Permanent Marine Corps Uniform Board


"To balance the individual Marine's need for 'best value' clothing in terms of practicality, quality and cost within realistic supply support and fiscal constraints to ensure that the Marine Corps maintains functional, traditional and distinctive uniforms."

*****MCUB STAFF HAS A NEW PHONE NUMBER:  703.784.6889 (sorry no voicemail, see email address at the bottom of the page)*****


No active MCUB Corps-wide surveys at this time.

TBS is currently wear testing various female hairstyles with the helmet in the field. 
MarCorSysCom will be conducting limited user evaluations on the proposed new PT uniform in 3d/4th quarter FY21.


DRAFT MCO 1020.34H Marine Corps Uniform Regulations 

This is the most up to date version of the order.  All changes that have occurred since the "H" version was published can be found below. have been incorporated.  These changes are effective immediately as they can be attributed to a MARADMIN/ALMAR/PMCUB decision or CMC memorandum.  The draft version is currently not available.

MCO 1020.34H   Marine Corps Uniform Regulations (Marine Corps Publications website version)

**It is recommended that the draft version of the Uniform Regs found directly above be used in lieu of this order (there have been many changes since its initial publication). The draft version will be the most up to date version and will be updated as new decisions and changes are made.**

  • Text Changes to the MCO can be found here.
  • Changes to figures/graphics due to administrative error/MARADMIN/ALMAR/PMCUB approvalTo see all graphic/figure changes, click here.  A summation of the existing changes is detailed below.
    • Figure 1-3.  Female hair length.  Due to an administrative error, this figure has been updated.  The line indicating the bottom edge of the collar was pointing to the wrong spot (the collar point instead of the bottom edge), and has been fixed.
    • Figure 4-3.  Placement of Branch of Service and officer grade insignia.  Change made based off MARADMIN 596/18.
    • Figure 4-8.  Placement of enlisted grade insignia and service stripes (women).  Change made based off MARADMIN 596/18.
    • Figure 5-5.  Placement of medals/ribbons on women's dress coats and khaki shirts.  Change made based off MARADMIN 596/18.

MCO 4400.201 Vol 13

Management of Property in Possession of the Marine Corps (replaced MCO P10120.28G).  There is a change to this order that was published via Naval Message.  You may view the message at the bottom of the civilian clothing allowance program information page attached here.

MCBUL 10120

CURRENT FY Individual Clothing Allowances, click here (This link brings you to the Marine Corps publications website, where you will have to do a key word search for “MCBul 10120”).  Remember this is a fiscal year document.


   Civilian Clothing Replacement Allowance (CCRA) Rates:

FY21- $375.84; FY20 - $368.28; FY19 - $360.72; FY18 - $354.24; FY17 - $347.04; FY16 - $340.80; FY15- $335.40; FY14- $329.76;FY13 - $323.52;FY12 - $318.00; FY11 - $313.49; FY10 – $310.08;FY09 - $306.92; FY08 - $300.90; FY07 - $293.77; FY06 - $287.45; FY05 -$281.81; FY04- $278.19; FY03- $274.01; FY02 - $270.49; FY01 - $266.49.


From now on, all CCA requests must include a screenshot from MCTFS (3270).  Please send a screenshot of the Marines d926 page with each request.  Requests cannot be processed without that screenshot.  For more information on the Civilian Clothing Allowance Program, click here.


The Uniform Board process starts with a recommendation.  The recommendation can come from anywhere, but if it's coming from an individual Marine, it needs a command endorsement.  Once enough issues are compiled for a formal Board meeting, the issues are briefed to the President, Marine Corps Uniform Board (PMCUB).  The issues approved by the PMCUB are then sent to the first formal step of the process, the Working Group.

