By Lance Cpl. Lauren A. Kurkimilis
Marines are no longer restricted to wearing only issued bags in uniform.
Civilian backpacks officially can now be worn in uniform, according to the results of Uniform Board 212 which were released in MARADMIN 695/11 Dec. 6, 2011.
Backpacks may be black, brown, olive drab, tan or a combination of these colors, according to the MARADMIN. MARPAT- printed commercial and organizational bags are still authorized as well. Bags must be conservative and will be worn over both shoulders. Logos must be no larger than five-by-two inches big.
Other changes included the official approval to wear honor bracelets, meant to remember those killed, missing or captured in action, must be either black or silver and no more than half an inch wide. Engraved on the bracelet will be name, rank, operation and date.
There is no limit on how many names can be on the bracelet, but only one bracelet can be worn at a time.
For more information, refer to MARADMIN 695-11.