September 3, 2013 -- style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">By Marine Corps Systems Command Corporate Communications.
Marine Corps Systems Command is conducting a survey to ask Marines what they think of a black all-weather coat, or AWC. The coat would replace the current pewter AWC. The survey began Aug. 31 and will continue through Sept. 27.
“We’ve had some difficulties meeting the pewter shade requirement, so we’re considering changing to a black coat,” said Lou Curcio of the Combat, Cold Weather and Dress Clothing Team in MCSC’s Infantry Weapons Systems. “The change to black can allow for better shade consistency for this item and is already in the supply system which creates cost efficiency in future acquisitions.”
The survey is available online to Marines with a common access card. The command is seeking maximum participation for the survey.
“We’d like to hear from as many Marines as possible,” Curcio said. “The survey will allow Marines to view photos of both the pewter and black all-weather coat with different uniforms. The information they provide will remain confidential, and their feedback will directly impact the decision made for this item.”
If approved, it would likely be another one to two years before the new coat hits the streets, and three or so years before Marines are mandated to wear the new coat, said Mary Boyt, Marine Corps Uniform Board representative. The cost of the coat will be very close to, but most likely less than the cost of the pewter coat.
The survey consists of five demographics questions followed by four AWC survey questions and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Click here to access the survey.