The Working Group is comprised of Marines from the local area, as well as subject duty experts, and when feasible, advocates for the issues, and is presided over by the Working Group Head.  The Working Group is tasked with developing a formal recommendation for each issue for the Board.  The Working Group results are then put in survey format (when feasible) and sent to the Corps for votes via  This is the one step in the formal board process where individual Marines get a chance to vote.  In addition to a strong media push announcing the survey, all active Uniform Board surveys are announced on the MCUB webpage.  After the survey results are reviewed, they are forwarded, along with the Working Group results, to the formal Uniform Board.

The Uniform Board (membership is appointed by CMC and includes Marines from the local schools at MCB Quantico) is tasked with providing a final vote and recommendation to CMC for each issue.  Before forwarding the survey results and Board recommendations to CMC for decision, CMC's staff is offered an opportunity to review and provide comments on each issue.  Once CMC renders his decisions, the Board results are published via ALMAR, a coordinated press/social media push is facilitated by HQMC, and are posted on this website..

If you have an idea, and would like to submit a recommendation, please send an email (or call) to the POC detailed at this bottom of this page before you dedicate a lot of resources and time.  You will be contacted directly with what is needed for your request to receive consideration.


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BELT GUIDANCE FOR THE NEW FEMALE DRESS BLUE COAT.  Per MARADMIN 596/18, paragraph 3002 of the Uniform Regs was changed to read:  

"1.  Belts for all uniforms will be worn at the natural waistline with the right edge of the buckle (wearer's right) on line with the edge of the fly or coat front.  For male officer dress and service coats, and enlisted male service coats, the right edge of the buckle (wearer’s right) will be on line with the edge of the coat front.  For the new female officer blue dress coat, the left edge of the buckle (wearer’s left) will be worn on line with edge of the coat front, and the end of the belt will extend out to the wearers left."  Translation - because the FDBC closes opposite of the male coat, the female belt is worn opposite of the male coat.

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) OFFICER/OPERATOR INSIGNIA.  Per DC Aviation Memo 1000 DCA dtd 16 Oct 2020, Marine officers with the MOS 7318 and enlisted Marines with the MOS 7316 are authorized to wear the UAS officer and operator insignia, respectively.  Paragraph 40002 of the Uniform Regulations applies. 

MATERNITY UNIFORM DEVELOPMENT.  The maternity t-shirt and nursing t-shirt have been certified by Marine Corps Systems Command (SysCom) as optional clothing items and the Military Corps Clothing Stores (MCCS) is working on getting them on the shelves and available for purchase in April 2021.  If it isn't available in your local PX, it should be available for purchase via the Marine Corps' online uniform website sometime in the near future.  Additionally, side tabs are being added to the maternity khaki long and short-sleeve shirts and the maternity tunic to allow for a better fit for the uniform throughout a Marine's pregnancy.  Production of items with the side tabs is currently underway.  SysCom is also developing blue dress maternity skirt and slacks (fielding date to be determined), which will be added to the maternity supplemental clothing allowance.

HQMC UNIFORM OF THE DAY.  The uniform of the day, per ALMAR 13/20, for all Marines and Sailors serving with the Marine Corps whose permanent duty station is the Pentagon Reservation or who are visiting (TAD, to conduct business...), is the service "B"/"C" uniform (season appropriate).  

WAIVER TO THE MANDATORY POSSESSION DATE FOR THE FEMALE DRESS BLUE COAT (FDBC) FOR MARINES EXITING THE SERVICE BETWEEN 1 OCT 2022 AND 1 JAN 2023.  Per ALMAR 007/20, female Marines exiting the Marine Corps between 1 October 2022 and 1 January 2023 may continue to wear their "old" female blue dress uniform until they exit the Corps.  The mandatory possession date for the new FDBC for Marines that fall outside that window remains 1 October 2022.

