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Permanent Marine Corps Uniform Board

Headquarters Marine Corps


"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."

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Uniform Board 218.  The working group for Board 218 has met, and the survey is complete and the results are being reviewed.  The formal Board will meet the week of 6 May.  It is anticipated the Board recommendations will be forwarded to CMC for final decision before the end of May 2019.   A MARAMDIN will be published once the CMC decisions are rendered.  The issues being considered for this Board are:

-Authorize all Marines to carry umbrellas
-Female PT hair grooming standards
-Authorize female Marines to wear gold and silver earrings in the service uniforms.
-Establish the enlisted waistplate with the Marine Corps emblem (the current NCO waistplate) as the E1-E5 waistplate
-Establish and/or change several supplemental uniform allowances

The "H" version of the Uniform Regulations has been published.  The link to the order can be found below.


DRAFT MCO 1020.34F Marine Corps Uniform Regulations 

This is the most up to date version of the order.  All "G" changes have been incorporated.  "H" proposed changes are annotated in bold blue text.  These changes are effective immediately as they can be attributed to a MARADMIN/ALMAR/PMCUB decision or CMC memorandum.  The figures for chapters 2 and 3 are still being compiled and will be updated as new pictures are provided.  If you need to see a figure and it isn't available, you can look in the "G" version of the Regs found below, but these figures were painted in the 1980s and many changes to the uniforms and accessories have changed since then.

MCO P1020.34H   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.**

  • Changes to figures/graphics due to administrative error/MARADMIN/ALMAR/PMCUB approval.  To 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 adminstrative 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 P10120.28G

Individual Clothing Regulations (ICR)

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:

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.


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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 nuetral.

-Female officers do not wear the male white dress shirt under thier 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 nuetral 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, 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.

UNIFORM BOARD 216 RESULTSMARADMIN 011/16 announces the CMC decisions for Uniform Board 216.  CMC approved the adoption of the new female blue dress coat.  Fielding information will be provided via separate correspondence.  It will take between 24 and 36 months for the coat to be fielded at the Depot level (coats will not be available for purchase until the initial training requirements are met).  Additionally, CMC delegated approval authority for waivers to ALMAR 007/08 (Seasonal Uniform Policy) to MARFORs, and CGs MC Bases/Recruiting Command/MCSF/MCESG/Training and Education Command.  Unless issued a waiver from one of the above commanders, you unit will continue to transition seasonal uniforms based off the continental U.S. Daylight Saving Time (DST) dates - change to summer uniforms the second Monday in March and to the winter uniforms the first Monday in November.  A complete list of authorized waivers can be found in the green box at the bottom of this page.

FEMALE HAIRSTYLES. Locks and twists may be worn in uniform per MARAMDIN 622/15.  Style guidance can be found in the MARADMIN.   Pay close attention to the style guidance, if you can't maintain your hairstyles within the guidelines published in the Regulations then the you will be required to fix your hair so it is within Regulations. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Uniform Board at (703)432-3573.  MARADMIN 011/16 announces the CMC decisions for Uniform Board 216. 

FEMALE CAPSPer MARADMIN 658/13, female Marines may continue to wear either their "bucket covers" or the male service/dress frame caps at their option until the mandatory possession date.  The mandatory (and subsequent obsoletion date for the bucket cover) possession date for the male service/frame cap for all Marines is 1 May 2017.

AMPLIFICATION OF THE MARINE CORPS TATTOO POLICY.  MARADMIN 029/10 published new tattoo policy guidance.  This policy will impact the officer recruiting programs and the documentation procedures/requirements have been expanded.  If you have tattoos or are considering getting tattoos, please read the above link to the MARADMIN.  

RUNNING SUIT WEAR GUIDANCE.  The uniform was not designed to be form fitting.  Wear regulations may be reviewed at ALMAR 019/08 and have been incorporated into the draft version of MCO P1020.34G on the left side of this page.  The gratuitous issue period is over and no stock remains.  Enlisted Marines will use their annual clothing replacement allowance for all future purchases. 

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.

PLACEMENT OF THE MALE (OFFICER AND ENLISTED) SERVICE COAT AND MALE OFFICER DRESS BLUE COAT BELT KEEPERS.  Per a CMC decision rendered on 2 Aug 2010, the placement of the belt keeper on the male service coat and male officer dress coat will be standardized.  See paragraph 3002.2 of draft 1020.34H in the link above for the graphics.

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 nepgarment@aol.com. 

HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS.  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.

RUGGED ALL-TERRAIN BOOTS (RAT BOOTS).  The mandatory possession date for the RAT boots has been rescinded, via MARADMIN 558/15.  The Marine Corps Combat Boot (MCCBs) will continue to be issued at the Depot level to recruits until the on hand inventory is expended.  The MCCBs will remain the required boot, but you are authorized to continue to optionally wear the RAT boot if you so desire, and it will meet the minimum requirement.  Remember, you must have at least one pair of hot weather and one pair temperate weather boot, whether you maintain the RAT or the MCCBs, it is up to you.

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 NO. 214 & 215  MARADMIN 622/15.




SEASONAL UNIFORM POLICY WAIVERS.  CMC published new guidance.  See ALMAR 038/16.  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 October 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)

Phone:  (703)784.6889

Marine Corps Uniform Board
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