Marines Backpedaling Over Girly Hats

As we reported last week, despite the fact that our Marine Corps is in danger of being an unviable force, they apparently really, really need new hats. Now the Marines are backpedaling on that story – but only so they can exonerate President Obama from having any complicity.

According to an article in Stars and Stripes:

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. (ed: that’s the girly one)

But feedback for the option was so overwhelmingly negative, the Marine Corps Uniform Board pulled the survey. Again, from Stars and Stripes:

In an email, Marine Corps officials said there is no truth to reports that President Obama is behind the potential change.

“The president in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover,” according to the Marine Corps statement. “We are looking for a new cover for our female Marines for one overriding reason: The former manufacturer went out of business. … The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover.”

Sure, they say that now.

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Yukiko
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It’s really very simple. The Marine Corps has Military Specifications for the woman’s hats. Find another supplier and send them the Military Specifications. Their explanation sounds like something a politician came up with.

usaok59
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Probably the real issue is that we are all getting weary of the lies that come from our government and now our military? Boy Howdy!

cswin
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If the
President or the White House had nothing to do with this then why do you have
address his non involvement? Funny all this happens as the President is cleansing
the Military of top Brass.

cswin
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197 in 5 years the most in American History many just a short time from retirement.This is something even Fox News is not reporting. The only facts we have as to why is what the Administration tells us. We have no MSM investigation as to what is happening, Congress has shown no real concern but that is changing as more and more officers are coming forward and telling their side of the story. Maybe some deserved being demoted and maybe a few fired but 197?? This does not include those forced to retire or forced to take degrading jobs. Since… Read more »
dapowellii
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Yeah, because those top brass did nothing to deserve to be fired.

cswin
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197 in 5 years the most in American History many just a short time from retirement. This is something even Fox News is not reporting. The only facts we have as to why is what the Administration tells us. We have no MSM investigation as to what is happening, Congress has shown no real concern but that is changing as more and more officers are coming forward and telling their side of the story. Maybe some deserved being demoted and maybe a few fired but 197?? This does not include those forced to retire or forced to take degrading jobs.… Read more »
Lucie Ke
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top brass that HE don;t like

jb80538
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Cleansing the top brass that would uphold the constitution for handpicked “leaders ” that would disarm and fire upon our own citizens against the constitution.

Tom Miccio
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Why would the D of D even consider adopting a unisex cover ? If the original contractor went out of business ( Summer of Recovery + 3 years) why not just seek out a new manufacturer ? Some PC official at the Pentagon wants to score points with the Progressives running the show right now.

Lilu Kanine
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Right, because only one manufacturer can provide a Marine spec hat.

Bobby BLACK
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Trying to fix something that isn’t broken….typical Government Agenda

Lucie Ke
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he is their commander in chief. they are not to speak against him. that is the rule.

Mike
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If a commander gives you an order to KILL someone who is unarmed do you do it? WHO is accountable if you do???

I know that is the extreme and really over hats it doesn’t apply. The point is NEITHER DOES YOUR COMMENT ESPECIALLY WHEN IN THE ARTICLE IT SAYS THE CORPS TOOK A SURVEY!

Obviously they wanted their opinions or so they say.

And speaking out against a corrupt Commander is NECESSARY to keep your oath to DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

Lucie Ke
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the article is about clothing , nothing illegal about that, when i enlisted i was told the rule was you do not TALK negative about the commander in chief. So yes my comment has lots to do with it. This statement makes it appliable: Now the Marines are backpedaling on that story – but only so they can exonerate President Obama from having any complicity. There is nothing stated here for them to disobey.

Joe Mamma
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Lucie Ke:
Marines are not robots nor are they slaves to a corrupt, incosiderate, communist, progressive president. If you read the promotion warrant states Marines are to follow orders from superiors from time to time IAW rules and regulation of the USA.. We live in a republic and we’re not governed by a dictator so we have the right to dennounce or respectfullt protest any CIC directive or orders we construe as alwaful or inadequate.

