Since 2013, the Marines’ new female dress blues have been in the making, thanks to initiatives led by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. Now, the new uniforms, which are modeled after those currently worn by male marines, are finally here.
On November 16, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island saw its first company of enlisted women graduate – with their new dress blue coat proudly on show. About 130 women graduated on the 16th with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, according to an announcement from the service.
While the coats are not yet mandatory for female marines as they’ve just been debuted, they will be mandatory in September 2022. Starting in October, both coats will be “optional to wear with the dress uniform.”
In addition to being modeled after male marines’ dress coats, the new female coat is “reminiscent of older uniform styles dating back to World War II.” The updated version will feature a higher collar along with a white belt and a waist plate. Unlike the men’s version, the updated female dress blues coat will not have pockets.