|CHAPTER 7: ORGANIZATIONAL
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
7000. DEFINITION AND AUTHORIZATION
1. Organizational clothing and equipment are those individual
clothing items on the unit's allowance list that are issued to Marines
on a temporary basis to accomplish assigned duties. The Marine is
accountable for organizational clothing and equipment issued and will
return it upon reassignment. Organizational clothing will be issued only
at the discretion of the commander, according to allowances and
directives published by HQMC.
2. Special organizational clothing such as coveralls, cold weather
clothing, desert clothing, aviation clothing and equipment, and NBC
defense protective clothing will be worn when and as prescribed by the
3. Separate items of organizational clothing or equipment listed in
this chapter may be prescribed with the uniform at the commander's
4. Organizational clothing and equipment other than listed in this
chapter, such as cartridge belts, pistol belts, lanyards, helmets,
cellular phones, pagers, etc., may be worn with the uniform when and as
prescribed by the commander.
1. Brassards are cloth bands suitably marked with symbols, letters,
or words indicating a type of temporary duty to which the wearer is
2. Brassards will be worn with the lettering, if any, on the outer
half of the left sleeve, midway between the armhole seam and the elbow,
or directly below the insignia of grade.
3. Military police brassards are authorized for wear only by
personnel assigned to military police units. The standard gold on
scarlet brassard will be worn with the service and dress uniforms. The
black on olive green brassard will be worn only with the utility
7002. BREASTCORDS. Scarlet and gold
breastcords will be worn by enlisted Marines on duty at State functions
at the White House.
7003. CAMPAIGN (SERVICE) HAT
1. The campaign hat may be worn with the duty uniform by Marines
listed below, and is not authorized for leave, liberty, or in formation
with troops, except as required for drill instructors. It will not be
worn with the Blue Dress "A"/"B" uniforms. Service
cap branch of service insignia will be worn in the center front
ventilation eyelet. Hats, brims, chinstraps, and hat cords will be kept
in a neat and serviceable condition. No deviation from the original
shape and design of the hat is authorized.
a. Enlisted Marines. The hat is felt, Montana peak-type, with a
5-1/4-inch deep crown, 3-inch wide stiff brim, evenly formed, and
thoroughly pressed. The hat is trimmed with a grosgrain ribbon and
bow, has four round eyelets in the crown for ventilation and two
oblong eyelets for leather chinstrap which is fitted with leather
sliding keepers and a tongue-type center bar buckle.
b. Officers. To be identical to the enlisted hat except that the
chinstrap is three-piece leather with a snap hook and fastener at two
ends, and an adjustable tongue-type center bar buckle on the center
piece. Officers will wear a scarlet and gold hat cord consisting of
two rows of scarlet and gold cord held together by a sliding keeper,
covered with scarlet and gold material of the same design as the cord.
Each end of the cord projecting beyond the sliding keeper is finished
with an acorn.
2. The hat is authorized for wear by the following personnel only:
a. At Recruit Depots/recruit rifle ranges when approved by the
(1) Assigned male and female drill instructors
(2) Sergeants major, recruit training regiments
(3) Recruit company first sergeants
(4) Primary marksmanship instructors conducting recruit
(5) Chief marksmanship instructors
(6) Line NCO's and coaches
(7) Range officers (MOS 9925)
b. Drill instructors at Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School
c. Range officers (MOS 9925) at Marine Corps Combat Development
d. Members of the USMC rifle and pistol teams (Regular/Reserve)
funded by HQMC.
7004. FIELD COAT (JACKET)
1. The field coat is intended for wear with the utility uniform.
However, the all-weather coat may still be prescribed and is still
authorized for wear with utilities. Local regulations will not restrict
locations where the field coat can be worn provided it is clean and
2. The field coat will not be marked with the USMC/emblem decal nor
will it be worn with name and service tapes.
7005. FLIGHT CLOTHING
1. Aviation clothing and equipment will be as supplied by the U.S.
Navy and by the U.S. Marine Corps. Such clothing and equipment will be
worn only when and as prescribed by commanders.
2. The flight suit will be worn with flight boots, green/black
cushion-sole socks, green/brown crew-neck undershirt, garrison cap,
black leather nametags, and no more than two CNO/CMC-approved
unit/squadron patches. The flight suit is authorized for aircrew members
outside the working/squadron areas subject to the same regulations that
apply to the utility uniform.
