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Uniform Issue and Care

 

Introduction. The Marine Corps uniform has a proud and distinctive history of identifying its wearer as a member of the finest military organization in the world. The same should be said for MCJROTC cadets. The proper wearing of the uniform should be a matter of personal pride to all cadets. Knowing that one’s uniform is clean, neat, and conforming to regulations gives confidence and improves self-esteem. Achieving this, however, does require careful cleaning and storing. By following these guidelines, cadets will be rewarded by a uniform that projects the pride they will experience as a member of the MCJROTC.

 

Uniform Issue. Cadets will be issued uniforms at no cost subject to the provisions below. The uniform will be worn on uniform inspection days and such other times designated by the Senior Marine Instructor. They will be required to sign for each and every item that is issued to them. They will also be required to read and sign the following statement on the uniform issue form.

 

“I hereby acknowledge receipt of the above articles for which I hold myself responsible, from the time of issue until directed to return them to inventory, storage or other reasons. I understand I will be responsible for the replacement of articles, at my own expense, if lost, or if damaged or worn beyond a reasonable degree indicating there has been carelessness or negligence; otherwise the U.S. Marine Corps will replace the articles in-kind. I agree to wear the uniform or any article thereof, only during school hours or proceedings to and/or from school and on occasions of ceremony as authorized by the Senior Marine Instructor. I hereby acknowledge that I will launder and/or dry clean those uniform articles when directed to return them to inventory, storage or other reasons.”

 

Occasions for wearing. Cadets will receive instruction on the proper wear of all uniforms. It is the responsibility of each cadet to ensure his or her uniform is cared for and worn when required. The wear of the MCJROTC uniform other than the occasions designated is strictly prohibited. On uniform inspection days cadets are expected to adhere to the following.

 

  • Wear the complete uniform in the proper manner from the time you depart your home until arrival at school.
  • Wear the complete uniform in the proper manner throughout the school day.
  • Wear the complete uniform in the proper manner until you return to your home following school.
  • If you participate in an extracurricular activity after school such as band, baseball, Wavettes, etc., that requires activities that may soil the uniform, you may elect to bring other clothes to change into AFTER SCHOOL.
  • At no time will a partial uniform be worn or uniform parts be worn with non-uniform clothing.
  • At no time will the camouflaged uniform (utilities) be worn into any store or business establishment.
  • Civilian attire such as coats, sweaters, or windbreakers will NOT be worn with the uniform at any time.
  • The uniform policy of the Ponchatoula High School MCJROTC is strict and is not subject to compromise. Repeated failure to wear the uniform properly and/or when required may result in a recommendation to the Principal to remove the cadet from the MCJROTC program. Cadets are responsible for preparing their uniforms for inspections. Instructors fully understand that cadets, especially the younger cadets, often times do not have the ability to send/retrieve their uniforms to/from the dry cleaners. Parents should contact the instructors if a cadet has a legitimate issue as to why they were unable to wear their uniform on the designated uniform inspection day. Waking late and rushing to catch the bus is not an excuse. At the very least, the uniform should be prepared for wear the night before. Should you have any questions concerning uniform inspection occasions contact the Senior Marine Instructor.

 

Camouflaged Utilities. All cadets will be issued this uniform.

  1. Wear
  2. This uniform should be loose fitting and comfortable. Alterations are prohibited.
    1. The shirt is worn outside of the trousers.
    2. The sleeves will be rolled up when directed by the Senior Marine Instructor.
    3. The trousers will be bloused (not tucked in) at the top of the boots.
    4. The cover will be worn during appropriate times.
    5. A green T-shirt (one will be provided) will be worn under the camouflage shirt.
    6. No objects will be placed in the shirt pockets at any time. Ink pens, pencils, or other such objects should not be seen at any time protruding from the uniform.

 

  1. Care
  2. This uniform is "wash and wear." Hang the uniform up immediately after drying.
    1. DO NOT USE BLEACH OR DRY CLEAN.
    2. Alterations of any kind are not permitted.
    3. The cover may be washed and dried provided it presents a neat appearance once it dries.
    4. The web belt with the buckle removed should be washed once a week and hung to dry.
    5. The buckle and tip should be shined with a dry, cotton cloth.
    6. The boots should be brushed to remove dust, dirt, and grime.
    7. All buttons except the top button will be buttoned at all times.

 

Service Uniform. All cadets will be issued this uniform should the cadet be present on the announced date of alterations service. The alterations service is only available a couple of times during the school year. It is imperative that students be present during this time to be properly fitted for this uniform. This uniform consists of a khaki shirt, green trousers.

