The navy uniform that has become a symbol of America’s service in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has come to an end.
The Marine Corps has replaced its iconic blue and white navy uniform with a blue and yellow army uniform that is lighter, more casual and with a new coat of arms that was unveiled Wednesday.
The navy blue uniform has been worn since the 1970s and is worn by about 30,000 U.N. personnel and 1,000 civilians, the Marine Corps said.
The military has worn the blue and gold navy uniform for decades.
But in March, the Army decided to wear a blue, white and red navy uniform to honor veterans of the Vietnam War.
“The blue and red uniform will be worn for now, but the Army has not yet decided what it will wear next,” said Brig. Gen. Tom Stengel, the commander of Marine Corps Personnel.
The new blue and green uniform, which will be unveiled Wednesday at the Marine Air Warfare Center in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, will be used by Marine Corps personnel who are deployed to support missions overseas and for those who are on active duty.
The Army has also decided to retire its blue and silver Navy uniform.
A similar blue and black uniform was worn by the Marines in 2011 for the first time since World War II.
A blue and brown uniform was retired in 2016, and the red and gold Marine Corps uniform was adopted by the Navy in 2014.
The blue and gray Army uniform is lighter than the navy blue and is available in black, silver and bronze.
The changes come amid a growing shortage of military uniforms.
The U.C.L.A. Military Department is recommending that the Army and Marine Corps use the same uniform to be worn at all times, as they have been doing for years.
But that recommendation was made in a joint memo with the Office of the Secretary of the Army.
“We have to find a way to do it,” said Col. Ryan McKeon, a spokesman for the Marine Army, which oversees the military’s military uniforms and gear.
The two service branches also have different uniform standards for the Navy, which is required to wear the Navy uniform only when conducting exercises or in the presence of other service members, such as Marines in the field.
But the Navy has not made the changes required for use on the job and does not currently have uniforms for deployment.
The Navy has already started wearing navy-blue and navy-white uniforms for Marine Corps officers and enlisted personnel, which it will start wearing next year.
The uniforms will be available in navy blue, navy-gray, black, gold, silver, and bronze, McKeown said.
“At this point, there is no plan to change the uniforms that we have for the foreseeable future,” McKeonsaid.
He said the Navy will begin using the navy-black uniform when the military is deployed to a combat zone in a few months.
A navy-grey uniform was introduced for the Marines last year.
A separate blue and navy uniform was also introduced in 2016.
But Navy leaders were not sure if the Navy would start wearing navy blue again in the future.