Wear miniature medals with all formal dress uniforms and dinner dress uniforms. Each row of miniatures is 2-1/4 inches long, from top of the suspension ribbons to bottom of medals , so the bottom of medals dress in a horizontal line. Position medals so they cover the suspension ribbons of the medals in the rows below.
Wear ribbons with the lower edge of the bottom row centered 1/4 inch above the left breast pocket and parallel to the deck. To prevent coat lapels from covering ribbons , ribbons may be aligned so the border to wearer’s left is aligned with left side of pocket.
(1) Males wear full-sized medals immediately above the left breast pocket, in as many rows as necessary. The number of medals worn in each row depends upon the size of the coat. Full-sized decorations or medals will not overlap within a row.
Service Dress Blue may be worn year-round, while Service Dress White is reserved for summer or tropical zones. Ribbons are worn over the left breast pocket in all variations of the service dress uniform . An all-weather overcoat or reefer coat may be worn with service dress uniforms in cold or inclement weather.
Miniature Medals — Miniature medals are worn on the blue mess dress or on formal dress. The miniatures are centered between lapel and arm seam and midway between top shoulder seam and top button of jacket.
Dress Blue Alphas could ONLY be worn with medals during a special occasions such as your personal wedding, Marine Corps ball, or mess night. Can ‘t wear to just show it off. You CAN wear Dress Blue Bravos anytime (ribbons instead of medals).
Full size medals on the blue or white dress jacket are centered on the left breast pocket with the upper edge of the holding bar on line midway between the 1st and 2nd button of the jacket.
If you are wearing Dress Blue Alpha’s , you wear wear medals and ribbons. The rule is that you wear the medal over left breast pocket and the ribbons that don’t rate a medal are worn over the right breast pocket.
Line medals in order in accordance with uniform regulation medals “Order of Precedence” chart. Wear-full sized metals above the left breast pocket of a male member’s service dress jacket. Line four medals and hang on a medal bar. Center a second or third bar over the bar below it.
Wear military medals , badges, and ribbons on like or equivalent civilian attire and do not wear with casual civilian clothing. Large medals and badges are typically worn on morning or daytime attire, although there is no specific regulation or rule stating this point.
A medal ribbon, service ribbon, or ribbon bar is a small ribbon, mounted on a small metal bar equipped with an attaching device, which is generally issued for wear in place of a medal when it is not appropriate to wear the actual medal .
Real reason the pants had 13 buttons ……. Sailors originally used a drawstring to hold up their pants, but replaced the drawstrings in 1864 when a new version of the bell bottoms was designed with seven buttons across the top holding the crotch flap. So in 1905 more buttons were added, creating those 13 buttons .
Military Creases and Ironing Although the uniform depicted is the dress whites, the dress blues are folded and ironed exactly the same way. Remember: The jumper and trousers (whites and blues only) are NEVER creased from the outside.
The wait is over: New crackerjacks are coming. The Navy’s top officer has approved the long-awaited overhaul of the iconic dress uniform, a modernization officials say will make them more comfortable and functional. The uniform takes cues from full dress whites, a version of crackerjacks phased out in 1940.