BLACK FIELD GLOVES, INSERTS AND WATCHCAPS.  Per CMC Decision Memo dtd 10 Jan 18, and as published in MARADMIN 596/18 , the coyote field glove liners' (DSCP black liners will meet the minimum requirement) mandatory possession date is 1 Oct 2019; the coyote watchcap's mandatory possession date is 1 Oct 2020; and the black field gloves' mandatory possession date is 1 Oct 2021.  The DSCP field gloves and liners may be worn in garrison or in the field with the MCCUU at the individual's discretion (the liners may be worn as an outergarment except in formation).  The DSCP issued coyote watchcap may be worn with the physical training uniforms and the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) in garrison and in the field when weather appropriate.  When in a non-tactical or garrison environment Marines will maintain the same saluting requirements as if wearing the garrison MCCUU caps. Marines will not salute when wearing the cold weather watchcap with the physical training uniform.

MARINE CORPS BOOT PROGRAM.  The minimum requirement is one pair of hot weather and one pair of temperate weather boots.  You may wear either the Marine Corps Combat Boot (MCCBs) or the Rugged All Terrain (RAT) boot, both will meet the minimum requirement.  If you are wearing a certified optional boot, it MUST have the Marine Corps emblem on the heel of the boot, as well as a certification approval number tag (usually found on the inside upper portion of one of the boots).  If the boot does not have both the tag and the emblem, it is not a certified uniform item and cannot be worn, even if it is from an approved manufacturer.  Often manufactures offer a non-certified version of the approved boot for civilian wear.  So be careful when shopping on line to look for both the emblem and the tag.

FOURRAGERE.  The wear black tip pencil attachment for the French Fourragere is obsolete.  If you were awarded (as a permanent award) the black tip pencil attachment you may continue to wear it (it has been obsolete since 2001).  Only Marines personally awarded the French Fourragere for their actions during WWII are authorized to wear the award as a permanent part of the uniform.  Marines currently attached to 5th and 6th Marines wear the award while attached to that unit, and will wear the polished brass tip pencil attachment.  Paragraph 5302.4 of MCO 1020.34H will be updated to reflect this change.

MALE FADES.  The zero fade starts at the nape and must continue up to the top orifice of the ear (this finally provides concrete guidance for those that like to wear the low regulation haircut).  Remember, fades start at zero and graduate up to your maximum hair length (maximum hair length cannot be reached before the top orifice of the ear).    This does not prohibit you from starting at zero at the nape and continuing at zero beyond the top orifice of the ear, then fade up to a high and tight (at some point you will have to fade it to the patch of hair on top, remember - mohawks are not authorized).    If a Marine wants to do a clean-shaven head, that is fine too.  But if you are going to go "low regulation," you have to fade until at least the top orifice of the ear.  No more zero fades with a quick graduation (within an inch or less of the hairline) to the maximum hair length.

MEDIUM LENGTH FEMALE HAIRSTYLES.  When wearing a bob hairstyle, the maximum length of the bob may not extend below the bottom edge of the BACK of the shirt/coat collar (see the changed graphics provided in the MCO 1020.34H paragraph above).  The front of the bob may not go below the bottom edge of the BACK of the shirt/coat collar.  Keep in mind that wearing a cap pushes the hair length down and could push your hair below the bottom edge of the BACK of the collar.  Hair must stay above that edge, even with headgear on.

NEW FEMALE BLUE DRESS COAT (FBDC).  The FBDC is available for purchase and is authorized for wear now.  The mandatory possession date is 1 Oct 2022.  The old women's blue dress coat is authorize for wear until 30 September 2022, at which time it will become obsolete (Marines who retire before the obsoletion date may continue to wear the old coat into retirement.  Former Marines who exit the Marine Corps before the retirement may also wear the old coat at their discretion per the guidance published in chapter 12 of MCO 1020.34H.  Regulations for wear of the new coat can also be found here.  Some notes of interest include:

-The male and FBDC are not one in the same, they are gender specific.  If you are a female Marine, do not purchase a coat with pockets on the front, that is the male coat.

-Enlisted female Marines will continue to wear their gender specific chevrons on the FBDC.  The white web belt, waistplate, and branch of service insignia are gender neutral.

