Marine Officer Uniform Regulations 2nd Lt
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 ALPHA UNIFORM
SERVICE ALPHA COAT
-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