Company of female Marines are first to graduate in new dress blues
A company of Marines became the first to graduate in the service’s new female blue dress uniforms Friday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
Marines from November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion marched in newly approved outfits that include mandarin collars, white belts and gold waist plates, a Marine Corps statement said. The new coats resemble those worn by male Marines but lack pockets and lines on the uniform.
Female Marines had complained that their old coats weren’t being recognized as belonging to the Marines because civilians were more familiar with the male versions, Mary Boyt, a member of the Marine Corps Uniform Board, said in the statement.
“We knew what the male uniform looked like, and we wanted to develop a female uniform that was similar to the males’ but met the unique design challenges of the female shape,” she said. “We didn’t want to just throw a male coat on them and say this is it.”
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