-Female officers do not wear the male white dress shirt under their FBDC.  Nor will they wear white cuffs.  Both male and female officers will wear the white strip collar with their coats (standing collar coats), it is a gender neutral item.  The belt and buckle is included with the male dress coat and FBDC.

MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD 217 (MARADMIN 596/18).  In addition to providing wear regulations and mandatory possession dates for the FBDC, it also provides wear regulations for the "watchcap" and list of authorized boot manufacturers.

PONYTAILS IN MARINE CORPS UNIFORMS.  Ponytails are not authorized for wear in Marine Corps uniforms, except PT uniforms while PTing, for either female Sailors or Marines.  

NAVAL PERSONNEL WEARING MARINE CORPS UNIFORMS.  Effective immediately, Sailors assigned to U.S. Marine Corps units who wear Marine Corps uniforms will abide by Marine Corps grooming standards, except male Sailors are not required to maintain zero fade hairstyles (NAVADMIN 233/18).   

HOSE COLOR IN THE BLUE DRESS UNIFORM.   Smoke/off black hose are only worn with the blue dress uniform for formal occasions, otherwise you default to nude/flesh tone harmonizing hose.   They easiest way to determine the formality of the event is to figure out what the civilian dress code is.  Use the ball gown rule - if civilians are told to wear formal attire (ball gowns and tuxedos), then you wear your smoke hose.  If civilians are told to wear semi-formal, then it isn't formal and you'd wear your nude hose.  If there are no civilians present, then figure out if officers and SNCOs will be wearing their evening dress uniforms - then it is a formal event.  There are actually very few formal events, so most occasions, outside of the Birthday ball, will be semi formal or less formal and the nude hose will be worn.  Most folks assume the smoke/off black hose are the default hose color because the blues are usually only worn once a year for the ball, and that is a formal occasion.  The default hose color for blues is actually nude/skin tone harmonizing hose.  

FEMALE FADES.  Female Marines with short hair are authorized to do a "zero" fade at the hairline at the nape of the neck to a maximum length of one inch (the fade must start at zero and graduate up, finishing the fade within 2 inches of the hairline at the nape of the neck).  You are not authorized to do a zero fade on the sides of your head, the shortest you can go on the side is 1/4 inch (you can do a quarter inch fade).  Female Marines with long hair can shave the hair on the back of their neck that grows below the hairline and cannot be pulled up into the bun.  

MANICURES IN UTILITIES.  There is some confusion about nail polish in the MCCUUs.  Uniform Board 209 changed the policy and allowed female Marines to wear manicures that mimic the natural nail in MCCUUs.  The natural nail, unless you chew your nail down to the quick, has a beige colored tip (the portion that extends beyond the nail bed).  If you are going to wear nail polish in the MCCUUs you are restricted to clear or manicures that mimic the natural nail.  The Board approved French/American and any other manicure that mimics the natural nail.  So, you must have that white, off white, or beige tip.  The nail on top of the nail bed must be pale pink, nude or peach like in color.  A nail that is fully painted nude, peach or pink (with no white, off white or beige tip) is not authorized in utilities.  Save that for your dress and service uniforms. 

WHITE CREW-NECK UNDERSHIRTS MARADMIN 143/16 authorized female Marines to optionally wear white crew-neck, V-neck or no undershirt under the khaki service/dress shirts.  The wear of the crew-neck undershirt is mandatory for all Marines with visible tattoos in the "V" area created by the open collar of the khaki service/dress shirts.

AMPLIFICATION OF THE MARINE CORPS TATTOO POLICY.  The tattoo policy has been incorporated into the Uniform Regulations (MCO 1020.34H), paragraph 1004.  If you have tattoos or are considering getting tattoos, please read the order before you get the tattoo.  

RUNNING SUIT WEAR GUIDANCE.  The uniform was not designed to be form fitting.  

