ASU prep

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  1. cb7893

    cb7893 Member

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    All the Christmas prep is done.

    DS got his ASU's today from Marlow White and was scrutinizing the DA PAM 670–1 right down to the cut of the trousers for the benefit of the tailor.

    Was happy to see that there is an entire chapter on capes and even happier to see that Marlow White has them for a mere $399.

    In all seriousness. If anyone has any suggestions (mainly to avoid errors) before we turn it over to the tailor, please let me know.

    Kinnem, are Marine officers authorized to wear capes?
     
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    I know next to nothing about this topic so I turned to Google. This is hardly authoritative but according to The Marine Shop (marineshop.net)
     
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    In six years active duty and 30+ years of observation, I have never seen a Marine Officer wear a cape.

    I would definately seek out more input on this.
     
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    I've only seen one officer wear a cape, for his own wedding. It was ridiculous.

    He needs to make it clear to the tailor that his pants should only break once. Are his branch colors already sewn on?
     
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    They did not come sewn on. DS will confirm the first named color of his branch, Signal. We printed off Chapter 13-15 of DA PAM 670-1 for the tailor.

    Was just joking about the cape, but I love all the comments. I was just imagining DS actually wearing one.

    Hope everyone has a great Christmas!
     
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    You too. Just make sure he has a senior NCO double-check his stuff. A second set of eyes, especially seasoned NCO eyes, is always good thing.
     
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    There is a link on Marlow Whites website that has printable tailoring instructions. I printed them and took my ASU's to the tailor and they were all set.
     
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    Great idea! DS has always had the highest respect for his NCO's. In fact, stressing the importance of the NCO's may be one of the best admonitions to give new ROTC cadets and midshipmen.
     
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    Yes, I found it and printed off a couple of pages with the relevant parts highlighted.

    So, did you get a cape?
     
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    Unfortunately, I did not. It was tempting
     
  12. NavyHoops

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    I have actually seen the Marine cape once! When I was at TBS we had an officer who had just come from being a protocol officer for the White House. So he had a whole slew of extra uniforms as he wore mess dress 2-3 times a week there. I think it was our dining in right before graduation and we may have had a little to drink and we some how convinced him to get the cape and fly around the Hawk. It was pretty glorious.

    For ROTC grads, your PMS doesn't hold a pre-commissioning inspection or uniform classes?
     
  13. Capt MJ

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    I saw the Navy boat cloak, just once, on a long-retired Navy nurse, in 1978, at a Navy Birthday Ball. The Nurse Corps boat cloak had a distinctive maroon lining. She also wore the female officer tiara (enjoy that Google), which my fellow female junior officers and I found hilarious. We thought about getting them and wearing them Wonder Woman style, but common sense prevailed. We were too busy trying to lobby for khakis, summer whites, steel-toed boots, the officer sword, and other uniform items that Navy women did not have at the time.
    I did see a male Marine officer wearing the boat cloak at a White House event on a particularly nasty winter night, as he assisted guests into the queue for the receiving line.
    Roundabout way of saying, don't bother, you will know if you really need one. Out in the Fleet, and probably the Corps, not something you wear.
    Apologize for the sidestep into the Tiara Sea Story. Still makes me smile.




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    I will only speak for my school, but there was no formal inspection prior to commissioning. It was only expected of the soon-to-be LT's to ensure their uniform was correct, which really meant that we brought it in to have it checked out by the SMI (Army E-8). Expected also means mandatory in this case.
     

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