Class A Uniform: Mess Whites (a.k.a. Salt and Pepper)
This is normally considered the second highest level uniform for purposes of Uniform of the Day planning.
Occasions for Wear:
1. Social functions of a general or official nature after retreat.
2. On other appropriate occasions, as specified by local commanders or as desired. When worn with long sleeves and white gloves, the Mess White Uniform constitutes a formal uniform and corresponds to a civilian tuxedo.
The Mess White Uniform is comprised of the White Dress Shirt, the Dress Trousers, the Black four-in-hand Necktie (with long sleeve dress shirt), and accessories and accoutrements as authorized below.
Shirt, Dress White: This is a buttoned white shirt, long or short sleeved, with two buttondown chest pockets and shoulder epaulets. (This is often called an aviator style shirt, and is often worn by security officers and policemen.) The shirt is worn tucked into the trousers, so that the front row of buttons (the Gig Line) lines up with the belt buckle and closure of the pants.
Trousers, Dress: Are straight legged black dress trousers. A 1-inch wide red blood stripe will be worn on each outside seam of the trouser leg, from the bottom of the waistband to the bottom edge of the trouser leg.
Necktie, Four-In-Hand Black: A conservative black tie, without adornment or design, is worn with the long sleeve shirt. If a tie clasp is used to secure the tie, it must be small, gold in color and plain in style.
Belt: The black web belt is worn with the buckle edge aligned with the shirt and pant closure edges. The buckle is gold for officers, silver for enlisted.
Headgear: Only the beret is authorized for wear with the Mess White Uniform.
Footwear: Dress shoes are worn with the Mess White Uniform.
Insignia & accouterments:
Only the following items are authorized for wear with the Mess White Uniform.
- Insignia of grade – Large rank insignia are worn centered on the shoulder boards (see below). The top edge of enlisted rank points towards the neck; officer insignia is centered on the shoulder board, along a line between the neck and point of the shoulder.
- SFMC Insignia – Worn on the tip of each collar, centered from the edges and 1/2 inch from the point.
- Decoration ribbons, full size – Worn 1/2 inch above and centered on the top edge of the left breast pocket flap.
- Combadge/Branch Badge – Worn centered on the left pocket flap.
- Distinctive items (i.e. – aviator wings) – Worn centered on the left breast 1/2 inch above ribbons.
- Shoulder Boards – Worn on both epaulets. They are 2 inches wide by 5 inches long (shorter lengths may be necessary on some epaulets), and covered with black felt.
- Name Tag – A 1 inch long by 3 inch wide engraved plastic nameplate is worn centered on and 1/2 inch above the right breast pocket flap top edge. The name plate has gold or white lettering on a black background, and shows the wearer’s last name only.
- Qualification badges – Worn centered on the right breast pocket flap (when authorized by local commanders).
- Dress gloves – White (when authorized by local commanders).
- Shoulder cord – Worn on right shoulder.
Class A (Female Variant)
This variant replaces the Dress Trousers with the Dress Skirt, and changes the headgear and footwear to more feminine styles on the Mess Blacks, Dress Blacks and Mess White Uniforms.
Skirt, Dress: This is a plain black skirt with a 1 inch red blood stripe running vertically along the two outer seams, from the bottom of the waistband to the bottom edge of the skirt. It shall be hemmed so the edge falls within a range of 1 inch above to 1 inch below the knee. It can be with or without side hip pockets.
Headgear: The beret may be replaced with a US Navy Women’s Service Hat on the Mess White Uniform. The beret is the only authorized headgear for wear on the Dress Black uniform. No head gear is authorized for wear on the Mess Black Uniform.
Footwear: There are two types of footwear authorized with the Woman’s variant. Plain black pumps and hosiery are worn with the skirt. The pumps should be highly polished, have no bows or decorations, and have heels of 3 inches or less. Stockings or pantyhose should be flesh-toned, without decoration or visible seams. Fishnet, lace, or multicolored hosiery is specifically prohibited. Calf-high black boots are also authorized. Boots will be highly polished, have no decorations, plain toe and have heels of three inches or less. Combat boots are not authorized to be worn with the dress skirt.