Per CMC clarification, as noted in CMC Decision Memorandum 1020 MCUB of 19 Nov 2009, and as decisioned by CMC on 11 Mar 2010, the below wear guidance is provided:

  1. Only the running suit jacket and sweatshirt may be worn for non-PT leave and liberty, as outergarments.
  2. The full running suit or individual components may be worn with any component of the PT ensemble (defined as the running suit, general purpose trunks and green undershirt) for PT leave and liberty situations only.  
  3. At no time should the olive green sweat suit be worn with the running suit components. 
  4. The wear of the reflective belt (during hours of daylight or darkness) with the running suit is a safety issue and is up to the commander.  
  5. Marines are authorized to wear commercial/”rainbow” clothing (i.e. shirts/shorts other than the issued PT items) with the running suit, sweats and green shorts/undershirt for personal PT situations only. 
  6. You may wear the uniform components in any combination (except that you can't wear the sweats with the running suit) - the running suit trousers with the green undershirt and no jacket - fine.  The sweatpants with the green undershirt - fine.  The green undershirt with black shorts - fine...  
  7. The running suit jacket will not be worn with the utility uniform (even boots and utes).  
  8. ALMAR 019/08 also prohibited the non-PT leave and liberty wear of the green undershirt and general purpose trunks and sweatpants.

MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL UNIFORM STANDARDIZATION FOR OFFICERS AND SNCOs.  Per ALMAR 042/11, the Marine Corps Birthday Ball uniform for officers and SNCOs is the dress blue uniform (with blue trousers/skirt/slacks) or the evening dress uniform.  This policy does not apply to Sgts and below.

MARPAT MCCUU SLEEVE ROLLING GUIDANCE Per PMCUB memo 1020 of 12 Mar 2014, the MCCUU sleeve rolling guidance (para 3038.3 of the MCUR) is provided below:

“3.  The combat utility coat will be worn outside the trousers.  During the summer season the  MARPAT coat sleeves will be rolled with the inside out, forming a 'snug to the arm' roll about three inches wide, with the bottom of the rolled(folded) sleeve slightly above to no more than half the distance  between the top of the shoulder and the top of the elbow.  At the local commander’s discretion, sleeves may be rolled down in combat and field environments.  During the winter season, MARPAT utility sleeves will be worn down.  When combat boots are worn, the trousers will be bloused in a neat uniform manner.  When utility uniforms are prescribed for parades, reviews, and ceremonies, the helmet with the appropriate MARPAT cover may be prescribed.  MARADMIN 078/14"

UNIFORM OF THE DAY POLICY FOR THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION.  If you are visiting the Washington Metro Area, please review ALMAR 54/06.  This is a local regulation, not a Uniform Board policy, but is applicable to all (visitors and Marines assigned permanently to the area).

ORDERING THE 8th&I BLUE OVERCOAT Neptune Garment Company is now available to take new orders for the 8th&I blue overcoat (they have fulfilled their inauguration coat requirement), so if your unit needs a ceremonial blue overcoat (remember, commands must pay for this themselves), contact 1-800-320-3980 or email 

HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS.  Per MCO 1020.34H, effective immediately, in a garrison environment you may not put your hands in your pockets other than to retrieve something from said pockets, at any time.  However, good judgment will govern the application of this policy in the field environment.

VIEW ALL UNIFORM PLATES Only plate XIV (Combat Utility Uniform) is still in print and available for order.  The PCN is 100-103-622-00.  None of the other uniform plates are in print, and are thus out of circulation.  Unless the Historical Division re-prints these plates you will not be able to procure sets of prints.


