New uniform changes have been approved, allowing base commanders to dictate the cammies aboard their installation to better fit the climate. Former regulations had Marines donning woodland cammies in the fall and winters months and desert cammies in the spring and summer.
Also impacted are the new female Marine dress blues, where they’ll done the male-style cover and dress blue coat.
Commandant Gen. Robert Neller approved the new uniform changes and sent out a MARADMIN released on Friday and shown below.
R 082100Z JAN 16
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD 216 DECISIONS//
REF/A/MTG/CMC BRIEF/19 OCT 2015//
REF/B/DOC/CMC MCUB/18 MAR 2008//
NARR/REF A IS PRESIDENT, MCUB BRIEF TO CMC; UNIFORM BOARD 216. REF B IS MCO P1020.34G CHANGE 1-5; THE MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS.//
POC/YA2 M. BOYT/-/MCUB/-/TEL: (703) 432-3573 OR DSN 378-3573/EMAIL: MARY.BOYT(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXTS/REMARKS/1. Per reference (a), on 19 October 2015, the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) rendered decisions on Marine Corps Uniform Board (MCUB) No. 216 recommendations.
2. CMC decisions are detailed below.
a. Agenda Item A: Female Blue Dress Coat.
(1) Recommendation: Adopt the modified female blue dress coat as a replacement for the current female blue dress coat.
(2) CMC decision: Approved. Due to prototype refinement, contracting, and acquisition timelines, initial fielding of the modified female dress blue coat is anticipated to take 24 – 36 months. Fielding information and mandatory possession dates will be published via separate correspondence.
b. Agenda Item B: Seasonal Uniform Policy.
(1) Recommendation: Establish Marine Corps Force (MarFor)-level commanders and other specified commanding generals and commanding officers as the seasonal uniform policy waiver authority in their respective area of operations.
(2) CMC decision: Approved.
(3) Further guidance. The current seasonal uniform policy, based on continental United States daylight saving time (DST) dates, will continue to establish the standard seasonal uniform change dates. However, CMC has approved waiver policy and procedures to accommodate for climatic and mission considerations. As such, unless operating under a waiver in accordance with the guidelines below, Marines will continue to transition to the winter uniforms on the first Monday after the fall DST change (1st Sunday in November), and to the summer season uniforms on the first Monday after the spring DTS change (2nd Sunday in March). The Marine Corps Birthday Ball uniform for officers and staff noncommissioned officers will continue to be the Blue Dress “A” and Evening Dress uniforms, irrespective of when commands conduct their Birthday Ball.
(a) CMC delegates waiver authority to approve deviations from the Headquarters Marine Corps seasonal uniform schedule to the following commanders.
– All MarFor commanders
– Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command
– Commanding General, Training and Education Command
– Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group
– Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Security Force Regiment
– Commanding Officers, Marine Corps Bases
This waiver authority may not be further delegated.
(b) Commanders will provide a copy of all command approved waivers to the MCUB via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The waivers must detail the units granted the waiver and the exact nature of the waiver, including specific locations and dates (e.g., Marines and Sailors permanently or temporarily assigned to 3d Marine Division in Okinawa are authorized to wear the summer season uniforms year-round; or MarForSouth Marines and Sailors assigned to Security Cooperation Team-Guatemala are authorized to wear summer service uniforms year-round, etc.). A database will be maintained with all waivers and published at the MCUB website at (http:(slash)(slash)www.hqmc.marines.mil/Agencies/MarineCorpsUniformBoard.aspx).
(c) To the extent possible given unique mission requirements, commanders should coordinate with other units in the immediate geographic area to achieve consistency in local seasonal uniform policy.
(d) Commanders, as described in paragraph 1000.4 of reference (b), will continue to dictate the field/training/deployment uniform for their units. Additionally, commanders will establish the uniform for duty personnel, as well as for Fridays.
c. Agenda Item C: Uniform of the Day Policy.
(1) Recommendation: Establish the service uniform as the uniform of the day unless otherwise prescribed by the commander.
(2) CMC decision: Disapproved.
d. Agenda Item D: Desert Marine Pattern (MARPAT) Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniforms (MCCUUs).
(1) Recommendation: Delete the Desert MARPAT MCCUU from the seabag and the minimum requirement list.
(2) CMC decision: Disapproved.
3. Release authorized by Lieutenant General James B. Laster, Director, Marine Corps Staff.//