The Marines’ ‘girly’ cap?


The female Marine “bucket cover” (second from right) has a distinctly different shape than the cap that men wear now (left). The Dan Daly hat (right) is named after the World War I Medal of Honor recipient who yelled: “Come on, you (so-and-sos), do you want to live forever?” as he led his men into battle in Belleau Wood.

The Defense Department is asking the Marine Corps to find a unisex option for a dress and service uniform cap, Stars and Stripes reports.

And Marines are voting on whether they believe women should adopt the hat worn by men, or for all Marines to wear the Dan Daly cap, the kind of hat worn before 1922.

None of the members of the Marine Corps Uniform Board working on the issue support the idea of a universal cover, ABC News reports. A Defense official says preliminary responses to the Marine survey show it has not been popular within the ranks either. Some Marines have scoffed, calling it “girly,” the New York Post notes.

But don’t blame President Obama.

“The president in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover,” according to statement issued by the Marines Corps after an uproar online over the “too feminine,” “too French” hats.

See what Marines have to say about the controversy on a message board on  the Marine Corps Times website. (It can take a few seconds for the page to load.)

A version of this item ran in the Tribune-Review on Oct. 25, 2013. This Just In appears in the print edition of the Trib on Tuesdays and Fridays.