CHAPTER 3: UNIFORM ITEMS AND
REGULATIONS FOR THEIR WEAR
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 Marine
Corps Supply System. Items sold through the Marine Corps Exchange System
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 Marine Corps 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 Clothing Design
Office (855) at MCLB, Albany, GA.
4. Female officers and staff NCO's may continue to wear uniforms
purchased under previous authorization from non-approved sources until
these uniforms require replacement. These items may be used to satisfy
3001. ALL-WEATHER COAT (See figs.
2-30 and 2-31.)
1. The pewter gray all-weather coat (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
2. The correct length of the AWC will be to a point midway between
the knee and midcalf. The coat must be long enough to reach the bottom
of the kneecap for men, and one inch below for women. 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 one 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 men'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. 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 two to four
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 men
only with the white dress trousers.
5. Enlisted men will wear the white web coat belt with waistplate
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 women will wear this belt with the blue dress uniform when
armed with the NCO sword.
a. The plain waistplate has a highly polished, natural brass
finish, is about two inches by three inches in size, and is worn
centered on the coat front buttons.
b. The NCO waistplate will be the same as the plain except that it
has a stamped Marine Corps emblem in the center. Currently, this
waistplate is an optional item for NCO's when wearing the blue dress
coat. In the interim, NCO's may continue to wear the plain waistplate
or the NCO waistplate.
c. The waistplate worn by SNCO's will be the same as the NCO
waistplate except that it has an ornamental stamped design with the
Marine Corps emblem in the center.
6. 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. The
buck will be worn with the locking bar cinched tightly in the buckle.
a. Qualified Marine will wear only the single color of
utility belt with or without marking appropriate to their martial arts
proficiency, per the current edition of MCO 1500.54.
b. Personnel designated as close combat instructors or
instructor-trainers will wear the appropriate identifying mark on the
their belts. Identifying marks 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 at 1/4 inch intervals from the previous
3003. BOATCLOAK/DRESS CAPE (See fig.
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 SNCO's 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 SNCO's 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. CAPS/HEADGEAR (See fig.
a. Dress and service caps will be worn centered and straight with
the tip of the visor in line with the eyebrows. Leather chin straps
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 one inch above the eyebrows.
b. Men's 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 commissionings, 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.
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, and in privately owned vehicles on base, except when doing
so would present a hazard to safe driving.
e. Men may wear a raincap cover to protect service or dress caps in
inclement weather with or without the all-weather coat. Men's raincap
covers sold by Marine Corps exchanges will be considered standard.
Women may wear the previously issued/required raincap cover (havelock)
with service/dress caps in inclement weather as long as the havelock
2. Dress Cap Components
(1) Cap Frame
(a) Field grade/general officers, black cloth-covered visor
with gold bullion or synthetic ornamentation as prescribed (fig.
(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 screwpost buttons.
(4) Dress cap insignia (officers), or gold branch of service
(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
(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 (fig. 3-1).
(2) Company grade officers/enlisted caps will have a black
synthetic leather (high gloss) visor. Enlisted women will wear the
black synthetic leather (high gloss) chinstrap.
3. Service Caps
(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 screwpost buttons.
(d) Branch of service cap insignia, black (officer/enlisted, as
(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.
(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 (fig. 3-1.)
(3) Company grade officer/enlisted caps will have a plain green
fabric visor and a scarlet cord.
(4) Women 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
(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
(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.
(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.
5. Utility Caps. The camouflage utility cap will be worn with the
utility uniform according to paragraph 3037, except when another type of
headgear is specifically authorized by these regulations or as directed
by the commander. It will also be worn with the maternity work uniform.
a. Camouflage utility coats will only be worn as a part of the
camouflage utility uniform and will have the Marine Corps emblem decal
placed on the left breast pocket according to paragraph 3037.
b. Buttons on all service/dress coats may be detachable with worked
eyelets provided for them.
a. Service coats are semiformfitting 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 and white 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
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
one inch above the second/large joint of the thumb.
a. The blue and white dress coats will be worn at all times with
the blue, blue-white, or white dress "A"/"B"
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.
