New running suits: do’s and don’ts

13 Mar 2009 | Lance Cpl. Kel Clark

They’re finally here. The new Marine Corps running suits are available to not only to the Marines of the Air Station, but to Marines throughout the Corps.

The new running suits have the Marine Corps Eagle, Globe and Anchor on the front, the word “Marines” across the back of the running suit jacket in red letters and down the outside of the right pants-leg is “USMC”. The suit also has its own reflectors, making the use of the traditional glow belt unnecessary.

There is also a silver Marine Corps emblem on the left breast of the jacket and upper left thigh of the trousers.

The original physical training shorts and green shirt aren’t usually meant for leave and liberty unless it’s for PT, but they can be worn with the running suit during training. The running suit jacket is authorized to wear with civilian attire, however, the jacket must be zipped up at least halfway to the top of the zipper, according to the Marine Corps Order P1020.34G and ALMAR 019/08. Although the new running suit can be used for PT, it is not meant to replace the existing PT gear, only complement it.

When the suits were first introduced, they were given to recruiters and drill instructors until it was distributed throughout the Corps.

“There was some confusion regarding the wear of the running suits, but the (MCO P1020.34G) can really answer a lot of questions,” said Cpl. Peter Timmer, a Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron supply clerk.

Marines will be able to receive their first issued running suits for free. After the first running suits are issued, the running suits will be available for purchase.

“The new running suits are a great recruiting tool, because we can wear them out in town,” Timmer said.

One tip that has been noticed with the new running suits is to air-dry the uniform because it will shrink if dryed in a dryer.

For more information regarding the rules and regulations about the new running suits, refer to MCO P1020.34G and ALMAR 019/08.