Use the selection boxes to the right to specify the size and style of service stripes for your uniform needs. Gold on red stripes are worn on the Enlisted Dress Blue coat; green on red are for the Enlisted Service coat. Customers purchasing a new coat for their service stripes will be presented with a sleeve-hemming and stripe-sewing service when the add the coat to their shopping cart.

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Each of the eight service stripes in this set represents four years of Federal service that has been accrued by the enlisted Marine that is authorized to wear it. All of that service may have been in the United States Marine Corps, but not necessarily—time spent on duty in any of the Uniformed Services of the United States or in a Reserve component like the Air National Guard or Navy Reserve counts toward the eligibility for USMC service stripes. The service isn’t required to be continuous, although Reservists can’t accrue time in increments shorter than one year). But the USMC uniform manual (MCO 1020.34H) does specify that the service must have been honorable—without providing a precise definition.

While the Marine Corps has a service limit of 30 years for E-9 Sergeant Majors and Master Gunnery Sergeants, Sergeants Major who seek to be assigned to a Command-level position but are up against the service limit can seek a waiver from the Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

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