MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Carrying the title of Marine brings great responsibility. It means working, living, eating, behaving and even dressing in a different way than people in other services and occupations.
The Marine Corps enforces a dress code which exemplifies professionalism both on and off duty. Sgt. Maj. Ernest K. Hoopii, sergeant major of Marine Corps Installations East – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, wants to remind Marines aboard the installation to make sure they are in keeping with the regulations concerning appropriate civilian attire.
“Inappropriate clothing is described as revealing clothing exposing midriff, the buttocks, excessive chest or cleavage, or items designed to be worn as undergarments,” said Hoopii. “When wearing civilian trousers, a belt must also be worn unless there are no belt loops, and trousers will be worn at the waist with no visible undergarments. Basically, pants will not sag, because no one wants to see someone else’s underwear.”
The only time any undergarment should be visible is when an undershirt is exposed by the outer shirt and seen around the collar. In addition to clothing not being revealing, clothing must be appropriate for the occasion.
“If you’re going to the gym, wearing gym apparel is obviously okay,” said Hoopii. “However, don’t go to our exchange, commissary or any other building dressed in a tank-top and basketball shorts.”
Basketball shorts or other athletic apparel, bikinis and swimming trunks are examples of clothing appropriate for their designated recreational activities, but not authorized to be worn around the installation.
Service members are required to wear the appropriate attire on and off base, and their dependents and guests are required to uphold the order while staying aboard MCB Camp Lejeune.
“Marines live to a higher standard,” said Hoopii. “We represent all things that are good, and we are expected to act with the utmost professionalism both on the job and off.”
Marines, sailors and their dependents or guests who decide to wear inappropriate attire into one of the buildings aboard the installation will be required to leave the building. Marines can be reported to their respective commands if they do not leave willingly.
Hoopii said the dress code is becoming a noticeable issue, as many of the service members and their families aboard the installation don’t always follow the dress code.
“(Service members), their dependents and their guest are either not aware of the rules and regulations, feel exempt from them, or they just flat out disregard them,” Hoopii said. “We, as Marines, are a special branch (of service). How we look is how we act, and how we are to act is to be nothing short of proud, conservative professionals.”
The dress code for Marines and dependents aboard MCB Camp Lejeune can be referenced under Marine Corps Order P1020.34G and Base Order 1020.8X.