The blood of Marines everywhere must be boiling over the administration’s idea of spending $8 million to change the iconic Marines’ male white barracks cover to a reduced unisex version.
Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a â€œunisexâ€ look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marinesâ€™ iconic caps â€“ known as â€œcoversâ€ â€” with a new version that some have derided as so â€œgirlyâ€ that they would make the French blush.
â€œWe donâ€™t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like womenâ€™s hats!â€ one senior Marine source fumed to The Post. â€œThe Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.â€
The thin new covers have a feminine line that some officials think would make them look just as good on female marines as on males â€” in keeping with the Obama directive.
â€œThe Marine Corps is being â€˜encouragedâ€™ by DoD to standardize on a unisex/universal dress and service cap,â€ Marine brass noted in an internal memo obtained by The Post.
Male and female Marines currently wear gender-specific caps.
The controversial covers have been dubbed the â€œDan Dalyâ€ hat, after a World War I sergeant from Long Island who twice won the Medal of Honor.
But some Marines love the old hat, which has been in use since 1922 and think the new hat is a glorified â€œporterâ€™s cap.â€ The new Daly model is based on a style the Marines used from 1904 to 1918 â€“ and then jettisoned.
â€œThe Dan Daly cap looks too French, and the last people we want to associate our Marines with would be the French military,â€ wrote one commenter on the Marine Times Web site.
As of now, the new covers are only in the proposal stage.
Marines have until Friday to cast their votes on whether to adopt them or keep the old hat with modifications. Marine Corps head Gen. James Amos will make the final decision.
According to the memo obtained by The Post, requiring all troops to use the Daly cover will cost $8,221,958. Going with the traditional cap will save $284,043, because the current female caps are more expensive.
â€œWhy are we even focused on this while we are laying troops off for no budget?â€ another Marine Times commenter asked.
Some images of Marines in 1900s China, wearing the old-style cover, which was blue, not white.
I think my father’s 1942 model looks better.