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Marines developing changes to maternity shirts


WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps maternity uniform could potentially see some changes in the future, including adjustable side tabs for the service uniform, according to a Marine Corps document.

The Marines’ plan for possible maternity uniform changes were presented in a briefing slide for the September committee meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.

The service is looking to add adjustable side tabs to the maternity shirts and tunic for the service uniform. The side tabs make the shirts adjustable throughout pregnancy. The change is still at the concept and development stage, according to the Marines.

The only uniform that now has adjustable tabs is the combat utility uniform, Capt. Joseph Butterfield, a Marine Corps spokesman, said Wednesday.

A commercial nursing undershirt is also in the process of being certified for the maternity combat utility uniform, according to the Marines.

The document states improvements for adding the adjustable side tabs and nursing undershirt will be available during fiscal year 2020. However, Butterfield said the Marine Corps does not have a detailed timeline on when the modifications to the maternity service uniform will be available.

The Marine Corps is also interested in new long- and short-sleeve maternity shirts for their service uniform. The document states they are still waiting to hear the results of a similar Air Force initiative.


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