Uniforms

Marines have been covering their “gourds” and “grapes” (Marine slang for heads) since 1776, when the first Continental Marines dressed in seized Loyalist uniforms and donned what was commonly referred to as the “round hat.” The dark, narrow-brimmed felt hat was edged in white and turned up on the...
Tossed around by politicians and pundits alike, the expression “boots on the ground” is used to suggest the physical presence of American forces on foreign soil. More often than not, these troops are Marines. In the literal sense, boots are important tools for the average Marine, who may be...
Marines with Company I, 3d Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force test new boots and uniforms Aug. 5, 2016, at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan. The new equipment is lighter and capable of drying faster than the current uniforms and...

The Ski Squeeze

Leathernecks of the 7th Marines catch a few moments rest during their heroic breakout from Chosin (Changjin). Marines are wearing the much disliked “Shoe pacs.” These boots had laced leather uppers and waterproof rubber bottoms and were replaced by thermal “Mickey Mouse boots” the following year. (...
Sun out guns out! Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos speaks out on the decision to roll up sleeves at the Marine Corps Association & Foundation's 10th Annual Ground Logistics Awards Dinner in Arlington, Virginia, on Feb. 27, 2014.