One cap to cover them all?

October 20th, 2013

The Marine Corps Uniform Board seeks active-duty and Reserve Marines’ feedback on…whether the Corps should adopt universal, unisex dress and service caps — either the current male frame cap with modifications or the Dan Daly cap, which had previously been identified as the replacement cap for the female “bucket” cover.

Unisex cover options

A unisex cover! Interesting. I don’t have a problem with switching to a single style, I’ve always wished females could just wear the same dress covers as male Marines because I think they look better.

It appears that the options are either everyone would wear the modified male style (second from left) or everyone would wear the old-fashioned “Dan Daly” style cap (far right). It doesn’t say if continuing with the current covers for both genders is an option, or if using the current male cover for everyone is also an option.

I had no idea that the replacement for the obnoxious female bucket cover was actually a historical style, I assumed it was a new invention. Either way I didn’t care as long as it meant we could ditch the bucket cover.

I saw one of those viral shared photos on Facebook in which some twits blamed “wooks” for the unisex cover proposal. Unless you have a problem with female Marines, using that line of argument against the new style options makes you look silly, since virtually everything else we use as Marines is already unisex: Humvees, MREs, PT gear, weapons, MCIs, flak jackets, bullets, boots, packs, paychecks, and EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF THE CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORM that most Marines wear to work every day. Plus, as a Supply Marine by trade, streamlining is always good. Why buy and maintain sources for two different versions of the same item if you don’t have to?

I showed a Marine friend, another staff sergeant, the article with the new cover options and his response was:

“oh dear lord…..

“why????”

I laughed, and we both agreed that the Dan Daly cover looks strange. But we’re used to seeing the current male dress covers, which are huge in comparison to the old style, and that’s all we’ve ever known. Any change will look weird for awhile, but change isn’t always bad. Marines are amusingly unamused by change, despite our reputation for flexibility and adaptability.

My friend clarified, “We adapt to battlefield change well… Uniforms… not so much”.

Unisex cover options

I’m leaning towards wanting to use the current male style or the modified one, but I can see how a smaller cover could be attractive also. It looks darn good on Dan Daly’s head, so if the Marine Corps decides to switch to that style, it will look just as good on our heads too, once we all get used to the idea.

After five years of moaning and griping, of course.

What’s Behind Door Number One?

October 16th, 2013

pretty door

“What’s Behind Door Number One?” A pretty painted design, that’s what!

Cpl. Zachery K. Arrowood with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, provides security during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2013. The patrol was conducted to disrupt enemy activity in the area.

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Zachery B. Martin

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