3006. 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 to overlap in the front.
3007. CUFF LINKS SETS (MEN)
1. The officer or SNCO gold service cuff links set (may include
matching tie clasp) will be worn with the French cuff khaki shirt
(Officers have superimposed sterling silver, rhodium-finished Marine
Corps emblems; SNCO's have gold-plated Marine Corps emblems
2. The dress cuff links and studs sets will be plain gold or
gold-plated, of concave design. Cuff links and studs will be worn with
evening dress uniforms. Dress cuff links will also be worn with the
officers' blue dress uniform.
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 SNCO's evening dress.
2. Cummerbunds will be worn with the pleats opening towards the top.
3009. EARRINGS (Women)
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 six millimeters
(about 1/4 inch) in diameter, may be worn with the service, blue
dress, blue-white dress, and white dress uniforms.
b. Small white pearl or pearl-like earrings (post, screw-on, or
clip), not to exceed six 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.
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
3010. FOOTWEAR (See figs.
3-2 and 3-3.)
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
b. Double/platform soles, heels, metal heel or toe plates are
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, women may wear plain black boots which do not
extend above the knee. Women's 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 women's oxfords/pumps.
Soles and heels must be black and linings will be inconspicuous. These
items will not be worn indoors.
2. Combat Boots. Unless otherwise prescribed by the commander,
temperate weather and hot weather boots, as described below, may be worn
with any version of the utility uniform at the individual's
option. Organizational issue safety boots and deviations as
approved by commanding officers and/or medical officers are also
authorized. Authorized boots are as follows:
a. Marine Corps Combat Boot, Temperate Weather
(MCCB(TW)). The standard temperate weather combat boot is the
brown rough-side-out leather boot and will be worn as issued/sold
thought the Marine Corps Supply System/Retail Clothing Outlet and
those private vendors who have authority to sell the patented
boot. A Marine Corp emblem heat-embossed on the outer ankle
identifies MCCB's that are authorized for wear. The mandatory
possession date for MCCB(TW)'s is 1 October 2004.
b. Infantry Combat Boot (ICB). The temperate weather
black ICB, with all black smooth-side-out leather upper, will be worn
as issued/sold thought the Marine Corps Supply System/Retail Clothing
Outlet and those private vendors who have authority to sell the
patented boot. Marine who entered the Marine Corps before 1
March 2002 are authorized to continue to wear this boot until 1
October 2004, at which time they are required to replace it with the
c. Marine Corps Combat Boot, Hot Weather (MCCB(HW)).
The standard hot weather combat boot is the brown rough-side-out
leather boot and will be worn as issued/sold thought the Marine Corps
Supply System/Retail Clothing Outlet and those private vendors who
have authority to sell the patented boot. A Marine Corp emblem
heat-embossed on the outer ankle identifies MCCB's that are authorized
for wear. The mandatory possession date for MCCB(HW)'s is 1
d. Jungle Combat Boot (JCB). The hot weather jungle
boot, with either green or black fabric upper, will be worn as
issued/sold through the Marine Corps Supply System/Retail Clothing
Outlet and those private vendors who have authority to sell the
patented boot. Marine who entered the Marine Corps before 1
March 2002 are authorized to continue to wear this boot until 1 March
2004, at which time they are required to replace it with the MCCB(HW).
e. Optional boots. Optional boots (black only) may
be worn with the combat utility uniform until 1 March 2004.
Optional boots (black only) may be worn with the camouflage utility
uniform until 1 October 2004. The boots may be worn per the
(1) All Marines may purchase optional commercially
available black leather or black hot heather tropical (jungle)
combat boots from any source provided they meet criteria set forth
in the following paragraphs. these items will not be used to
satisfy minimum requirements. these boots may be worn at the
option of the individual whenever combat boots are
prescribed/authorized for wear, except that commander may require
the wear of the standard issue boots on specific occasions when
uniformity is required, i.e., inspections, parades, ceremonies (as
authorized by above timelines).
