Everyone recognizes the distinctive dress blues uniform worn by male Marines: the high mandarin collar, the broad belt, the round white cover. Well, female Marines may get to wear that uniform too if all goes well with a wear test taking place now down at Marine Barracks Washington.
All female Marines stationed at 8th and I have been wearing the white dress cover this parade season, and a select number have also donned tailored versions of the men’s dress blues jacket instead of the traditional women’s lapel blazer with white-collared shirt and necktab underneath. At the end of the summer parade season, their feedback will be transmitted to Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, to inform future uniform decisions or changes.
The results of the wear test won’t be in for a few more months, but judging by the past it won’t be easy to change the status quo: Marine Corps leaders have been proposing changes to the women’s dress blues for over a decade, and every time, the move has been soundly defeated by the Marine Corps Uniform Board–as well as public opinion.
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