Marine Corps dress blue uniform is the most formal of a Marine's
uniforms, it is often referred to as "Dress
Blues", due to the color (as distinguished from the green
and khaki service uniforms).
Alphas have long sleeve choker-collar midnight blue (black) outer
white cover, with all medals
Sword may be worn by officers. Staff noncommissioned
officers (SNCOs) and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) are authorized
to wear the NCO
Bravos are the same as the Alphas but ribbons
Badges, are worn instead of medals.
Charlies are the same as the Bravos but without the
outer blue coat, a khaki
long sleeve shirt and khaki necktie
are worn instead. Ribbons are normally worn on the shirt with badges
being optional unless prescribed.
Deltas are the same as Dress Blue
Charlies, but with short
sleeve khaki shirt and no tie.
The same trousers, cover
(hat) and high gloss black shoes are worn with all versions
of dress blues.
do not have the red piping that the enlisted blouses do. Officers
also wear a white inner collar, in addition to a while shirt under
their blouse. Additionally officers wear metal ranks insignia on
their shoulders. Enlisted Marines wear their rank
chevron patches on their upper arms.
wear a white
belt, and different buckles depending on rank. Non-NCOs
have a plain brass buckle, NCOs wear a brass
buckle with an Eagle Globe and Anchor (EGA), and SNCOs wear
a brass buckle with an EGA and leaves. Officer belts are the same
color as the blouse. No large buckle is worn.
All ranks wear
and Anchor collar devices on their dress blues blouses.
Officer EGAs are gold and silver. Enlisted EGAs are gold. A larger
cap device matching the collar devices are worn on the dress
wear a two-inch wide scarlet blood
stripe down the outer seam of each leg of
blue dress trousers/slacks, field and company grade
officers wear a 1 1/2-inch wide scarlet stripe
down the outer seam of each leg of blue dress trousers/slacks,
and staff noncommissioned officers (SNCOs) and non-commissioned
officers (NCOs) wear a 1 1/8-inch wide scarlet
stripe down the outer seam of each leg of their blue
dress trousers / slacks.
The covers also
vary with rank. Officer covers have a quatrefoil on the
top, enlisted ranks do not. Officer covers also have a red and
gold chin strap (black for enlisted), and field grade and general
grade officers have gold leaves on the bill.
wear dark blue trousers in the same color as the coat, while lower
ranking officers, SNCO's, NCO's and junior enlisted wear medium
(sky) blue trousers.