Lucie Ke
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What i am saying is that the marines or military is NOT supposed to speak negative about the commander in chief. This is not saying that they must obey any illegal orders. they can have their opinion.

Joe Mamma
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Lucie.
As a Marine I was entitled to critisize any superior as long as it was done respectfully and in the proper setting. However in the politically correct world we live in it’s very likely that there could be negative reprecautions or consequences and I have to be willing to accept them

Joe Pendergrast
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I wonder, did the manufacturer go out of business because of Obamacare?

Dana
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If cover is changed, it will cost both the Marine Corps and individual Marines money that does not have to be spent.

Debbie Mcclure
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Dana….live the profile pic!!! Why Henry II? And you’re right money that does not need to be spent!

Dana
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Richard Coeur de Lion, actually, but you were just one generation off!

eilismaura
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as if no other manufacturer can make the same style

who are they kidding?

dapowellii
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Trying to find a conspiracy where none exists…typical right-wing agenda.

Mike
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Shut up. What a moron. It isn’t an agenda. Can you prove the company who makes their hats went out of business?

IF NOT SHUT UP!

Judy
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I would call it the Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse or better yet Minnie Mouse cap that is not befitting our honorable Marines and what is more is a complete waste of our Marines’ time and please tell me is Obama getting paid for these hair-brained ideas??!!

dapowellii
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Oh, I must have accidentally commented on the site for fourth-graders who yell at each other and call others names when they say things they don’t like. I thought this was a forum for civil discourse. My mistake.

Your infantile response notwithstanding, not one iota of this information in any way, shape, or form indicates any sort of conspiracy. The right-wing propaganda machine, however, wants you to believe it is. Besides, Gen, Lejeune wore the exact same hat as was proposed — I don’t see any of you calling him “girly.”

John Zych
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dapowellii
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Thanks for posting that – I still don’t see what all the fuss is about. And seeing that just proves to me how ignorant are all these people who are making such a big deal over nothing. Mr. West is extremely disappointing on this one.

John Zych
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I’m not an Obama fan, but I can’t see him sitting around worrying about uniforms.

Mike
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My comment is forth grade because I don’t put up with your bullshit accusation of this being some right wing conspiracy nonsense? The Insults came from YOU first jackoff. But you are exempt right? You get a pass for your RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY comment right? So, your argument is that since the uniforms in the 1860s had smaller hats but those uniforms looked nothing like todays then there is nothing wrong with forcing all the men in the military to wear the same hats the women currently wear? I bet you believe “The manufacturer went out of business” line don’t… Read more »
dapowellii
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But, since you are apparently so intelligent, why don’t you educate me on the seriousness of this supposed conspiracy? What wrath on our nation has Obama wrought by this travesty of decorum?

dapowellii
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Actually, I am not a liberal. But that isn’t even anywhere related to this. I have served in the military for almost 25 years, son, so I think I know a thing or two about tradition. I suffered through Clinton AND Bush, including being forced to wear a stupid black beret for ten years that no one wanted. Under Bush’s watch, mind you, some of those berets were manufactured in China. So do not attempt to lecture me about tradition until you can say you have served your country. I am also intelligent enough to know when I’m being lied… Read more »
ProudTXAmerican
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Regardless of your political views, conservative or liberal, I want to thank you for your many years of service to our country. If it were not for those that serve we would not even be able to have any type of discourse, civil or otherwise. Bless you and your family for the sacrifices you have made for us.

bart007
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Talk about taking tradition away when they took away the black beret away from Rangers gave it to everyone and forced us to wear tan berets

dapowellii
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And by allowing it to continue, Bush forced at least two million soldiers to buy headgear they didn’t need or want. The outrage!

Will Saunders
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So a company that had the proprietary pattern went out of business? hmm… So no other company would conform to pick up that sort of business?? Hmmmm… and… if it was only “for the Womens” then why do they have a Male dressed in it?

