Class C Uniforms

Class C Uniforms

Class C BDU UniformClass C Uniforms: Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU)
This is normally considered the fourth highest level uniform for purposes of Uniform of the Day planning. It is widely available at Army/Navy stores and via mail order, and is therefore the easiest uniform to obtain.

Occasions for Wear:
1. On duty, as prescribed by local commanders.
2. On other appropriate occasions, as desired. The BDU is authorized for year-round wear by all personnel and is the normal service uniform for outdoor and/or tactical situations.

Composition: The top consists of a standard black BDU four pocket blouse with a gray T -shirt worn under it. The trousers are standard black BDU pants with cargo pockets. The material may be cotton (winter weight) or ripstop nylon (summer weight), but whatever material is used to make the shirt, the same must also be used to make the trousers, in order to present a standard appearance. The shirt is worn outside the trousers.

Belt: The black web belt is worn with the trousers, under the jacket. A black buckle may be worn when wearing subdued devices or insignia. A white or black pistol belt may be worn on the outside of the blouse as directed by local commanders. The white pistol belt should be reserved for dress use or to signify a marine on guard or watch duty.

Headgear: Either the black eight-point cover, the black beret, or Black ball cap with SFMC, BDE or Unit patch affixed may be worn.

Footwear: Boots are required. Trousers may be worn bloused or unbloused.

Insignia & accouterments: 
Only the following items are authorized for wear on the BDU.

  1. Insignia of grade -either:
    a) Worn on the tip of both collars, centered from the edges and 1/2 inch from the point, or,
    b) Worn on the tip of the right collar and SFMC Collar Brass insignia worn on the tip of the left collar.
    Every attempt should be made by all the marines of a unit to wear the same collar insignia.
  2. SFMC Patch – Worn centered on the left shoulder, 1/2 inch below the shoulder seam.
  3. BDE Patch – Worn centered on the right shoulder, 1/2 inch below the shoulder
  4. Chapter/Ship Patch – If worn, is worn centered on the right breast pocket.
  5. Unit Patch – If worn, is worn centered on the left breast pocket.
  6. Name tape – Stitched with plain, sans-serif gold lettering – worn centered on the right pocket with the bottom of the tape flush with the top pocket flap seam and running from pocket edge to pocket edge.
  7. SFMC tape – Stitched with plain, sans-serif gold lettering – worn centered on the left pocket with the bottom of the tape flush with the top pocket flap seam and running from pocket edge to pocket edge.
  8. Distinctive Items – If entitled to do so, the wearer may wear one Type A Branch De-vice, either pin or embroidered, 1 inch above and centered on the SFMC tape.
  9. Combadge/Branch Badge – If worn, is worn centered on the left breast pocket flap.
  10. Qualification Badge – If entitled to do so, the wearer may wear one Type B Qualifica-tion Badge, either pin or embroidered, centered on the left breast pocket flap.
Class C (Flight Suit):

Class C Dress Uniform: Flight SuitThis is normally considered the same level uniform as the BDU for purposes of Uniform of the Day planning. It is widely available at Army/Navy stores and via mail order, and is therefore the easiest uniform to obtain.

Occasions for Wear:
1. On duty, as prescribed by local commanders.

2. On other appropriate occasions, as desired. The Flight Suit is authorized for year-round wear by all Aerospace Branch personnel and is the normal service uniform for outdoor and/ or tactical situations.

Composition:
 The Flight Suit is a standard black one-piece jumpsuit made from cotton, cotton blend, or NomexTM, with a gray T -shirt worn under it.

Belt: A black pistol belt may be worn on the outside of the flight suit as directed by local commanders.

Headgear: Either the black eight-point cover, the black beret, or black ball cap with SFMC, BDE or Unit patch affixed may be worn with the Flight Suit.

Footwear: Boots are required, although the suit legs are worn unbloused.

Insignia & accouterments:
Only the following items are authorized for wear on the Flight Suit.

  1. SFMC Patch – Worn centered on the left shoulder, 1/2 inch below the shoulder seam.
  2. BDE Patch – Worn centered on the right shoulder, 1/2 inch below the shoulder seam.
  3. Chapter/Ship Patch – If worn, is worn centered on the right breast pocket. A patch for the aircraft flown by the pilot may be worn in this position.
  4. Unit Patch – If worn, is worn centered on the left breast pocket.
  5. 5.Name plate – A cloth or leather nameplate which includes the SFMC aviator wings (when authorized), full name, rank, and the letters “SFMC” may be worn on the left chest in the area of the suit designed for the plate.
Class C (Vehicle Crew Garment):

This is normally considered the same level uniform as the BDU for purposes of Uniform of the Day planning. It is widely available at Army/Navy stores and via mail order, and is therefore the easiest uniform to obtain.

