uniform.

 

3015.  JACKET, TANKER

 

1.  The tanker jacket, authorized for individual optional purchase and wear, is made of a pewter gray polyester/wool gabardine material that has been treated to be water-repellent/resistant.

 

2.  The jacket may be worn with the dress "C"/"D" uniforms, the service "B"/"C" uniforms and service or blue dress uniform with sweater.  When worn the jacket will be zipped at least to the top (i.e., the highest point) of the external slash pockets.  When worn with the sweater, the sleeves and the waistband of the sweater will be rolled up or under to ensure they do not extend below the jacket's sleeves/waistband.

 

3.  Officers will wear their insignia of grade on the shoulder straps in the same manner as worn on the all-weather coat.  Enlisted Marines will wear metal/plastic insignia of grade on the shoulder straps, single point inboard, and placed in the same manner as field/company grade officer's insignia.

 

4.  The jacket will not be worn with the all-weather coat, nor will it be worn with the utility uniform.  It will not be worn for inspections, ceremonial formations, or parades.  It may be worn for leave/liberty.  The jacket is authorized for wear, without insignia, with civilian clothing.

 

3016.  JACKET, EVENING DRESS

 

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 Fig 3-4.  Officer Sleeve Ornamentation

 Fig 3-5.  Evening Dress Jacket Collar Ornamentation (Female Officers)

 

1.  Officers

 

    a.  General

 

        (1) Embroidered uniform components with either tarnish-resistant gold embroidery thread or the all-gold bullion are authorized.  The mixed wear of synthetic and all-gold bullion uniform components is authorized.

 

        (2) Sleeve ornamentation for the jacket will be worked on dark blue cloth of the same color and texture as the jacket.  The rear edge has three points for males and a diagonal edge for females.  Forward edges are finished with two rows of gold beading separated by a row of scarlet silk embroidery.  Prescribed ornamentation differs by grade (See fig. 3-4).

 

            (a) General Officers.  One border of zigzag rows of acorns and oak leaves, embroidered large and clearly outlined in high relief with gold embroidery thread.  The midrib of each leaf will be in gold Jaceron.

 

            (b) Field Grade Officers.  Will be as outlined for general officers, except leaves and acorns will be smaller in size and in lower relief.

 

            (c) Company Grade Officers.  Four overhand loops in center, of No. 26-1/2 gold embroidery thread, which will be in one continuous piece.

 

    b.  Males.  The jacket is a round shell design made of dark-blue or black broadcloth, fully lined with scarlet rayon lining material, including the collar.  Front edges of the jacket are slightly curved, and the waistline opening is about 6 inches, for the average man.  The jacket, which is worn open, extends at the sides to the points of the hipbones, and then curves slightly to the front and with the point at center of the back.  It has a standing collar, about two inches high, finished all around, and provided with hook and eye closures.  The collar edges are ornamented with two rows of gold beading separated by a row of scarlet silk embroidery, and dress collar insignia will be worn in the eyelets provided.  The jacket has shoulder straps upon which embroidered insignia of grade will be worn.  Edges of the straps will be finished with two rows of gold beading separated by a row of scarlet silk embroidery.  Sleeve embroidery will be as listed above.

 

    c.  Females.  The jacket is of black polyester-wool tropical fabric with black rayon lining.  The collar is scarlet wool tropical with a row of gold embroidered ornamentation centered along the back seam (See fig. 3-5).  The jacket is semi-formfitting, waist length, with rolled lapels, plain shoulder straps upon which embroidered insignia of grade will be worn, and embroidered sleeve ornamentation as prescribed in subparagraph 3015.1.  Dress collar insignia will be worn in the eyelets provided.

 

2.  Staff Noncommissioned Officers

 

>CH 5 a. Males.  The jacket is a round shell design made of dark blue gabardine fabric.  The jacket, with rolled collar, shoulder straps with red piping, and peaked cuffs, is worn open, held together with two small uniform buttons with 1-inch link.  Dress collar insignia will be worn in the eyelets provided.  Distinctive 1890's style gold on scarlet insignia of grade will be worn on the jacket sleeves, which will be pressed flat.

 

    b. Females.  The jacket is of black polyester-wool tropical fabric with black rayon lining.  The collar is of scarlet wool tropical without ornamentation.  The jacket is semi-formfitting, waist length, with rolled lapels, peaked cuffs, but without shoulder straps.  Dress collar insignia will be worn in the eyelets provided.  Standard gold on scarlet insignia of grade as prescribed for the blue dress uniform will be worn on the jacket sleeves.

 

3017.  MATERNITY UNIFORMS

 

1.  Maternity uniforms will be worn by pregnant Marines when the local commander determines that the standard uniforms can no longer be worn.  Either the maternity service uniform or the maternity camouflage work uniform, as appropriate, will be worn as authorized herein.

 

2.  The maternity service uniform consists of green tunic top, skirt or slacks, and khaki long or short sleeve maternity shirt.  Either the skirt or slacks may be worn with the tunic, at the individual's option according to paragraph 3026.  Either the long or short sleeve shirt may be worn with or without the tunic at the individual's option except that the tunic must be worn when the service "A" uniform is prescribed.  The green necktab will always be worn when the tunic and/or long sleeve shirt are worn.  When the short sleeve shirt is worn without the tunic, it will be worn with open collar and no necktab.  This uniform may be worn on leave/liberty under the same conditions as the standard service uniform.

