MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 2: DESIGNATED UNIFORMS AND
2. Authorized uniforms for enlisted Marines are designated as blue dress, blue-white dress, service, and utility. The evening dress uniform is authorized for wear by staff noncommissioned officers as an optional uniform.
3. The uniform of the day should normally be the service uniform. However, after 1 October 1994 all Marines will possess one modified blue uniform thereby allowing commanders to prescribe blue dress "C"/"D" as the uniform of the day on certain occasions. For those commands where a supplementary blue uniform clothing allowance has been authorized the uniform of the day will be the service or blue dress uniform at the discretion of the commander. The service uniforms, blue dress "B," "C," or "D," and blue-white dress "B" and white dress "B" uniforms may be prescribed for leave and liberty within the United States.
1. The officers' evening dress "A" uniform will be prescribed for official formal evening functions at which civilians would normally wear evening clothes or "white tie" during both winter and summer. The evening dress "A" uniform with white waistcoat for male officers and long skirt for female officers is appropriate for the following "white tie" occasions:
2. The officers' evening dress "B" uniform with scarlet waistcoat (general officers only) or scarlet cummerbund (all other officers) will be prescribed for official social functions at which civilians would normally wear dinner dress or "black tie" during both winter and summer. Women may wear the long or short skirt, depending on the degree of formality of the function. The evening dress "B" uniform is appropriate for the following "black tie" occasions:
3. Officers not required and who do not possess evening dress who attend functions at which evening dress is prescribed will wear the blue dress "A" or blue-white dress "A" uniform as appropriate for the occasion/season.
4. SNCO's may optionally wear the SNCO evening dress uniform in lieu of the blue dress uniform for social functions at which civilians would normally wear white or black tie during winter and summer.
1. The blue dress "A" uniform (or for officers, the blue-white dress "A" uniform when appropriate to the season) may be prescribed for parades, ceremonies and formal or semiformal social functions. The blue or blue-white dress "A" uniform, as appropriate, will be prescribed for the following official military/social occasions:
2. The dress "B" uniforms consist of the same items as the corresponding dress "A" uniforms, except that ribbons are worn in lieu of medals. Shooting badges may be prescribed. The blue dress "B" uniform (or for officers, the blue-white dress "B" uniform when appropriate for the season) may be prescribed for parades, ceremonies, informal social functions, and as the uniform of the day. The blue or blue-white dress "B" uniform ,may also be prescribed for parades, ceremonies, reviews, and at other such solemnities or entertainments as determined by the commander (such as official visits and daytime receptions). (ALMAR 144/95)
3. Blue dress uniforms are designated as follows:
4. Female Marines may wear slacks as part of the blue dress uniforms per paragraph 3026.
5. Individuals may wear either the all-season polyester/wool gabardine uniform or the all-wool blue uniforms on a year-round basis on all occasions for which the blue dress uniforms are prescribed or authorized.
6. Male field grade officers and below may continue to wear blue coats with blue trousers of different fabrics; however, the future purchase/sale of blue dress uniforms with coats and trousers of different fabrics is prohibited. For female Marines, the coat and skirt must be of the same material; however, if the coat is worn with slacks, the coat and slacks may be of different materials. (ALMAR 144/95)
2005. BLUE-WHITE DRESS UNIFORMS
2. The blue-white dress "A" uniform consists of the same items as the blue dress "A" except the trousers/skirt/slacks will be white. Female officers will wear black pumps, black oxfords, or black dress flats (per the guidance at subparagraph 3010.4), black handbag/purse (when required or desired), skin-tone nylon hose (with coat and skirt) or either dark hose or black socks (with coat and slacks), optional gold or pearl earrings as authorized with the equivalent blue dress uniform (when desired) and white shirt with scarlet necktab (with coat and skirt) or black necktab (with coat and slacks). However, only those female officers in assignments requiring the wear of blue slacks will be required to possess white slacks. Trousers, skirts, and slacks for enlisted Marines or white slacks for female officers will be procured from commercial sources utilizing specifications, patterns, and materials obtained from CG MCLB Albany, per subparagraph 1007.5. This uniform may only be prescribed for official parades, ceremonies, and reviews, and formal/ semiformal social occasions and will not be worn on leave or liberty. (ALMAR 144/95)
3. The blue-white dress "B" uniform consists of the same items as the blue-white dress "A" uniform, except that ribbons are worn in lieu of medals (shooting badges may be prescribed). This uniform will be worn under the same conditions as the blue dress "B" uniform. This uniform can be worn on leave and liberty.