(2) All optional boots will meet the following general appearance
standards. The boots will be of all-black leather or, for hot
weather boots, all-black leather with black fabric uppers. Boots
with a patent leather or glossy finish are not authorized. Speed
laces or eyelet lacing is acceptable. The total height of the boots
will be from 8 to 12 inches. Lining, insulation, or padding is
(3) Boots worn under this authority will be functional and
suitable for combat and field wear. Examples of boots which do not
meet this criteria are lightweight hiking shoes/boots based on
running shoe lasts or technology, boots with patent leather and/or
zippers, or boots made entirely of canvas and rubber. Boots designed
for police and SWAT use in urban areas are not acceptable combat
boots because they are not suited for load bearing in rough terrain.
3. Men's Dress Shoes (See fig. 3-2.)
a. Officers' dress black shoes will be either oxford or chukka boot
in style and may be either the bal- or blucher-type.
b. Officers will wear white leather or approved synthetic leather
shoes with the white dress uniform. White shoes will be an oxford
style, in a bal- or blucher-type. Either smooth or buckskin finish may
be worn. Soles and
heels will be a matching shade of white.
4. Women's Dress Shoes (See fig.
a. All pumps will be of conservative cut with closed toes and heel
without ornamental stitching or seams.
b. Black suede or fabric pumps will be worn with evening dress
uniforms. Heels will measure from 1-1/2 inches to 2-1/2 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.
c. Officers will wear white pumps with the optional white dress
uniform. White pumps will be made of smooth leather, approved
synthetic leather, or fabric. Stitching and heels will be white. Heels
will measure from 1-1/2 inches to 2-1/2 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.
d. 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
2-1/2 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.
e. 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
which are separate and distinct from the sole of the shoe;
"wedged" heels are prohibited.
f. Black pumps, dress flats, and oxfords will be worn with the blue
dress, blue-white dress, service and maternity uniforms per the
(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 which require functional uniformity, oxfords will be the
(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
(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.
1. During the winter uniform period, Marines will wear/carry black
leather, vinyl, or cloth (women 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.
3. White gloves will be worn/carried with dress
"A"/"B" uniforms except that black gloves will be
worn or carried when wearing an outer coat with all dress uniforms
during the winter uniform period. During the summer uniform period,
white gloves will be worn/carried with the evening dress, blue-white
dress, white dress uniform, and when an outer coat is worn with these
3012. HAMILTON WASH (GOLD-PLATED) BRASS ITEMS
1. Hamilton Wash (gold-plated) brass items (medals and attachments,
dress buttons, waistplates, buckles, belt tips, tie clasps, and enlisted
dress branch of service insignia), also known as "anodized,"
may be optionally purchased and worn. Marines may have their own brass
items refinished, except for the officers' tie clasp, at the
2. Gold-plated items are not available through the Marine Corps
Supply System but are available through the Marine Corps Exchange System
and commercial sources.
3. Abrasive or cleaning solvents should not be used on Hamilton Wash
3013. HANDBAG/PURSE (Women)
1. Women may purchase optional handbags through the Marine Corps
Exchange or commercial sources provided they conform to the following
a. The optional handbag must be of plain natural grain black
leather or synthetic leather. Exotic materials such as eelskin,
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 nonremovable 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.
4. Officers will procure a clutch purse(s) to wear with dress
uniforms. Either the basic white clutch purse with fabric slip-on covers
sold through the Marine Corps exchanges or, black or white 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 six inches by nine inches. USMC approval identification
is not required for the clutch purse.
5. A white clutch purse will be carried when the optional white dress
uniform is worn. A black clutch purse (or purse with black slip-on
fabric cover) will be carried with all evening dress uniforms, and may
be carried with the officers' blue dress "A"/"B"
uniforms when worn in lieu of the evening dress uniform.
3014. 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
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.