Pete
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I don’t see the difference by sex in the damn hats. What I do see is it is a Fire Department dress uniform hat. Uniform means everyone is uniform. Everything should be gender neutral unless it is a life and safety issue such as body armor. Why change what has worked for the last few hundred years unless the Marines want to be like the Air Force and change uniforms every 10 year or combat uniforms every 4 years. Military service is very much about tradition and honoring those that came before you, your services history and much of that… Read more »
Fran
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Not so much disrespect for the military from “politicians” in general, Pete — but from the usurper, in particular!

Mike
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Then WOMEN should wear the MENS HATS SINCE THEY WERE THERE FIRST.

But I KNOW women in the Military would vote against that simply to display their opposition to anything man. As that is how this society is changing.

Joe Mamma
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Of course these hats are so high tech dificult and expensive to make that we can’t find anyone to make them so we’ll just force the men to wear the girly european looking hat.
Are they serious??
Thie is the Obama progressive think tanks forcing this on our military in order to feminize our most effective, best trained, menliest fighting foce. He said he would change our country and he is!!

Mike
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They want the men to wear the womens hats because the women probably argue against wearing the mens hats.
YET they all argue for uniformity.

LOL. It is more sexist nonsense.

Seems to me every group that tries to gain equality really wants revenge in many ways. Which only proves to me that they aren’t against inequality. They are only really against inequality against them.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION! Need I say more?

John Zych
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Mike
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And NOW they are WOMAN.

John Zych
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ceelid
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No where in the US those covers can be manufactured? Then whom would they get to manufacture the ugly covers? The DoD could have used that manufacturer to continue with the original cover for women. Sounds like hogwash excuses.

Karyn Santiago
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The DoD probably put the U.S. manufacturer out of business and used billions of our tax dollars to make a deal with China …..who would of no doubt been their ideal manufacturer of the new dorkie covers! “Hogwash” is being to kind!

John McGee
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Do you remember covering your mouth and saying BULL Shite. you don’t have too on this one.

Happygramm
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And this is money well spent – WHY? If this critical to our national security? That is part of our problem – we spend money so recklessly, and without regard to taxpayers. COME ON PEOPLE!

Stormtrooper595
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Hey, If the Uniforms aren’t Broken, DONT FIXEM!

Don Anastas
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Another Obama “Pants on Fire” Report. Thank you Allen West.

Douglas Rood
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Being a Marine in Vietnam, there is no way any true Marine would EVER want that cover. It is all political and another gold coin in some politician’s pocket.

shortywest73@yahoo.com
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A very Heartfelt THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!!!

Ken Hartman
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We Marines wear this cover with pride. Any change to OUR uniform cannot be accomplished without the consent of the entire Brotherhood of United States Marines.

shortywest73@yahoo.com
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and A HEARTFELT THANK YOU for YOUR SERVICE!!!!!

Judy
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Amen!!!

MimiEye
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<3

Chris
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Thank you for your service.

texasconservative
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So the takeaway from this story is another manufacturing company has gone out of business under this administration. But that is Bush’s fault, or the GOP, or Ted Cruz, take your pick.

pmsteve
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The only way this nation can be saved from progressive liberalism (socialists) is by having a strong hand at the helm. Someone who believes that the Constitution and Bill of Rights actually say what they mean and mean what they say.

There is no room at the top for a dilettante politician who has no real-world experience at ANYTHING who thinks that the national treasury is his personal vacation fund and who is desperately trying to ruin our great nation.

SUEZJACK
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ANNA WINTAUR IS SO PISSED.

Barbara Lannan Cunningham
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Barbara Lannan Cunningham

Leave it alone don’t fix something that has been like this 91 years don’t try to fix some thing that’s not broken and just what the matter you all Shame on you

Cliff E.
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Allen how about a story on how many high ranking Officers have been canned by this administration?

But this story is also the same story we’ve heard, “the president didn’t know/or had no imput on this” He “didn’t know” about Benghazi, fast and furious, the IRS targeting conservative groups and more recently the Fecal-Storm that is the ACA website.

