USMC Uniforms a Tradition Since the 19th Century
Posted October 27, 2008on:
The USMC Uniforms are a proud distinction that separates the Marines from the other branches of the military. The Marine Dress Blue uniform in service today is basically the same as the one worn from the 19th century forward. The changes in its appearance have been small. The Marine Dress Blue uniform incorporates all of the colors of the United States flag, a distinction among other military uniforms.
There are several USMC uniforms made for dress use. They are the Evening Dress, Blue Dress, and Blue-White Dress; officers and SNCO’s are authorized to wear the Evening Dress. The Blue Dress uniform known as the dress blues is the authorized black tie uniform for the enlisted Marines. It is called the Blue Dress “A”; the one enlisted members wear has red trim. The Blue Dress B is like the “A,” the difference is that ribbons take the place of metals. The Blue Dress “C” is decorated with the ribbons and lacks the white gloves and the blue overcoat.
Blue Dress “D” remains the same except no tie is worn and the khaki short-sleeve button-up shirt is worn, this USMC uniform is used mainly by Marine Corps Security Guards and Marine Recruiters. The USMC uniforms that are authorized for leave and liberty use are the “B,” “C,” and “D,” dress blue uniforms. The public recognizes the Dress Blues uniform because it is pictured most often in recruiting ads. The other USMC uniforms are the service uniform, the utility uniform, and the physical training uniform.