List of United States Marine Corps individual equipment

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This is a list of individual combat equipment issued by the United States Marine Corps. This list does not include items that are issued as uniforms or weapons and ordnance.

Many items on this list have nicknames. See list of United States Marine Corps acronyms and expressions.


Components of a Modular Tactical Vest, including E-SAPI plates
Ballistic vests
Combat helmets
  • The Enhanced Combat Helmet is a new helmet made of high-strength polyethylene with superior ballistic protection compared to previous Kevlar helmets. The ECH is being issued only to deployed units and will be turned in upon return and given to other combat units. Previous helmets like the LWH are being retained for training and noncombat use.
  • The Lightweight Helmet (LWH) can be used with the older sling suspension or a newer pad suspension to fit the helmet to the head,[3] as well as a nape protection system to add ballistic protection to the rear of the head.[4]
  • The MICH TC-2000 Combat Helmet is issued to some specialized units.
  • The Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops (PASGT) helmet has mostly been replaced by the LWH, but can still be found in some units.
  • The Enhanced Combat Vehicle Crewman’s Helmet (ECVCH) allows the crew of M1 Abrams, AAV, and LAV vehicles to communicate with less restriction on mobility and situational awareness without reducing ballistic protection.[5]
  • Most pilots and aircrew will wear a flight helmet for protection from aviation-related hazards (such as an integrated oxygen mask), but typically offers little ballistic protection.
  • The Pith helmet is worn not for ballistic protection, but to identify weapons range coaches and other range personnel.
Marine wears a M50 mask
Other armor
Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense

Load-bearing & packs

  • The Family of Improved Load Bearing Equipment (FILBE) is the latest load bearing equipment to be issued to Marines. It replaced the old ILBE due to incompatibility with body armour systems. FILBE is made in coyote, has a modular system and allows its users assemble the configuration to its need.
  • The Improved Load Bearing Equipment (ILBE) is the load bearing equipment and pack which was issues during 2004–2012 years. It replaced the MOLLE, was the first to be made in MARPAT (MARine PATtern), and greatly increases durability, comfort, and decreases complexity. It comes in a standard,[12] Recon (which adds two side pouches),[13] and corpsman versions.[14] The ILBE load equipment provides an improved load bearing vest and the associated pouches to carry ammunition, grenades, radios, and other items.
    • The USMC Pack is being developed to replace the ILBE.[15] Because the ILBE was designed as a modified version of a commercial Arc'teryx product, it doesn't integrate well with body armor, which can cause stress and injury.[16][17] After the initial announcement of replacement in 2009,[18] The Marine Corps finalized design requirements after testing and released a solicitation for prototypes in 2011,[15] which resemble the Army's improved version of MOLLE.[19]
  • All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (ALICE) mixed with some Individual Integrated Fighting System (IIFE) items remain in some limited use in training and non-deployable units.
  • The standard canvas or nylon seabag, a militarized duffel bag, has been issued to servicemembers of all branches since before World War II. However, the increase in equipment issued to an individual Marine has made containing and transporting it all in a standard seabag difficult (a phenomenon nicknamed seabag drag), in addition to a tactical load-bearing pack. The Deployment Bag holds the same cubic footage, but rugged wheels allow it to roll much like a ruggedized version of commercial rolling luggage.[20]
  • A rubberized waterproofing bag liner has been provided to Marines for decades as a way to protect the contents of a tactical pack from water. Newer versions (known as the "stuff sack") have a purge valve to expel excess air to compress the sack.[21][22]
  • The Gunslinger pack allows a Scout Sniper to conceal and protect his sniper rifle within the pack while on the move.[23]


