Marines and sailors will soon receive updated flame resistant uniforms, making them less susceptible to severe burns. The gear features a long-sleeve shirt and trouser with a new flame resistant material that allows the uniform to self-extinguish, reducing the chance of injury and providing better protection than previous garments. The uniforms are also more durable, meaning that Marines will now need only two uniforms instead of four for every deployment. Not only does this lighten the load they carry, but it also saves money too.
The updates are expected to be phased in by fiscal 2017. Read about this and other additions to the Marine Corps uniform program below. Still confused about the difference between flame resistant and flame retardant uniforms? Check out our uniform glossary, available here.