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By James K. Sanborn, Staff writer
More female Marines will wear a version of the male dress blue coat, with its iconic mandarin collar in coming months as the Marine Corps expands field testing of a new prototype to determine if the new look should become the servicewide standard.
Women in the National Capital Region who serve in Marine Corps bands or as Marine recruiters will now wear the jackets, according to a May 19 Marine Corps news release. Testing of the new prototype will include women at Marine Barracks Washington, who tested an earlier version of the jacket.