 

>Ch 5 3.  The maternity camouflage work uniform consists of a coat and slacks fabricated in both the desert and the woodland Marine Pattern digital fabric.  This uniform is authorized for wear by pregnant Marines in the Fleet Marine Force and by those in non-FMF commands who are required to wear the utility uniform in the performance of their duties.  The work uniform will be worn under the same general regulations as the standard utility uniform except that the web belt will not be worn.  MARADMIN 504/07

 

4.  Name/service tapes will be worn on the maternity work uniform with the top of the tapes placed approximately on line with the second buttonhole from the top of the coat.  Placement of the tapes may be adjusted to the individual as necessary to ensure proper appearance and comfort.  Each tape will be the same length, not to exceed 6 inches.  The emblem decal will be centered between the ends of the service tape and with the top of the emblem 1 inch below the bottom of the tape.

 

>CH 5 5.  When the maternity service uniform with skirt is worn, pumps, oxfords or flats with hose will be worn.  Oxfords, with either dark hose or black socks at the individual's option, will be worn with service slacks.  The maternity work uniform will be worn with the Marine Corps Combat Boots (temperate or hot weather).

 

>Ch 4  6.  Unless otherwise prescribed, other uniform items (i.e., headgear, AWC, scarf, gloves, handbag) not specifically addressed will be worn with maternity uniforms when and as prescribed by current regulations for wear with service or utility uniforms, as applicable.  The AWC may be worn unbuttoned or with its buttons temporarily repositioned to the coat edge during the latter stages of pregnancy.  The service sweater and tanker jacket are not authorized with maternity uniforms.  The black maternity sweater (cardigan with epaulettes) is authorized for optional wear with the maternity service uniform.  Gold rank insignia will be worn with the sweater per the blue dress sweater regulations detailed in chapter 4 of these regulations.  The green necktab will be worn when the maternity sweater is worn.  The sweater may be worn over the tunic and underneath the all-weather coat, but must be buttoned at all times.  The sweater is authorized for leave and liberty and for commuting to and from work.  MARADMIN 250/04

 

3018.  MOURNING BAND

 

1.  The mourning band will be worn on the left sleeve of the outer garment, midway between the shoulder and elbow.

 

2.  Officers will only wear mourning bands approved for sale through the Marine Corps Exchange System.  Enlisted Marines will wear mourning bands issued as organizational clothing by their unit.  Mourning bands are not available through the DoD Supply System and must be purchased via open purchase.  The officer’s mourning band may be used for this purpose.

 

3.  Marines will wear mourning bands when serving as honorary pallbearers at military funerals in an official capacity, and at such times as prescribed by competent authority.  Mourning bands may be worn for family mourning.

 

4.  When directed by competent authority, Marines will wear mourning bands while stationed in or officially visiting a foreign nation that is undergoing a period of national mourning.

 

3019.  NAMETAGS

 

1.  No valid general requirement for nametags exists; however, the standard black Marine Corps nametag may be prescribed at the option of local commanders at schools, conferences, and related activities.  Marines assigned to non-Marine Corps commands or schools may wear nonstandard nametags, without prior CMC approval, if they are similar in size and shape to standard Marine Corps nametags and are required by the local commander.

 

2.  The standard Marine Corps nametag will be of flexible thermo-plastic translucent base material with black velvet mar-resistant, non-glare finished surface and a white core, as sold by approved sources.  When prescribed by commanders, nametags and engraving services will be procured according to the current edition of MCO P4200.15, utilizing local command funds.  The tag is 5/8 inch wide by 3 inches long with clutch-type fastener.  Engraved white block-type lettering will be 3/8 inch high by about 3/16 inch wide (unless it must be smaller to accommodate a lengthy name within standard length) indicating the Marine's last name only.  Symbols, initials, nicknames, or organizational identification will not be placed on nametags.  Wearing nametags that do not conform with these provisions, except as noted above, is prohibited.

 

3.  Nametags may only be worn on service and blue dress uniforms when worn as the uniform of the day.  A nametag will not be worn on the female white shirt.  Nametags will not be worn on leave or liberty, but may be worn at off-base events when prescribed by the local commander.

 

4.  The nametag will be centered 1/8 inch above the right breast pocket on uniforms with such pockets and in the same general position on uniforms that do not have pockets.  On the female service coat with slanted pockets, a horizontal line tangent to the highest point of the pocket will be considered the top of the pocket.

 

3020.  NECKTABS/NECKTIES

 

1.  Necktabs (Females)

 

    a. The green service necktab will be worn when the long sleeve khaki shirt is worn with the service "A"/"B" uniforms and when the short sleeve shirt is worn with the service "A" uniform.  No necktab will be worn with service "C" uniform or when the service sweater is worn.

 

    b. Green necktabs will be worn with the maternity uniform according to paragraph 3016.

 

    c. The black necktab will be worn by enlisted Marines with the blue dress "A," "B," and "C" or blue-white dress "A"/"B" uniforms.  No necktab will be worn with the blue dress "D" uniform.

 

    d. Officers will wear scarlet or black necktabs with the blue dress or blue-white dress uniforms as follows:

 

>CH 5    (1) The red necktab will be worn with the blue dress and blue-white dress “A”/”B” uniforms (when the coat is worn, regardless of whether skirt or slacks are worn).  MARADMIN 322/05

 

        (2) The black necktab will be worn with the blue dress "C" uniform.  No necktab will be worn with the blue dress "D" uniform.

