16.3 percent of voters (8 percent of female voters and 18 percent of male voters) wanted to keep the current female coat.
28.3 percent of voters (33 percent of female voters and 27 percent of male voters) wanted to keep the current coat but adopt the prototype as special assignment item to be issued at the unit expense.
55.4 percent of voters (59 percent of female voters and 54 percent of male voters) wanted to replace the female coat with the prototype.
60 percent of enlisted women and 55 percent of female officers favored the new coat, as did 54 percent of enlisted men and 55 percent of male officers.
The new coat was adopted after more than two years of tests and experiments that coincided with the Pentagon's push for gender-neutral physical standards and job opportunities. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus last summer said his goal is a collection of uniforms that "don't divide us as male or female, but rather unite us as sailors or Marines."
Commandant Gen. Robert Neller sided with the majority opinion each time, and made the changes official Jan. 8. In addition to the switch to the unisex-style dress coat, the new rules allow commanders to set seasonal uniform policies based on location and mission. Marines voted against a recommendation requiring leathernecks to wear their service uniforms year-round and the idea to eliminate desert Marine pattern camouflage.
- 84 percent of Marines wanted force-level commanders to have the authority to adjust seasonal uniform periods based on accommodate climate and mission.
- 63 percent of Marines wanted to allow more flexibility with the to remove the combat utility uniform from the seasonal uniform policy. The seasonal uniform set in 2008. Though it was meant to bring uniformity to the Corps' look worldwide (everyone wore desert camouflage utilities in the spring and summer, and woodland cammies in the fall and winter),. But Marines soon questioned the wisdom of wearing desert cammies in Okinawa, Japan, or woodland cammies at Twentynine Palms, California.
- 84 percent of Marines were opposed to a recommendation that would require all Marines wear the service uniform unless they were when not in the field, while training or deployed.
- 65 percent of Marines were opposed to the elimination of desert MARPAT combat utility uniforms, an idea officials presented as a cost-saving measure.