Starting in 2013, the United States Marine Corps began moving forward with its initiatives to design, prototype, and wear test a new dress blues coat for female marines. The coat was designed to resemble the male uniform to display a “more unified look,” according to a service release.
After years in the making, the finished product is finally being debuted.
Female marines with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island in South Carolina debuted the new coat during their graduation ceremony on November 16.
In order to finalize the garment, the Marine Corps Systems Command conducted “extensive research with female marines” and visited “I and II Marine Expeditionary Forces” to conduct 3 different surveys with over 2,000 marines.
After a lengthy research process, a final design was selected – one which should leave no room for doubt.