Fort Meade Young Marines
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Young Marine Uniform

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Young Marine Uniform The official uniform for youth in the Young Marines Program is the Woodland pattern camouflage shirt, trousers, white T-shirt and cover. This uniform is required for all Young Marines events over the unit level. The uniform will be worn as follows:

  1. Shirt with Young Marine breast pocket patch worn centered above the left breast pocket, 1/8-inch above the pocket. The Young Marines shoulder patch is worn on the left sleeve with the unit designation arc centered above the patch, on the shoulder seam.
  2. Trousers with straight or pouch pockets. Name tapes will be sewn over the right rear pocket of the trousers centered and flush over the top seam.
  3. Khaki web belt with brass Marine Corps style buckle or anodized buckles as authorized.
  4. Boots may be either black or jungle type and are desig- nated by the unit's Commanding Officer. Units may not mix boots.
  5. WHITE T-shirts will be worn with the uniform at all times.
  6. Ribbons are worn so that the lowest row of ribbons is 1/8-inch above the left breast pocket patch and centered. Ribbons are worn in the order of prece- dence established in the Awards Manual. They are preferably worn in rows of three. However, they may be worn in rows of four.
  7. An olive drab name tape is worn centered over the right pocket, flush to the pocket seam and flush to the edges of the pocket.
  8. Covers are to be maintained in a starched condition. Shirt and trousers are not starched.
  9. Rank chevrons are worn on the blouse collar. They are placed vertically with the single point up and center of the insignia on a line bisecting the angle of the point of the collar. The lower outside edges of the chevron are placed 1/2 inch from the edge of the collar.
  10. Each unit should have a unit T-shirt with their name and the Young Marine designation imprinted on the shirt. Colors may vary. These T-shirts should be part of each Young Marines PT gear. They may also be worn for activities and functions where the camouflage uniform is inappropriate, for example, car washes, certain community service projects, etc.

It is a Young Marine's responsibility to keep his uniform clean and neatly pressed at all times. Boots are polished with a high shine on the toes and heels. Ribbons that become soiled or faded should be replaced. All Young Marines are expected to keep themselves clean and well-groomed whether in uniform or not.

Uniform Standards

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All Young Marines are expected to keep themselves clean and well-groomed whether in uniform or not. Other standards for Young Marines require:


  1. Hair will be short enough so that it does not touch the ears or hang on the nape of the neck.Does not exceed over 3".
  2. Beards and/or mustaches will not be worn. Sideburns will be worn in accordance with current USMC appearance standards.
  3. The only jewelry permitted are watches and religious or medical items.


  1. Short hair will not touch the bottom of the collar of the uniform. Long hair will be worn in a manner so that it does not touch the collar and will be braided or twisted up under the cover.
  2. The cover is worn square on the head the same as with the males and not positioned to the back or side of the head.
  3. Make-up will be subdued and shall harmonize with the uniform. Faddish cosmetics and colors will not be worn. Nail polish will either harmonize with the lipstick or be colorless. If you are unsure ask your senior adult female for guidance.
  4. The only jewelry permitted are watches, religious or medical items. Only small gold ear posts may used if ears are pierced and only one earring per ear in the lowest pierce of the lobe.



Uniform Markings

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  1. Skivvies shorts - Inside waist band.
  2. T-Shirts - Inside collar band on back.
  3. Socks - On instep.
  4. Cover - Inside sweatband where viable.
  5. Cammie Blouse - Inside collar on the back and/or sewn

Hints & Tips

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When being inspected, you will most likely be inspected from the top down. Thus, when preparing yourself for an inspection, we recommend you look at yourself from the top down. Each part of your uniform will be inspected for serviceability, cleanliness, and proper display.

  1. COVER - proper fit, on squarely, rank chevron on correctly, clean?
  2. HAIRCUT - hair at proper length?
  3. CAMMIE BLOUSE - shoulder patch, name tag, chest patch, ribbons, chevrons?
  4. TROUSERS - proper fit, belt cut to proper length (2-4 inches past buckle)?
  5. BELT BUCKLE - shined?
  6. BOOTS - shined?

During an inspection, the inspecting young marine may check some of your items to see if they are properly marked with your name in the correct place.

Inspecting Young Marine

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To inspect a platoon of 10 Young Marines in thirty minutes, you would have no more than 3 minutes per Young Marine. That includes your movement time. Inspections should be brief but thorough. You should spend the same amount of time with each Young Marine.

  1. Wear the same uniform as the Young Marines you are inspecting.
  2. Insure that the unit is ready for inspection.
  3. Be firm and consistent during the inspection, commending the effort put forth and calling attention to discrepancies.
  4. When making any comments look at the Young Marine in the eye, keep your remarks impersonal and pertinent. Never ridicule or unnecessarily embarrass a Young Marine.
  5. Question your Young Marines on general Young Marine knowledge to accustom them to answer- ing questions while in rank.
  6. Pay close attention to detail when inspecting, BUT do not become lost in detail.
  7. Have the squad leaders proceed you through the inspection, so they can see and write down the discrepancies as you note them.
  8. When conducting a uniform inspection, it is a good idea to read the regulations again before the inspection.
  9. Ensure that your appearance exceeds the requirements you have placed on your Young Marines.