WEAR OF THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM

Date Signed: 5/14/2008
ALMARS Active Number: 035/07

UNCLAS 251400Z JUL 07 CMCUC
TO AL ALMAR(UC)
ALMAR
ALMAR 035/07
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CMC//
SUBJ/WEAR OF THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM//
POC/YA2 M. BOYT/-/MCUB/-/TEL:-(703)432-4607 OR DSN 378-4607 /EMAIL
MARY.BOYT@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, OUR CORPS HAS BEEN IN A
TRANSITION PHASE WITH REGARD TO OUR UTILITY UNIFORMS. THAT PERIOD
IS NOW ENDED. AS MARINES, OUR UNIFORMS AND MILITARY APPEARANCE ARE
AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR IDENTITY AND HAVE TRADITIONALLY MARKED US
AS THE NATION'S MOST DISTINCTIVE MILITARY SERVICE. AS SUCH,
UNIFORMITY AND AN OUTWARD PRIDE IN OUR APPEARANCE HAVE BEEN
CONSTANTS FOR EVERY MARINE - FROM PRIVATE TO GENERAL.
2. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ALMAR IS TO ENHANCE THAT UNIFORMITY; TO
FURTHER DEFINE WHAT ARE CONSIDERED EMERGENCY STOPS OFF-BASE IN THE
MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM (MCCUU); AND TO PRESCRIBE SEASONAL
WEAR AND APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS FOR THE MCCUU WHILE IN GARRISON. THIS
ALMAR APPLIES TO THE ACTIVE AND RESERVE FORCE. THIS ALMAR OUTLINES
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO CURRENT POLICY AND SHOULD BE READ IN ITS ENTIRETY.
3. THE MCCUU IS A FIELD UNIFORM AND IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR WEAR IN A
CIVILIAN ENVIRONMENT. WEAR OF THE MCCUU IS AUTHORIZED WHILE COMMUTING
TO AND FROM WORK VIA PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE. HOWEVER, EFFECTIVE
IMMEDIATELY, AND AS A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO THE REF, EN ROUTE STOPS
WHILE OFF-BASE ARE NOT AUTHORIZED EXCEPT FOR BONAFIDE EMERGENCIES, SUCH
AS MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, VEHICLE BREAKDOWN, OR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS.
4. MARINES MAY ONLY WEAR THE MCCUU AT OFF-BASE ESTABLISHMENTS WHEN USING
DRIVE-THRU SERVICES SUCH AS ATMS, FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS, OR DRY CLEANERS
WHEN THEY WILL NOT EXIT THE VEHICLE.
4.A. THE MCCUU IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR AT OFFICIAL / UNOFFICIAL
FUNCTIONS AND CONFERENCES HELD OFF-BASE OR OFF GOVERNMENT INSTALLATIONS
AND FACILITIES.
4.B. IAW ALMAR 054/06, MARINES IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION CONTINUE
TO BE RESTRICTED FROM WEARING THE MCCUU ON ANY FORM OF PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION, TO INCLUDE METRO, BUSES, AND SLUG LINES; AND AT ANY
DOD-LEASED, CIVILIAN FACILITIES, SUCH AS THOSE IN CRYSTAL CITY.
5. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, WHEN THE MCCUU UNIFORM IS DESIGNATED BY A
LOCAL COMMANDER AS THE UNIFORM OF THE DAY IN GARRISON, THE FOLLOWING
POLICY APPLIES:
5.A. DURING THE SUMMER SEASON, THE DESERT MCCUU WITH SLEEVES ROLLED UP
WILL BE WORN AS THE UNIFORM OF THE DAY.
5.B. DURING THE WINTER SEASON, THE WOODLAND MCCUU WITH SLEEVES DOWN WILL
BE WORN AS THE UNIFORM OF THE DAY.
5.C. LOCAL COMMANDERS WILL CONTINUE TO PRESCRIBE THE APPROPRIATE UNIFORM
FOR FIELD AND TACTICAL ENVIRONMENTS.
5.D. WHEN AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR, DESERT FLIGHT SUITS WILL BE WORN IN THE
SUMMER SEASON AND GREEN FLIGHT SUITS WILL BE WORN IN THE WINTER SEASON.
6. THE INTENT OF THIS ALMAR IS TO CREATE A STANDARD FOR WEAR OF THE
MCCUU FOR ALL MARINES. HOWEVER, IT IS RECOGNIZED THAT UNIFORM POLICIES
AT CERTAIN JOINT HEADQUARTERS, AND CLIMACTIC CONDITIONS AT SOME OF OUR
BASES OR STATIONS, MAY LEAD TO REQUESTS FOR WAIVER TO POLICY. SUCH
REQUESTS FOR WAIVER SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY COMMANDING GENERALS OR
COMPONENT COMMANDERS, WITH JUSTIFICATION, TO THE COMMANDANT. ANY SUCH
REQUESTS FOR WAIVER WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.
7. SEMPER FIDELIS, JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT
OF THE MARINE CORPS//