3015. JACKETS, EVENING DRESS
(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
(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 men and a diagonal edge for women. 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
(b) Field Grade Officers. Will be as outlined for general
officers, except leaves and acorns will be smaller in size and in
(c) Company Grade Officers. Four overhand loops in center, of
No. 26-1/2 gold embroidery thread which will be in one continuous
b. Men. 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 six inches, for the average man.
The jacket, which is worn open, extends at the sides to the points of
the hipbones, 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
(1) 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 semiformfitting, 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 3015.1a.(2). Dress collar insignia will
be worn in the eyelets provided.
2. Staff Noncommissioned Officers
a. Men. 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
b. Women. 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 semiformfitting, 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.
3016. 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/jumper, skirt or slacks, and khaki long or
short sleeve maternity shirt. Either the skirt or slacks may be worn 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.
3. The maternity camouflage work uniform consists of a coat and
slacks fabricated of 100 percent rip-stop fabric in the woodland
camouflage pattern. 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
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 six inches.
The emblem decal will be centered between the ends of the service tape
and with the top of the emblem one inch below the bottom of the tape.
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 green or black hot
weather tropical or black leather combat boots and cushion sole socks.
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, if required. The service
sweater and tanker jacket are not authorized with maternity uniforms.
3017. MOURNING BAND
1. Officers will only wear mourning bands approved for sale through
the Marine Corps Exchange System. Enlisted Marines will only wear
mourning bands issued as organizational clothing through the Marine
Corps Supply System.
2. 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.
3. When directed by competent authority, Marines will wear mourning
bands while stationed in or officially visiting a foreign nation which
is undergoing a period of national mourning.
4. Mourning bands may be worn for family mourning.
5. The mourning band will be worn on the left sleeve of the outer
garment, midway between the shoulder and elbow.
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
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
three 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
women's 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 women's service coat with
slanted pockets, a horizontal line tangent to the highest point of the
pocket will be considered the top of the pocket.
1. Necktabs (Women)
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:
(1) The scarlet necktab will be worn with the blue dress or
blue-white dress "A"/"B" (coat and skirt).
(2) The black necktab will be worn with the blue dress
"C" uniform. No necktab will be worn with the blue dress
(3) When slacks are worn with the blue dress "A,"
"B," or "C" uniform or the blue-white dress
"A"/"B" uniform, the black necktab will be worn.
e. Officers will wear the scarlet necktab with the white dress
f. 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
2. Neckties (Men)
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 length will be between top
and bottom of the belt buckle.
3020. NECKTIE CLASPS (MEN) (See fig.
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.
3021. OPTIONAL UNIFORMS FOR SNCO'S
a. SNCO's are authorized to wear officers' service uniforms. These
uniforms are authorized at all times including in formation with
troops. SNCO's who exercise this option are not required to maintain
equivalent enlisted uniforms. Male SNCO's 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 men's frame cap will be without quatrefoil or mohair
2. Optional Uniforms (Men). SNCO's may wear the evening dress (blue)
jacket. The following accessories and uniform items, available through
the Marine Corps 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 (Women). SNCO's 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 particpation
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.
3022. PROTECTIVE MOTORCYCLE CLOTHING
1. An unornamented protective helmet which meets the standards of
the Snell Memorial Foundation, the American National Standard Institute
(ANSI) Z90.1-1971, or the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS)
number 218; eye protection (impact-resistant eyeglasses, goggles, or a
face shield attached to the helmet); and a high-visibility reflective
vest (international orange, lime green, or bright yellow) are authorized
for wear by Marines in uniform while operating or riding as passengers
on a motorcycle, MOPED, motorscooter, or similar two- or three-wheeled
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.
1. During the winter uniform period, Marines may wear the green wool
scarf when the AWC/tanker/ECWCS Parka jacket/field coat/ECWCS Parka 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.
