Unisex Hats in the United States Marines

The “integration” of women into the United States military (and military academies) has often raised the issue of clothes.  The usual problems involve pants or skirts, pantyhose if skirts, make-up, and shoes.

But there are also hats.

Certain media outlets are headlining articles today “Obama wants Marines to Wear ‘Girly’ Hats.”   For example, the NY Post proclaims,

Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps – known as “covers” — with a new version that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.

Here’s a photo from the article in the Marine Corps Times contrasting the old hats with the proposed new hats and seeking input:


According to the NY Post, one set of hats for the “leathernecks” is more “shops of Christopher Street” than “Halls of Montezuma,” and might look “too French.” 

In case you cannot tell which is which, the old (masculine) hats are on the left and the new (girly, French) hats are on the right.