Continuing his war on masculinity and the traditional cultural values of our nation, President Obama is waging war against the Marine Corps (not corpse) dress code. The all-knowing President Obama seems to believe that the military may work better if all of our servicemen and women dressed in as similar a style as possible. To wit, he is trying to eliminate the more “masculine” model of the Marine Corps hat and replace it with a cover that some have deemed more “feminine” in nature.
The call for a new style hat that will give the Marines a more unisex look may seem trivial to us, but for the Marines that it is being forced upon, it serves up a conundrum. Many of them prefer the model that has been worn by Marines since the 1920s, and some Marines prefer preserving the air of masculinity that comes with service in the prestigious arm of the military service.
For others, the problems with the change start with economics and quickly dead-end in the Marine’s simple sense of style.
“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!” one senior Marine source fumed to The Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.”
“The Dan Daly cap looks too French, and the last people we want to associate our Marines with would be the French military,” wrote one commenter on the Marine Times Web site.
Internal memos show that in the trial phase, none of the members who were talked to about the change liked the new cap style on the male Marines, and none of them felt that a uniform cover or cap was a good idea.
Current Marines have until Friday to cast their votes on whether to accept the new cap style or to keep the traditional model they have used since the 1920s. At the end of the day the vote may be a non-starter, because the final decision on the issue will be made by Marine Corps head General, James Amos.