Marine Dress Code Cracks Down on Bling, Cleavage

Bans tattoos, jewelry, off-base camo
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2007 5:35 AM CDT
Two Marines are fitted for different style dress uniforms by Zeny Dalit, in Oceanside, Calif. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. The Marine Corps is banning the wearing of camouflage uniforms off base, even during...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As though the US Marines Corps didn't already have enough rules, officials have imposed a strict new dress code barring Marines from sporting flashy jewelry, shiny metal and gems on teeth, visible tattoos, exposed midriffs and excessive cleavage. What's more, the code enforces an older rule prohibiting camouflage uniforms off base, the AP reports.

As a result,  people have spotted Marines frantically changing clothes in their cars before going into stores. Some eateries near bases have adapted, allowing Marines to call in orders, and then delivering meals to the parking lot. "If you are a Marine, they want you to look a certain way; they don't want you to look like a disgrace to society," explained one Marine.