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Marine Corps league Dress Code

Section I - Marine Corps League Medals and Ribbons

Marine Corps League medals may be worn on any Marine Corps League uniform except Casual, starting with the most distinguished medal/ribbon first and others following in sequence.   Under no conditions are Marine Corps Service medals/ribbons to be worn with Marine Corps League medals/ribbons. It must be one or the other. Department of Defense authorized medals, ribbons, or devices, or Marine Corps League ribbons are to be worn above left shirt pocket.

Section II - Mounting of Large Medals

A. Large medals may be worn on the Mess Jacket, not the Red Blazer. When more than one (1) medal is worn, they shall be suspended from a holding bar of metal or other material of sufficient stiffness to support the weight of the medals.
B. Seven is the maximum number of medals worn on one (1) row.
C. When more than seven medals are worn, additional rows shall be used in accordance with the table below:
One or two medals, 1 row side by side on a 2 ribbon bar.
One to three medals, 1 row side by side on a 3 ribbon bar.
One to four medals, 1 row side by side on a 4 ribbon bar.
One to five medals, 1 row overlapping on a 4 ribbon bar.
One to six medals, 1 row overlapping on a 4 ribbon bar.
Eight medals, 2 rows on two (2) - 4 ribbon bar (4 up and 4 down)
Nine medals, 2 rows on two (2) - 4 ribbon bar (4 up and 5 down)
Ten medals, 2 rows on two (2) - 4 ribbon bar (5 up and 5 down)
Eleven medals, 2 rows on two (2)-4 ribbon bar (5 up and 6 down)
Overlapping shall be uniform, not to exceed 50% and the right or inboard medal shall be shown in full. When more than one (1) of the same medal has been awarded - stars shall be worn for additional awards.



Section III - Wearing of Miniature Medals (Formal Dress Only)

A. Miniature medals may be worn on the left lapel of the Red Blazer with the medals placed evenly between the left lapel notch and the top edge of the breast pocket and one (1) inch out from edge of inside of left lapel. In those instances where regulation size holding bar/bars cannot be accommodated on the lapel, medals may be extended beyond the edge of the lapel to the left breast of the Red Blazer.
B. Additional holding bars on the Red Blazer shall be placed under the top row in such a manner that the medallions of the upper row are in line immediately above the medallions of the succeeding row, unless medal count is uneven.
Note: This applies only if wearing the Blazer. When wearing the Marine Corps League Mess Jacket, miniatures will be worn as you would large medals.


Section IV - Mounting of Miniature Medals

A. When more than one (1) medal is worn, they should be suspended from a holding bar of metal or other material of sufficient stiffness to support the weight of the medals.
B. When eleven (11) medals are worn, there will be five (5) medals on the first row, and six (6) medals on the second row (medallions cannot be even top to bottom).
C. The maximum length of the holding bar for medals should be four (4) inches, (3 ribbon bar). A maximum of five (5) medals, side by side, can be accommodated on a holding bar of maximum length, however, a maximum of ten (10) medals can be accommodated on a holding bar if overlapped. Overlapping shall be equal (not more than 50%) and the right or inboard medal shall be shown in full.
D. Mounting of medals by rows:
One to ten medals, 1 row only
One to eleven medals, 2 rows - first row (5), second row (6)
Two medals mounted side by side on a one (1) inch bar ( 1 ribbon bar)
Three medals mounted on a one (1) inch bar (1 ribbon bar) overlapped
Four medals mounted on a two (2) inch bar (2 ribbon bar) overlapped
When more than one (1) of the same medal has been awarded, stars shall be worn for additional awards.





Section V - Marine Corps League Patches

Marine Corps League patches shall be worn on the left sleeve, one and one-half (1 1/2) inches below the shoulder seam. No service or Unit patches to be worn on the Marine Corps League Uniform. Devil Dog Patch will be worn on the right sleeve one and one-half (1 1/2) inches below the shoulder seam.


U.S. flag 2" x 3 1/2" on right sleeve 1 1/2" below the shoulder seam, if not member of MODD, and may be worn by Associate members. The U.S. Flag patch will have a white border, with the Field of Blue on the right side (to the wearer's front). The Field of Blue position was approved by the National Board of Trustees on 29 September, 1994 in Quantico, VA.

