The Marines with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion wore the new coats at Parris Island, South Carolina, during their Nov. 16 graduation ceremony, according to the release. Another company at Parris Island was the first to actually receive the coats in August but the coats are not worn during summer graduations.
The new dress coat looks similar to the uniform that men wear but it is designed to be more form-fitting for female Marines. It includes a white belt and a standing collar.
The Corps settled on the final design after conducting onsite surveys of more than 2,600 female Marines at the National Capital Region, Parris Island; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Cherry Point, North Carolina; Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona; and other West Coast installations. Another 3,000 Marines took the survey online.
Enlisted Marines will receive enough money from their clothing allowances over the next four years to pay for the uniform, which will become mandatory in fiscal 2022, Corps officials said.
The design for the blue dress coat is similar to what female Marines wore when they joined the Corps in the World War II-era, said Staff Sgt. Kara Sykes, a drill instructor for the 4th Recruit Training Battalion and the unit’s historian.
“If you look back at history, when females first came into the Marine Corps, we had the high coats with the high neck collars and then we changed over the years to a different coat,” Sykes said in the news release.
“The coat we have now is similar to when we first started," she added. "We’re bringing it back. It’s a good time for us to actually wear the coat … to see the history, to see how far we’ve come and to come back to history.”
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."