 

 (3) The evening dress black tab (crescent shaped) will be worn with the evening dress “A”/”B” uniforms.

 

    e. The necktab's outer edges should be parallel to the outer edges of the collar.  An equal amount of necktab should show on each side of the collar.

 

2.  Neckties (Male)

 

    a. Marines will wear a 3-1/8 inch khaki necktie of any approved cloth with the service "A"/"B" and blue dress "C" uniforms.  It will not be worn with the crew-neck service sweater.  Neckties may be tied with any type of standard necktie knot which presents a neat military appearance.   

 

    b. Approved hook-on (pre-tied) khaki neckties may be worn with the service and dress uniforms at the individual's option and may be used to satisfy minimum requirements.

 

    c. The plain black bow tie with square ends will be worn with the SNCO's evening dress uniform.

 

    d. The necktie will be tied so that the tip of the bottom of the tie is between 1/2-inches above the belt buckle and 1/2-inches below the belt buckle.

 

3021.  NECKTIE CLASPS (MALES) (See fig. 3-6.)

 

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 Fig 3-6.       Necktie Clasp

 

1.  The gold necktie clasp as sold through the Marine Corps Supply System is standard for all male Marines.  However, all Marines may purchase at their option approved tie clasps with stamped or superimposed Marine Corps emblems through the Marine Corps exchange or commercial sources.  For officers, the optional tie clasp will have a silver-colored emblem; and for all enlisted, a gold-colored emblem.

 

2.  The clasp will always be worn on the necktie when the khaki shirt is worn as the outer garment and it may be worn with the service “A” uniform.  It will be placed horizontally on the lower half of the necktie midway between the third and fourth buttons from the top.

 

3022.  OPTIONAL UNIFORMS FOR SNCOS

 

1.  General

 

    a. SNCOs are authorized to wear officers' service uniforms.  These uniforms are authorized at all times including in formation with troops.  SNCOs who exercise this option are not required to maintain equivalent enlisted uniforms.  Male SNCOs who wear service coats of officer-type fabric must have the large pockets sewn down in the same manner as the pockets on enlisted service coats.

 

    b. Shirts worn with these uniforms may be of any cloth of adopted standard.  Enlisted branch of service insignia and enlisted grade and service stripes will be worn with optional uniforms.  The service crown worn with the male frame cap will be without quatrefoil or mohair braid.

 

2.  Optional Uniforms (Males).  SNCOs may wear the evening dress (blue) jacket.  The following accessories and uniform items, available through the DoD Supply System, Marine Corps Exchange System, or approved commercial sources will be worn with the jacket.

 

    a. High-waisted or standard enlisted blue dress trousers with scarlet trouser stripe

 

    b. Frame cap with enlisted dress crown

 

    c. Scarlet cummerbund

 

    d. White, pleated, soft bosom shirt

 

    e. Black bow tie

 

    f. Black dress shoes

 

    g. Black socks

 

    h. White gloves (carried or worn)

 

    i. AWC (may be worn)

 

    j. Dress cuff links and studs

 

    k. Gold button set

 

    l. Gold enlisted branch of service insignia, cap, and collar

 

    m. Miniature medals

 

    n. Insignia of grade, distinctive 1890's style, gold on scarlet

 

3.  Optional Uniforms (Females).  SNCOs may wear the dress cap, and branch of service insignia, evening dress (blue) jacket.  The following accessories and uniform items will be worn:

 

    a. Black skirt, short or long (See subparagraph 3025.3.)

 

    b. White shirt, evening dress (See subparagraph 3024.2.)

 

    c. Dress cap, when required for ceremonial participation

 

    d. Scarlet cummerbund

 

    e. Black clutch purse (See subparagraph 3013.5.)

 

    f. Black dress shoes, suede or fabric

 

    g. Gold buttons, medium

 

    h. Gold enlisted branch of service insignia, and collar

 

    i. Miniature medals

 

    j. White gloves (worn or carried)

 

    k. AWC (may be worn)

 

    l. Insignia of grade, standard gold on scarlet

 

3023.  PHYSICAL TRAINING CLOTHING

 

1.  General Purpose Trunks.  The standard issue general purpose trunks are fabricated from a polyester twill fabric, are olive green in color, are of thigh length, have an elastic waist with a draw cord, and have a bound V-notch at the outer leg seams.

 

    a. When worn with the standard green undershirt, the trunks comprise the standard Marine Corps-wide physical training (PT) uniform and will be worn according to paragraph 2006.

 

>CH 5    b.  Olive green trunks of any material, similar in design to the standard issue trunks, may be worn at the option of the individual on all occasions for which the PT uniform is authorized/prescribed. Optional trunks may be purchased through Marine Corps Exchanges or commercial sources and are not required to contain Marine Corps approval identification.  For comfort and/or modesty, Marines are authorized to wear tights under the general purpose trunks that are not longer than, and color coordinate with the trunks. MARADMIN 361/08

 

>CH 5 2.  Cold Weather PT Uniform.  The required cold weather PT uniform is of olive green knit fabric and consists of a pull-over crew-neck sweatshirt and elastic waist sweatpants.  The shirt and pants will have "USMC" in 3-inch block lettering and the Marine Corps emblem imprinted on the left breast of the shirt and upper left leg. The crew-neck sweatshirt may be worn under the utility uniform coat when sleeves are not rolled.  ALMAR 019/08

 

