When you hear the word "military," without a doubt your mind paints a very specific picture. It may involve weapons, it may have a few brush strokes of physical training, but there is one part of the picture that is simply inescapable: the uniform.
For most of America, the picture is painted for you through media glamorization – and no uniform has been more glamorized than the USMC Blue Dress A!
That thing is absolutely f*cking beautiful and for those of us that don't get the privilege to don that glorious masterpiece it can leave us quite envious – but the greatness of the Blue Dress A cannot be argued.
5. They have a sword!
The Marine Corps has authorized everyone ranked E-4 and above to wear some type of sword. Non-commissioned officers are issued the NCO sword while officers get the Mamaluke sword.
The only sword I ever saw in the Air Force looked like it belonged on Final Fantasy VII.
Apparently, the USAF preferred to take inspiration from Cloud Strife instead of our brothers in arms.
4. Women love it.
The Blue Dress is downright sexy. It's tailored to the individual Marine like a fine cut Italian suit. It's so beautiful that it is considered equivalent to a civilian black tie affair.
Pictured: involuntary reaction to any Marine in the Blue Dress A.
3. It's way cooler than ours.
I'm 100% sure you've seen the USMC blue dress. It is insanely popular. It's literally the uniform you conjure up in your head when you think "military."
I'm also pretty sure you have no idea what the Air Force equivalent looks like. Just think this: 1960's flight attendant.
That one time the USAF tried to get in the game.. Not a great look. (USAF photo by Senior Airman Christina Brownlow)
2. It's iconic.
As I stated, the blue dress is literally the picture we have in our head of "military." It is one of the most recognized symbols of the American military. Ever. It's damn near a celebrity all by itself!
Does this not make you want to become one of the few... rhe proud?
1. It's transformative.
Putting on this uniform can take a man from zero to hero, if by nothing but sheer appearance. Joe Schmo becomes way more-than-average Joe really fast – and the adulation just starts raining in.
This guy is a few weeks and away from donning that glorious Blue Dress A. (DoD photo)