3. The flight jacket may be worn with the service uniform only by
those Marines who have been properly issued and are required to maintain
an authorized flight jacket according to existing regulations. The
flight jacket may be worn with the service "B," "C,"
and service with sweater uniforms. These uniform combinations will only
be worn on base, or while traveling in a private/government vehicle
between local military facilities, or to and from a domicile. While
traveling outside a military installation no stops are permitted. The
jacket will not be worn when the service "A" uniform is
considered more appropriate, nor will it be worn on leave or liberty, or
with the utility uniform or civilian clothing. When the flight jacket is
worn with the service uniform, only one unit/squadron (CNO/CMC approved)
patch may be worn. The patch, if worn, will be on the right front of the
jacket, level with the nametape on the left side.
4. Listed are the four types of flight jackets authorized with the
a. Jacket, flying, men's intermediate, type G-1 (leather)
b. Jacket, suits, flying, winter (green, poopie suit liner)
c. Jacket, flyers, cold weather, fire resistant (AF CWU-45 sage
d. Jacket, flyers, cold weather, fire resistant (AF CWU-36 sage
5. Nametapes will be worn on flight suits and flight jackets and will
be two inches wide by four inches long, made of black leather or
synthetic leather material only, with hook and pile (velcro) backing.
The following information will be embossed in gold on the name tape:
a. Line 1 - Aviation breast insignia (or Marine Corps emblem if
aviation breast insignia is not rated)
b. Line 2 - Initials and last name
c. Line 3 - Grade and component (USMC, USMCR)
7006. FOOD SERVICE CLOTHING
1. Food Service Specialists (MOS 3381) and those Marines with a
secondary MOS of Quality Assurance Technician (MOS 8033) or filling a
designated billet of Food Service Attendant (MOS 8915) assigned to
enlisted messhalls and clubs may be issued the following clothing as set
forth in tables of equipment and as prescribed by the commander:
a. Shirt, men's, polyester/cotton, white w/quarter length sleeve
b. Trousers, men's, polyester/cotton, white
c. Apron, polyester/cotton, white
2. Metal/plastic insignia of grade will be worn on the collar of the
organizational white shirt by food service personnel in the same manner
as prescribed for the utility uniform.
7007. FOOD SERVICE CLOTHING, SPECIAL
1. Special food service clothing will be issued to and worn by Marines
with the primary MOS 3381 serving as Enlisted Aides in general officer's
quarters (MOS 3372) or Food Service Specialists in the General Officers'
Mess as follows.
2. Insignia of grade and branch of service insignia will not be worn
on special food service clothing.
3. Special food service clothing will not be worn beyond
7008. HEADGEAR, SPECIAL
1. Protective Motor Vehicle Helmet. The approved helmet is issued as
organizational clothing only to military or civilian personnel required
to operate, or ride as a passenger on a government-owned motorcycle or
similar two or three-wheeled vehicle while performing official duties.
Such personnel are required to wear, and will be furnished at government
expense, a helmet of the type described in paragraph 3022.1.
2. Fiber Helmet. The standard issue fiber helmet may be prescribed by
commanders for wear in the tropics as part of the service uniform only,
or if authorized by the CMC, it may be worn at posts where climatic
conditions warrant its use.
7009. HONOR GUARD EQUIPMENT
1. The following items may be worn at the discretion of commanders
by Marines performing duties as honor guards:
a. Belt, military police, cotton webbing, white w/waistplate
b. Carrier, pistol holster, cotton webbing, white
c. Cover, scabbard, bayonet, white
d. Gloves, cloth, white
e. Pocket, ammunition magazine, webbing, white, for pistol
f. Protector, holster, white
2. Marines will wear the garrison cap or the service cap with the
service uniform as prescribed by the commander. Paragraph 3004 provides
guidance on appropriate headgear.
7010. MARINE SECURITY GUARDS. Marine
Security Guards at State Department posts where the service/blue dress
uniform is worn are authorized to wear black leather military police
equipment (belt, holster, etc.) listed in paragraph 7011 or as provided
by the State Department.
