The Marine Corps back tracked on a controversial uniform survey for gender neutral dress and service covers for all Male and Female Marines.
The problem started when the Marine Corps Uniform Board released a uniform survey for all Marines to comment on concerning changing the traditional USMC cover for all Marine or all female Marines. The survey provided Marines 2 options to change the service Dress and Dress Blue covers. Several media outlets picked up on the story and slammed the Marine Corps for providing the option for all male Marines to wear the female Marine cover.
There was no option for the uniform to remain the same for male and female Marines, which clearly the Marine Corps and Navy agenda is to change the male cover, but to change the female Marine uniform to the male dress cover. While the news media picked accused leadership of attempting to emasculate the Marine Corps, the message is really that it is trying to de-feminize female Marines by putting them in a male USMC cover.
Does the Commandant want Male Marines in female covers or female Marines in male covers?
Marines what do you think?
GROTON, Conn. –
According to a new Navy NAVADMIN instruction, the wearing of the service member’s name tape will be mandatory on their Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I by October 2013.
NAVADMIN 164/12 states that the optional wear of name tapes on the left shoulder pocket flap of the NWU Type I parka is now authorized.
Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the name tapes on the left shoulder pocket flap of the NWU Type I uniform parka will be mandatory.
For more information on Navy Uniform regulations and NAVADMINs visit www.public.navy.mil.
As a reminder to all sailors per NAVADMIN 164/12, nametapes will be mandatory NLT 1 Oct 2013 on all NWU Type 1 Parkas.
J. NAVY WORKING UNIFORM TYPE I PARKA. EFFECTIVE 60 DAYS FROM THE RELEASE
OF THIS NAVADMIN, OPTIONAL WEAR OF NAMETAPES ON THE LEFT SHOULDER POCKET FLAP OF THE NWU TYPE I PARKA IS AUTHORIZED.
EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2013, NAME TAPES ON THE LEFT SHOULDER POCKET FLAP OF THE NWU TYPE I PARKA WILL BE MANDATORY.
(1) DESCRIPTION. THE WEARER'S LAST NAME WILL BE EMBROIDERED QQQQ ON
THE MATCHING PATTERN NWU FABRIC STRIP. NAMETAPES WORN BY E1-E6 PERSONNEL WILL
BE SILVER IN COLOR. NAMETAPES WORN BY E7 AND ABOVE PERSONNEL WILL BE GOLD.
(2) MANNER OF WEAR. NAME TAPES SHALL BE SEWN CENTERED AND FLUSH ON
THE POCKET FLAP OF THE LEFT SLEEVE, ONE FOURTH OF AN INCH ABOVE THE BOTTOM OF
THE FLAP. NAMETAPE SPECIFICATIONS WILL BE PER EXISTING GUIDANCE CONTAINED IN
REF A, ARTICLE 3101.6.
(3) NAMETAPES MAY BE PURCHASED VIA NAVY EXCHANGE UNIFORM CENTERS, ON-
LINE AND 1-800 CALL CENTERS. DURING THE OPTIONAL WEAR PERIOD, NAMETAPES WILL
BE PURCHASED AT THE SAILOR'S EXPENSE. ONCE MANDATORY, ENLISTED SAILORS WILL
RECEIVE A CLOTHING REPLACEMENT ALLOWANCE (CRA) ADJUSTMENT TO FACILITATE
PURCHASE OF ONE ADDITIONAL NAMETAPE FOR THE NWU TYPE I PARKA.
Sailors should refer to NAVADMIN 164/12 for more detailed information.
ACU-Alternate uniform offers more fit options
July 8, 2013
By Spc. Danielle Gregory
FORT SILL, Okla. (July 8, 2013) -- A new Army Combat Uniform with special consideration to the female form is now at Fort Sill, and it is being issued to new Soldiers going through Basic Combat Training.
The new uniform, several years in the making, was initially considered as being the first female-only uniform, but instead is now approved for both sexes and is being called ACU-A for Army Combat Uniform-Alternate.
"We started issuing them slowly in April, and we've since been issuing them more frequently as our fitters get more comfortable placing Soldiers in them," said Trevor Whitworth, Central Initial Issue Point project manager, where new Soldiers are first issued their uniforms here.
They were initially designed for female Soldiers, but we were told if we find male Soldiers that these would fit better than the ACUs then we can issue it to them as well," Whitworth said. "It's more about the fit and the body type."
The new uniform trousers feature: wider areas at the hips, waist and backside; elastic around the waistband instead of a pull string; adjusted pockets and knee-pad inserts; and a shortened crotch length.
In the jackets, changes include: adjusted rank and nametape positioning; adjusted pockets and elbow-pad inserts; slimmer shoulders; a thinner and more fitted waist; and a longer and wider ACU coat bottom. Also, buttons are replacing the Velcro pockets.
"If it makes you more comfortable in wearing that, then I think it's well worth it," Whitworth said. "When you're low crawling or doing a lot of physical training it's nice to have a pair of trousers that have a little give-and-take in them. I think having made uniforms for a female body type, will make a big difference for female Soldiers."
Compared to the original ACUs, which were designed principally by males for males, the new ACU-As were created to fit a wider range of body types; so there are also a lot more sizes to choose from 13 sizes in both the jacket and trouser.
"The old uniform was meant to be one size fits five sizes; these are more tailored ," Whitworth said.
First Lt. Beatriz George, Reynolds Army Community Hospital dietitian, said she thinks it's great to have more sizes to choose from. She added when Fort Sill gets the uniforms at the Military Clothing Sales store she will try them on and consider buying a pair.
"With our uniforms now, its like it's either too tight or too big; it doesn't feel right as they are now," George said.
Although interested in the new uniforms, she said if they were created to be noticeably different, she wouldn't want to wear them.
