Concepts & Programs HomeProgramsFocus Area 4: Modernization & TechnologyPart 1: Equipping the MarineMarine Corps Uniforms

Marines from 3d Battalion, 3d Marines complete the final user evaluation for the tropical uniform in Kahuku's Training Area Oct. 3-5, 2017. Durability, fit and function were tested in order to compile the final report for the Commandant of the Marine Corps to make a decision on the future of the uniform in 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Molly Hampton)

The Marine Corps Uniforms (MCU) portfolio provides products and services required to develop, evaluate, field, and sustain clothing and textiles utilized by all Marines. MCU funding supports development, test, procurement, and initial sustainment of USMC clothing programs and enhancements. The MCU portfolio also includes Marine Corps Uniform Board requirements for uniform modifications, uniform shade evaluations, and certification and quality inspections of uniform articles as required by MCO P10120.28G Individual Clothing Regulations.

Operational Impact
Uniform development will improve comfort and weight to enhance the performance for Marines who primarily conduct dismounted operations. Improving the spectral performance of camouflage will make Marines less visible at night which reduces their vulnerability. Other enhancements allow Marines are able to operate with Flame Resistant (FR) protection in the utility uniform.

Program Status
MCU is a level of effort that seeks to exploit the development of advanced technologies in textiles that will lead to increased durability, breathability, flash fire protection and emerging camouflage patterns of uniform construction. MCU is also used to develop, evaluate, field and sustain Marine Corps Dress Uniform items. Ongoing CMC-directed initiatives for uniforms include tropical combat uniforms, tropical combat boots and improvements of the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) as well as procurement of redesigned female dress blue coat.

Procurement Profile: N/A

Developer/Manufacturer: Ordered through Defense Logistics Agency; Multiple Vendors in Numerous States

Modernization and Technology