USMC Constant Uniform Spending and Up-keep vs. Times Worn

USMC Constant Uniform Spending and Up-keep vs. Times Worn

What really sucks is the hundreds of dollars spent at cash sales, multiple bullsh*t games put up with during inspections be it Company, CG or the oh so loved ‘dog & pony’ show for a visiting (my personal favorite, haha) dignitary.

Fact is being in WPNS Co 1/7 1st Mar Div all 4yrs active duty only wore my dress uniforms a handful of times and even had my Blues tailor made in 89’ Okinawa.

  • manned the rails in Charlie’s on USS Barbour County a few times over in South West Asia as we pulled into Malaysia and fairy sure also in Singapore as well.
  • went to my California gf’s graduation in my Dress Blues.
  • a road trip from MCAGCC 29 Palms to MCRD San Diego with a bunch of NCO’s after the Gulf War in our Charlies to look into DI school. Never been saluted so much by so many ‘boots’ before. I guess a decent salad bowl (ribbons) on our chests equal officer status in their young eyes, haha.
  • did a West Pac to Hawaii on USS New Orleans and stood tall as we pulled into Pearl Harbor. I highly recommend all Marines/veterans visit those hollowed grounds.
  • finally I dawned the ole’ Blues once again after I got off active & did 4 more in my hometown Reserves. Besides a couple Marine Corps Balls had a few friends get married and busted them out. Now maybe it’s because I live in the Puget Sound surrounded by Joint Base Lewis/McCord & the Bangor Trident Naval Base, but Marines are few & far apart in this neck of the woods.

My recruiter was finally right about something, (although a lying Curd Dog when it came to the fleet, haha) our uniforms are’ chick magnets! Got more than a few dates around civilians as I stood out in the crowd.

All said & done I guess I wouldn’t change a thing… damn good memories made and the best of brothers served with!

Sgt Horn, Justin D
USMC 88-96’

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  • RD -.USMC 61-66

    Great story! I have few regrets when it comes to my time in our beloved Marine Corps. However, I do regret never having worn a Marine Corps Dress Blue Uniform. The closest I came was that semi- jacket and cover for the Boot Camp photo. No uniform compares to the Marine Dress Blues.


  • Karen Balske

    Yes, but you have the best dress uniform of all! I was a WAC but I like the Dress Blues and married my late Marine at an Army Base! I did not keep my uniform, but I kept his! Do check out the Marine Corps League.


  • George Hilbish

    Have you checked out the Marine Corps League? There are at least 4 detachments in the JBLM & Bremerton area. The Pierce County Detachment 504 out of Tacoma, the Puget Sound Detachment 336 in Redmond, the Olympic Peninsula Detachment 531 out of Bremerton and the Olympia Detachment 482 out of Olympia.


  • Jim Doyle

    Does anyone remember how to twist a web belt, so as to rip it in two. Don’t tell me it can’t be done, because I saw with me own eyes and my belt. James R. Doyle USMC 62-67


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