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Note:  The below messages, where appropriate do in fact equate to an official change to the MCO 1020.34H (Marine Corps Uniform Regulations)


Date Signed: 10/18/2018 
MARADMINS Number: 596/18
R 162111Z OCT 18
MARADMIN 596/18
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG MCCDC QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD WEAR REGULATION UPDATES//
REF/A/DOC/NAVAL MESSAGE DTD 271315Z NOV 17//
REF/B/DOC/MCUB MEMO DTD 10 JAN 2018//
REF/C/DOC/MCO 1020.34H//
NARR/REF A IS THE UNIFORM BOARD 217 RESULTS.  REF B IS THE CMC DECISION MEMO APPROVING THE FEMALE BLUE DRESS COAT.  REF C IS THE MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS.//POC/GS13 M. BOYT/-/MCUB/-/TEL (703)784-6889/EMAIL: MARY.BOYT@USMC.MIL OR MARY.BOYT@USMCU.EDU//

GENTEXT/RMKS/1.  Based on Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) decisions detailed in references (a) and (b), the below wear regulations and obsoletion/mandatory possession dates are provided. Additionally, information on authorized boots is provided in paragraph 3.
2.  Accordingly, reference (c) is updated as detailed below.
2.a.  Change paragraph 2002.7 to read: Female Marines may wear either the current womens blue dress coat with white shirt and the grade appropriate red or black necktab or the new female blue dress coat beginning 1 October 2018. The current womens blue dress coat and white shirt will be deemed obsolete effective 30 September 2022, at which time the new female blue dress coat will become the required dress uniform coat.
2.b.  Change paragraph 3002 as detailed below.
2.b.1.  Change paragraph 3002.1 to read: Belts for all uniforms will be worn at the natural waistline. For male officer dress and service coats, and enlisted male service coats, the right edge of the buckle (wearers 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 (wearers 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.
2.b.2.  Change paragraph 3002.2 to read: Belts for male officer dress and service coats, male enlisted service coats, and the new female officer blue coats must match the color and material of the uniform with which they are worn.  The buckle will cover the bottom button of the coat (some coats will have Velcro fastener instead of a button, which will be covered by the belt and buckle).  The belts tapered end will pass through the buckle to the wearers left.
2.b.3.  Change paragraph 3002.5 to read: Enlisted male Marines will wear the white web coat belt and waist plate with the male blue and blue-white dress “A/B”. Enlisted female Marines will wear the white web coat belt and waist plate with the new female blue and blue-white dress “A/B” uniforms (the white belt can be worn with the current womens blue dress coat per the commanders guidance and expense, when armed with the non-commissioned officer (NCO) sword or for ceremonial purposes only).  The waist plate will be worn with the center in line with the coat buttons.  This belt may also be worn with the enlisted blue dress “C/D” uniform when the sword is prescribed.  
2.c.  Change paragraph 3006.3.d to read: Either the current womens blue dress coat or the new female blue dress coat will meet the minimum requirement beginning 1 October 2018.  See paragraph 2002.7 for phase-in/phase-out information.
2.d.  Change paragraph 3013.2 to read: Marines may wear the issued Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DCSP) black leather field gloves and coyote glove liners with the utility uniform as needed, in garrison and in field environments. DSCP black glove liners are also authorized for wear and will meet the minimum requirement. For uniformity purposes, the coyote glove liners may not be worn as an outer garment in formation in garrison, otherwise they may be worn at the individuals option.  The mandatory possession date for the field gloves is 1 October 2021.  The mandatory possession date for the field glove liners is 1 October 2019.
2.e.  Change paragraph 3020.1 to read as detailed below.
2.e.1.  Change paragraph 3020.1.c to read: The black necktab will be worn by enlisted Marines with the current womens blue dress “A/B/C” or blue-white dress “A/B” uniforms.  No necktab will be worn with the blue dress “D” uniform or the new female blue dress coats (both officer and enlisted).
2.e.2.  Change paragraph 3020.1.d(1) to read: The red necktab will be worn with the current womens blue dress and blue-white dress “A/B” uniforms for officers, when the coat is worn, regardless of whether the skirt or trousers are worn.  No necktab will be worn with the new female blue dress coat.
2.f.  Add paragraph 3039 as detailed below: Watchcap (also known as the cold weather cap).  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.  The mandatory possession date for the watchcap is 1 October 2020.