1. Khaki Shirts (Long and Short Sleeves)
a. When the service "A" uniform is worn, men wear the
long sleeve khaki shirt and women 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 men's 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 SNCO's may wear the french cuff
shirt optionally for duty, on leave and liberty, for parades and
ceremonial occasions at the commander's discretion.
f. Men's wool-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. Women's khaki shirts will be worn outside the skirt/slacks,
except that those women 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
2. Women's Dress Shirts
a. The women's white dress shirt will be worn with the blue dress
or blue-white dress "A"/"B" uniforms and with the
officers' white dress uniform. The standard overblouse 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
b. The women's white ruffled tuck-in dress shirt (with black
polyester-wool necktab and white pearl buttons), sold through the
Marine Corps Exchange System, is worn with all women's evening dress
uniforms, except that general officers will have a plain-front shirt.
3. Men's Dress Shirts
a. The men's 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 men's 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
c. The men's 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 SNCO's evening dress uniforms.
3025. SKIRTS (Women)
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 knee length (from one inch above
the kneecap to one inch below the kneecap).
2. Skirts will have a hem or facing from two inches to three 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.
3026. SLACKS (Women)
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 two to three 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 two 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
authorize women to wear blue dress slacks as part of all blue dress
uniforms under the conditions of paragraph 2, above, with the
(1) Slacks may be prescribed only for those women required to
possess them or who purchase slacks at their option until 1 Oct 2000
at which time slacks will be a requirement for all female Marines.
(2) Mixed wear of blue slacks and skirts by women in ceremonial
functions, inspections, parades and other ceremonies is not
b. All NCO's 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. 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. Women will not be required to wear white slacks unless
they have been provided with them by the command per paragraph 2005.
1. Black dress socks as issued by the supply system or sold in the
MCSS, will be plain, 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. Men will wear black dress socks with all service and dress
uniforms, except that white dress socks will be worn by officers with
white shoes. Women may wear black socks when slacks are worn.
3. Black cushion sole socks will be standard as issued/sold through
the Marine Corps Supply System and will be worn with the utility uniform
and whenever combat boots are worn. Green cushion sole socks may
continue to be worn until replacement is required.
4. Women will wear full-length nylon hose with service and dress
uniform skirts. Dark hose or black socks will be worn with slacks per
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.
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.
3028. SUSPENDERS. The white suspenders will
be of plain design as commercially available. They may be worn under the
blue dress and white dress coats in lieu of the web belt and may be worn
with the evening dress uniforms. Suspenders may also be worn with the
white web sword belt per subparagraph 3031.6.
3029. SWEATERS (See figs.
2-24 and 2-25.)
1. Green Crew-neck Service Sweater
a. The olive green crew-neck service sweater 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.
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 camouflage utility uniform, the sweater will be worn
under the utility coat. It may also be worn under the AWC and tanker
c. Insignia of grade will be worn on the khaki shirt collars
according to paragraphs 4004 and 4005.
d. 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
2. Green V-neck Service Sweater
a. An olive green sweater with V-neck, shoulder straps, and elbow
patches has been adopted for optional wear with the service
"B" uniform. This sweater will be available in both 100
percent wool and 80 percent wool 20 percent nylon versions at post
exchanges and commercial vendors. It will not be available through the
Marine Corps supply system.
b. The fit and sizing of the V-neck sweater will be comparable to
that of the crew-neck green service sweater (wooly pully). When the
V-neck service sweater is worn, only the long sleeve khaki shirt will
be worn, fully buttoned and with the necktie/green necktab, as
applicable. The sleeves of the sweater may be turned up and the
waistband turned under in the same manner as prescribed for the green
crew-neck and blue dress V-neck sweater. The all-weather coat or
tanker jacket may be worn over the sweater.
c. In addition to collar-size grade insignia worn on the shirt
collar, officers will wear dark green embroidered slip-on grade
insignia on each shoulder strap of the sweater.