Insignia & accouterments: The same items are authorized for wear on the Women’s Variant. The combadge is worn above the ribbons and the other accouterments may be adjusted as necessary for proper fit and image. Women are also authorized to carry a plain black purse with no adornment or decoration.
Class A Uniform: Dress Blouse Black
This uniform shares the highest level with the Mess Blacks and Dress Uniform, Original Series for purposes of Uniform of the Day planning and shares the highest level uniform for the purpose of formal dinners. It is available for use by Marines emulating any Star Trek time periods.
Occasions for wear:
1. On duty, as prescribed by local commanders.
2. Off duty, the Dress Black Uniform is normally the prescribed uniform for social functions.
3. On other appropriate occasions, as desired. When worn with white gloves, the Blouse, Dress Black
Uniform constitutes a formal uniform and corresponds to a civilian tuxedo.
The Dress Blouse Black Uniform is comprised of the Blouse, Dress Black the Dress Trousers, a Dress Branch of Service (BOS) Tunic or Dickey, and accessories and accoutrement as authorized.
Dress Blouse Black: The Dress Blouse Black is based on a stewards jacket available commercially from several retail sources. It has 6 large buttons as a closure aligned down the center of the
front of the garment. All of these buttons must be secured for the uniform to be
properly worn. It includes a mandarin style standing collar. Epaulets are added
to each shoulder to facilitate the wear of shoulder boards. These may be either
permanently installed or affixed through the use of commercially available hook
and loop (i.e. Velcro) fasteners.
Trousers, Dress: Dress Trousers are low waist, straight legged, without cuffs,
and with side hip pockets. There is a wide range of acceptable materials, every
effort should be made, however, to ensure a uniform look between blouse and
trousers. A 1-inch wide red blood stripe will be worn on each outside seam of
the trouser leg, from the bottom of the waistband to the bottom edge of the
trouser leg. The dress black trousers may be worn bloused with boots, or
unbloused with dress shoes.
Tunic/Dickey, Branch of Service, Dress: Under the jacket a tunic or dickey is
worn. This shall be in the color of the marine’s branch of service (BOS), except
that First Sergeants, Sergeants Major, Unit OICs, and General Staff officers
may wear a white dickey instead of the BOS color.
Belt: The black web belt is worn with the buckle edge aligned with the blouse and pant closure edges. The buckle
is gold for officers, silver for enlisted.
Headgear: Only the beret is authorized for wear with the Dress Blouse Black Uniform.
Footwear: Boots or dress shoes may be worn with the Dress Blouse Black Uniform.
Insignia & Accoutrement: Only the following items are authorized for wear with the Dress Blouse Black Uniform:
1. Decoration ribbons (7.3.12) – to be worn centered on the left breast area.
2. Branch Devices (Type A Insignia) (7.3.1) – to be worn 1/2 inch above and centered to the SFMC Ribbon Rack.
3. Combadge/Branch Badge (18.104.22.168) – Worn 1/2 inch below and centered to the SFMC Ribbon Rack.
4. Campaign Ribbons (Type D Insignia) (7.3.4) – to be worn centered on the right breast area.
5. Qualification Badges (Type B Insignia) (7.3.2) – to be worn 1/2 inch above and centered to the Campaign Ribbons (if worn).
6. Command College Qualification Badges (Type C Insignia) (7.3.3) – to be worn 1/2 inch below and centered to the Campaign Ribbons (if worn).
7. SFMC Insignia (Collar Brass) (22.214.171.124) – to be worn on the ends of the collar, left and right. If old style collar brass is to be worn, the points on the anchors should be aligned pointed toward the gig line.
8. Shoulder Cord (7.3.7) – the SFMC Shoulder Cord with authorized attachments (if any) is to be worn on the right shoulder.
9. Dress gloves (126.96.36.199) – White (when authorized by loacal commanders).
10. Insignia of Grade, Shoulder Baords (188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206) – worn as Shoulder Baords.