Amid "Don't Ask Don't Tell" getting repealed and the Marine Corps permitting women to enter ground combat last year, change-averse Marines are receiving a fresh slight this year with a proposed unisex redesign of the iconic marine cap, officially designated as "covers." (Men and women currently wear gender-specific caps.)
Though the caps don't look feminine to me, they do look more balanced on women's heads. They look less imposing, and have a narrower profile. Perhaps it's the new cap's resemblance to the current female-specific cap that triggered this hysteria.
The assertion made by some commenters that the caps might be wasteful, however, is correct: Manufacturing just one type of cap should save money, but according to the memo obtained by the New York Post, going with the traditional cap would save $284,043 as the current female caps are more expensive to make.The cost of manufacturing a batch of unisex caps would cost around $8 million. However, it's unclear whether the same number of caps would need to be manufactured.
Detractors are ignoring that a purpose of military uniforms is to provide a unified look among personnel. A unified cap fills this role well.