Utility Cover

utility cover

The US Marine Corp cap

The Utility Cover, also known as the utility cap and eight-pointed cover, is the United States Marine Corps cap, worn with their utility uniform. It is an eight-pointed hat, with a peak similar to a baseball cap. It is worn ‘blocked’, that is, creased and peaked, for a sharper appearance.

A red patch, dating back to World War II, may be seen on some Utility Covers. The red patches are used to differentiate and clear up confusion between support personnel on the beaches from grunts moving inland on assaults.

It is also worn by the US Navy units such as Seabees and Beachmasters.

It is also worn with the newer Navy Working Uniform as well as the Woodland CUU and desert DCU uniform.

Famous Utility Hat wearers

  • General Norman Schwarzkopf
utility cover with red patch