President Barack Obama’s plan to create a unisex look for the Marine Corps isn’t get rave fashion reviews. In fact, some Marine officials hate it, calling it too feminine.
“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 anonymous Marine senior official told the New York Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.”
The new “Dan Daly” hats, or "covers" as they are often referred to, are named after a Long Island Marine who wont the Medal of Honor in World War I. They're thinner at the top than the present day hats that have been in use since 1922. Currently, male and female Marines wear gender specific hats.
A survey was emailed to all active duty and reserve Marines earlier this week to see if they had a preference on the unisex hat or requiring female Marines to wear a modified version of male cap. So far, responses have not been all too positive, according to ABC News.
Replacing the current hats would cost more than $8 million, the Post reports. Officials will vote by Friday on whether to adopt the new unisex hat or stay with the existing one, but the final say will come from General James Amos, the commandment of the Marine Corps.
The feminine look isn’t the only problem with the proposed unisex hat. One commentator on the Marine Times website fears that Dan Daly cap “looks too French, and the last people we want to associate our Marines with would be the French military.”
“None of the [members] liked the idea of a universal cover for all Marines,” an internal memo obtained by the Post stated. “The group members did not like the appearance of the Dan Daly cap on the male Marine.”
Changes to the Marine uniform are also currently being considered. The Marine Corps is testing out a new unisex jacket for its dress blue uniform that is being test worn by female Marine Barracks in Washington D.C.
Sources: New York Post, ABC News, Marine Times