2006. SERVICE UNIFORMS (See figs. 2-20 through
2-28, 2-31, and 2-32.)
2. Service uniforms are designated as follows:
3. The crew-neck service sweater may be worn at the individual's option as a component of the service "B"/"C" uniforms worn as the uniform of the day, unless the commander determines that the service "A" uniform is more appropriate. Commanders may prescribe the service uniform with crew-neck sweater for inspections; however, this uniform will not be worn for ceremonial formations or parades on or off the military installation. The service uniform with crew-neck sweater may be worn on leave or liberty.
4. Female Marines may wear slacks as part of the service "A," "B," or "C" uniforms per paragraph 3026.
5. Individuals may wear either the all-season polyester/wool gabardine service uniform or the phase-out summer weight service uniform on a year-round basis for all formations, inspections, and for duty, leave, or liberty. Individuals electing to wear the phase-out summer weight uniform will replace it with the all-season gabardine service uniform when it becomes unserviceable. Individuals may wear the phase-out winter weight service uniform on leave, liberty, and for duty when uniformity is not required. (ALMAR 172/94)
2007. CAMOUFLAGE UTILITY UNIFORM (See figs. 2-33
2. The utility uniform is a working uniform. Wear of the utility uniform is authorized while commuting to and from work to include all travel aboard DOD-owned/controlled aircraft. The utility uniform may also be worn for brief and appropriate stops off-base during duty hours or while commuting. In addition to emergency/maintenance stops, Marines are allowed to make brief, essential stops off-base during duty hours and while commuting to and from their place of duty, such as:
3. Marines are prohibited from wearing the utility uniform as a liberty uniform off-base or during inappropriate circumstances such as:
4. Marines set the example. In any uniform we will maintain the highest standards of appearance -- at all times -- in all places. Exercise good judgment, if there's a doubt -- don't stop. (ALMAR 6/96)
5. Regulations for wearing utility uniforms are detailed in paragraph 3037.
2008. COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM
2. Commanders may prescribe the combat utility uniform as the uniform of the day. The uniform is authorized for parades, reviews or other ceremonies and social functions.
3. Regulations for wearing the combat utility uniform are detailed in paragraph 3038.
4. Paragraph 2007 of these regulations regarding the wear of the camouflage utility uniform off base applies to the combat utlity unfiorm. (ALMAR 015/02)
2009. PHYSICAL TRAINING UNIFORMS
2. The required PT uniform will be prescribed for all command PT activities except on those specific occasions when the commander determines that the wear of shirts with unit distinct markings, or that the modified wear of another uniform or other clothing, is more appropriate to the respective unit's physical training objective. (MARADMIN 199/01)
3. An optional cold weather PT uniform was adopted to foster increased uniformity and prevent the mandated wear of non-standard sweatsuits of other colors (e.g. red or yellow). This uniform is an optional item for purchase and wear. The cold weather PT uniform will be a green sweatsuit, with or without "USMC" lettering and EGA on the front of the shirt, and left pant leg per paragraph 3030. This uniform may be worn at the option of the individual for unit physical training when the weather requires. Although it is not mandatory all Marines are encouraged to purchase a cold weather PT uniform. However, only a green sweatsuit is authorized for wear. (MARADMIN 399/99)