>CH 5 3.  Marine Corps running suit.  The running suit is comprised of a green jacket and trousers with reflective piping material and inserts, a silver Marine Corps emblem on the left breast of the jacket and upper left thigh of the trousers.  There is a scarlet and gold “USMC” on the front of the lower right trouser leg and a scarlet and gold “MARINES” on the upper back portion of the jacket.  The uniform is meant to be worn in combination with the existing physical training (PT) uniforms, except as outlined in paragraph 1005.2.and 2006.  ALMAR 019/08

 

 

3024.  PROTECTIVE MOTORCYCLE CLOTHING

 

>CH 5 1.  A Department of Transportation (DoT)-approved protective helmet (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety  Standard (FMVAA) number 218), eye protection consisting of impact-resistant goggles or full-face shield attached to the helmet; a protective jacket designed for motorcycle safety (may include impact resistant shoulder and elbow pads), and a high-visibility reflective vest are authorized for wear by Marines in uniform while operating or riding as passengers on a motorcycle, MOPED, motor scooter, or similar two- or three-wheeled vehicle. MARADMIN 322/05

>CH 5 2. The safety equipment described will be worn whenever directed by Marine Corps safety regulations.  When helmets are worn, chin-straps/eye protection will be properly fastened and in place.  Reflective vests must not be covered or concealed.  Protective riding gear will contain minimal organizational insignia, reference to manufacturer/motorcycle brands, graphics or wording.  All gear will be removed immediately upon dismounting the motorcycle.  MARADMIN 322/05

 

3025.  SCARF

 

1.  During the winter uniform period, Marines may wear the green wool scarf when the AWC/tanker/ECWCS parka/field coat is worn with the service or utility uniform, at the individual's option.  The scarf will not be prescribed for wear.

 

2.  When worn, the scarf will overlap to form a "V" at the base of the throat, hiding the garment beneath.

 

3026.  SHIRTS

 

1.  Khaki Shirts (Long and Short Sleeves)

 

    a. When the service "A" uniform is worn, males wear the long sleeve khaki shirt and females wear either the long- or short-sleeve khaki shirt.  The khaki necktie or green necktab, as appropriate, is worn with this uniform.

 

    b. The long-sleeve khaki shirt is part of the service "B" and blue dress "C" uniforms.  The khaki necktie/appropriate necktab is worn at all times.

 

    c. The short-sleeve khaki shirt is part of the service "C" and blue dress "D" uniforms, and will be worn with the collar open and no necktie/necktab.

 

    d. Marines may purchase and wear shirts with approval identification from commercial sources on an optional basis.  Enlisted Marines may use these shirts (with the exception of the French cuff shirt), to satisfy minimum requirements.

 

    e. The male khaki shirt with French cuffs will be of the same design and style as the standard shirt except with French cuffs instead of barrel cuffs.  Officers and SNCOs may wear the French cuff shirt optionally for duty, on leave and liberty, for parades and ceremonial occasions at the commander's discretion.

 

    f. Male wool- and polyester-blend shirts will be pressed with military creases.  Cotton-blend shirts may be pressed with military creases at the individual's option.  Military creases are formed by pressing two vertical creases in the front of the shirt, from the shoulder seam through the center of each pocket to the bottom of the shirt, and three evenly spaced vertical creases in the back of the shirt, from the yoke seam to the bottom of the shirt.

 

    g. Female khaki shirts will be worn outside the skirt/slacks, except that those females who are required to wear a duty/sword belt will tuck their shirts into their slacks/skirts.  The sleeves of the khaki shirts will be creased and lapels roll-pressed; however, shirts will not be pressed with military creases.

 

    h. Khaki maternity uniform shirts will be worn according to paragraph 3016.

 

2.  Female Dress Shirts

 

    a. The female white dress shirt will be worn with the blue dress or blue-white dress "A"/"B" uniforms.  The standard over-blouse style shirt will be worn outside the skirt/slacks at all times.  The old-style white shirt, which is worn tucked in, is authorized until replacement is required.

 

>CH 5 b. A pleated, white tuck-in dress shirt (with black polyester-wool necktab and white pearl buttons) is worn with the female evening dress uniform, except that general officers will have a plain-front shirt.  Female Marines may continue to wear the white, ruffled, tuck-in dress shirt with the evening dress uniform at their option.  MARADMIN 322/05

 

 

3.  Male Dress Shirts

 

    a. The male white soft-bosom shirt is a plain, neckband-style shirt with French cuffs, five pearl buttons, and a collar stud for top buttonhole.  It is worn with the officers' blue dress coat.  The shirt cuffs should extend 1/8 inch below the bottoms of the coat sleeves.

 

    b. The male white soft-bosom shirt with pique placket is a plain neckband style evening shirt.  It has barrel-type cuffs fastened with cuff links and three buttonholes for studs on the front placket.  It is worn with the officers' evening dress uniform.  The white stiff-bosom shirt with one or two buttonholes may be worn until replacement is required.

 

    c. The male white pleated soft-bosom shirt is an evening style shirt with turned-down collar, pleated front, with two to three buttonholes for studs on the front shirt placket, and French cuffs.  It is worn with the SNCOs evening dress uniforms.

 

3027.  SKIRTS

 

1.  Skirts will be of conventional length and sweep appropriate to the appearance of the uniform and the individual.  Service and dress uniform skirts, except the long skirt, will be from 1 inch above the kneecap to 1 inch below the kneecap.

