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Depends on which period of the Iraq War your going for. If it was early war ie. March '03 to April '04 the uniform mostly issued to Marines were DCUs with Woodland IBAs. There was a spot of the new desert MARPAT out there, mostly in the form of kevlar covers and a uniform or two that they were far and few between. Pouches were basically a combination of MOLLE woodland and the old-style ALICE pouches. They also carried the M16A2 rifle, a few M16A4s were about but not ever Marine had one. No eyepro or gloves unless it was a personal expection.

Mid-War Iraq Marines, April '04 to June '06 were now sporting the USMC new MARPAT uniform and coyote brown IBAs. The pouches they were using was now all MOLLE but a cross between woodland and DCUs. None of the new IFAKs were issued on a wide bases for Marines already in threater but by the early '05 more of the replacement units were showing up with them. After the spring of '05 all Marines were sporting them. All Marines were now issued M16A4 w/ ACOGs after selecting it as their next new battle rifle in the summer of '04 with most Marines having it by early '05. Started seeing eyepro issued and worn by Marines in the field along with nomax gloves.

Current Iraq Marine, July '05 to present is what you see on the news most often. Marines in MARPAT with CB IBAs complete with groin, throat, side plates and DAPS, M16A4 w/ ACOGs, eyepro, gloves, knee pads. Basically the whole nine yards.

Insignia - Marines only wear pin on, subdued rank on their collars only. I've also seen some wearing it on front of their IBAs as well. No sew on or velcro rank. Name tapes and US Marines tape are the only authorized item to be sewn on a USMC uniform.

DML or BBI? - DML, cheaper and better of the two. HTs makes the best MARPAT (to a certain degree), but its very expansive and hard to come by. Boots, toss up IMHO. Also take what you see on TV shows with a grain of salt for accuracy involving military uniforms. Movies are somewhat better but ummm well they take liberties as well.

Loadout - Users preference but at the min. you would want mag pouches, enough for six mags, camelbak, IFAK, a utlity pouch or or, and radio pouch.

Hope this helps.
 
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