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Marine Corps Says ‘Pajama’-Like Tropical Uniforms Are Coming Sooner Than You Think
If the U.S. actually goes back to war with North Korea, American troops are going to need a uniform that is lightweight, breathable, and provides adequate camouflage in the forest, complete with a solid pair of boots for humping up and down all of those big mountains. Fortunately for Marines, the Corps has been working hard to ensure they’ll have both.
Lt. Col. Christopher Madeline of Marine Corps Systems Command told Marine Corps Times on Dec. 9 that tropical uniforms and boots should be available starting in late 2018. Members of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines began testing several prototypes more than a year ago in Oahu, Hawaii — and the reviews are stellar.
“They used terms like: ‘fast drying,’ ‘lightweight,’ ‘felt like pajamas,’” Madeline, program manager for infantry combat equipment, told Marine Corps Times. “Those are all good words to meet what we want with that tropical uniform.”
The winning prototype is 30% lighter than the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform, according to MCSC. Even better: the elbow, knee, and groin areas are reinforced with slightly heavier fabric to “provide higher abrasion resistance.” This should come as great news to anyone who has ever climbed over a wall in Iraq or Afghanistan and then had to spend the rest of the patrol with their junk fully exposed.
Boots by Danner, Bates, and Rock Boots are also undergoing testing to determine which is most deserving to adorn the feet of Marines. All three models are equipped with a self-cleaning outsole and dry faster than the boots Marines currently wear. They are also, according to MCSC, a half pound to one pound lighter than the current boot, and also substantially lighter when wet.
Madeline told Marine Corps Times that the Corps is now toying with the idea of allowing any of the three boots to be worn by Marines. Everyone wins!
The tropical uniform and boots will not be “seabag items,” which is what sailors and Marines call the stuff they’re required to have. Instead, they’ll be optional: Troops preparing to deploy to a tropical war zone like North Korea will be able to pick up a few pairs at their nearest individual issue facility or post exchange.
(We recommend also picking up some underwear while you’re at it — you know, just in case. There’s going to be a lot of climbing out there.)
The Marine Corps’ new uniforms are part of a bigger push to better equip soldiers for war in the Pacific theater. Earlier this year, the Army announced that it will begin fielding its new Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform to soldiers in Hawaii in January. The IHWCU is lighter and more breathable than what soldiers wear now, and will be in the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, which resembles Multicam.
Thousands of soldiers with the Hawaii-based 25th Infantry Division were also recently issued the Army’s new Jungle Combat Boots.
“January 2018 is going to be huge,” Capt. Daniel Ferenczy, assistant manager for the Army’s Extreme Weather Clothing and Footwear department, told Military.com in August. “They are going to be [fleeced] in the OCP with jungle boots in a hot weather combat uniform.”
We can’t wait to see all the selfies.
A Minnesota Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with three Guardsmen aboard crashed south of St. Cloud on Thursday, said National Guard spokeswoman Army Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens.
At this time, the National Guard is not releasing any information about the status of the three people aboard the helicopter, Heusdens told Task & Purpose on Thursday.
The Pentagon's latest attempt to twist itself in knots to deny that it is considering sending up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East has a big caveat.
Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said there are no plans to send that many troops to the region "at this time."
Farah's statement does not rule out the possibility that the Defense Department could initially announce a smaller deployment to the region and subsequently announce that more troops are headed downrange.
The Navy could deploy a second carrier to the Middle East if Trump orders an Iran surge, top admiral says
The Navy could send a second aircraft carrier to the Middle East if President Donald Trump orders a surge of forces to the region, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Thursday.
Gordon Lubold and Nancy Youssef of the Wall Street Journal first reported the United States is considering sending up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to deter Iran from attacking U.S. forces and regional allies. The surge forces could include several ships.
I didn't think a movie about World War I would, or even could, remind me of Afghanistan.
Somehow 1917 did, and that's probably the highest praise I can give Sam Mendes' newest war drama: It took a century-old conflict and made it relatable.
An internal investigation spurred by a nude photo scandal shows just how deep sexism runs in the Marine Corps
"I will still have to work harder to get the perception away from peers and seniors that women can't do the job."
Some years ago, a 20-year-old female Marine, a military police officer, was working at a guard shack screening service members and civilians before they entered the base. As a lance corporal, she was new to the job and the duty station, her first in the Marine Corps.
At some point during her shift, a male sergeant on duty drove up. Get in the car, he said, the platoon sergeant needs to see you. She opened the door and got in, believing she was headed to see the enlisted supervisor of her platoon.
Instead, the sergeant drove her to a dark, wooded area on base. It was deserted, no other Marines were around. "Hey, I want a blowjob," the sergeant told her.
"What am I supposed, what do you do as a lance corporal?" she would later recall. "I'm 20 years old ... I'm new at this. You're the only leadership I've ever known, and this is what happens."
She looked at him, then got out of the car and walked away. The sergeant drove up next to her and tried to play it off as a prank. "I'm just fucking with you," he said. "It's not a big deal."
It was one story among hundreds of others shared by Marines for a study initiated in July 2017 by the Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL). Finalized in March 2018, the center's report was quietly published to its website in September 2019 with little fanfare.
The culture of the Marine Corps is ripe for analysis. A 2015 Rand Corporation study found that women felt far more isolated among men in the Corps, while the Pentagon's Office of People Analytics noted in 2018 that female Marines rated hostility toward them as "significantly higher" than their male counterparts.
But the center's report, Marines' Perspectives on Various Aspects of Marine Corps Organizational Culture, offers a proverbial wakeup call to leaders, particularly when paired alongside previous studies, since it was commissioned by the Marine Corps itself in the wake of a nude photo sharing scandal that rocked the service in 2017.
The scandal, researchers found, was merely a symptom of a much larger problem.