"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."
DRAFT MCO 1020.34H 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 P1020.34G (Ch 1-5) Marine Corps Uniform Regulations (Official 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.**
Individual Clothing Regulations (ICR)
CURRENT FY Individual Clothing Allowances (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.)
NOTES OF INTEREST
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UNIFORM BOARD 214 RESULTS. The recommendations to change the enlisted rank insignia on the woodland MARPAT combat utility uniform to brushed brass and to mandate the wear of the Sam Browne belt for all officers in the blue dress and service “A” uniform were disapproved. The recommendation to change the seasonal uniform synchronization date to October and April was sent back down to the Working Group level for further evaluation (no CMC decision was rendered).
UNIFORM BOARD 215 RESULTS. CMC approved the wear of the twist and lock hairstyles for female Marines, utilizing the guidance provided in the Uniform Regulations (see draft MCO 1020.34H above). Additional female hairstyle regulation changes were approved as well.
KIA BRACELETS. Also known as “Memorial Bracelets,” are authorized for wear, along with the POW/MIA bracelets, per ALMAR 043/11, in all Marine Corps uniforms. Only one bracelet at a time may be worn, and it will be black or silver in color.
DRESS BLUE-WHITE UNIFORM FOR RESERVE SNCOS. Per MARADMIN 471/12, Reserve SNCOs in a drilling status (and with at least 6-months left on their current contract) will receive a one-time cash payment for the purpose of purchasing one pair of white trousers (males) or one pair of white slacks and one white skirt (females) beginning in September 2012. These payments will be automatic, there is no action required by the unit or Marine. If a Marine does not receive the payment by the end of October 2012 (assuming the individual drilled in September/October 2012), please contact your administrative section. The aforementioned MARADMIN details specific payment information.
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.
SYNCHRONIZED SEASONAL UNIFORM CHANGE OVER. Per ALMAR 007/08 the Marine Corps transitions between summer and winter seasons, while in garrison, in unison. The seasonal uniform change will synchronize with daylight saving time. Effective immediately, the Corps will transition to summer uniforms the duty day following (for most Marines it will be Monday) the spring daylight saving (DST) and will transition to winter uniforms the duty day following (for most Marines it will be Monday) the fall DST. For the most part, pregnant Marines wear the seasonally appropriate uniform. However, some pregnant Marines will not transition with the rest of the Corps if their delivery date is within one month of the seasonal uniform change.
UNIFORM BOARD 213 RESULTS. On 6 Nov 2013, CMC rendered the decisions for Uniform Board 213 (MARADMIN 658/13). The results are provided below (See “Current/Recent Board Initiatives” in the next section). Uniform Regulation changes will be incorporated into MCO P1020.34G.
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:
Only the running suit jacket and sweatshirt may be worn for non-PT leave and liberty, as outergarments, and 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, and at no time should the olive green sweat suit be worn with the running suit components, and 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, and 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, and the running suit jacket will not be worn with the utility uniform (even boots and utes), and ALMAR 019/08 also prohibited the non-PT leave and liberty wear of the green undershirt and general purpose trunks.
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.
DESERT 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 desert 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, woodland 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEAR OF ORGANIZATIONAL GEAR (FLEECE). As stated in Chapter 7 of MCO P1020.34G (Marine Corps Uniform Regulations), organizational clothing and equipment are those individual clothing items issued to Marines on a temporary basis to accomplish assigned duties and are worn per the commander's guidance. However, certain restrictions apply to the wear of fleece items. Accordingly, at no time should any fleece item be worn as an outer garment on forward operating bases and/or in garrison. When wearing an organizationally issued fleece jacket, it will be worn with the All Purpose Environmental Clothing System (APECS, commonly referred to as Gortex) parka over it. Additionally, the general rule of thumb for all fleece garments is that if it is a pullover (item that must be pulled over your head to don), it is worn UNDER your Marine Corps Combat Utility (MCCUU) jacket; if it is a full zippered jacket treat it like a Gortex jacket liner and wear it between your Gortex and MCCUU jacket (but don’t wear it as an outer garment).
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). Also known as the Afghanistan boot. RAT Boots are authorized for wear in garrison, and will eventually replace the issued/required Marine Corps Combat Boots (MCCBs). Information on the fielding of the new RAT boot will be published via separate correspondence. Tentative fielding will commence at the Depots in the first quarter of 2014. Both the hot and temperate weather RAT boot are mandatory as of 1 Oct 2016 at which time the MCCBs will become obsolete.
UNIFORM BOARD PHONE NUMBERS HAVE CHANGED. The phone numbers to the permanent staff of the Marine Corps Uniform Board are 703-432-3573/3667.
CURRENT/RECENT UNIFORM BOARD INITIATIVES
UNIFORM BOARD NO. 215 MARADMIN __/15 published. For video on female hairstyle regulation changes please click here.
UNIFORM BOARD NO. 214 MARADMIN __/15 published.
UNIFORM BOARD NO. 213 MARADMIN 658/13 published.
CIVILIAN CLOTHING REPLACEMENT ALLOWANCE RATES (CCRA). The FY15 rate is $335.40. The following rates for past FYs are provided: 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; and FY01 - $266.49.
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.