 

2.  Skirts will have a hem or facing from 2 inches to 3 inches wide and the seams will be pressed open and flat.

 

3.  The evening dress skirt will be black polyester-wool tropical material, floor length with center back pleat and fully lined with black rayon lining.  The short evening dress skirt will be of the same material as the long skirt but will be knee length.  The long black skirt will always be worn with the officers' evening dress "A" uniform.  Either the long or short black skirt may be worn with all other officer and SNCO evening dress uniforms, depending on the degree of formality required.  The old-style long skirt without center back pleat may continue to be worn until replacement is required.  Officers and SNCOs will wear white skirts as part of the blue-white uniform during the summer uniform season, unless the commander prescribes blue-white slacks per guidance discussed in paragraph 3026.

 

3028.  SLACKS

 

1.  General 

 

    a. Slacks will be long enough to break slightly over the shoe in front and to reach the juncture of the welt of the shoe in the rear.  A variation of 1/2 inch above the welt is acceptable.  The hem on the slacks will be from 2 to 3 inches wide. 

 

    b. Slacks will be pressed to present a smooth vertical crease at about the center front and rear of each leg.  The crease will extend from the bottom of the hem to about 2 inches above the crotch.

 

2.  Service Slacks.  Slacks may be worn as part of the service "A," "B," or "C" uniform.  Wearing the service slacks as a working uniform is at the individual's option.  On specific occasions that require uniformity (i.e., formations, ceremonies, inspections, parades, social events), commanders at their discretion may direct either that the skirt or slacks be worn.  Slacks are authorized for wear on leave/liberty.

 

3.  Blue Dress Slacks

 

    a. When the blue dress uniform is prescribed, commanders may prescribe females to wear blue dress slacks as part of all blue dress uniforms when specific occasions require uniformity, as discussed in subparagraph 3026.2.  On all other occasions, either the blue dress skirt or blue dress slacks may be worn at the option of the individual.

 

    b. All NCOs will wear the scarlet stripe on blue slacks according to paragraph 4009.

 

    c. Officers' dress blue slacks will have a 1-1/2 inch wide scarlet stripe down the outer seam of each leg.

 

4.  Blue-White Dress Slacks.  At commands where the blue-white dress uniform is required, commanders may prescribe the wear of either the white skirt or white slacks for enlisted if they have been provided by the command via organizational issue or supplemental allowance.  For SNCOs whose commands do not provide blue-white dress slacks via organizational clothing or supplemental allowance, either the blue-white dress skirt or blue-white dress slacks may be worn at the option of the individual.

 

3029.  SOCKS/HOSE

 

1.  Black dress socks, as issued by the supply system or sold in MCSSs, will be plain and without ornamental stitching, and when worn with boots, will serve as the liner sock underneath the cushion sole sock.  Calf-length, black socks of plain design as sold through the Marine Corps exchanges, may be worn as an optional uniform item and may be used to satisfy minimum requirements.

 

2.  Males will wear black dress socks with all service and dress uniforms.  Females may wear black socks when slacks are worn.

 

>CH 1 3.  Coyote brown cushion sole socks will be standard as issued/sold through the DoD Supply System and will be worn with the utility uniform and whenever combat boots are worn.  Green cushion and black cushion sole socks may continue to be worn until replacement is required.

 

4.  Females will wear full-length nylon hose with service and dress uniform skirts.  Dark hose or black socks will be worn with slacks per paragraph 3010.

 

>CH 5 5.  Hose should harmonize with the natural skin tone of the individual.   Dark nylon hose of gray/smoky shades will be worn with blue dress and evening dress uniforms on formal occasions.  Neutral/skin tone harmonizing hose will be worn with the blue-white dress uniform regardless of the occasion/time of the day.

 

6.  Hose with seams, designs, pronounced open-work mesh, or fancy heels are not authorized.  Snag-proof, run-resistant hose of an inconspicuous mesh may be worn.

 

3030.  SUSPENDERS.  Suspenders will be of plain design as commercially available.  They may be worn under evening dress coat, and under the blue dress coat in lieu of the web belt.  Suspenders may also be worn with the white web sword belt per subparagraph 3031.6.

 

3031.  SWEATERS (See figs. 2-23 and 2-24)

 

1.  Green Crew-neck Service Sweater with Epaulettes

 

    a. The olive green crew-neck service sweater with epaulettes is of 100 percent wool, in a heavy ribbed knit crew-neck design with shoulder and elbow patches.  An acrylic knit sweater of the same design may be purchased and worn at the individual's option in lieu of the wool sweater.  The crew-neck service sweater may be worn as a component of the service "B"/"C" and utility uniforms only.  When the service uniform is worn, the long sleeve khaki shirt may be worn with the sweater on a year-round basis at the individual's option.  The short sleeve khaki shirt may be worn with the service sweater at those locations and during those periods when the service "C" uniform is authorized.

 

>CH 6  b. When the sweater is worn with the service uniform, the shirt collar will be worn outside the sweater without necktie/necktab and the shirt collar button will be unbuttoned.  The sleeves of the sweater may be turned up; however, the sleeves should be long enough to cover the shirt cuff.  The waistband of the sweater may be turned under; however, the sweater should cover the trousers/skirt/slacks waistband.  When worn with the utility uniform, the sweater will be worn under the coat.  Enlisted insignia of grade will be worn on the epaulettes according to paragraphs 4004, and per paragraph 4005, officers will only wear their insignia of grade on their shirt collar when wearing the sweater.  Enlisted Marines will not wear insignia of grade on the khaki shirt collar when the crew neck sweater with epaulettes is worn.  MARADMIN 199/04.

