DevilDawgTiger LSU Fan Alexandria, Louisiana Member since Feb 2004 145 posts
re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms? (Posted on 3/5/13 at 7:52 pm to DawgCountry)
quote: It's a Navy tradition. Marines are a branch of the USN
This is incorrect. The USMC and the USN are sister services under the Department of The Navy. The Department of The Navy is headed by a civilian, The Secretary of The Navy. The Marines are not a branch of the USN, but obviously work with the USN.
Azazello Tennessee Fan Member since Sep 2011 1011 posts
re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms? (Posted on 3/5/13 at 8:15 pm to finchmeister08)
It's my favorite part of the uniform.
Too bad that we had to buy them at the same time we buy the rest of our dress uniforms. That $400 uniform allowance helped out some (sword is $650-750), but it barely put a dent in the $2800 total I spent on all of my uniforms.
mworld938 LSU Fan Covington Member since Sep 2008 1357 posts
re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms? (Posted on 3/5/13 at 8:16 pm to LewDawg)
True. I think the Navy authorized optional wear of a cutlass for Chief's. I didn't get one in the Coast Guard until I switched from enlisted to officer. They are beautiful, handmade in Germany and you pay the $450 yourself. It will be a nice heirloom.