No, the Marines aren’t getting new girly hats

There’s been a story circulating on the Interwebs about some kind of Obama order to dress male Marines in a feminine type of cover.

The New York Post reported a few days ago that the President wants Marines to “wear girly hats.”

Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps – known as “covers” — with a new version that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.

“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!” one senior Marine source fumed to The Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.”

Well, today’s Stars & Stripes reports that the claim is false.

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.

So there you have it. The Obama administration is not trying to emasculate male Marines.

There are plenty of problems plaguing this nation, and a ton of criticisms to be made of the current leadership, but let’s focus on the real issues, and not the contrived ones, shall we?


4 responses

  1. but let’s focus on the real issues, and not the contrived ones, shall we?

    They are contrived to distract focus from the real issues. Think this issue didn’t get some help from the Powers That Be in flaring up at this time?
    Even without a conspiracy theory; it is easy to believe some brown nosing officer pushed this information as a distraction from the NSA spying, the deficit, the shut down, the debt ceiling, etc.


  2. Still… in the end I would LOVE to see anyone short of the President call a living Dan Daley “girlie” because of his cover…and the President would survive only because he’s the Commander in Chief..if he couldn’t destroy him or her in place physically… the verbal respose would be epic!


  3. I would never say a Marine looks girlie because of his cover (at least not to his face), but those historical buckets are just plain butt-ugly. Thats probably why they were discontinued a century ago.


    1. I don’t like them much either, actually. They’re not girly. But they look awkward. That said, it sounds like the Marine Corps is taking all comments into consideration, so the covers are not the administration’s secret conspiracy to emasculate the Marines! 🙂


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