A friend has been trying to get hold of a couple of pairs of USMC desert issue combat trousers/pants. He has found one supplier in the US, but they cannot ship out of country.
Does anyone know of a company, that stocks authentic issue fatigues and that ships out of the US?
Any help greatly appreciated.
Active duty personnel get their first uniforms issued during basic training. These are at no cost to the member. After this, they’re responsible for their own uniforms, so if they no longer fit or are damaged, they’re responsible for replacing them. However, they get an annual clothing allowance to account for this. Unless you need something like a new dress uniform, they’re generally not that expensive.
That said, however, if the OP’s friend wants new Marine uniforms, he’s out of luck. You have to be in the service to buy them. Thus, I can’t buy Airman’s uniform items; he’s got to do that himself.
Older-style camouflage uniforms are available from two sources - second-hand uniforms sold off by Marines or ex-Marines, and copy-cat clothing produced by other clothing manufacturers. One of the reasons the US Marines used the USMC globe and anchor logo in the camouflage pattern on the new uniforms was so that they could then trademark the pattern and prevent unauthorized copies of the uniforms from being sold. The Canadian Forces had done this earlier with their new camouflage uniforms.
The USMC calls them “camouflage utilities,” not fatigues. (The latter term is an Army term).
All service members pay for their own uniforms, including replacement uniforms necessary due to wear, damage, or lack of fit. Enlisted members receive an annual uniform allowance to help defer the cost; officers do not. (However, both officers and enlisted receive an initial uniform issue when entering the service.)
There are no PX (Post Exchange) stores on Navy or Marine Corps bases. They are run by the Navy Exchange (NEX). You’ll get a funny look if you refer to it as a PX (which is another Army term).
I wear the new MARPAT stuff playing paintball. It’s not 100% identical (the digital pattern doesn’t have the USMC logo built in to it but aside from that I believe that they are the same, made of the same material at the same factory, etc. It’s hard to see, easy to move in and pretty rugged, perfectly good reasons IMHO.
Army uses the same system – free original basic kit bag, then you’re responsible for maintenance, upkeep and replacement out of an allowance. Officers have to buy outright from the start. When I was in, if a piece of the basic-issue kit was damaged beyond repair incidentally to duty, through no fault of your own, the enlisted person could get it replaced free if s/he could prove that was the case, and turned in the remains of the old one.
Alessan, the standard-issue uniform kit is a very basic one, it’s the essentials to stay clothed and working. There are numerous uniform items that a career soldier/airman/Marine/seaman/coastie will want to have in his/her locker s/he WILL need to buy on his/her own dime (e.g. full dress uniforms). (again: officers buy everything they wear). On top of that, there are uniform items that may be issued to you specifically for a given duty, which you’re not charged for but you must return it when you’re done.
Required Equipment, such as your web gear, helmet, canteen, etc., belonged to the unit and I was asked with protecting it until you return it at the end of your tour there. I’d be charged for whatever ended up broken or missing.
The Army, as of last February, announced the introduction over the next year of its own digicam pattern, which will be based on grey-scales, thus ending decades of predominantly-green field uniforms. It will also be a trademarked pattern, not available for commercial use.
US Cavalry and Brigade Quartermaster (paranoid white guy catalogs, as I fondly call them) sell something very similar that is, by their claim, not official USMC issue. As far as I can tell they will both ship overseas.