The U.S. Marine Corps was forced to step in and clarify the story that swept the Internet last week about President Obama wanting manly men Marines to wear “girly”-style hats.
It’s not true, in any “way, shape or form,” that Obama ordered the changes to the uniform’s cap cover, a Marine Corps official said in an email to Stars and Stripes.
“The president in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover,” the email read. “We are looking for a new cover for our female Marines for one overriding reason: The former manufacturer went out of business. … The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover.”
The military newspaper explained:
First, some background: Men and women in the Marine Corps currently wear different types of covers as part of their dress and service uniforms. The manufacturer of the women’s “bucket cover” – which has a distinctly different shape than the men’s cover – is going out of business and will not continue to make the cap, according to the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps also has been asked by the DoD to find a unisex option for a dress and service cover, Marines said.
So, the Marine Corps Uniform Board, which meets quarterly, decided to gather feedback in advance of its meeting next week. Active and Reserve Marines were asked to vote on whether they believe women should adopt the current male cover, with some small modifications, or for all Marines to adopt what they call the Dan Daly cap.
Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, a two-time Medal of Honor recipient who yelled, “Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?” as he led Marines into the fight at Belleau Wood during World War I, wore a cap similar to the option proposed by the survey.
Commandant Gen. James Amos must approve any uniform board recommendation before it takes effect.
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