Marine Officer Uniform Regulations 2nd Lt

April 3, 2017

When commissioning or reporting to your first duty station (PTAD or TBS)  you should not stress. Commissioning is a momentous time in your life that you should enjoy thoroughly but recognize for its significance.  You are no longer a candidate or midshipman, you are an Officer of Marines and are expected to act as such. Therefore, wholeheartedly embrace your new position with confidence, strength, and humility and seek to better yourself each day. Likewise, reporting to your first duty will mostly consist of a good deal of paperwork, a few briefings with unit personnel, and unpacking. Just ensure you uniform is squared away (follow the tutorial below), haircut is in regulation, and you have copies of your orders, driver’s license, small notepad and a black pen. It also wouldn’t hurt to bring a small snack and a bottle of water as well.


This guide covers both the service alpha and dress blue alpha uniform setup for newly commissioned Marine Corps officers. It lists each uniform component required, along with the corresponding regulation regarding its wear, and the page containing said information within the Marine Corps Order.







-Less than 3 inches in length

-Bulk of hair less than 2 inches

-Faded at hairline from 0 length

-Clean shaven on face and neck (don’t check in with an in-regs mustache)


Hair will be neat and closely trimmed. The hair may be clipped at the edges of the side and back and will be evenly graduated all the way around the head (blended or faded and not edged as an outline) from zero length at the hairline in the lower portion of the head to the upper portion of the head. Hair will not be over 3 inches in length fully extended (an extended hair, not the style, determines proper length) on the upper portion of the head. The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately two inches. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair protrudes from the scalp when styled. The back and sides of the head below the hairline may be shaved to remove body hair. MARADMIN 504/07


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-Service belt extends to wearer’s left

-Service belt covers bottom button of coat

-Service belt’s tapered end extends 2 ¾ to 3 ¾ inch beyond buckle

-Buckle highly polished


The complete upper-half wear of the service alpha uniform. Notice how the belt buckle is aligned with service jacket outside edge (gig line).


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-EGA insignias vertical

-EGA insignia’s anchors inboard

-EGA insignia’s wing tips parallel to bottom of coat


Likewise, the Eagle Globe and Anchor collar insignias are positioned vertically in the eyelets provided, anchors inboard, and wing tips parallel to bottom of the coat.


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-Ribbons centered on left pocket

-Ribbons positioned 1/8 in above pocket top seam


Ribbon bars will be centered 1/8 inch above and parallel to the top edge of the upper left pocket of dress "B" coats, service coats, and men's khaki shirts. When marksmanship badges are worn, ribbon bars will be centered over the pocket with the bottom edge of the ribbon bar 1/8 inch above the widest holding bar of the marksmanship badge(s).


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-Rank insignia at midpoint center of shoulder

-Rank insignia 3/4 inch from outside edge


Rank insignia is placed at the midpoint center of the shoulder-board positioned 3/4 inch  from the outer-most edge.


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-Rank insignia centered between top & bottom edge of collar        

-Rank insignia 1 inch from inside edge

-Rank insignia parallel to inside edge

-Always wear shirt-stays with khaki shirts


Collar grade insignia will be worn on both sides of the collar of khaki shirts. When the service "A" uniform is worn by officers, the wear of the collar insignia is required at all times. The insignia will be centered between the top and bottom edge of the collar, with the outer edge of the insignia one inch from the front edge of the collar. When the shirt collar is buttoned up the insignia will be parallel to the collar edge.


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-Half Windsor knot

-Tie clasp worn on lower half of tie between 3rd and 4th buttons from top

-Dimple at base of knot preferred


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-Trouser legs have slight break over shoe in front

-Trouser legs reach 1/4 inch above or below shoe welt in rear

-Trouser hems 2-3 inch wide

-Trouser crease at center front and rear of each leg

-Trouser crease extends from bottom of hem to 2 inches above trouser crotch


Not much to explain here as the Marine Shop or TBS Uniform shop already tailor your trousers to conform to the established standards. Just ensure they’re wrinkle free and exhibit the proper crease standards as shown in the above photo and in the order below.


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-Web belt

-Highly polished

-Tip of belt on wearer’s left

-Tip extends 2-4 inches beyond buckle


The tip end of the web belt will pass through the buckle to the wearer's left and will extend from 2 to 4 inches beyond the buckle


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-Centered squarely on head

-Top slit unbroken

-Base of sweatband 1inch above eyebrows

-Rank insignia bisected by flap

-Rank insignia bisects flap arch


The left service collar insignia will be worn on the left front side of the garrison cap, with the insignia centered vertically in the eyelet provided. Collar grade insignia will be worn on the right side of the garrison cap opposite to the branch of service collar insignia, with the insignia placed at a point midway on the arc of the flap and the flap generally bisecting the insignia.


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-Standard corfam or shined low quarter shoe

-Black socks


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