Now he has to be the biggest idiot ever elected or he thinks the American people are.

jondelinde
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Sure. Change Dress uniform in one of the most traditional and honor bound military units in the US. Not even in Socialist Denmark would that shite fly.

Buck
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If the covers were for women only, why picture males wearing them? And what does it say about the state of Mr Obama’s economic recovery when the company that manufactures the covers has gone belly up?

Judy
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Great observation!!!

Dr. David K
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That’s good news for the guys! God be thanked! The Marines are the bravest warriors we have, and for all they have ever done for us and continue to do, they deserve a break in their favor.

beauallen43
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Change can be good.. New presidents uniform=summer postal garb, NFL players helmets something less aggressive with just a touch of lace, last but not least, equal treatment before the law requires that both houses of congress wear the new military chapeau when in session.

Fed up with trash
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Actually his attire and that of most his cabinet and 3/4 of congress should be stripes because they have been lying, stealing and killing for a long time.

Judy
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Would the Leftist Social Engineering crew find something better to do and leave our Marines and our entire military alone? They have a job to do that is a lot more important than changing their honorable and practical Marine hats to new impractical and just plain dorkie-looking new ones where it appears as though they would not even be able to “see out”. Leave our Marines alone and leave their traditional, very stately uniforms alone as well, please!!!

Judy
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I think the kind of “change” that is needed is an absolute and complete changing of the guards of this politically correct, but oh-so-wrong Administration! Do they not have anything better to do instead of their social engineering, like getting our economy in gear instead of it being stuck-on-stupid in neutral and and even reversing our once great nation and its robust economy?

elizabeth greeley
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Has anyone in this Administration ever served in the military? I think not!!

Fed up with trash
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You said it he is stuck on stupid because that is exactly where most of his voting population comes from…the uneducated.

Dale Netherton
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Went out of business? With a government contract? Hmmmm.

Philip J Viavattine
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What do the other branch of Armed Forces use for a unisex cover (hat), or do they even have such a thing?

TiredVet
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The Navy has smaller covers for all females in the full dress uniform, and Khaki’s…working uniform uses the same cap for all…..

Philip J Viavattine
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How about every Marine going back to the Campaign Cover (Smokey the bear Hat).

flyguy
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I didn’t like the Campaign cover for general use. Fine for our DI’s, but I still prefer the Piss-cutter and the Baracks cover. Semper Fi – 1955-1963

melsbabysis
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Obama hates our military but he hates the Marines the most.

elizabeth greeley
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True! Remember DON’T ASK DON’T TELL! our brave men in service are being raped–it’s true, you just don’t hear our media reporting this. It doesn’t fit the agenda that this Administration is advocating. WHY?? I have my opinion on this as I am sure most of you do as well!

Tom Arline
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I agree with this 100%. The Marine Corps stands for everything that obama is against. Or is against everything that obama stands for, however you want to look at it. Leave the USMC alone obama. You know nothing about it. Let the big boys run the USMC, and they will be there the next time they are needed. Semper Fidelis….

Devil Dog
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That’s right mkfkr leave our Marine Corps alone. No matter what he tries to do, we will stand with reason and liberty. Every Marine knows it. Some will sell out but those will be dealt with. Don’t pick at a hornets nest said my grandmother. I learned the hard way after a couple dozen stings.

Judy
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Amen! Their honor and sacrifice are the exact opposite of what he has perpetrated on our country!

Leon Chattah
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The Marines are not a Broadway show to be ‘actualized’! Leave their uniform alone, Mr. President!

thombstone
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wonder what obama insider was to get THAT contract?

Michael Rhodes Autry
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he also doesn’t have generals fired that don’t cower

John Abraham Anderson
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Let’s hope when Obama decides to do a military coup of this country, the marines take a stand against him for the American people.

joshuasweet
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from the looks of it he has removed several generals, with out confrontation or question as to why. does that make a coup out of his firings?

akatom3565
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Cap looks like it belongs to the french foreign legion!

Michael Craft
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Exactly what I thought when I saw it.

