Female Marines Don New Dress Covers

Carl | February 18, 2013 

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. – The female dress cover may change soon, more than 11 years after Gen. James T. Conway, the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, started an initiative to make the change.

For the past few months, female Marines in recruiting units and field bands tested the new proposed female cover. Now that the testing phase has concluded, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos will begin reviewing the results from surveys and data collected during the process.

Female Marines have been the focal point of several recent Corps-wide changes including physical fitness tests with pull-ups, and the initial introduction of females in traditionally all-male ground units.

So far, Marines have responded positively to the proposed cover.

“I like the new cover,” said Staff Sgt. Terri L. Kopetzki, a clarinet instrumentalist with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. “They fit us, and they look better on us.”

Staff Sgt. Terri L. Kopetzki, a clarinetist with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, displays the covers she wore during the testing phase of an initiative aimed at changing the female dress cover. Gen. James T. Conway, the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, started the initiative more than 11 years ago. “The new cover is comfortable,” said Kopeski. She finds it easier to style her hair and place it where she likes it, versus wearing a low bun to accommodate the “V” shape at the bottom of the current “bucket” covers.

Kopetzki wears her dress cover frequently for performances and other engagements. Because she spends so much time wearing her cover, she notices subtle differences that might not be as noticeable to other Marines.

“The new cover is comfortable,” said Kopeski.

She finds it easier to style her hair and place it where she likes it, versus wearing a low bun to accommodate the “V” shape at the bottom of the current “bucket” covers.

After testing the new cover, Kopetzksi said it was a good idea to see what it was like wearing both.

“It allows us to see what they both look like on us and what reactions other Marines in the fleet have when they see us in them,” she said.

Kopetski, who was recently recognized as the Marine Corps’ Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Musician of the Year, said she hopes the new version of the female cover is approved.

Cpl. Andrea Dickerson

DVIDS


Contributor's website: http://semperfiparents.com



Content posted by users from other sites is posted for commentary and news purposes under fair use and each author is responsible for their own postings and a particular posting should not be construed as being endorsed by this site or its owner.
Please Note: The comments section is for both the registered users of this web site as well as non-registered users. All wishing to post comments must comply with our Commenting Rules or risk having their comments stricken. Comments do not necessarily reflect the views of the ownership of this site and should not be taken as such just because they are visible and posted here.

Leave a Reply





  • American Conservative Daily is owned and operated by J.J. Jackson, President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc.