MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL UNIFORM STANDARDIZATION

Date Signed: 11/01/2011
ALMARS Active Number: 042/11

R 011530Z NOV 11
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 042/11
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL UNIFORM STANDARDIZATION//
REF/A/MSGID:MSG/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCUB/062159ZMAR2008//
REF/B/MSGID:DOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCUB/31MAR2003//
NARR/REF A IS ALMAR 007/08, U.S. MARINE CORPS SEASONAL UNIFORM CHANGE.  REF B IS MCO P1020.34G, MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS.//
POC/M. BOYT/CIV/UNIT:MCUB/-/TEL:COML 703-432-3333/TEL:DSN 378-3333 /EMAIL:MARY.BOYT(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  REFERENCE (A) SYNCHRONIZED THE SEASONAL UNIFORM CHANGE WITH THE CHANGE TO, AND FROM, DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST) IN THE UNITED STATES.  THE FALL DST CHANGE OCCURS THE FIRST SUNDAY OF NOVEMBER, WHICH COINCIDES WITH MANY UNIT BIRTHDAY BALL CELEBRATIONS. THIS OFTEN CAUSES CONFUSION OVER WHICH UNIFORM TO WEAR FOR UNIT BIRTHDAY BALLS, PARTICULARLY WHEN UNIFORMITY IS DESIRED.  IT ALSO CREATES AN UNNECESSARY BURDEN WHEN UNITS SEEK A WAIVER TO WEAR THE WINTER DRESS UNIFORM FOR THEIR BALL DURING THE SUMMER UNIFORM SEASON.
2.  ACCORDINGLY, THE FOLLOWING MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL UNIFORM POLICY IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, REGARDLESS OF WHEN THE BIRTHDAY BALL CELEBRATION OCCURS.
A.  IN GARRISON.  THE BIRTHDAY BALL UNIFORM IS THE BLUE DRESS UNIFORM WITH BLUE TROUSERS/SKIRT/SLACKS OR THE OPTIONAL EVENING DRESS UNIFORM FOR SNCOS AND OFFICERS.
B.  TACTICAL/FIELD ENVIRONMENT.  THE UNIT COMMANDER WILL DESIGNATE THE APPROPRIATE UNIFORM FOR BIRTHDAY BALL CELEBRATIONS CONDUCTED IN A TACTICAL/FIELD ENVIRONMENT.
3.  REFERENCE (B) WILL BE UPDATED TO REFLECT THIS CHANGE.
4.  SEMPER FIDELIS.  JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//