Navy revealed new football uniforms on social media Monday, and they are the first that celebrate the United States Marine Corps. The Midshipmen will first don the new uniforms in a game against Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 11. The meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and during the game, the rivals will “acknowledge the unity amongst the U.S. Military branches and thank those who have dedicated themselves to the service of our country.”
“The few. The Proud,” Navy tweeted. “The uniform you’ve been waiting for.” Here’s a look at the new jerseys:
On their website, Navy explained the inspiration behind the design, including the meaning of the colors used.
“Inspired by the iconic ‘Dress Blue A’ uniform, the 2021 USMC uniform shares symbolic elements from both enlisted and officer regalia. It draws parallels with white gloves, black cleats, red trim, and royal blue pants. The actual ensemble worn by a Marine is the only uniform within the U.S. Military designated to include this red, white, and blue color scheme.”
The helmet, shoulder and pant designs feature the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, as well as the battle cry “OORAH,” which is on the front of the helmet. The back of the helmet reads “Semper Fi,” the Marine Corps motto abbreviated from Semper Fidelis, meaning “always faithful.”
The red stripe on the pants is known as the “Blood Stripe,” a way to honor fallen and injured Marines.