All Marines now have the right to wear umbrellas for the first time in hundreds of years, but it started a thunderous debate among members.
The controversial new announcement came days before the Corps' 244th anniversary and is a rule dating back to the beginning of the branch office in 1775.
Umbrellas were partially not allowed because it hampered the ability to salute.
Marine Corps Commander Gen. David Berger announced the revelation on Thursday.
All Marine Corps members can now bring umbrellas after they have been banned for more than 200 years
Berger said: & # 39; Marines can take a completely black, solid, standard or folding umbrella with the service and clothing uniforms in bad weather. & # 39;
Prior to the regulatory update, only female Marines were allowed to bring umbrellas under strict guidelines and did not receive permission until 1972.
& # 39; During bad weather, female marines may take a completely black, solid standard or folding umbrella with the service and clothing uniforms. It is carried in the left hand so that the hand greeting can be properly displayed & # 39 ;, thus with Marine Corps Uniform Regulations.
Marine Corps Commander Gen. David Berger (photo) announced the new policy on Thursday
The regulation stipulated that umbrellas should not be transported or used in formation, nor be worn with the tool uniform.
Although some Marines praise the branch for approving something that & # 39; common sense & # 39; , it has refused other members to participate.
Shane Witcher, 56, told The Wall Street Journal that holding an umbrella can hamper a marine's ability to do his job.
& # 39; A Marine cannot choke an enemy or strike him correctly with an umbrella in his hand, & # 39; said Witcher, a marine veteran in Texas.
& # 39; We are always ready and it goes against the core of the same philosophy to have an umbrella in your hand. & # 39;
In the Facebook post, Witcher said that Marine & # 39; s had to remain hands-free for countless reasons.
He wrote: & # 39; There is no place for an umbrella in marine hands. A marine must always be ready to salute, hold a door for a lady, shake a hand, handle a gun, gun, knife or throw a grenade. & # 39;
Maximilian Uriarte, a marine veteran in California, however, supports the new movement.
Uriarte said: & # 39; I always welcome the progress of removing stupid rules that should not have existed in the first place. & # 39;
However, the policy only allows the use of umbrellas under certain directions and occasions.
Marines who wear their camouflage tools will soon not bring umbrellas to battle or into the field.
Marines in formation will also have to brave the elements in the future.
Female Marines have been allowed to use umbrellas since 1972, but male Marines had to withstand all storms until this year
The use of umbrellas is only permitted when members wear the green service uniform and dress blues, for example during formal dinners, working in a head office or during recruitment.
The path to punish all Marine Corps members as umbrellas began after female members have seen six proposed efforts since 1972.
Officials gave no formal reason why umbrellas were approved for women and not for men, although some said they were men who & # 39; rugged & # 39; wanted to appear.
They were all shot, according to Mary Boyt, program manager of the Marine Corps Uniform Board.
She cited a recent study that found that 76 percent of men and 94 percent of women said that umbrellas should be allowed into the Navy dress code.
& # 39; I can't tell you why it was approved this time, & # 39; Boyt admits, but she reports that many supported the cause to keep their uniforms instead of staying dry.
Witcher: & # 39; A Marine cannot choke an enemy or slap him in the face with an umbrella in his hand & # 39;
An alternative to getting soaked is what Marine Corps members call the Inspector Gadget, a trench coat that is similar to that of the 80s cartoon detective.
But many do not wear the jacket and often lose it after it has been issued.
Marine Corps members in Chicago met Friday night to celebrate the branch's birthday.
Cpl. Jose Hernandez said to The Wall Street Journal: & # 39; we must have umbrellas. It is common sense. To be honest, the Inspector Gadget is pretty ugly. & # 39;
Lance Cpl. Dylan Mendoza stepped in to root for the other side.
& # 39; What if you need both hands? & # 39; Asked Mendoza.
Former President Barack Obama was criticized after a navy held an umbrella for him during a press conference in 2013
Reportedly it was watching the exchange Cpl. Aaron Gibbs, an active service marine who simply follows the rules of the naval corps.
Gibbs said: & If they say have an umbrella, I get an umbrella. If they say no, then no. It's just walking outside. & # 39;
The relationship of the Marine Corps with umbrella & # 39; s made headlines in 2013 when a former President Barack Obama was protected from a rain shower by a Marine who kept one over his head.
The event, which some people call & # 39; Umbrella gate & # 39; would be called, led to opposition to Obama because of his apparent ignorance of the Marine Corps protocol.
The Marine Corps Uniform Board is currently debating proposals and considering changes.
In May, the board considered whether Marines could adjust their shirts to look tight.
From today they can do that.
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