Occasions for Wear:
1. On duty, as prescribed by local commanders.
2. On other appropriate occasions, as desired. The Vehicle Crew Garment is authorized for year – round wear by all Mecha and Armor Branch personnel and is the normal service uniform for outdoor and/or tactical situations.

Composition: The Vehicle Crew Garment is identical to the Flight Suit with the exception of an extraction handle sewn to the back of the suit between the shoulder blades. This handle should be 1-1/4 inch wide web belt material and sewn on in such a manner as to support the wearer’s weight in an emergency.

All Weather Work Uniform (Scotty C):
This is normally considered the fourth highest level uniform for purposes of Uniform of the Day planning. Like the Service Undress Uniform, it is based on the working uniform seen in various motion pictures set in the late 23rd Century, most prominently worn by Montgomery Scott, hence the informal nickname of “Scotty” for this uniform type. The main components of this uniform, like the BDU, are widely available, making it easy to obtain.

Occasions for Wear:
1. On duty, as prescribed by local commanders.
2. On other appropriate occasions, as desired. The All Weather Work Uniform is intended to be worn to provide the maximum comfort and personal safety for Marines when working outdoors. The All Weather Work uniform is not considered appropriate for Color Guard/Honor Guard duty in most circumstances.

Composition: The All Weather Work Uniform is comprised of the Duty Vest, work trousers, a working shirt, and accessories and accoutrements as authorized below.

Vest, Duty : The Duty Vest is as described elsewhere, with details as noted below under Insig-nia and Accoutrements for this uniform.

Work Trousers: The work trousers are black, of suitable sturdiness for the job at hand. Trou-sers may be BDU or Cargo style in order to provide more useful pockets, Short trousers may be authorized by local commanders where conditions warrant.

Work Shirt: The shirt may be any shirt of neat, clean appearance appropriate for the weather. This includes, but is not limited to T-shirts, polos, long or short sleeved working shirts, etc. Every effort should be made for all members of a unit to wear the same shirt to present a uni-form appearance, but individual Marines should not feel compelled to wear a shirt that may present them with safety risks in the interests of uniform appearance.

Belt: The black web belt is worn with the trousers, under the vest. A black pistol belt may be worn with the uniform to hold potentially useful items too large to conveniently fit in any pocket such as a canteen, large flashlight, individual first aid kit, tools, etc.

Headgear: Either the black eight-point cover, the black beret, or Black ball cap with SFMC, BDE or Unit patch affixed may be worn. The headgear worn should be appropriate to weather conditions.

Footwear: Any black or dark footwear in good repair and neat condition appropriate to the weather and type of work being performed may be worn. Trousers may be worn bloused or unbloused with boots.

Insignia & accouterments: Only the following items are authorized for wear on the Flight Vest.

1. Insignia of Rank – Because of the possible variation in shirts, rank insignia are worn centered on the right breast pocket flap of the Duty Vest, centered on the pocket if no flap exists, or in an equivalent location if no such pocket exists. The rank insignia may be either standard metal pins or embroidered cloth insignia of the same size.
2. SFMC Insignia – Worn centered on the left breast pocket flap of the Duty Vest or equivalent location only if neither the optional SFMC patch nor SFMC tape is worn ..
3. SFMC Patch – If worn, is worn centered on the right breast pocket. A patch for the aircraft flown by the pilot may be worn in this position.
4. BDE Patch – At the discretion of local commanders, a BDE patch may be worn promi-nently on the right side of the Duty Vest. Due to the possible variations of the Duty Vest, no exact location for this patch can be specified, other than it should be at least 1/2 inch below the rank insignia. All members of a unit should wear the BDE patch in an equivalent location.
5. Name tape – As an option, a name tape exactly as called out for the Class C BDUs may be worn above the right breast pocket of the Duty Vest. If no such pocket exists, the name tape is worn 1/2 above and centered on the rank insignia. If the name tape is worn, the SFMC tape must also be worn.
6. SFMC tape -As option, the same SFMC tape called out for the Class C BDUs may be worn in an equivalent location on the left side of the Duty Vest
7. Distinctive items – If the wearer is entitled to wear distinctive items (such as Aviator wings), they may wear an single embroidered device insignia stitched 1/2 inch above and centered on the SFMC tape (if worn) or in an equivalent location on the Duty

Special note: it is permissible for all the cloth insignia and accoutrements listed above be at-tached with a hook and loop faster (i.e. Velcro) to the Duty Vest to allow the same vest to be used for both the All Weather Work Uniform and Service Undress Uniform, provided the vest is kept clean and in good repair.
The entire purpose of this uniform is to allow some uniformity of appearance for units partici-pating in operations potentially hazardous to more expensive, less robust attire. Effort should be made among the members of such units to be as closely matching as possible given the circumstances. It should be noted, however, that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL UNI-FORM APPEARANCE OVERRIDE THE SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS OF MARINES!! Our members are our most important asset and must be treated with care and respect for their safety and comfort.