Stars and Stripes stripes.com 07 Jan, 2021 18:15 am

What kind of uniform is that? Marines drill for inauguration in unique style

What kind of uniform is that? Marines drill for inauguration in unique style
The Marines preparing for Inauguration Day ceremonies wore black face masks, white gloves — and an unusual combination of a Vietnam-era field jacket in woodland camouflage with their khaki-and-olive green service dress uniforms.

The Marines are wearing an unusual combination of a Vietnam-era field jacket in woodland camouflage with their khaki-and-olive green service dress uniforms.MARINE CORPS The Marines preparing for Inauguration Day ceremonies wore black face masks, white gloves — and an unusual combination of a Vietnam-era field jacket in woodland camouflage with their khaki-and-olive green service dress uniforms.“The Field Jacket is primarily worn to simulate the Dress Blue jacket,” said Andre Bastian, a Marine veteran who spent five years at the barracks, also known as 8th & I.But the field jacket is supposed to be worn as-issued, Bastian said.

Designed for utility, and commonly known as the M65 field jacket, it's also become something of a style icon, available as a designer knock-off for $500 from Polo Ralph Lauren — about five times what it costs from a military surplus store online.The field jacket’s rough similarities to the blues coat allow a Marine to place the formal uniform’s belt at the right height to practice fixing and unfixing a bayonet to his M1 Garand rifle, which is also a throw-back.

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