posted on Feb, 28 2013 @ 12:53 AM
Originally posted by usmc91hps
Unkempt uniforms is a different thing. If you look you will see longer coats than the usual Dress blue coat that is trimmed entirely in red for
enlisted marines. This is what I can only assume to be a dress blue cold weather coat that is black or dark navy blue with the white belt. You can see
a bit of the red trim from the dress blues on the neck collar and the ends of their sleeves. Trust me on this; they would have had multiple dress
blues inspections and the dress blues would be perfect. The only reason I can give for the supposed unkempt uniforms is that a decision was made to
utilize the black over coats and all the Marines probably had them stuffed in a sea bag or the bottom of the locker. Regardless of how they looked it
was every Marine wearing it or none of them did. And it was cold that day. That jacket is not issued at boot camp and I, myself, have never seen one.
(Granted I'm in an infantry unit)
Just to add to this. The Blue coats you're all seeing in a Unit issue coat, and only (as far as I know) only used at certain ceremonial duty
stations (like 8th and I). There made out of the same material as the standard issue service uniform rain coat (very prone to the wrinkle effect).
Originally posted by robobbob
hows this for an idea. regular troops were replaced not with actors, but politically reliable security forces?
As a former Security Forces Marine, I thought that the statement "reliable security forces" funny. Security Forces aren't just Marines that are thrown
into an 8152/51 MOS, but rather they are selected after a rather in-depth mental evaluation, and special schooling. After that they are sent off to
their posting assignments. If a Marine is noted as "un-reliable, problematic, or any other possible issues" they are sent off to the fleet.
Originally posted by ANNED
since the M1 is long out of service and only used now for training and service matches "parade rifles"are junk rifles that are no longer shooters but
with good steel and wood stocks that are used for parades and funerals.
many have the firing pin hole welded shut and just look good
This isn't true for all cases. M-1s are still used as ceremonial rifles in firing squads at funerals. The ones we had at my duty station were
still in fully working order. They have a BFA attached to them in order to fire the blanks used for these functions, but we had an occasion where we
took them out to the range for a shooting event.
edit on 28-2-2013 by Guyfriday because: Added information.