  1. Wear
  • ·         The uniform will be tailored to fit the cadet’s body shape and size. Alterations other than that conducted by the MCJROTC tailor are strictly forbidden. The uniform will be tailored according to current Marine Corps Uniform Regulations, not individual requests or the current fashion style.
  • ·         For males, the khaki shirt will be tucked in at all times with any extra material

pulled to the back of the trousers. Instruction will be given on the proper manner in which to do this.

  • ·         For females, the khaki shirt will be worn outside of the slacks.
  • ·         The trousers/slacks will be worn at the natural waist.
  • ·         All buttons will be buttoned at all times.
  • ·         No objects will be placed in the shirt pockets at any time.
  • ·         Ink pens, pencils, or other such objects should not be seen at any time protruding from the uniform.
  • ·         For males a white crew neck T-shirt without designs or writing is worn underneath the khaki shirt. Females may wear a white V-neck T-shirt without designs or writing underneath the khaki shirt in such a manner that the T-shirt does not show when worn.

 

  1. Care
  • ·         The khaki shirt, green trousers/slacks, cover, and green coat are DRY CLEAN ONLY at the cleaners. DO NOT use a product that advertises you may “dry clean in your washer and/or dryer.”
  • ·         Male shirts should have military creases placed in them from the cleaners.
  • ·         Female shirts should never have military creases placed in them.
  • ·         The web belt with the buckle removed should be washed once a week and hung to dry.
  • ·         The buckle and belt tip should be shined with a dry, cotton cloth.
  • ·         The shoes are low maintenance. They should be dusted off prior to each occasion of wear. Spray Lemon Pledge is an excellent product to apply to the shoe and then wiped off. Black Kiwi paste polish should be applied to the edge of the shoe and where the sole meets the shoe. A boot/shoe brush should then be used to buff the polish.

 

Dress Blue Uniform.

  1. Wear
  • ·         This uniform is issued to cadets that participate on The Drill Teams and Color Guards.
  • ·         This uniform is earned through hard work and dedication to the team.
  • ·         This uniform will be tailored to fit your body shape and size. Alterations other than that conducted by the MCJROTC tailor are strictly forbidden. The uniform will be tailored according to current Marine Corps Uniform Regulations, not individual requests or the current fashion style.
  • ·         The trousers/slacks will be worn at the natural waist.
  • ·         All buttons will be buttoned at all times.
  • ·         No objects will be placed in the shirt pockets at any time.
  • ·         Ink pens, pencils, or other such objects should not be seen at any time protruding from the uniform.

 

  1. Care
  • ·         The coat and trousers are DRY CLEAN ONLY.
  • ·         The web belt with the buckle removed should be washed once a week and hung to dry.
  • ·         The buckle and belt tip should be shined with a dry, cotton cloth.
  • ·         The waist plate for the white belt will be shined with a dry, cotton cloth.
  • ·         The shoes are low maintenance. They should be dusted off prior to each occasion of wear. Spray Lemon Pledge is an excellent product to apply to the shoe and then wiped off. Black Kiwi paste polish should be applied to the edge of the shoe and where the sole meets the shoe. A boot/shoe brush should then be used to buff the polish.
  • ·         The male and female covers and the white belt will be cleaned prior to wearing. See White Gear below.
  • ·         The female white cover when not worn should be placed in its storage container to prevent damage. It should not be placed upside down as this crushes the material at the crown.
  • ·         The female vinyl cover should be cleaned with a mild water/alcohol solution.

 

White Gear. Numerous articles from the Dress Blue Uniform are referred to as “White Gear,” and require special cleaning procedures. This gear includes the gloves, male cover, and white belt. Chlorine bleach should never be used on the white gear. Supplies required are one package of “RIT” color remover, one box of “Snowy Bleach,” and one bottle of “Wisk” detergent. The following cleaning procedures should be followed:

  • ·         Never dry clean.
  • ·         Dissolve the RIT in water.
  • ·         Soak the items in the solution for approximately one hour.
  • ·         Launder through one complete gentle cycle in warm water, cold rinse.
  • ·         Remove from the washer.
  • ·         To complete the process and for regular maintenance, add two cups of Snowy Bleach and ¼ cup of Wisk.
  • ·         Allow washer to fill with warm water and to agitate to ensure the bleach and detergent is thoroughly dissolved.
  • ·         Stop the washer, add the uniform items and allow them to soak for approximately one to two hours.
  • ·         Restart the washer and launder through the complete gentle cycle on warm wash and cold rinse.
  • ·         Drip-dry on wooden hanger, ensuring the hanger stem does not come into contact with the items and thus discolor them.
  • ·         The white gear may then be steam-ironed or professionally pressed.
Accessory Care

 

  1. Tanker Jacket. DRY CLEAN ONLY.
  2. Sweat pants/shirt. Wash and tumble dry.