This makes a nice story that we can tell to each other but the simple truth is that we added it for fashion. Results 1 to 7 of 7. Enlistedmen however need to get promoted and earn through their own work, not tradition alone, the privilege to wear the Blood Stripe. Turns out this is a half-truth. The current edition of the Guidebook for Marines should illustrate that in the Uniforms section. The story that is told is that the blood stripe represents the blood that we shed in the Battle of Chapultepec in Mexico.
Finally, in , the simple scarlet stripe seen today was adopted, with the varying widths prescribed for different ranks. While trouser stripes were in use in various militaries for many years  especially the British Army , whose uniforms influenced American uniforms for many years, as well as the ref, red stripes of the Spanish Navy Marines  , red trouser stripes were not a predominant feature of any American Marine uniform until From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A spokesman for Marine Corps Training and Education Command could not say why the tale of the Blood Stripe is taught to Marines when it has been proven to be historically inaccurate. He earned it sure, but at the same time as the title of Marine. This basting is a very loose stitch and needs to be removed by the tailor before sewing the stripes to the trousers with red thread. Home News Store Locator Videos.