Paul
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if the manufacture of female covers went out of business, then why is this a discussion??? why even remotely look at putting males in dam daly covers? hmm i smell a turd lie somewhere.

take-a-number
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With the truth NEVER being spoken in politics these days who knows, but since obama seems to be attempting to bring America down to world standards it is so easy to believe.

The government keeps you in the dark and feeds you manure in
20 years they will tell you just how stupid you are.

Viktoria Hawk
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totally wrong!!! obama not have served in any military doesn’t understand jack about the purpose of any part of the uniforms. He doesn’t even salute correctly!!
Oh please lets get him out !!!!!

elizabeth greeley
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He doesn’t salute correctly because he’s too effeminate!

Retired Marine
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That is the single most disgusting POS I have ever seen. What GD moron came up with a cover from namby-pamby land? I would resign before I wore some excrement like that. Damn thing wouldn’t look good on girl scouts, and certainly doesn’t work in the Corps.

Fed up with trash
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Looks more like something a Nazi army would wear

Richard StJohn
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Mr. West, is this really worthy of your attention? The Marines will remain one of the worlds premier fighting forces regardless of what cover they wear. The loss of top officers is of far greater concern. But they’re Marines they’ll improvise.

Scott Masewicz
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The military funding has been cut significantly the last few years. Soldiers going out late and coming back from patrol no longer get served Midnight chow. They stopped allowing businesses oversees to set up shop on post for soldiers. These might seem unnecessary to you, but things like this help keep morale high. And now we’re wasting money on new hats because the DOD wants the marines to be more unisex? The DOD needs to get their priorities straight.

OrionElectra
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Morale and recruiting capability are two important factors in maintaining the “world’s premier fighting force.” Uniform appearance greatly affects these factors, so yes.. this IS a significant concern along with your correct observation of mysterious dismissals of top officers. These aren’t “temporary setbacks from the Whitehouse” either. There is something very sinister in the grand scheme from this administration.

Richard StJohn
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I don’t discount morale for a second. The above article said there is no chance of the male cover being changed. As for females looking girly I believe that goes with the territory. In any case I acknowledge the importance of the issue for the reasons you state. I also agree with you that there is something very sinister about the present administration. I saw a very troubling statistic the other day. In the 100 years prior to Obama taking office the number of Executive Orders by all Presidents combined is 121. Obama has issued 923.

jims_blog
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That statistic should “SCARE” the pants off “ALL PATRIOTS”!!!!

MV
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Wrong information. Total number of Presidential Executive orders is around 13,600+. There is a Government web site that lists all executive orders (per Administration) – and disposition (still valid, cancelled, superseded or …) Check here: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition.html

But – while some Executive Orders might be reasonable and within the scope of the Constitution, some others push the envelope…or are just bad – and would be ruled un-Constitutional if we had a judicial system that was worthy of the name. (Note that this would exclude any court with John Roberts on the bench..)

Richard StJohn
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Thank you, checking it out directly.

Michael Smith
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I think your missing the point Richard; forces within the current political climate are trying to wussify the military. The liberals think the military is just here as a social experiment.

Lee Hartley
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Seems to me that Mr. O could exchange his girly pants for some “Big Boy Pants” and leave the REAL men alone.

elizabeth greeley
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That’s sooo funny and oooh sooo true!! Please leave the Macho Marines alone Mr. Obama. Do not emasculate them there are way too many effeminate men already!!

John G. Gault
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They are called Damnocraps!!! And they sure as hell don’t even try to join the Marines. Semper Fi!!

Renee Kissell
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NO new hat- find a new manuf. to make the same ones…

Patrick Oxford
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A new manufacturer would have to set up a whole lot of machinery to make the old women’s cover. It might be cost prohibitive. They could adopt one of the other services female cover and just change the colors of the cloth. It shouldn’t even slow them down.

Lou Davis
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But wait, I thought the Air Force was going to get Dora the Explorerer bike helmets for their pilots, so they would look like Barry riding his girl’s Schwinn?