d. When the V-neck service sweater is worn, enlisted Marines will
not wear insignia on shirt collars but will wear their subdued pin-on
insignia on each shoulder strap of the sweater. The insignia will be
worn vertically, with the point towards the neck, centered on the
shoulder strap with the bottom of the insignia 3/4 inch from the
3. Blue V-neck Dress Sweater
a. The dark navy blue dress sweater is of 100 percent wool in a
heavy ribbed knit V-neck design with shoulder straps and shoulder and
elbow patches. It may be worn at the individual's option as a
component of the blue dress "C" uniform on a year-round
b. When the sweater is worn, the long sleeve shirt with necktie/necktab
will be worn with the shirt collar inside the sweater. The sleeves of
the sweater may be turned up but will be long enough to cover the
shirt cuff. The sweater waistband may be turned under but should cover
the trousers/skirt/ slacks waistband. It may also be worn with the AWC
and tanker jacket.
c. Insignia of grade will be worn on the khaki shirt collars by
officers and on the sweater shoulder straps by officer and enlisted
personnel according to paragraphs 4004 and 4005. Blue embroidered
slip-on grade insignia have been approved for wear by officers with
the blue dress V-neck sweater. Officers must utilize the embroidered
slip-on insignia over the shoulder straps of the dress V-neck sweater.
d. The dress sweater will not be worn for ceremonies or other
occasions for which the wear of the blue coat would be more
appropriate. It may be worn as part of the duty uniform both on and
off the military installation. It may be worn for commuting to and
from work and for leave and liberty.
4. Blue Crew-neck Sweater
a. An optional blue crew-neck sweater is authorized for all
Marines, to be worn in the same manner as the green service sweater,
and with enlisted Marines wearing the current black insignia on the
collar. The blue crew-neck sweater will be of a blue color identical
to that of the previously approved blue V-neck sweater.
3030. SWEATSUIT (COLD WEATHER PT UNIFORM)
1. The approved optional sweatsuit is of olive green knit fabric and
consists of a pull-over sweatshirt and elastic waist sweatpants. The
shirt will have the letters "USMC" imprinted on the front in
3-inch high black block lettering.
2. This sweatsuit or any similar olive green sweatsuit, with or
without lettering, may be purchased and worn at the individual's option
as a cold weather physical training uniform.
3031. SWORD AND ACCESSORIES, OFFICERS (See fig.
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 one 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 2 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
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.
a. The scabbard is stainless steel or cold-rolled steel,
chrome-plated, brightly polished, and will accommodate the sword blade
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 semigloss 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. 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
brassbutton 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
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 semigloss 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 hip-bone, 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
b. The sling will be worn by female officers only when a coat is
worn and an exterior sword belt is not prescribed. It may also 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
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
8. Sword Mourning Knot
a. The mourning knot is a black ribbon of silk or similar material,
three inches wide by 27 inches long. The two flowing ends are twelve
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.
3032. TAPES, NAME/SERVICE
1. Name/service tapes will be worn on the green and desert utility
uniforms and the maternity camouflage work uniform. They 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. 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 six 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 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, a horizontal line tangent to the highest point of the pocket
will be considered as the top of the pocket. 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 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 pocket at this time. The emblem will not be placed on the
desert sun hat. Prior to recovery of the uniform the individual Marine
will be responsible for removing name/service tapes from desert
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
3033. TROUSERS (Men)
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 two inches to three 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 two inches above the trouser
c. Enlisted service and dress trousers are standard as issued/sold
through the Marine Corps 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 NCO's with the evening dress
uniform. Officers' service trousers, of any authorized material, may
be worn by SNCO's.
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.
3034. TRUNKS, GENERAL PURPOSE
1. 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 drawcord, and have a bound V-notch at the
outer leg seams.
2. When worn with the standard brown or green undershirt, the trunks
comprise the standard Marine Corps-wide physical training (PT) uniform
and will be worn according to paragraph 2008. 3. 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.
3035. UMBRELLAS (Female Marines). 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.
a. Standard undershirts (white and olive green) will be made of
cotton with quarter length sleeves and have an elliptical (crew-neck)
collar. White V-neck undershirts are optional.
b. The white crew-neck or the V-neck undershirt is authorized with
men's 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.
c. The only undershirt authorized for wear with the utility uniform
is the olive green crew-neck undershirt. 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,
2. Drawers (Men). The standard drawers (boxer or jockey style) are
made of plain white cotton. White drawers (same style/design as the
standard drawers), as sold through commercial sources, may be purchased,
worn, and used to satisfy minimum requirements.
