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Thread: Blue Dress Button Help
01-05-11, 06:32 AM #1
Blue Dress Button Help
Hey everyone, I'm fresh out of boot camp and need some help on my uniform. I bought an anodized brass button kit in case I needed to replace anything. In the kit are a bunch of metal rings. I know they are used to hook the buttons to the uniform somehow, but when I look at my coat, the buttons currently on them are sewn on with no metal rings. Also, I'm not sure how to remove the buttons on the lapels. I've googled for a while but couldn't find any help on how to correctly replace buttons. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
01-05-11, 06:59 AM #2
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01-05-11, 10:28 AM #5
I used to operate a sewing machine for a living. Sorry about the symantics. what I was essentially saying is that he needs "Grommet holes" sewed in, not button holes.
01-05-11, 10:38 AM #6
01-05-11, 10:59 AM #7
Its cool. I had mine done a few years ago and just told them to punch the holes for buttons and 30 dollars later they where done. But seriously the need to give boots a crash course on dress blues during boot camp because so many of them try to wear them during their boot leave and just end up looking like azz. I know one Marine that got married in his blues during boot leave and in his wedding pictures he isnt wearing the white belt because he said he didnt know it was part of the uniform and didnt have it
01-05-11, 11:16 AM #8
Methinks in addition to the Alphas inspection in boot camp they need to have a Dress Blues inspection as well. Now that Blues are issued in boot camp, it is UNSAT not to teach them.
01-05-11, 12:59 PM #9
Unless things have changed the buttons of original issue are not anodized. It would look about the same as having one whitewall tire to just randomly replace 1 or 2 buttons with anodized ones. The base tailor knows how to button hole a coat. Really all you gotta tell them is button hole the coat.
01-05-11, 01:19 PM #10
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01-06-11, 03:15 PM #13
Thanks for the help everyone. Yeah the truth is I bought the anodized because I wanted to replace all the duller ones we're issued. My senior DI had our guide replace all his during boot and I saw the difference. And yes they really do need to at least take a minute to teach how to put the belt together. The first things we do with our dress blue coat is stuff it in our sea bags and never touch them again. I think that's what most marines out of boot camp have trouble with. Anyway thanks again for the help.
01-08-11, 11:32 PM #14
I have two pet peeves about the current wearing of the uniform by Marines, not only those fresh out of boot camp, but also those who have been in a while.
First peeve: The frame cap. I have never seen so many screwed-up versions of the frame cap. Some are of normal height from visor to crown, others are ridiculously high from visor to crown it is laughable (make that pitiful), the caps look like the ones worn by Russian officers. Someone is not teaching these new Marines how to assemble their caps properly. And those with time-in apparently don't know any better either.
Second peeve: The length of the trousers, both the green and blue. Why do Marines wear their trousers so that there is three to four inches extra length wrinkled around their ankles. Is this a reflection of the current civilian trend to wear trousers down around one's ass.
01-09-11, 09:12 AM #15
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