U.S. MARINE CORPS SEASONAL UNIFORM CHANGE

Date Signed: 3/21/2008
ALMARS Active Number: 007/08

UNCLASSIFIED
ALMAR 007/08
R 062159Z MAR 08
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)
TO AL ALMAR(UC)
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCUB//
SUBJ/U.S. MARINE CORPS SEASONAL UNIFORM CHANGE//
NARR/REF A IS MCO P1020.34G MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS.  REF B
IS ALMAR 035/07, WEAR OF THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM.//
REF/A/MSGID:DOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCUB/31MAR2003//
REF/B/MSGID:MSG/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCUB/25JUL2007//
POC/M. BOYT/YA2/UNIT:MCUB/-/TEL:COMM (703) 432-4607/TEL:DSN 378-4607
/EMAIL:MARY.BOYT@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  PER THE REFERENCES, MARINES WEAR THE APPROPRIATE
SEASONAL UNIFORM OF THE DAY AS PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMANDER WHEN IN
GARRISON.  DURING THE SUMMER SEASON, THOSE UNIFORMS ARE THE BLUE
DRESS A/B (NCOS AND BELOW)/D, BLUE-WHITE DRESS A/B (SNCOS AND
OFFICERS), SERVICE A/C, AND THE DESERT MARPAT MARINE CORPS COMBAT
UTILITY UNIFORM (MCCUU) WITH SLEEVES ROLLED UP.  DURING THE WINTER
SEASON, THOSE UNIFORMS ARE THE BLUE DRESS A/B/C, SERVICE A/B, AND
THE WOODLAND MARPAT MCCUU WITH SLEEVES DOWN.
A.  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE MARINE CORPS SEASONAL UNIFORM CHANGE
WHILE IN GARRISON WILL OCCUR WORLD-WIDE IN SYNCHRONIZATION WITH THE
CHANGE TO, AND FROM, DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST) IN THE UNITED STATES.
(1) SUMMER SEASON.  THE MARINE CORPS WILL TRANSITION TO THE SUMMER
SEASON UNIFORM THE DUTY DAY FOLLOWING THE CHANGE TO DST. 
(2) WINTER SEASON.  THE MARINE CORPS WILL TRANSITION TO THE WINTER
SEASON UNIFORM THE DUTY DAY FOLLOWING THE CHANGE FROM DST. 
B.  IN RECOGNITION OF THE POSSIBILITY OF TEMPERATURE EXTREMES WITHIN
THE FIRST FEW WEEKS AFTER CHANGING TO/FROM DST, COMMANDERS MAY
DIRECT A DEVIATION TO THE MCCUU SLEEVES UP/DOWN POLICY AS CLIMATIC
CONDITIONS WARRANT.  SUCH DEVIATIONS WILL BE TEMPORARY AND APPLY
UNIFORMLY ACROSS THE COMMAND.
C.  FOR COMMANDS IN GEOGRAPHIC AREAS WITH EXTREME SEASONAL
CONDITIONS/EXTENDED SEASONS (E.G., IN ALASKA WHERE SNOW SEASON
EXTENDS FROM OCTOBER THROUGH THE END OF APRIL), WAIVERS TO THE
TIMING OF THE SEASONAL UNIFORM CHANGE WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A
CASE-BY-CASE BASIS PER PARAGRAPH 6 OF REFERENCE B.
2.  UNITS DEPLOYED OR IN A TACTICAL/FIELD ENVIRONMENT
A.  THE SEASONAL UNIFORM GUIDELINES ABOVE DO NOT APPLY TO DEPLOYED
UNITS OR UNITS IN A TACTICAL/FIELD ENVIRONMENT, AS THE COMMANDER
WILL DICTATE THE APPROPRIATE UNIFORM BASED ON THE TACTICAL/FIELD
SITUATION.
B.  RESERVE MARINES AND SAILORS IN A PRE- OR POST-DEPLOYMENT STATUS
ARE CONSIDERED TO BE IN A FIELD/TRAINING STATUS AND MAY WEAR THE
UNIFORMS THEY ARE DEPLOYING WITH, SUITABLE TO THE THEATRE OF
OPERATIONS, REGARDLESS OF THE SEASON.  THIS MAY RESULT IN RESERVISTS
WEARING THE DESERT MARPAT MCCUU DURING THE WINTER SEASON.  IN SUCH
SITUATIONS, COMMANDERS MAY DIRECT THAT SLEEVES BE WORN UP OR DOWN IN
CORRELATION TO THE IMPENDING CLIMATE VICE THE SEASONAL UNIFORM THEY
ARE WEARING (E.G., RESERVISTS MAY BE WEARING THE DESERT MARPAT MCCUU
WITH SLEEVES ROLLED DOWN).
3.  PARAGRAPH 1002 OF REF (A) WILL BE CHANGED TO REFLECT THESE
CHANGES.
4.  SEMPER FIDELIS, JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS,
COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//