 

    c. Commanders may prescribe the service uniforms with sweater for inspections; however, it will not be worn in ceremonial formations or parades on or off the military installation.  The sweater will not be worn on occasions for which the commander determines the service "A" uniform more appropriate.  The sweater may be worn with the service uniform for leave and liberty and commuting to and from work.

 

    d. An optional blue crew neck sweater with epaulettes is authorized for all Marines, to be worn in the same manner as the green service sweater with epaulettes.  Brushed brass insignia of grade will be worn by enlisted on the epaulettes.

 

>Ch 5  2.  Green/blue Crew-neck Service/Dress Sweater without Epaulettes.  The blue crew neck sweaters without epaulettes became obsolete as of 1 October 2006.  Additionally, as of that date the green sweater without epaulettes may no longer be worn as an outer garment, but may be worn (without rank insignia) underneath the utility uniform.  (MARADMIN 319/02)

 

3032.  SWORD AND ACCESSORIES, OFFICERS (See fig. 3-7.)

 

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 Fig 3-7.  Officer’s Sword

 

1.  Sword

 

    a. The sword may be prescribed with all uniforms except the evening dress and utility.  

 

    b. Sword blade lengths are available in a range from 26 to 35 inches.  The regulation sword length for an individual is determined with the sword at the carry position.  The tip of the blade will fall not more than 1 inch above or below eye level.

 

    c. The sword blade is a cut and thrust blade of stainless or forged steel.  The sword blade has prescribed etched ornamentation and a scroll on each side bearing the words "United States Marines" reading on the right side from hilt to point, and on the left side from point to hilt.  The sword blade has a double channel from the bottom of the etching to the point of the blade, and all exposed surfaces are either polished stainless steel or heavily nickel-plated on a copper base, then polished.

 

    d. The Mameluke-type grip of yellow metal with leaves of ivory or ivory-like plastic is secured by two five-pointed star rivets of yellow metal.  The pommel has an eye of yellow metal through which the loop of the sword knot passes and a straight cross with acorn design on the ends.

 

    e. The owner's name may be engraved on the sword at the individual's option.  If engraved, the owner's name (reading from point to hilt) will be etched or engraved on the scroll on the left side near the hilt.  A Marine officer who inherits/purchases a sword previously engraved with another

Marine's name may wear and maintain it as long as the sword remains serviceable.  Removing the previous owner's name is not required.

 

2.  Scabbard

 

    a. The scabbard is stainless steel or cold-rolled steel, chrome-plated, brightly polished, and will accommodate the sword blade snugly.

 

    b. The solid brass, highly polished, ornamented metal trimmings consist of a flush fitting mouthpiece, two lockets each with a ring for sling suspensions, and the tip of the scabbard shoe.  The scabbard is lined with durable material.

 

3.  Leather Sword Sling

 

   a. The leather sword sling is made of black leather or approved synthetic leather in semi-gloss or high-gloss (patent) finishes.   The outer side of the leather is smoothly finished.  The inner side of the sling is darkened to present about the same shade as the outer side.  The sword sling consists of the following parts:

 

        (1) A leather tongue, four snap fasteners, and two straps (one strap 18-1/2 inches long and the other 11-3/4 inches long).

 

        (2) The hardware, which is removable to facilitate polishing, consists of the brass snap fastener with sword hook to which the tongue is attached, and two locking snap swivel fasteners attached to the ends of the straps.  The tongue is attached to the brass snap fastener by inserting the rounded tip through the squared loop at the bottom of the fastener toward the back, folding the tip down and closing the four button snap fasteners.

 

         (3) The locking snap swivels are attached by inserting the tip ends of the straps through the loops of the locking swivels, folding the tip back and inserting a brass button into the two aligned holes of the strap.  The tip end of the straps will be on the under side of the straps.  The large face of the button will be on the outside of the strap.

 

    b. The sword will not be worn without the leather sword sling attached to it.

 

    c. The sword is worn hooked up with the hilt inclined to the rear and the sling outside the scabbard.  To attach the sword and scabbard, use the following procedure:

 

        (1) The snap fastener of the leather sling is engaged in the ring of the shoulder sling or the leather frog.

 

        (2) The scabbard is held in the right hand to the left front, with the scabbard rings to the rear.

 

        (3) Engage the snap swivel of the short sling strap to the top ring on the scabbard.

 

        (4) Engage the snap swivel of the long sling strap to the bottom ring of the scabbard.

 

        (5) Turn the scabbard 180 degrees clockwise, and loop the upper scabbard ring over the prong protruding from the outside of the snap fastener of the leather sling.

 

4.  Service Sword Frog

 

    a. The service sword frog is worn when the sword is suspended from the leather service belt.

 

    b. The service frog is made of black leather or approved synthetic leather in semi-gloss or high-gloss (patent) finish.  The frog has polished brass hooks to fit the 1-inch slit at stop (when folded).

 

    c. The frog is attached to the belt at a point over the highest portion of the hipbone, generally along the seam of the trousers/ slacks/skirt.  The snap hook of the leather sling is engaged in the ring attachment of the frog.

 

5.  Shoulder Sword Sling

 

    a. The shoulder sword sling consists of white cotton webbing with sliding shoulder pad, an adjusting buckle, and a sword attaching ring.