Section VI - Marine Corps League Covers

All members of the Marine Corps League are authorized to wear the Red cover. Members elected to National office, or appointed to National Staff/Committees are authorized to wear Gold covers. The National Commandant will wear a White cover. Members elected to, or appointed on the Department (State) level are authorized to wear Red with Gold crown covers. The Past National Commandants are authorized to wear a Gold with White crown cover. Past Department Commandant, Past Detachment Commandant, Past Kennel Chief and Past National Director of Young Marines, with the years displayed for holding that office, are the only members who are authorized to wear their respective cover after their tour of duty is completed. All other personnel will revert back to what they were wearing before they were elected or appointed to office, removing past office identification strips. The only insignia authorized to be worn on Marine Corps League covers is the Marine Corps Emblem on left side. The Devil Dog patch will be worn up front on the right side of the cover. The identification strips, i.e., the Department or Detachment strip or embroidering will be centered on the right side. If the Life strip is worn, it will be to the rear of the right side. The LIFE MEMBER strip will be worn the same as the identification strips are worn. NO Division pins or other ornaments are authorized to be worn on Marine Corps League covers.



 Section VII - Special Uniform Authorization Section

Members of the Marine Corps League are authorized to wear ONLY those uniforms that are outlined under "UNIFORM-MALE"; "UNIFORM-FEMALE"; "ASSOCIATE MEMBER UNIFORM"; and "CEREMONIAL UNIFORM". No variation(S) of the prescribed uniforms are authorized. If any Detachment/Department wishes to wear a uniform, other than that prescribed, a written request, accompanied by color photographs (front view, side view, and rear view of the uniform requested), must be sent to the National Commandant for approval. In case of inclement weather (rain, snow, sleet, or cold), the local detachment or department commandants may authorize appropriate outer wear to be worn over the Marine Corps League uniform.




Section VIII - Marine Corps League Crest

The Marine Corps League Crest may be of the metallic embroidered type which has clutch pins on the reverse and pins directly to the blazer pocket (crest is centered on pocket, top of crest meets pocket seam)or it may be worn on a plastic pocket sleeve, either glued or pinned to the plastic sleeve. The style that is commercially sold, with the Marine Corps Seal permanently set onto the plastic sleeve may also be worn as optional wear.

UNIFORM - MALE


 Male Undress - (Long Sleeve)
Standard cover - with Devil Dog patch when authorized.
Devil Dog collar (optional), Name tag (optional).
Sunburst insignias. (anchors facing inboard)
Marine Corps League shoulder patch (left sleeve) - Devil Dog patch (right sleeve) when authorized, or U.S. flag 2" x 3 1/2" if not member of MODD (see NOTE 2).
Marine Corps League ribbons OR Department of Defense authorized Medals, ribbons, or devices (NOT MIXED).
White shirt, military crease (to be Airline pilot style with two (2) pockets with button down flaps and epaulets).
Tie, black, with Marine Corps or Marine Corps League gold tie bar.
Trousers, Blue dress (with NCO "red" stripe) with belt.
Marine Corps Web belt with brass buckle.
Trousers, Black (optional).
Belt, black with Marine Corps emblem on square gold buckle or Belt, black, dress (optional).
Socks, black.
Shoes, black, plain toe.

 Male Undress - (Short Sleeve)
Standard cover - with Devil Dog patch when authorized.
Devil Dog collar (optional), Name tag (optional).
Sunburst insignias. (anchors facing inboard)
Marine Corps League shoulder patch (left sleeve) - Devil Dog patch (right sleeve) when authorized, or U.S. flag 2" x 3 1/2" if not member of MODD (see Section V).
Marine Corps League ribbons OR Department of Defense authorized Medals, ribbons, or devices (NOT MIXED).
White shirt open collar, military crease (to be Airline pilot style with two (2) pockets with button down flaps and epaulets).
Trousers, Blue dress (with NCO "red" stripe) with Belt
Marine Corps Web with brass buckle.
Trousers, Black (optional).
Belt, black with Marine Corps emblem on square gold buckle or Belt, black, dress (optional).
Socks, black.
Shoes, black, plain toe.

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