Commandant Hagee wearing an APECS parka in woodland MARPAT
Cold weather clothing
  • All Purpose Environmental Clothing System (APECS): Rather than issue the 3rd generation Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS), the Marine Corps has begun issuing the APECS, consisting of a MARPAT parka and pant.[24] The APECS is structurally almost identical to ECWCS shell jacket and trousers.
  • The Lightweight Exposure Suit offers similar capabilities.[25]
  • The Combat Desert Jacket is a lighter suit to protect Marines from the harsh desert climate.[26]
  • The Extreme Cold Weather Parka & Trouser offer heavy protection from cold weather, and include overboots.[27]
  • The Snow Camouflage Uniform [28] is a winter MARPAT overgarment to camouflage Marines and their equipment in snow.
  • Polypropylene undershirt and underdrawer, nicknamed "polypro" and officially known as "silkweight", is a mock turtleneck and trousers designed to be worn next to skin, and designed by Polartec.[29] Flame-resistant versions are available.[30]
  • The Grid Fleece Midweight underwear includes a pullover and pants (in green and coyote brown). While the pullover is commonly issued as a warming layer in most locations, the pants are traditionally not issued unless the recipient is expected to face a cold weather environment.[31] Flame-resistant versions are available.[32]
  • A cap made from microfleece is given to Marines in most environments.[33]
  • Cold weather socks and scarfs are also offered to Marines going to cold weather environments.
  • Mountain/Cold Weather Boots, later renamed Rugged All Terrain (RAT) Boots,[34] and Extreme Cold Vapor Barrier Boots are given. The overboots are insulated with an air barrier, and include a valve to allow paratroopers to jump with them, while the RAT Boot is reinforced with chemically impregnated leather for durability and stability.[35]
1974-vintage flight helmet and jacket


Entrenching tool
Old and new flashlights

Historical items

Gulf War-era armor

The following items are obsolete and no longer issued:

Load-bearing equipment


  1. Scalable Plate Carrier
  2. FSBE
  3. "Marine Corps Lightweight Helmet: Sling Suspension vs. Padded Suspension" (PDF). Marine Corps Systems Command. USMC. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-07-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hoellwarth, John (March 2007). "Extended Protection" (PDF). Marine Corps Times. Army Times Publishing Company. Retrieved 2008-07-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. ECVCH dta sheet
  6. Side SAPI
  7. Evaporative Cooling Vest
  8. Outer Tactical Vest referencing APES on page 2
  9. American Horse, LCpl Vanessa M. (12/2/2009). "M50: New Look Same Protection". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2010-03-09. Retrieved 22 December 2009. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Sanborn, James K. (June 2, 2010). "Marine Corps fielding new gas mask". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Mission-Oriented Protective Postures (MOPP)
  12. Standard ILBE
  13. Recon ILBE
  14. Corpsman ILBE
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Solicitation Number M6785411R3019; USMC Pack". Marine Corps Systems Command. Federal Business Opportunities. April 8, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Lamothe, Dan (December 8, 2010). "Corps looks to field 100,000 new packs". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved May 6, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Breaking News – USMC to Buy New Pack". Soldier Systems Daily. April 8, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. McCullough, Amy; Curtis, Rob (December 14, 2009). "Replacing Your Pack: Corps to consider range of rucks for ease of use, better wear". Marine Corps Times. pp. 22–23. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Sanborn, James K. (May 9, 2011). "Your New Pack: Testing Finished for Unpopular ILBE's Replacement". Marine Corps Times. p. 16. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Deployment Bag
  21. Marine Corps Stuff Sack (MACS Sack)
  22. Waterproofing Bag Inserts (WPI)
  23. Gunslinger
  24. APECS
  25. LWE Suit
  26. Combat Desert Jacket
  27. Extreme Cold Weather suit
  28. Snow Camouflage Uniform
  29. Underwear, Next-to-skin, Cold Weather
  30. Flame Resistant (FR) Silkweight Underwear, Next-to-skin, Cold Weather
  31. Grid Fleece
  32. Flame Resistant (FR), Grid Fleece Underwear, Mid-Weight, Cold Weather
  33. Cap, Hardface, MicroFleece, Cold Weather
  34. RAT Boot
  35. Mountain/Cold Weather Boot
  36. Fire Fighter Ensemble
  37. Lamothe, Dan (April 12, 2011). "Marines to receive combat underwear". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved April 14, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  38. IFAK
  39. "Improved First-Aid Kit (IFAK)". Inventory Management Solutions, LLC. c. 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  40. Cavallaro, Gina (June 14, 2010). "Standardized tourniquet, new bandages for IFAK". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 14 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  41. "R500 Armor Tactical EPIK (IFAK) Review,". 248 Shooter. April 14, 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. |first= missing |last= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  42. IWPS
  43. "Eyeing Some New Goggles" (PDF). Preventive Maintenance Monthly. US Army (614): 48–49. January 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  44. Ballistic Hearing Protection
  45. "Moonbeam". Marines magazine. United States Marine Corps. January 4, 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  46. Handheld Flashlight
  47. Martial Arts Kit
  48. Mechanical Breacher's Kit

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