USMSC Authorized Uniforms
BATTLE-DRESS UNIFORM. The latest Marine Corps space duty uniform is a digitally patterned two-piece uniform in urban/industrial colors of black, grey and blue that performs well in city fighting and ship-board engagements. Units serving prolonged planet-side deployments are issued coveralls or two piece uniforms in a digital desert or woodland camouflage patterns that are unique to the Marine Corps. Soft cover is a grey beret, although black helmets are typically worn in combat operations. Recon Marines and Marine Scout/Snipers are the only marines authorized to wear a soft, digital "boonie" hat.
UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS. Officers and Troopers are responsible for buying and maintaining uniforms appropriate to their assigned duties and as required by their prescribing authority. There is no minimum number of uniforms required to be in their possession. Sufficient quantities of uniform items shall be procured and maintained to ensure high standards of personal hygiene and appearance. Because of high visibility in leadership positions, high standards of neatness and cleanliness are expected and must be maintained.
AUTHORIZED FABRICS. Only those fabrics which are approved by the Chief of USMSC Operations are authorized for the manufacture of USMSC uniforms.
EMBROIDERED TAPES. Uniforms are required to have USMSC tape worn approximately 1/4 inch, centered side to side, over the wearer's left breast pocket. The length of the embroidered tape, size of lettering and color shall be in accordance with article 2011. Last name tape worn approximately 1/4 inch, centered side to side, over the wearer's right breast pocket.
INSIGNIA. USMSC patch worn on left sleeve. US Flag worn on either pocket flap, stars forward.
RANK. Rank patch worn on center mass, below embroidered tapes.
RESTRICTIONS. All USMSC personnel shall maintain required uniforms and are forbidden to wear other than the authorized uniform or insignia of their respective grade, corps, or rating, or to wear decorations, medals, badges, or ribbons in any way other than that prescribed.
TROUSERS. Trousers must fit properly and be worn with a black belt for the urban uniform or a coyote brown belt for temperate and desert uniforms.
BLOUSE. Blouse must fit properly. Blouse is to be worn for garrison or standard duty.
COMBAT SHIRT. Combat shirt must fit properly. Combat shirt is to be worn only under body armor, not as a garrison or standard duty alternative to the blouse.
- Beret, Grey - General Issue
- Beret, Maroon - Approved for Free Mars Garrison
- Patrol Cap, Matching digital pattern
- Watchcap, Black - Approved for Force Recon Marines
- Boonie, Matching digital pattern - Approved for Scout/Snipers
- Black Helmets - Urban/Space Duty uniforms.
- Coyote Brown Helmets - Temperate and Desert uniforms.
- Black Carrier - Urban/Space Duty uniforms.
- Coyote Brown Carrier - Temperate and Desert uniforms.
- Black Cross-draw vests, and vests in general are not approved
- Chest rigs may be approved and are subject to review.
Symbols of Leadership
In the USMSC, rank represents more than the chain of command. Marines constantly strive to succeed in with their mission objectives while demonstrating commitment to their fellow Marines. Each USMSC rank confirms that the men and women who wear it have earned greater responsibility.
Starting with the first day of recruit training, recruits are assigned responsibilities designed to develop their leadership skills. Earning promotions in the Enlisted rank structure, they develop leadership skills while their responsibilities increase. There are eleven steps in the enlisted rank structure. Starting from lowest to highest they are:
- Private (PVT)
- Private First Class (PFC)
- Lance Corporal (LCP)
- Corporal (CPL)
- Sergeant (SGT)
- Staff Sergeant (SSG)
- Gunnery Sergeant (GSG)
- First Sergeant (1SG)
- Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGS)
- Sergeant Major (SGM)
- Sergeant Major of the USMSC (SMM)
Junior Marines look to their officers for guidance and knowledge. These officers are distinguished by their "commission," a formal document from the President of the United States of America, issuing the rank and authority of a Marine Space Corps Officer. There are ten steps in the officer rank structure. Starting from lowest to highest they are:
- Second Lieutenant (2LT)
- First Lieutenant (1LT)
- Captain (CPT)
- Major (MAJ)
- Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)
- Colonel (COL)
- Brigadier General (BDG)
- Major General (MJG)
- Lieutenant General (LTG)
- General (GEN)