2.g.  Change paragraph 4001.3 to read as detailed below.
2.g.1.  Change paragraph 4001.3.a(1) to read: Insignia will be aligned vertically in the center of each side of the collar on the mens blue dress coats and the new female blue dress coat and the male officer evening dress jacket. On the staff non-commissioned officer and female evening dress jackets, the insignia will be worn on the lapel, on each side with the bottom edge horizontally parallel to the deck.
2.g.2.  Change paragraph 4001.3.a(2) to read: On the current womens blue dress coat, the insignia will be worn on each side centered between the crease roll and edge of the collar, with the bottom edge parallel to the bottom edge of the coat.
2.h.  Change paragraph 4007.2.b to read as detailed below.
2.h.1.  Change paragraph 4007.2.b(1)(a) to read: On womens service coats and the current womens blue dress coat, badges will be placed on the left front jacket panel, on a horizontal line midway between the second and third buttons with a tolerance of 1 1/2 inches.  On womens khaki shirts, badge will be centered on the right side, on a horizontal line even with or up to 2 inches above the first visible button from the top.  When worn in combination with ribbons, the badges may be shifted down in order to provide a balanced, professional appearance.  On the new female blue dress coat, the below guidance applies:
2.h.2.  Add paragraph 4007.2.b(1)(a)1 as detailed below: Badges will be centered on the left front coat panel (except for the Presidential Service Badge/Vice Presidential Service Badge as (PSB/VPSB) detailed below), with the center of the badge on a horizontal line with the center of the second (from the top) coat button.  
2.h.3.  Add paragraph 4007.2.b(1)(a)2 as detailed below: When two badges are worn in combination with ribbons on the coat, the badges and ribbons may be adjusted as necessary to provide a proper military appearance.
2.h.4.  Change paragraph 4007.2.b(1)(b) to read: PSB/VPSB badges will be worn centered on the right front coat panel side of the coats and shirts with the center of the badge on a horizontal line with the center of the second (from the top) coat button.  Any ribbons worn on the right side will be worn above the badge, per guidance detailed in paragraph 5202.8.
2.h.5.  Add paragraph 4007.2.b(1)(c) as detailed below: When wearing command ID badges with the Sam Browne belt (on the service and dress coats), it will be worn in the same manner as prescribed for the khaki shirt, as detailed in paragraph 4007.b(1)(c)2.
2.h.6.  Change paragraph 4007.2.b(1)(b) to read: Placement of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) ID Badge. On womens service and the current womens blue dress coat, badges will be worn on the left in the manner prescribed in subparagraph 4007.2.b(1)(a), above, however, while on duty with OSD, it will be worn according to OSD instructions. Guidance provided in paragraph 4007.2.b.1.a, regarding the wear of badges on the new female blue dress coat, applies.
2.h.7.  Add paragraph 4007.2.b(2) as detailed below: When wearing command ID badges with shooting badges, put the ribbons/shooting badges on the coat/shirt as prescribed in Chapter 5 of these regulations, then put the command ID badges on as per the guidance established in paragraph 4007.b (separate guidance is established for each component).  If the shooting badges cover part of the command ID badge, the ribbons/shooting badges may be adjusted up in order to provide a balanced/professional appearance, while the command ID badge remains in place.
2.i.  Change paragraph 5202.2.b to read: On the current womens blue dress coats with the faux pocket see figure 5-5.  Appendix C provides additional guidance/graphics for the wear of large medals with the new female blue dress coat.
2.j.  Change paragraph 5301.8 to read: On womens coats/shirts/tunic the below guidance applies. Multiple rows of ribbons will be worn as prescribed above.
2.j.1.  Add paragraph 5301.8.a as detailed below: Current womens blue dress coat
2.j.1.a.  Add paragraph 5301.8.a(1) as detailed below: Coats with faux pockets.  Ribbon bar(s) will be placed on a horizontal line aligned with the highest point of the pocket, which will be considered the top of the pocket (see fig. 4-3).
2.j.1.b.  Add paragraph 5301.8.a(2) as detailed below: Coats without faux pockets.  Ribbon bar(s) will be placed on a horizontal line with the bottom edge of the ribbon bar 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches above the first visible coat button and centered.
