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Tuesday
Oct182011

Marines Will No Longer Allow Rolled-Up Sleeves

Sgt. Heather Golden/US Marine Corp(WASHINGTON) -- On the same day that the Marine commandant lifted a ban on wearing KIA bracelets, another fashion edit is raising howls from within the ranks.

Beginning next Monday, Oct. 24, Marines won’t be allowed to roll up the sleeves of their uniforms. Marine regulations currently allow for sleeves to be rolled up on camouflaged uniforms, and doing so is a matter of pride for Marines who feel it makes them look distinctive from the other services.

Marine regulations even have precise instructions for how those sleeves are to be rolled: "The camouflage utility coat will be worn outside the trousers. Sleeves may be rolled up at the option of local commanders. When authorized, utility sleeves will be rolled with the inside out, forming a roll about three inches wide, and terminating at a point about two inches above the elbow. ”

A Marine official says the Marine Uniform Board decided to make the change after Marine leaders observed that “deployed Marines were operating with sleeves down…their intent with this decision is to have one uniform policy, a single look.”

So the board has decided that “the Marine Corps will roll sleeves down and remain sleeves down year-round, beginning on Monday, 24 October. There will be official guidance released soon directing the uniform change.”

On Tuesday, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos said Marines will be allowed to wear KIA bracelets honoring fallen fellow service members while in uniform. This uniform allowance is effective immediately.

A recent Marine Corps Times article generated controversy when it brought to light how some unit commanders were not allowing their Marines to wear bracelets to commemorate those killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Marines of all ranks were wearing the popular bracelets, though they technically violated regulations that ban Marines from wearing jewelry while in uniform.    

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Amos said that he was allowing their use. "We are acknowledging the close personal nature of our 10 years at war and the strong bonds of fidelity that Marines have for one another, especially for those fellow Marines who we have lost,” said Amos.

“There’s not really a ban on the KIA bracelet specifically,” says the spokesperson for the Marines.  “There are regulations for wearing the uniform and specifically jewelry, and Marines are not allowed to wear bracelets. This falls under that spectrum.  Now, the KIA bracelet will be lumped into the same category as the POW/MIA bracelets, which are approved for wear.”    

According to the statement, effective immediately, “Memorial bracelets memorializing prisoners of war, missing in action, killed in action, and those who died of wounds or injuries sustained in a combat theater are authorized.”

Some senior Pentagon officials have been spotted wearing the bracelets, most notably former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen.

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