3. Undergarments (Women). Women 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
3037. CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM
1. Woodland style camouflage pattern and poplin style camouflage
utilities are authorized for wear at the individual's option. No items
of woodland and poplin uniforms will be mixed with the exception of the
utility cap per subparagraph 3037.7.
2. The camouflage utility uniform is designed for field wear and
should be loose fitting and comfortable. Items should be fitted loosely
enough to allow for some shrinkage without rendering the garment
unusable. Utility uniforms may be starched or sized at the option of the
individual but starching/sizing will not be mandated by commanders. See
paragraph 10103 for laundering instructions for camouflage utility
3. The emblem decal will be placed on the left breast pocket of the
camouflage utility coat centered horizontally and vertically. To apply
the decal, use a dry iron set at 300 degrees (synthetic). Press over the
decal for three to four seconds. Do not use steam. Utility coats marked
with the "USMC"/emblem decal according to previously published
instructions may be worn until they become unserviceable.
4. Name/service tapes will be worn on the utility uniform as
prescribed in paragraph 3032.
5. The camouflage utility coat will be worn outside the trousers.
Sleeves may be rolled up at the option of local commanders. When
authorized, utility sleeves will be rolled with the inside out, forming
a roll about three inches wide, and terminating at a point about two
inches above the elbow. When combat boots are worn, the trousers will be
bloused in a neat uniform manner. When utility uniforms are prescribed
for parades, reviews, and ceremonies, the helmet with camouflage cover
may be prescribed.
6. On the camouflage utility coat and trousers the replacement of
pocket flap buttons with hook-and-pile ("Velcro") fasteners at the option
and expense of the individual is authorized. These uniforms will meet
minimum requirements; however, commanders will not mandate the use of
7. The utility cap will be machine or hand laundered in warm water.
It may be starched or sized but may not be bleached. The woodland style
camouflage utility cap may be worn with any authorized style camouflage
8. When the helmet is worn with utilities, the pocket size iron-on
emblem of the Marine Corps decal will be centered on the front of the
helmet cover. With the helmet cover removed from the helmet, the bottom
of the emblem will be placed approximately two inches up from the front
seam, taking care to avoid placing the emblem over any of the open slits
in the helmet cover material. The emblem will not be worn by recruits
undergoing training. Local commanders may direct placement of the emblem
on desert helmet covers only if it is expected that desert utilities
will be worn at least 60 days. Improperly ironed-on decals will not
render the helmet cover unserviceable.
3038. COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM
1. The combat utility uniform should be loose fitting and comfortable.
Items should be fitted loosely enough to allow for some shrinkage
without rendering the garment unusable. No items of desert and
woodland camouflage patterns will be mixed. Care of the combat
utility uniform will observe guidance provided in paragraph 10104.
2. Name/service tapes will be worn on the combat utility
uniform as prescribed in paragraph 3032, with the exception that name/service
tapes will be placed immediately above and parallel with the top of the
slanted chest pocket flaps. The background of the name/service
tapes is of the same fabric and print as the combat utility uniform.
3. The combat utility uniform will be worn outside the
trousers. When authorized by the commander, sleeves will be rolled with
the inside out, forming a roll about three inches wide, and terminating
at a point about two inches above the elbow. When Marine Corps
Combat Boots (MCCB's) are worn, the trousers will be bloused in a neat
uniform manner. When the combat utility uniform is prescribed for
parades, reviews and ceremonies, the helmet with camouflage cover may be
4. The combat utility garrison cap will be worn in garrison
and may be worn in field environments at the commander's
discretion. The combat utility field cap may be worn during
field-type exercises only, and may not be prescribed for parades,
reviews or other ceremonies.
