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While at a thrift store today I peeked in to the sorting room and saw a couple of USMC dress uniforms hanging up, not even priced yet. After bugging three employees I finally got them to price them and I bought them.

 

One was something I'd never seen before: a Senior NCO evening mess uniform with insignia for Master Gunnery Sergeant, which - along with First Sgt. and Sgt Major - is an E-9 position, the highest enlisted rank.

 

Well these chevrons have enough patches on them to make them big pieces, but on the evening uniform (what other service might call a mess jacket) they wear what seems to be an extra-wide - an extra costly - version. One place I found sells these for $52 a pair! I don't know if these are the largest and most expensive chevrons in the US military today, but it's hard to imagine they are not.

 

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Here's these alongside "normal" sized chevrons on the regular Marine dress blue uniforms:

 

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West Point Cadet chevrons are even bigger, but I sure do like the look of the big Marine stripes! I have a couple of these Staff NCO chevrons. (They are only made for Staff Sergeant and above.)

A fellow collector (and veteran), onece jokingly told me that, "if they would of let me wear stripes that big, heck I'd never got out!" :lol:

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