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Rolled Sleeves to Make Return With Marines

Rolled Sleeve

Good news, Marines and fans of Marine biceps (ahem): Rolled sleeves are coming back.

Commandant Gen. James Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett announced Tuesday via Facebook that the Corps is bringing back rolled sleeves.

“I can’t tell you how many times we have been asked the persistent question, ‘Commandant, are we ever going to return to SLEEVES UP?' ” the Facebook announcement states. “I’ve thought a lot about this over the past 2.5 years; I realize that it’s important to you. Sleeves up clearly and visually sets us apart.”

The Facebook posting said Amos will publish a MARADMIN about the change later Tuesday.

Before October 2011, Marines wore their sleeves rolled up -- in a very particular way, of course -- in the spring and summer months when wearing their desert camouflage utilities in non-combat areas, and kept their sleeves rolled down in the winter while wearing the woodland camouflage uniform.

Many were unhappy when Amos announced that Marines would keep their sleeves rolled down year round, particularly those who work in warm climates. And, as noted in Amos’ message, they made their opinions known.

The change will go into effect on March 9, when Marines make the seasonal switch to the tan desert camouflage.

Now, Marines are just wondering when they will be able to go back to spit-shining their boots, wearing “silkies” for PT and using knife hands.

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