Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Marines returning to their roots?

Stylistically, anyway. Maybe. For years, Cpl. Wolves changed uniforms with the seasons. During the winter, he wore MARPAT (Marine Pattern) woodlands camouflage, sleeves rolled down. Like so:

That's an online stock photo, not Cpl. Wolves, because I can't find any photos of him in woodlands. But I digress. During the summer (and when he was in Afghanistan), he wore desert camouflage. Like so:

The heavily armed handsome devil on the left is Cpl. Wolves, in his desert cammies.

All of that is history, now. The Marines are ditching the two-pattern seasonal thing in favor of woodlands only:
Marines will wear woodland green year-round, effective immediately, according to a new directive from the commandant of the Marine Corps.
The change was quietly announced Dec. 8 through an all-Marine Corps bulletin, signed by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.
Previously, Marines would alternate between tan-and-brown desert camouflage in the summer and green woodland camouflage utilities in the winter on dates roughly coinciding with Daylight Savings Time changes. Now all sailors and Marines serving with Marine Corps units will use the woodland pattern throughout the year.
 It is not clear why the change came down. Historically, the Marines have worn green utilities, the phrase used to describe the standard day-to-day dress of Marines. The army tends to refer to BDUs -- battle dress uniforms -- but Marines consider all clothing to be battle dress, and so are less formal. Still, it is not known what this change means:
It's not clear how this change came about or if this is a move signaling a look forward to other combat theaters after a decade-and-a-half of fighting in the Middle East. Questions to Marine Corps officials Saturday did not receive an immediate response.
Vogue is unlikely to cover the change. Hell, it could just be a cost-saving measure. I'm sure enlisted Marines will be happy to have to purchase one fewer sets of utilities.

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