2.j.2.  Add paragraph 5301.8.b as detailed below: New female blue dress coat.  Ribbon bar(s) will be centered with the bottom edge of the bottom ribbon bar on a horizontal line midway between the first and second buttons of the coat.  When wearing ribbons on the right side of the blue dress “A” coat, the ribbon bars will remain in place, while the holding bars of the medals may be moved up or down slightly to ensure a balanced appearance, if necessary.
2.j.3.  Add paragraph 5301.8.c as detailed below: Khaki shirts.  On womens khaki shirts, ribbon bars will be placed even with or up to 2 inches above or 1/2 inch below the first visible button and centered so that they are in about the same position as when worn on the coat.  If the collar of the shirt conceals more than one third of a ribbon the entire ribbon stack may be shifted down no lower than one inch below the first visible button and centered.  See paragraph 5301.5 for additional guidance.
2.j.4.  Add paragraph 5301.8.d as detailed below: Maternity uniform.  On the maternity tunic, ribbon bars will be placed so that they are in about the same position as when worn on the service coats.  On the khaki maternity shirt, when worn as an outer garment, ribbon bars will be worn in the same manner as on the standard khaki shirt and may be adjusted to the individual to present a military appearance.
2.k.  Change paragraph 5501 to read as detailed below:
2.k.1.  Change paragraph 5501.2 to read: Mens coats and shirts. Badges are worn, according to seniority, centered above the left breast pocket, with the bottom edge of the highest holding bar 1/8 inch above the pockets top edge (see fig. 5-5).  The top edges of all badges will be aligned.
2.k.2.  Change paragraph 5501.2.a to read: Two marksmanship badges.  Badges are symmetrically placed on a line with about 3/4 inch space between holding bars, but in no case will they span more than 4 1/4 inches.
2.k.3.  Change paragraph 5501.2.b to read: Three marksmanship badges.  Badges are symmetrically placed above the left pocket with 1/4 inch spacing between the holding bars of each badge.
2.k.4.  Change paragraph 5501.3 to read: Womens coats and shirts.  When more than one marksmanship badge is worn, there must be at least 1/4 inch space between holding bars, in no case will the space exceed 1/2 inch.  When three badges are worn, they will be symmetrically placed with 1/8 inch spacing between the holding bars of each badge.  Specific guidance is provided below.
2.k.5.  Add paragraph 5501.2.a as detailed below: Coats with the faux pocket.  Badges are symmetrically placed on a horizontal line aligned with the highest point of the pocket, which will be considered the top of the pocket.
2.k.6.  Add paragraph 5501.2.b as detailed below: Coats without the faux pocket.  Badges are symmetrically placed on a horizontal line 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches above the top of the first visible coat button and centered so that they are in about the same position as on the shirt.
2.k.7.  Add paragraph 5501.2.c as detailed below: New female blue dress coat.  Badges are symmetrically placed even with, or up to 2 inches above the second from the top coat button, and centered.
2.k.8.  Add paragraph 5501.2.d as detailed below: Khaki shirts.  Badges are symmetrically placed even with, or up to 2 inches above the top of the first visible button and centered.
2.k.9.  Add paragraph 5501.2.e as detailed below: Maternity tunics/shirts.  On the maternity tunic badges are placed so that they are in about the same position as on the service coat. On the khaki maternity shirt badges are worn in the same manner as on the standard khaki shirt, except they are placed 1/2 to 1 inch above the horizontal yoke seam stitching and may be adjusted to the individual to present a military appearance.
2.l.  See Appendix C (which can be found at the Uniform Board website as detailed in paragraph 4, below), for a graphic presentation of medal placement on the new female blue dress coat.  The below text will be included in the graphics.
2.l.1.  One Row of Medals:  On the current womens blue dress coat (as pictured in figure 5-5), the top of the holding bar will be placed 1 1/2 inches to 3 1/2 inches above the top of the first visible coat button and centered.  On the new female blue dress coat (as pictured in Appendix C), the holding bar will be centered with the upper edge of the holding bar on a line midway between the first and second buttons of the coat.
2.l.2.  Two Rows of Medals:  On the current womens blue dress coat, the most senior holding bar will be placed 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches above the top of the first visible coat pocket and centered, as pictured in figure 5-5.  The junior row will be placed directly below so only the medals are showing.  On the new female blue dress coat (as pictured in Appendix C), the holding bar of the senior ribbon bar will be centered with the upper edge of the holding bar on a line midway between the first and second buttons of the coat and the junior row of medals will be placed directly below so only the medals are showing.  The holding bars may be moved up or down slightly to ensure a balanced appearance, if necessary.