UNIFORM BOARD 219.  The formal board meeting is scheduled for 7 June 2021.  Issues being considered are:
-Female fingernail polish (proposal - authorize nude nail polish and ombre manicures in all uniforms)
-MCCUU Nametapes (proposal - authorize the use of accent marks, apostrophes and hyphens on MCCUU nametapes)
-Unit specific supplemental allowances




UNIFORM BOARD NO. 214 & 215  MARADMIN 622/15





SEASONAL UNIFORM POLICY WAIVERS.  CMC published new guidance.  See ALMAR 038/16, and as published in paragraph 1002 of the Uniform Regulations,  CONUS Marines will wear the woodland MARPAT Marine Corps combat utility uniform year-round (sleeves up during summer season).  OCONUS and deployed Marines will be provided guidance by their MARFOR commander.  For the most part, the Corps will continue to transition between summer and winter season uniforms based of Daylight Savings Time semi-annual changes (Monday after the first Sunday in November and Monday after the second Sunday in March).  See the ALMAR for specific exceptions to the Seasonal policy. 

MARCENTCOM Seasonal Uniform PolicyAll Marines and Sailors wearing Marine Corps uniforms assigned to MacDill AFB and the CENTCOM AO will adhere to the below guidelines.

-Marines and Sailors aboard MacDill AFB will adhere to the Marine Corps seasonal uniform policy, except that on the last Friday of each month, all Marines and Sailors who wear Marine Corps service uniforms, will wear Service "C" uniforms with ribbons, breast insignia (e.g. aviation wings, jump wings...) and no shooting badges.
-Marines and Sailors assigned within the CENTCOM AO, except Afghanistan, will wear the desert Marine Corps Combat utility uniform (MCCUU) with sleeves down year-round.
-Marines and Sailors assigned to Afghanistan will wear woodland MCCUU with sleeves down year-round.

MARFORPAC Seasonal Uniform Policy

-I MEF - will follow the HQMC seasonal uniform policy.
-III MEF - except those in Hawaii, will follow the HQMC seasonal uniform policy.  Hawaii based Marines will wear woodland MARPAT utilities, sleeves up year-round.  Service "C" uniform is also authorized to be worn year-round.  HQSVCBN MARFORPAC Marines will wear the Service "C" uniform the first Friday of every month.  Duty personnel will wear the appropriate service uniform during working hours then change to the appropriate utility uniform during non-working hours. 
-MarForKorea - will follow the HQMC seasonal uniform policy.
-Australia based Marines (such as Military Personnel Exchange Program Members, liaison officers...) will conform to the guidance set forth in the host nation Memorandums of Understanding (MOU).  Absent MOU guidance, the woodland MARPAT uniform will be worn year-round with the following exceptions:
---Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.  The winter season starts the first Monday before ANZAC Day and the summer season starts the third Monday in October.
---Queensland.  The winter season starts the third Monday in May and the summer season starts the third Monday in September.
---Northern Territory and North of Tropic of Capricorn.  The desert MARPAT uniform, sleeves up, and service "C" uniforms will be worn year-round.
---Marine Rotational  Force - Darwin (MRF-D).  The desert MARPAT uniform will be worn year-round by all Marines attached to MRF-D Forward Command Element and the Ground Equipment Staging Program (GESP).  The officer-in-charge of MRF_D, or any Marine commander as detailed in MCO P1020.34G, while stationed in Darwin, may direct the appropriate seasonal service or dress uniform based off the season.
-Marine Corps Activity Guam.  The woodland MARPAT utility uniform will be worn sleeves up, year-round.  The service "C" uniform is authorized for wear year-round at the discretion of the Officer-in-Charge.
-U.S. Naval personnel opting to wear Marine Corps uniforms - will follow the appropriate seasonal policy as detailed above.
-Flight suits, coveralls... are not authorized except for those on flight orders and in designated areas previously approved by local regulations.  Coveralls may not be worn to/from the designated work place.       



APPROPRIATE WEAR OF THE UNIFORM & AWARDS For guidance on who "rates" to wear the Marine Corps uniforms and awards and how to report violations.








(Special thanks to M. R. Gustafson II)

(Questions about ribbons and medals policy)

Awards Manual (click on SecNavInst 1650.1H)

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