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II Marine Expeditionary Force

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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
New female cover on horizon

By Cpl. Andrea Cleopatra Dickerson | | February 06, 2013

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Staff Sgt. Terri L. Kopetzki, a clarinet instrumentalist with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, spent several months wearing a revised version of the female dress cover, as well as the current male dress cover, as part of an initiative to change the female covers started more than 11 years ago by General James T. Conway, the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Staff Sgt. Terri L. Kopetzki, a clarinet instrumentalist with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, spent several months wearing a revised version of the female dress cover, as well as the current male dress cover, as part of an initiative to change the female covers started more than 11 years ago by General James T. Conway, the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Andrea Cleopatra Dickerson)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --

The female dress cover may change soon, more than 11 years after Gen. James T. Conway, the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, started an initiative to make the change.

For the past few months, female Marines in recruiting units and field bands tested the new proposed female cover. Now that the testing phase has concluded, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos will begin reviewing the results from surveys and data collected during the process.

Female Marines have been the focal point of several recent Corps-wide changes including physical fitness tests with pull-ups, and the initial introduction of females in traditionally all-male ground units.

So far, Marines have responded positively to the proposed cover.

“I like the new cover,” said Staff Sgt. Terri L. Kopetzki, a clarinet instrumentalist with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. “They fit us, and they look better on us.”

Kopetzki wears her dress cover frequently for performances and other engagements. Because she spends so much time wearing her cover, she notices subtle differences that might not be as noticeable to other

Marines.

“The new cover is comfortable,” said Kopeski. She finds it easier to style her hair and place it where she likes it, versus wearing a low bun to accommodate the “V” shape at the bottom of the current “bucket” covers.

After testing the new cover, Kopetzksi said it was a good idea to see what it was like wearing both.

“It allows us to see what they both look like on us and what reactions other Marines in the fleet have when they see us in them,” she said.

Kopetski, who was recently recognized as the Marine Corps’ Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Musician of the Year, said she hopes the new version of the female cover is approved.



3 Comments


  • Highlander 361 days ago
    I don't like the new covers at all. They are even too effeminate for even the female Marines, let alone the male marines. Stay with what you have!
  • Sgt Sherrie Hires, USMC Retired 1 years 252 days ago
    A few photos of the Cover being worn would help.... but I still like the Male cover better. It has more definition and character.
  • Yolanda 1 years 253 days ago
    Almost looks like the New York Fire Deparments cover.

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