Marine Corps Uniform In The 21st Century Essay

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Marine Corps Uniform In The 21st Century

The Marine Corps Commandant General James L. Jones wants to lead the Marines into the 21st
century with a new camouflage utility uniform. You may ask, why do the Marines need to
differentiate their uniform from other branches; or why do the Marines need a new utility
uniform at all. The answer to these questions can be summed up in two words: Forward
Movement. Some Marines are having difficulties with the changes that have occurred as well
as the changes that are coming.


On 1 May 2000 General Jones began to start the transition from the old uniform to the new
uniform. Three steps have been taken to change the way Marines look while in their
uniform. First, Marines were no longer authorized to wear the brown undershirt. This
movement came about to distinguish the Marine Corps as an amphibious branch. The Army
Soldier is authorized to wear the brown undershirt, and the Air Force Airman wears a black
undershirt.


Secondly, a new belt for the utility uniform is currently being implemented. The belts
represent the individual Marine's status in Martial Arts training. The "rigger's belt"
will be worn in five different colors: Tan, Grey, Green, Brown, and Black. The Marine has
an option to don a new color once training for that level has been completed.


Finally, the third change involves the utility uniform itself, also known as "cammies",
giving it a complete makeover. The current cammie design for all branches of the Armed
Forces is over twenty years old. The textile industry has made many advances in the
production of clothing providing more comfort and durability. Revolutionary advances
within the clothing industry, Velcro and zippers, are being tested on the new cammie
uniform.


Velcro could be used instead of buttons on the pockets, and zippers may replace the
buttons on the fly of the trousers. While on garrison duty, zippers may also be used on
the blouse, to unzip the arm portion of the sleeve, to avoid rolling up the sleeves in
garrison duty during hotter climates. The basic pattern of the cammie uniform will have a
face-lift as well.


With the exception of angled chest pockets for easier accessibility, the new utilities
will have the same design appearance as the today's cammie uniform. New material that
requires no ironing will increase the durability of the cammie material. The material will
last longer than that of the current cammie material, which will normally fade in six
months. Changing the fabric is not the only material change within the uniform.

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