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    The Last Skirt Mandate in Marine Corps Has Been Nixed After Female Troops Advocated for Change

    The Last Skirt Mandate in Marine Corps Has Been Nixed After Female Troops Advocated for Change

    After women in the Marine Corps advocated for change, the service announced it will allow female staff noncommissioned officers and officers to wear slacks with their evening dress uniform. Until this week, it was the last uniform that had a skirt-only mandate for women in the Corps.

    On Wednesday, the service published an update to its uniform regulations that will allow female staff sergeants and above to wear high-waisted evening dress slacks as an alternative to long or knee-length skirts. The change was made ahead of the Marine Corps birthday season in which formal occasions are plenty.

    Junior enlisted and company-grade officers have been authorized the dress blue slack option for years, and now — thanks to a core group of Marines who pushed for the change — all women in the Corps are allowed the option between slacks and skirts.

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    “Any time when you make a recommendation to the larger institution and you're heard, and your recommendation is accepted, it feels good,” Col. Kelly Frushour, commander of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, told .com on Thursday evening.

    Frushour, who has served for 25 years and made the call to Military.com from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic after visiting troops under her command, was one of the Marines instrumental in codifying the policy. She was connected to other…

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