"What's great about the military is that everyone is equal, and it's one of the few professions where men and women are paid the same, but if you can't tell, and they are unisex, then I'm OK with it," George said.
Program Executive Office Soldier, the program that develops and improves military uniforms and equipment, developed the new uniforms by letting male and female Soldiers wear the uniform and provide feedback. This came about after a 2008 focus group of female Soldiers showed PEO Soldier that ACUs have a non-female friendly fit.
Many females in the focus group reported that the knee-pad inserts fell on their shins, that they didn't have as much mobility because of the poor fit, and that they felt they had an overall unprofessional appearance.
Maj. Sequana Robinson, who was one of many that tested the new uniform, said in a PEO Soldier press release that she was very skeptical when first hearing of the uniforms; she didn't think women needed a uniform more fitted to their bodies, but after trying it on the first time, she was very pleased with the fit.
PEO Soldier is also in the process of developing a female body armor and female flight suit, which are still in development stages.
New black and yellow PT uniforms are also in the development stages, and a new improved duffle bag, which includes a zipper, has just been released and is being issued to basic training Soldiers.
ACU-As are now available for all Soldiers at posts including: Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Lee, Va.; Fort Belvoir, Va.; and Fort Eustis, Va., but Fort Sill's Military Clothing Sales Store does not carry them yet.
"Clothing Sales at Fort Sill wont have the uniforms available until sometime near the end of the year," said Henrietta Haughton, a manager at the Fort Sill Military Clothing Sales Store .
Although the ACU-A is not yet available for purchase brand new at Fort Sill, Whitworth recommends that Soldiers start coming to the reclamation sales they hold every month. The reclamation sell is where Soldiers can buy uniforms lightly used by trainees who do not complete Basic Combat Training.
Because the CIIP here just started issuing the new ACU-As in April, Soldiers might start to see a few of these uniforms at reclamation sales starting in August, Whitworth said. He urged Soldiers to get to the sale early, because uniforms go fast.
Soldiers find out more information about the
ACU-A, ACU Alternate uniform at Army.mil
The Marine Corps times is reporting that the Marine Corps has decided to issue Rugged All Terrain boots or RAT Boots as the Corps Wide Combat Boot next year. The new RAT boot is quick drying and will be the only boot authorized for wear with the utility uniform. Marine Corps Systems Command anticipates purchasing a total of approximately 300,000 total pairs of hot-weather and temperate-weather boots. The boots should be available for issue as part of the initial clothing (seabag) allowance in FY 14 (1 Oct 2013) and also be available for purchase by Marines in the fleet. All Marines will be required to own a pair of the new RAT boots within two years of the initial fielding date. In 2009 the Marine Corps began issuing RAT boots to deploying Marines. The improved version will replace the Infantry Combat Boot which was fielded in 2002. Marines will be allowed to wear either the Infantry Combat Boot or the RAT boot during the 2 year transition period. The new boot grew out of the need to develop a faster drying boot to create a more functional uniform intended to prevent discomfort and debilitating foot injuries. The new RAT boot will look similar to the current generation, but with key changes. The leather ankle straps and gusseting in the hot- and temperate-weather RAT boots with heavy-duty nylon to speed drying times. The padding found in the upper side panels of the hot-weather version of the boot, also to promote faster drying.
The Marine Corps times is reporting that the Marine Corps has decided to issue Rugged All Terrain boots or RAT Boots as the Corps Wide Combat Boot next year. The new RAT boot is quick drying and will be the only boot authorized for wear with the utility uniform. Marine Corps Systems Command anticipates purchasing a total of approximately 300,000 total pairs of hot-weather and temperate-weather boots. The boots should be available for issue as part of the initial clothing (seabag) allowance in FY 14 (1 Oct 2013) and also be available for purchase by Marines in the fleet. All Marines will be required to own a pair of the new RAT boots within two years of the initial fielding date.
In 2009 the Marine Corps began issuing RAT boots to deploying Marines. The improved version will replace the Infantry Combat Boot which was fielded in 2002. Marines will be allowed to wear either the Infantry Combat Boot or the RAT boot during the 2 year transition period.
The new boot grew out of the need to develop a faster drying boot to create a more functional uniform intended to prevent discomfort and debilitating foot injuries.
The new RAT boot will look similar to the current generation, but with key changes. The leather ankle straps and gusseting in the hot- and temperate-weather RAT boots with heavy-duty nylon to speed drying times. The padding found in the upper side panels of the hot-weather version of the boot, also to promote faster drying.
Find Military Medals and Ribbons for all Branches of Military
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus would like to see the number of different camouflage uniforms in the military come down.
“The notion that we have all this camouflage doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me,” he told the Defense Writers Group this morning.
He said the “blueberries” -- which is what sailors call their blue cammies -- work only when sailors fall overboard. The secretary said he would support an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill for fiscal year 2014 that would mandate a single camouflage uniform for all the services.
At one time that was the case. In the late 1980s, all services wore the battle-dress uniform -- a green, brown and black uniform that grew out of Army research, said Lt. Col. Jerry Pionk, an Army spokesman. For the Gulf War, the Army also developed the “chocolate chip” uniforms worn in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq.
The Marines broke away from the “uniform” uniform when they went with their digital cammies in 2002. Not to be outdone, the Army also went digital with the Army combat uniform, using the universal combat pattern. The Air Force followed, and then the Navy went digital with its blueberries.
In all, there are 18 different camouflage uniforms, including one issued to service members deploying to Afghanistan.
There probably won’t be just one camouflage uniform for all situations, Mabus acknowledged. “But we can go to two or three,” he added. “It’s still progress.”
A proposed amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense budget bill before Congress would require the services to adopt one camouflage pattern, with a wear date of 2018.