Proposed change to Marine Corps hats sparks controversy - WKRN News 2

Proposed change to Marine Corps hats sparks controversy

Posted: Updated: Oct 24, 2013 01:05 PM
Old hats (left) compared to the proposed hates (right). Old hats (left) compared to the proposed hates (right).
NEW YORK -

A change to the Marine Corps' uniform hats is making quite the splash in and out of the force.

According to the New York Post, the switch is reportedly part of President Obama's plan to create a "unisex" look for the Corps.

Officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines' iconic caps with a new hat that some have described as "girly."

"We don't even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the [Department of Defense] is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women's hats!" one senior Marine source told the The New York Post.  "The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous."

As of now, the new hats are only in the proposal stage, and while head Gen. James Amos will have the final say, the Corps will have until Friday to cast their votes.

The new hats are thinner with a feminine line that some officials think would make them look just as good on one gender as the other.

The proposed hats, now named the "Dan Daly," get their name from a sergeant in World War I who was awarded the Medal of Honor.

*The New York Post contributed to this report.

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