5. No woodland or poplin fabric items of the camouflage
utility uniform will be mixed with the combat utility uniform. (ALMAR 015/02)
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 through the MCLB, Albany, GA. A backless version
is authorized for sale through approved sources.
3040. APPROVED MATERIALS FOR MANUFACTURE OF
BLUE (Dress Uniform)
Coats and general officer trousers/slacks
Cloth, polyester-wool, gabardine, dark-blue, 10.6 oz.
Cloth, wool, gabardine, dark blue, 14 to 15 oz. (men) (phase-out)
Cloth, wool, elastique, dark blue, 16 oz.
Cloth, wool, elastique, dark blue, 18 to 19 oz. (phase-out)
Trousers/slacks (except general officers)
Cloth, polyester-wool, gabardine, sky blue, 10.6 oz.
Cloth, wool, gabardine, sky blue, 14 to 15 oz. (men) (phase-out)
Cloth, wool, elastique, sky blue, 16 oz.
Cloth, wool, elastique, sky blue, 18 to 19 oz. (phase-out)
Cloth, wool, tropical, scarlet, 10 to 11 oz.
Cloth, polyester-wool, tropical, black, 8.5 oz.
Cap, dress, white (women)
Cloth, coated vinyl, white, 18 oz.
Shirt, dress, white (women)
Cloth, polyester-cotton, poplin, white, 4.5 oz.
Cloth, wool broadcloth, dark blue, 15 to 16 oz. (lining: cloth,
wool broadcloth, scarlet, 16 to 17 oz.)
Cloth, polyester-wool, tropical, black, 8.5 oz (lining: cloth,
satin, rayon, scarlet, 5 oz.)
Cloth, satin, rayon, scarlet, 5 oz. (men)
Cloth, wool, tropical, scarlet, 10 to 11 oz. (women)
Jacket, evening dress
Cloth, polyester-wool, tropical, black, 8.5 oz. (lining: cloth,
rayon,twill, black, 4.2 oz.)(women)
Cloth, wool, broadcloth, dark blue, 12 or 15 to 16 oz. (lining: cloth,
satin, rayon, scarlet, 5 oz.) (men)
Cloth, polyester-wool, tropical, black, 8.5 oz. (lining: cloth,
rayon, twill, black, 4.2 oz.)
Trousers, evening dress
Cloth, wool, broadcloth, dark blue, 12 oz. or 15 to 16 oz.
Waistcoat (general officers)
Cloth, wool, tropical, scarlet, 10.5 oz.
Cloth, cotton, pique, white 5 to 5.5 oz.
Coats, trousers, skirts, slacks, garrison caps, service caps, and
Cloth, polyester-wool, gabardine, 10.6 oz.
Cloth, polyester-wool, tropical, 8.5 to 9.5 oz.
GREEN (Summer Weight Uniforms) (Phase-out)
Coats, trousers, skirts, slacks, garrison caps, and cap crowns
Cloth, polyester-wool, gabardine, 9.5 oz.
Cloth, polyester-wool, tropical, 9 to 10 oz.
GREEN (Winter Weight Uniforms) (Phase-out)
Coats, trousers, skirts, slacks, garrison caps, service caps, and
Cloth, wool, serge, 12 oz. (women) or 15 oz. (men)
Cloth, wool, gabardine, 14.5 oz.
Cloth, wool, elastique, 16 oz. and 18 to 19 oz. (men)
GREEN (Maternity Uniform)
Tunic, skirt, slacks
Cloth, polyester-wool, serge, 10 to 11 oz.
Shirts and neckties
Cloth, polyester-cotton, 4 to 4.5 oz. (including maternity shirts)
Cloth, polyester-wool, tropical, 9.5 oz.
Cloth, polyester-wool, tropical, 6 to 7 oz.
Cloth, wool, tropical, 10 to 11 oz. (men)
WHITE (Dress Uniform)
Coat and trousers/skirt
Cloth, polyester, texturized knit, white, 10 oz. (Phase-out)
Cloth, polyester-rayon, gabardine, white, 7.5 to 8.5 oz.