7011. MILITARY POLICE EQUIPMENT
1. The following equipment will be worn as required by Marines in
authorized military police (MOS 58XX) billets performing duty under the
cognizance of Marine Corps installation provost marshals' offices, the
security department of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, and Armed Forces
a. Badge, USMC, military police
b. Belt, military police, smooth leather, black
c. Carrier, key or whistle, smooth leather, black
d. Carrier, nightstick, policeman's, smooth leather, black,
w/chrome ring for side-handle baton
e. Case, handcuffs, smooth leather, black
f. Gloves, cloth, white
g. Handcuffs, conventional or hinged, blued
h. Holder, ammunition magazine, smooth leather, cal. 9mm,
i. Holder, flashlight, smooth leather, black
j. Holster, pistol, cal. 9mm, smooth leather, black, high-rise
k. Keeper, belt, smooth leather, black, single width (4 each)
l. Nametag, black with white letters, standard
m. Nightstick, side-handle, policeman's, fiberglass/plastic
n. Raincoat, yellow
o. Whistle, ball, plastic, green
2. FMF military police will wear appropriate 782 equipment; however,
they may wear the following additional items as the mission dictates:
a. Brassard, MP standard, gold on scarlet
b. Brassard, MP subdued, black on olive green
c. Carrier, key or whistle, nylon, olive drab
d. Carrier, side-handle baton, policeman's, nylon, olive drab,
w/black nylon ring
e. Case, handcuffs, nylon, olive drab
f. Handcuffs, conventional or hinged, blued
g. Nightstick, side-handled, policeman's, fiberglass/plastic
h. Whistle, ball, plastic, green
3. Marines assigned to security force duty will wear as required the
a. Belt, military police, cotton webbing, white w/waistplate
b. Carrier, nightstick, white, with slide for belt (alternate
carriers are authorized to accommodate side-handle baton if necessary)
c. Carrier, pistol holder, cotton webbing, white
d. Gloves, cloth, white
e. Holster, pistol, cal.45, leather, black or holster, pistol, cal.
9mm, leather, black
f. Nametag, black with white letters, standard
g. Nightstick/baton, standard or nightstick, side-handle,
h. Pocket, ammunition magazine, webbing, white, cal.45 (alternate
items may be used to accommodate cal. 9mm ammunition if necessary)
i. Protector, holster, white
j. Raincoat, yellow
k. Whistle, ball, plastic, green
4. Any items authorized for wear for military police/security force
duties which are not available through the Federal Supply System are
authorized for local purchase utilizing the command's Operation and
Maintenance (O&M) funds.
5. The standard U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Badge will be
issued to Marines performing duties in an authorized MOS 58XX billet
under the cognizance of a Marine Corps installation provost marshal, the
Commanding Officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, or the commanding
officer of a Marine Corps correctionall facility. FMF and Marine Corps
Reserve personnel are not authorized to wear the badge, but will
continue to use the standard military police brassards described in
a. The badge will be worn only when the individual is in a duty
status performing garrison law enforcement functions. Badges will not
be worn during FMF combat operations or training. Badges will not be
carried or displayed under any circumstances when off-duty. When the
military police badge is worn, neither marksmanship badges nor JCS or
OSD Identification Badges will be worn.
b. The badge will be worn by male Marines on the upper left pocket.
The badge will be centered on the pocket between the lower point of
the pocket flap and the bottom of the pocket, midway between the two
c. On the women's coat, the badge will be centered 1/8 inch below
the top seam of the pocket. On women's khaki shirts, it will be
centered 1/8 inch below the bottom line of ribbons. The placement of
the badge may be adjusted if necessary to ensure the proper flat
d. The badge will be worn on outer garments including the sweaters,
AWC, tanker jacket and field coat in the same approximate position as
on the service coat.
6. Commanders may prescribe military police equipment with the
utility uniform when it is impractical to wear the service uniform due
to local climatic conditions.
7. Wearing clear plastic or other types of covers over white belts is
7012. MOURNING BAND. The mourning band
issued to enlisted Marines according to paragraph 3017 is made of cotton
percale fabric and is four inches wide by 18" long with a snap
7013. PARKA. Marines are allowed to purchase
the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) parka as an optional
uniform item and wear it with the utility uniform at their option on all
occasions, except when specifically prohibited by the commander or when
the field jacket is prescribed for uniformity. Whenever the career
length issue or optional ECWCS parka is worn, grade insignia will be
worn as prescribed in Chapter 4. Marines who purchase ECWCS parkas from
sources other than the exchange/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. Marines who purchase
their own ECWCS parka may wear it with civilian attire provided all
grade insignia is removed. ECWCS parkas that are part of a career
length/organizational issue may not be worn with civilian attire.
7014. SAM BROWNE BELT
1. The Sam Browne Belt may be worn by officers at ceremonies,
parades, honor guards, and reviews when the sword is prescribed, or at
such times as are deemed appropriate by the commander. The Sam
Browne Belt may be worn with the blue dress "A"/"B,"
blue-white dress "A"/"B," and service "A"
uniforms. It will not be worn with the AWC.
2. The belt is worn over the service or dresscoats around the natural
waist, shoulder strap over the right shoulder, and tightened with the
buckle centered in front. The frog/carrier is attached to the belt at a
point over the highest portion of the hipbone, generally along the seam
of the left side of the coat.
