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UNSC Marine Corps BDU

The Battle Dress Uniform, abbreviated BDU, of the United Nations Space Command Marine Corps is the field suit, or combat suit, of the Marines, which is worn during active operations. It is mainly manufactured by Ushuaia Armory and is usually worn with body armor during combat operations.

Overlooked [edit | Edit source]

The battle dress uniform consists of several parts. The BDU includes at least one shirt, one pair of trousers and one pair of boots that are worn by every marine on duty. Only in rare cases do the marines take off the BDU and put on a night out or gala uniform. Most of the time you can see the soldiers in their combat uniform, which they combine with heavy body armor in combat. There are many different models of the BDU, some of which differ greatly in cut and camouflage pattern. In addition, the UNSCDF has repeatedly replaced older models with more modern ones over the years. In the course of the war against the alliance, at least four models were issued, each of which had different versions.

Models [edit | Edit source]

The BDU including the body armor went through some changes during the time and so different models were given to the Marines. Nothing is known about models before the 26th century.
However, the models of the 26th century were relatively similar. So far, four model series of the BDU as well as some special versions are known.

Model # 1 Edit source]

This model of the BDU was used in the early days of the war in the fight against the alliance and the insurgents. At this point in time, the uniform was still comparatively simple. The colors gray, black and olive were often used for shirts and trousers, which does not have particularly good camouflage properties. However, this uniform was also available in a gray flecktarn. Elaborate hard-shell armor, which was equipped with several pockets for ammunition and other equipment, was already used for the body armor. These were produced in natural colors such as brown for arid areas and white for alpine areas. Even then, the most striking piece of armor was the helmet, the shape of which has only changed slightly. This BDU including armor was only worn for a few years until it was replaced by an improved version.[1]

Model # 2 Edit source]

See main article: UNSC Army combat armor

The next step towards the perfect battle dress uniform was the second model series. When exactly this uniform was introduced is not entirely clear, but it must have been in the middle of the 26th century. This BDU again consists of a shirt and pants as well as boots. The special thing about this model was that not only the marines used it. The United Nations Space Command Army and the Air Force also used this uniform along with combat armor. A variant of the CH252 helmet was used here for the first time. Also special were the many magnetic holding surfaces on the armor, to which weapons and bags could now be attached much more easily. The BDU itself was often used with Flecktarn camouflage patterns[2]. Some combat troops also used BDUs in simple gray or black.[3]

Model # 3 Edit source]

In 2552, another BDU was finally issued to the Marines, but it had been in testing for years[4]. Almost nothing has changed in the design of the uniform. Only the massive body armor was completely renewed. Here the modern M52B was used in combination with the latest version of the CH252 helmet, which probably offered the soldier more effective protection. In addition, the UNSC also changed the camouflage pattern and changed the regular units of the marines from flecktarn to a gray-brown splinter camouflage for urban and arid areas[5]. A green version of this camouflage was also used for a limited time during the invasion of Earth.[6]

Model # 4 Edit source]

A few years after the war, a heavily modified BDU came on the market and was used by the soldiers of the Marines. The cut of the uniform has been changed. One of the design changes was that the inside of the thighs and armpits were different in color from the rest of the uniform. The outside was kept in a simple olive-green or dark-gray, while the inside has a red-brownish color. The body armor was also significantly modified. In addition to new pieces of armor, such as forearm guards, MOLLE loops have also been added as an alternative to the magnetic brackets, in order to attach bags in the tried and tested way. The armor of standard units is also olive. Only Navy Corpsman wear their armor a crisp white with red accents to better identify them as a medic.
NCOs occasionally enter "Patrol cap"instead of a helmet.[7]
This version of the BDU is currently the most up-to-date.

ODST BDU [edit | Edit source]

See main article: ODST Combat Armor

In addition to the BDU models for the Marine Corps Regulars, there is also a version of the BDU for the special units of the Orbital Drop Shock Trooper. This was completely redesigned to meet the special requirements of the ODSTs. The ODST BDU and armor are distributed by Misriah Armory.

Various Edit source]

Often soldiers of different branches of service wear BDUs and armor that are adapted to their specific area of ​​responsibility. Not only do Marine Corps pilots use different helmets, their body armor is also constructed differently from that of the regular units.

Trivia [edit | Edit source]

  • So far, the marines insignia are not shown on the uniform in any game in the Halo series.

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