 

    b. The sling is worn by male officers only when a coat is worn.  It is worn beneath the coat, over the right shoulder extending across the torso, with the ring attachment over the top of the left hipbone, at a point where the sword slit is located in the coat.  The sling is worn so that the ring attachment protrudes through the sword slit of the coat, but so that the white webbing is not visible from the outside.

 

6.  White Web Sword Belt With Suspenders

 

    a. The white web sword belt consists of a white cotton webbing belt with an adjustable hook and pile closure and a white leather frog attachment stitched to the belt to hold the sword.  White suspenders are worn attached to the belt to afford additional support and stability.

 

    b. The sling may be worn by male officers as an option to the shoulder sling.  It is worn beneath the coat, with the frog attachment over the top of the left hipbone, at a point where the sword slit is located in the coat.  The ring attachment of the frog will protrude through the sword slit of the coat.

 

7.  Sword Knot

 

    a. The service sword knot is braided of black leather or approved synthetic material, with a simulated large knot, two sliding keepers, and a hook and eye closure.  The sword knot will be attached to the sword at all times.

 

    b. The knot is attached to the sword by passing the small end through the eye in the pommel and securing it to the hook above the large end of the knot.  One keeper will be drawn taut immediately below the pommel; the other immediately above the large end of the knot.  Both strands of the knot are then looped in a clove hitch over the rear hilt at the cross guard, next to the acorn, and drawn taut so that the large end of the knot hangs free and does not fall below the upper brass rings of the scabbard.  The clove hitch "crossover" is worn inboard.

 

8.  Sword Mourning Knot

 

    a. The mourning knot is a black ribbon of silk or similar material, 3 inches wide by 27 inches long.  The two flowing ends are 12 inches long when the band is knotted upon the sword hilt.

 

    b. The mourning knot is worn attached to the service sword knot when mourning is ordered.  The knot is formed by passing the free ends around and under the service knot, immediately below the eye in the pommel, and then passing them back through the bight formed at the center of the band.  The knot is then drawn taut.

 

3033.  TAPES, NAME/SERVICE

 

1.  Name/service tapes will be worn on the green and desert camouflage utility uniforms, combat utility uniforms, and the maternity camouflage work uniform.  The camouflage utility uniform name and service tapes will be of olive green cloth, one inch wide, with embroidered 3/4 inch high black block lettering, except that tapes for the desert utility uniform will utilize brown lettering on a tan background.  The combat utility uniform name and service tapes will be of the same MARPAT material as the uniform it is sewn on to, with embroidered 3/4 inch high black (for woodland combat utilities) and brown (for desert combat utilities) block lettering.  If necessary to accommodate longer names the lettering may be in condensed print, 1/2 inch high.  Nametapes will include the individual's last name only in upper case letters.  Service tapes will be inscribed with "U.S. MARINES" in upper case letters, with a space before "MARINES."

 

2.  Tapes for utility coats will be long enough to align with the edges of the pocket flaps when the ends of the tape are turned under and stitched down.  Tapes for utility trousers and the maternity camouflage work uniform will not exceed 6 inches in length when sewn on.  For the maternity camouflage work uniform, both the name and service tape will be the same length.  Tapes will be sewn on uniforms with the ends of the tape turned under and using a plain straight stitch with thread that matches the tape fabric.

 

3.  On the utility coats, the nametape will be worn over the right breast pocket and the service tape will be worn over the left breast pocket.  Tapes on the camouflage utility uniform will be sewn with the bottom of the tape immediately above and parallel to the top of the pocket flap, with the ends of the tape aligned with the edges of the pocket flap.  On coats with slanted breast pockets, to include the desert and woodland combat utility uniforms, tapes will be placed immediately above and parallel with the top of the slanted chest pocket flaps.  On the utility trousers, a nametape will be worn above the right rear trouser pocket.  Name/service tapes may be worn on utility uniforms which already have the "USMC"/emblem decal affixed as long as these uniforms are serviceable.  However, only the emblem portion (eagle, globe and anchor) of the decal, centered on the left breast pocket, is required.

 

4.  Tapes will be worn on the desert camouflage utility uniform at the commander's discretion only if it is expected that the individual will retain the uniform for at least 60 days.  The Marine Corps emblem may be ironed on the left breast pocket when commanders authorize wear of tapes.  The emblem will not be placed on the desert camouflage utility field hat.  Prior to recovery of the uniform the individual Marine will be responsible for removing name/service tapes from desert utilities.  These requirements for the desert camouflage utility uniform will not be necessary once the desert camouflage utility uniform becomes obsolete 1 October 2006.

 

5.  On the maternity camouflage work uniform tapes will be vertically centered, with the top of the tape placed approximately on line with the second buttonhole from the top of the coat.  Placement may be adjusted to the individual as necessary to ensure proper appearance and comfort.  On uniforms which have the complete "USMC"/emblem decal affixed the service tape will be worn with the bottom of the tape 1/2 inch above the emblem and the nametape will be worn in a corresponding position on the right side.

 

6.  Marines who experience name changes will replace nametapes with tapes bearing their new names as soon as possible.  The wear of tapes with minor deviations, such as the use of some lower case letters in certain names, is authorized as long as the tapes are serviceable.  Marines are responsible for ensuring that replacement tapes meet guidelines.