7015. SERVICE BELT
1. The leather service belt may be issued to officers, SNCO's, and
NCO's for ceremonies, parades, honor guards, and reviews when the sword
is prescribed, and upon other occasions when an individual is actually
or symbolically "under arms."
a. Officers may wear the service belt with the service
"B" and "C" uniforms and the blue dress
"C" and "D" uniforms. SNCO's and NCO's may wear
the service belt with the service uniforms. The service belt may be
worn with the AWC according to subparagraph 3001.4.
b. The belt is worn over the uniform belt, or at the waist covering
the waistband, and tightened with the buckle centered in front. The
frog or carrier is attached to the belt at a point over the highest
portion of the hipbone, generally along the seam of the left
trouser/slack leg or side of the coat or skirt. When women wear the
belt without a coat, the shirt will be tucked in.
2. Synthetic leather service belts in semigloss or high gloss finish
are approved for optional purchase and wear. These belts are not
available in the Marine Corps Supply System, but may be purchased
through the Marine Corps exchanges and approved commercial sources.
7016. SHORE PARTY DESIGNATION
1. Landing Support Battalion Marines are authorized to wear red patches
on the utility uniform. The patch will be made of red material which is
available through the Marine Corps Supply System, sewn on with red
thread, and will be of a temporary nature so that it may be removed
without adverse affect to the uniform.
2. Patches will be worn as follows:
a. A one-inch by three-inch red patch will be worn on the outboard
side of each utility trouser leg. It will be centered on the seam,
2-1/2 inches below the large side pockets with the three-inch edge
parallel to the bottom side of the pocket.
b. A one-inch square red patch will be worn on the utility cap,
above the visor, centered on the sweatband.
c. A one-inch square red patch will be worn centered, approximately
one inch above the front helmet cover seam, with the emblem decal
placed directly above the patch. The patch will also be worn centered,
two inches from the bottom, on the back of the helmet cover.
7017. SWORD AND SCABBARD, NCO
1. The NCO sword and scabbard may be prescribed for corporals or
above when the blue dress, blue-white dress, or service uniforms are
2. The sword may be prescribed for drill with troops and for parades,
reviews and ceremonies.
3. The sword scabbard is of black leather and fitted with highly
polished brass mountings.
4. The sword will be suspended from the dress white or service belt
by means of the leather sword/scabbard carrier. The carrier will be
provided to NCO's whenever required to wear the sword.
7018. SPECIAL ORGANIZATIONAL PHYSICAL TRAINING
CLOTHING FOR RECRUIT TRAINING PERSONNEL
1. Recruit depots are authorized to procure, using locally held
O&M funds, and issued as organizational property, colored physical
training clothing to supervisory recruit training personnel. The intent
of this authorization is to provide a PT uniform that distinguishes
supervisory personnel from recruits, thus allowing the recruit to
identify a drill instructor or company officer in case of an emergency.
2. Recruit depots are also authorized to issue as organizational
property, UDT shorts and colored tank tops to water survival
instructors. In addition, they are authorized to issue female swimsuits
to female water survival instructors.
7019. SWORD MOURNING KNOT
1. The mourning knot will be worn when NCO's are detailed to
military funerals when the sword is prescribed. The knot is formed by
doubling the band, passing free ends around the guard at the pommel,
back through the bight thus formed and drawn taut.
2. The mourning knot is a black ribbon of silk or other similar
material, three inches wide and 27 inches long, each end finished with a
small hem, the two flowing ends being 12 inches long when the band is
knotted upon the sword hilt.
7020. TROUSERS OR SKIRT/SLACKS, WHITE
1. Units which prescribe the wear of the blue-white dress uniforms
for ceremonial wear will procure white trousers, skirts, and slacks for
enlisted Marines and white slacks for female officers from commercial
sources per subparagraph 2005.1. Marine Barracks, Washington may also
procure white trousers and skirts for officers as required.
2. These items will be maintained as organizational property using
the local commander's operation and maintenance funds.
7021. ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING FOR SELECTED ENLISTED
1. All clothing issued under these organizational allowances will be
adequately marked to provide positive identification separate from
individually owned clothing. No article will be altered for an
individual to the extent that it can not be re-altered for issue to
another individual. All items, except headgear, underwear, gloves, and
footwear will be recovered prior to reassignment to other duties, unless
otherwise specified herein.
2. The allowances contained on pages 7-8 and 7-9 are the maximum
amounts that may be issued. Commanders, at their discretion and
depending upon existing circumstances, may issue a lesser quantity of
any item to authorized recipients.