Sewn Items:
    Upon receiving your new set of cammies a couple items are required to be sewn on.
 
  The East Valley Unit Arc Strip is sewn on the LEFT sleeve right under where the sleeve meets the shoulder.  It is helpful to press the sleeve to find the center.  As shown in the picture, the shoulder seam IS NOT CENTERED to the sleeve.  Both patches are centered to the sleeve and not the shoulder.  The round Young Marines patch is sewn below the Unit Arc Strip.
 
 One name tape is sewn directly above the TOP RIGHT BLOUSE POCKET . This name tape is cut or folded over to match the width of the pocket.
 
 The YOUNG MARINES tape is  sewn directly above the TOP LEFT BLOUSE POCKET . This name tape is cut or folded over to match the width of the pocket.
 
 One name tape is sewn directly above the RIGHT REAR TROUSER POCKET.  This name tape is cut or folded over to match the width of the pocket.

Pins worn:
 The chevrons (rank) are centered on the collar 1/2" from each side as shown in the picture
 
 The ribbons are worn centered, 1/8" above the YOUNG MARINES tape sewn above the left pocket.
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Proper Care & Wear of the Uniform:
 
 The khaki web belt is worn inside the belt loops of the trousers.  The buckle shown here is the ONLY authorized buckle.  Please note:
  • The belt buckle will extend 2-4 inches beyond the buckle when worn
  • The belt shrinks slightly when washed; therefore cut closer to the 4" length.
  • When in the trousers the edge of the buckle will line up with the edge of the fly

 The cover (hat) has an 8 pointed top.  All points should be easily noticed and the entire shape should be starched.  The easiest way to accomplish this is to:

  • Wash & dry in low heat.
  • Cut a piece of cardboard matching the top of the cover and insert it into the cover. 
  • Place the cardboard & cover over a round object that just fits inside the cover (extra large roll of paper towels, cereal bowl, etc...)
  • Spray the cover with starch and allow to dry
  • Use an iron to ensure the 8 points are sharp and that the vertical portion of the cover stands on its own
  The trousers need to be pressed to show a sharp line down the length of the leg.  This can be done by:
  • Wash & dry in low heat.
  • Line up the left and right seam of one leg and press from the outside (pocket side)
  • When pressing the pocket, press the lower flap first and then each flap that covers
  • Flip the leg over and press the back side
  • Press the other leg by repeating the above instructions.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO PRESS OVER BUTTONS.  This will mark the trousers and may burn them.

The blouse need to be pressed to show a sharp line down the length of the arm. This can be done by:

  • Wash & dry in low heat.
  • Unbutton all buttons
  • Press the back of the blouse flat against the ironing board
  • Press the sides of the front of the blouse
  • When pressing the pocket, press AROUND the buttons.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO PRESS OVER BUTTONS.   This will mark the blouse & may burn it.
  • Use a clothes pin to mark where the blouse collar folds when opened.  Press it open with a little starch.
  • Line up the left and right seam of one arm & press from the back of the arm

 

The sleeves on the blouse are rolled up during Daylight Savings Time except when in the field, on an obstacle course or at the rifle range.  The Marines have a unique method to rolling sleeves that shows the inside of the sleeve.  To do this:

  • Launder & press the blouse first
  • Lay the sleeve down so you're looking at the back of the arm
  • Fold the bottom of the arm up about 1/2 inch
  • Place a weight on this fold to keep it place
  • Fold the sleeve from the bottom by 3 to 4" sections.  There is a cross seam you can use but the ending fold has to be between 3 and 4 inches
  • Continue until the folded sleeve is 3 to 4 inches wide and 2 to 4 inches above the elbow.