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08-14-10, 02:42 PM #136
For the dress blues cover: kind of hard to explain without getting out my crayons and such...
take a clothes hanger, break off/remove the hooked end, create a double U-shaped device with the metal ends made to wrap around the inside of the brim where the EGA is screwed into. This helps hold together the cover into a tight frame.
Take the standard plastic frame and fastener with the metal attachment for the big EGA and turn it inside out. This requires you to "smash" yes "smash" the catch for the EGA in order for it to be opposite of where it was, takes a bit to get the right angle for the EGA to fit in as the loop is now backwards of its original manufacture.
get a cloth cover that is smaller than the frame, wash and bleach to perfection
replace the standard issue black band on the front with the officers gear that is wider and doesnt slip as much.
once the cloth is secured tightly and without wrinkles on the frame use white push pins to secure the section on the front of the cover where the white cloth meets the black frame to prevent the white from sliding up and exposing the black frame as well as keeping a tight cloth devoid of wrinkles.
When this is all done, takes time practice, it will look as squared away as the goons from the Silent Drill team at 8th and I
08-20-10, 07:16 PM #137
All these tips and tricks are nice, but the only dress uniform I really ever wear are the blues for the USMC Ball every year, I wear coveralls to work more than I do utilities.
08-20-10, 07:36 PM #138
We have to wear chucks while on duty... taking care of all the drunk Marines. Also we do wall locker inspections and uniform inspections. Not bad for a grunt battalion huh? And who said we don't do garrison.
08-20-10, 08:35 PM #139
whats the saying, an inspection ready unit never makes it in combat, a combat ready unit never passes an inspection. Their is always exceptions to that though. Ive never had to wear chucks on duty before, they only makes us do that when stuff gets stupid.
08-20-10, 10:04 PM #140
09-19-10, 11:21 PM #141
I'm gonna try the light soap inside my trouser and shirt creases and six shirt-stays. Ha ha I love the termed 'squared away' especially when it comes to uniforms.
03-18-11, 03:17 PM #142
03-18-11, 05:04 PM #143
The first time I graduated Marine Security Guard School (1973), we had two complete sets of uniforms. One was perfect and always "inspection ready", the other was the set we actually wore day-to-day. Of course, that was pre-terrorism when embassy duty was all about spit-n-polish and look'n good (like Sea Duty).
The second time I graduated (1987) was during the global war on terrorism. Still had to look good but the emphasis then was more on function rather than spit-n-polish.
03-20-11, 08:11 PM #144
I was stationed at Henderson Hall back in 1963-65 when the school was there. I worked in Bn Supply and gave instructions to SNCO's going to the school on requestioning procedures. We issued them their extra uniforms, including their Blues. I never got the chance to school myself. I understand it was a good ticket to get punched for your career.I didn't however as a 1StSgt get to screen Marines who wanted to apply for this duty. A couple of them did very well.
03-20-11, 10:59 PM #145
Something I've been doing over the last year now to keep my sleeves nice, straight, and tight.
When rolling your sleeves during the summer on your deserts. When you get the first cuff folded over and get it as straight as possible, take a large safety pin and pin the extra sleeve material/overlap together. This way when you proceed to continue the rest of the sleeve you don't have to hold it together the whole time and you can focus more on getting all the wrinkles out. Works especially well for a strictly "garrison" blouse and you don't have to unroll and re-roll your sleeves all the time.
03-21-11, 01:54 AM #146
Just a few of my tools from back then
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