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  1. U.S. Marines from the 2nd MEB, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines fire mortars at Taliban positions from inside their base at Now Zad in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday June 22, 2009. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) David Guttenfelder / AP

    Sorry, Marines: no return of silkies imminent

    The guns may be out, but the upper thighs are staying covered, at least for the foreseeable future.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  2. Guneet Lamba pins a new corporal insignia on the camoflage turban of her husband, Cpl. Simranpeet Lamba. Lamba is one of only three Sikhs serving in the military, and the only enlisted Sikh soldier. Scott Hansen / Joint Base Lewis McChord

    U.S. lawmakers urge inclusion of Sikhs in military

    A bipartisan group of 105 lawmakers urged the Defense Department on Monday to make it easier for practicing Sikh Americans who wear beards and turbans to serve in the military.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  3. Commandant Gen. Jim Amos wears his sleeves rolled at a 2011 reception. His wife, Bonnie, gave him a hard time when he banned the uniform tradition later that same year. Sgt. Ben J. Flores / Marine Corps

    Amos: My wife was all over me about sleeves down

    Marine noncommissioned officers weren't the only ones complaining after the Marine Corps banned rolled sleeves on camouflage utilities in 2011. Gen. Jim Amos' wife, Bonnie, also opposed the change.

    • Mar. 9, 2014
  4.  Gunnery Sgt. Manuel Lopez

    Marines greet new sleeves-up order with cheers, confusion

    Despite the waves of happiness sweeping through the ranks in response to the new 'Sun's out, guns out' order, Pfc. Madison Randolph could only think one thing: 'Oh crap.'

    • Mar. 1, 2014
  5. Marines will again roll their sleeves up like these Marines of 1st Marine Division standing in formation during a change of command ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz/Marine Corps

    Sleeves up! Here's why the commandant reversed unpopular uniform policy

    The Marine Corps' two-year-old 'sleeves down' policy ended with an announcement late Tuesday night on the Marines' official social media platforms. But a spokesman for the commandant, Gen.

    • Feb. 26, 2014
  6. Next-gen body armor: Modular Scalable Vest Via MARCORSYSCOM

    Next-generation body armor will fight fatigue on the battlefield

    Marine officials have field-tested modular, next-generation body armor prototypes designed to alleviate fatigue while providing troops with a single vest system for all circumstances.

    • Feb. 8, 2014
  7. An Air Force rabbi leads an evening service. The Pentagon announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies Lance Cheung / Air Force

    Religious exemptions for troops easier to request under new rules

    The Pentagon on Wednesday announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies.

    • Jan. 22, 2014
  8. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, navigate through a river under the cover of smoke during the Jungle Warfare Training Center's jungle operations course at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, on Sept. 30. In a test of four tropical uniform prototypes at the training center this summer, none of the uniforms met expectations, according to officials with Marine Corps Systems Command. Sgt. Jonathan Wright / Marine Corps

    Tropical uniform prototypes fail to deliver

    Marine procurement officials, who want to develop quick-drying cammies for tropical environments, are heading back to the drawing board after several prototypes tested this summer didn't stand up to the rigors of jungle warfare.

    • Jan. 6, 2014
  9. The Marine Corps is cracking down on hairstyles that depart from established or traditional norms. Cpl. Joseph Marianelli / Marine Corps

    Marine Corps cracks down on how troops style their hair

    The Marine Corps has approved a few new hairstyles for women, but it's taking a hard line against other styles — for both male and female Marines — that it considers 'faddish' or 'eccentric.'

    • Dec. 18, 2013
  10. The 2014 defense authorization bill directs the Defense Department 'to adopt and field a common combat and camouflage utility uniform, or family of uniforms, for specific combat environments, to be used by all members of the armed forces.' Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone/Marine Corps

    Congress wants common camouflage uniform

    Congress will try one more time to get the Pentagon to cease its uniform madness and adopt a common camouflage pattern for all four services.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  11. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos was surprised when the president of the U.S. Marine Raider Association slapped a Raider patch on his uniform in August.

    The story behind the photos of the commandant wearing the Raider patch

    Why was the Marine Corps commandant photographed wearing a Marine Raider Patch on his dress blue uniform? Short answer: He was punked.

    • Dec. 9, 2013
  12. Pentagon: No limits on combat camo patterns

    Since taking over as secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel has shaken up the status quo on several fronts, such as warning the Army about potential massive force cuts or telling the Navy it may need to mothball a few aircraft carriers.

    • Nov. 5, 2013
  13.  Marine Corps photo illustration

    Marine Corps retreats after 'girlie' cap controversy hits epic peak

    The Marine Corps is furiously backpedaling after announcing it could adopt a modified female dress cap as a unisex cover for all Marines, an idea that immediately sparked outrage among the service's rank and file.

    • Oct. 27, 2013
  14. The Marine Corps Uniform Board seeks active-duty and Reserve Marines' feedback on three uniform-related issues. One issue is whether the Corps should adopt universal, unisex dress and service caps, either the the current male frame cap with modifications, left, or the so-called 'Dan Daly' cap, right, which had previously been identified as the replacement for the female 'bucket' cover. Marine Corps photo illustration

    Marine Corps seeks feedback on universal cover for men and women

    The Marine Corps Uniform Board may recommend the adoption of a universal cover for men and women to be worn with dress and service uniforms.

    • Oct. 21, 2013
  15. Marines in the Washington, D.C., region will soon be required to wear service uniforms four days a week. Lance Cpl. Aneshea S. Yee / Marine Corps

    Marine Corps may require personnel in D.C. region to dress up four days a week

    The Marine Corps may soon adopt a policy change requiring personnel serving in the Washington, D.C., region to ditch their camouflage utility uniforms four days a week in favor of dressier service uniforms, Marine Corps Times has learned.

    • Oct. 2, 2013

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