2.l.3.  Three Rows of Medals:  On the current womens blue dress coat, the most senior holding bar will be placed 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches above the top of the first visible coat pocket and centered, as pictured in figure 5-5.  No more than one third of a suspension ribbons should be covered by the coat lapel.  The next junior row will be placed directly below so only the medals are showing and the third row will be placed directly below the middle row, so only the medals are showing.  On the new female blue dress coat (as pictured in Appendix C), use the guidance as provided in paragraph 5202.2.a.2.  The holding bars may be moved up or down slightly to ensure a balanced appearance, if necessary.
2.m.  Change paragraph 7007.2 to read: Metal (gold) insignia of grade will be worn 1/8 inch above and centered over the nametag.
2.n.  Change paragraph 7014 to read: The belt is worn over the service or dress coats around the natural waist, shoulder strap over the right shoulder and tightened with the buckle centered in front.  When worn with the male officer dress and service coats, the right vertical edge of the buckle (wearers right) will be on line with the edge of the coat, with the belt extending to the left.  When worn with the female officer dress and service coats, the left vertical edge of the buckle (wearers left) will be on line with the edge of the coat, with the belt extending to the left.
2.o.  Change Table 9-2 as detailed below: 2.o.1.  Add collar, white strip standing (Quantity 1) Comment (6)
2.o.2.  Add explanatory note 6 (as stated below) to Coat-Dress Blue, collar-white strip standing, and shirt-blue dress white.
2.o.3.  Add explanatory note 6 as detailed below. These items are not required once a Marine possesses the new female blue dress coat.  The current womens blue dress coat and white dress shirt will be obsolete as of 30 September 2022.  The mandatory possession date for the new female blue dress coat is 1 October 2022. Either the new female blue dress coat (and its accessories), or the current womens blue dress coat (and its accessories), will meet the minimum requirement until the mandatory possession date/obsoletion date.
3.  Per paragraph 1007 of reference (c), all uniform clothing, equipment, and accessories issued or sold by the Department of Defense Supply System are considered regulation.  Non-supply system clothing items are regulation if they contain a United States Marine Corps approval identification serial number.
3.a.  Per Marine Corps Bulletin 10120 Fiscal Year 18, the Rugged All Terrain (RAT) Hot Weather (HW) and Temperate Weather (TW) and the Marine Corps Combat Boot (MCCB), HW and TW, meet the minimum requirement.
3.b.  The below list includes all the authorized Marine Corps boots and are available within the Marine Corps Exchange stores as well as Army, Air Force, and Navy Exchange stores.  This list is subject to change as new boots are certified/de-certified.  Style numbers provided on the packaging indicate the boot has been certified by the Marine Corps Systems Command.  All footwear identified within this message are authorized as long as serviceable.  No wear out date is enforced at this time. 
3.b.1.  Marine Corps Combat Boots (MCCB)
Danner, Style No. 26025 (TW)
Danner, Style No. 26027 (HW)
Belleville, Style No. 500 (TW)
Belleville, Style No. 590 (HW)
McRae, Style No. 8286 (TW)
McRae, Style No. 8187 (HW)
Bates, Style No. E30501 (HW)
Bates, Style No. E30502 (HW)
3.b.2.  Rugged All Terrain Boots (RAT)
Danner, Style No.15670X (HW)
Danner, Style No. 15660X (TW)
Bates, Style No. 29502 (HW)
Wellco, Style No. E114 (TW)
3.b.3.  Optional Boots
Danner Reckoning, Style No. 53221
Bates Lightweight, Style No. E50501 (male) and E57501 (female)
Danner MEB (TW), Style No. 53111
Danner MEB (HW), Style No. 53110
3.c.  Marines may continue to wear special issue/organizational issue boots (i.e., safety and flight boots) per the commanders guidance, however, they will not satisfy the minimum boot requirement.
4.  Appendix C to reference (c) will be published via the Uniform Board website at https:(slant)(slant)www.hqmc.marines.mil/Agencies/Marine-Corps-Uniform-Board/.
5.  Release authorized by Lieutenant General D. H. Berger, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.//