 

3034.  TROUSERS (MALES)

 

1.  General

 

    a. Service and dress trousers will be full cut, straight hanging, zipper fly front, and without cuffs.  Trouser legs will provide easy fit and will be long enough to break slightly over the shoe in front and to reach the juncture of the welt of the shoe in the rear.  A variation of 1/4 inch above/below the welt is acceptable.  Hems will be from 2 inches to 3 inches wide.

 

    b. Trousers will be pressed to present a smooth vertical crease at about the center front and rear of each leg.  The crease will extend from the bottom of the hem to about 2 inches above the trouser crotch.

 

    c. Enlisted service and dress trousers are standard as issued/sold through the DoD Supply System.  Optional high-waisted blue dress trousers with approval identification labels, as sold through Marine Corps exchanges or commercial sources, are authorized for optional purchase and wear by staff NCOs with the evening dress uniform.  Officers' service trousers, of any authorized material, may be worn by SNCOs.

 

2.  Officers' Blue and Evening Dress Trousers

 

    a. Blue dress trousers for colonels and below are sky blue with a 1-1/2 inch wide scarlet stripe down the outer seam of each leg.  Blue dress trousers for general officers are dark blue with a 2-inch wide scarlet stripe down the outer seam of each leg.

 

    b. Field and company grade officers are authorized to wear blue dress uniforms with coats and trousers of different fabrics.

 

    c. Evening dress trousers are made of dark blue broadcloth and will have a long waist, high in back, fitting snugly and without wrinkles, without hip or side pockets, buckle straps or belt loops; suspender buttons will be inside the waistband.  An ornamented gold lace stripe of tarnish resistant gold thread or gold-plated braid is sewn down the outer seam of each leg.

 

3035.  UMBRELLAS.  Female Marines may carry an all-black, plain standard or collapsible umbrella at their option during inclement weather with the service and dress uniforms.  It will be carried in the left hand so that the hand salute can be properly rendered.  Umbrellas may not be used/carried in formation nor will they be carried with the utility uniform.

 

3036.  UNDERGARMENTS

 

1.  Undershirts

 

>CH 5   a.  Standard undershirts will have quarter length sleeves and have an elliptical (crew-neck) collar.  The green undershirt will be made either of 100% cotton or certified synthetic undershirt.  The white undershirts are made of 100% cotton.  White V-neck undershirts are optional.  CMC Decision Memo of 25 May 2006

 

    b. The white crew-neck or the V-neck undershirt is authorized with male service and dress uniforms at the individual's option.  Whether an undershirt is worn is at the individual's option except that the crew-neck undershirt will be worn when required by the commander at such times when uniformity is considered essential such as at formations, ceremonies, or parades.

 

>CH 5    c. The issued utility uniform undershirt is a plain cotton olive green, short-sleeve, crew-neck shirt.  Marines may wear optional plain, olive green long- or short-sleeve undershirts of any material, as long as the shirts meet the command’s minimum safety standards and have a Marine Corps approval identification number.  Optional shirts (long- or short-sleeve) will meet the minimum requirement, however, commanders may dictate the wear of only short-sleeve shirts when uniformity is required.  Wearing the undershirt with the utility uniform is at the individual's option, except that the undershirt will be worn when the utility coat is removed.  An undershirt may be required by the commander at such times when uniformity is considered essential such as at formations, ceremonies, or parades.  MARADMIN 199/04

 

>CH 5 2.  Drawers (Males).  The standard drawers (boxer or jockey style) are made of plain white cotton. 

 

3.  Undergarments (Females).  Females will wear adequate undergarments, (e.g., slip, bra, camisole, girdle, etc.) to ensure the proper fit, appearance, and opaqueness of the uniform.  Undergarments will be worn so that they are not conspicuously visible.  The white v-neck undershirt is authorized for wear with service and dress uniforms at the individual’s option.

 

>CH 5 3037.  CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM (Uniform deemed obsolete effective 1 October 2006 and is no longer authorized for wear)

 

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 slanted 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 uniform itself.

 

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 3 inches wide, and terminating at a point about 2 inches above the elbow.  When combat boots 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 also be prescribed.

 

>CH 1 &5 4.  The combat utility garrison cap will be worn in garrison.  The combat utility field (boonie) cap may be worn during field-type exercises and operations only, and may not be prescribed during parades, reviews or other ceremonies.  When worn, the combat utility field cap brim will be worn straight or angled slightly down.

 

5.  No woodland or poplin fabric items of the camouflage utility uniform will be mixed with the combat utility uniform.

 

3039.  WAISTCOATS

 

1.  The white pique waistcoat is backless with adjustable neck and back straps; single-breasted with shawl-type lapels, and V-shaped opening.  The front fastens with three detachable small gold uniform buttons set closely together on the right side, with corresponding buttonholes on the left.  It has two welted outside pockets, one on each lower part of the front.  The front edges of the waistcoat, from bottom of lower button to bottom of waistcoat are cut away to form an inverted "V."  Previously authorized white waistcoats with back panel may continue to be worn.

 

2.  The white waistcoat is worn by all male officers with the evening dress "A" uniform.  It will be adjusted so that no part extends below the bottom of the evening jacket. 

 

3.  The scarlet waistcoat made of wool tropical fabric will be worn only by male general officers with the evening dress "B" uniform and by female generals with the evening dress "A"/"B" uniforms.  The standard design scarlet waistcoat is available CG, MARCORSYSCOM (PM, ICE).  A backless version is authorized for sale through approved sources.

 

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