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Sgt. Major of The Army: Sleeves Stay Down

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Soldiers should not expect the Army to follow the Marine Corps' recent decision to allow personnel to roll up their sleeves when it gets hot.

At least that’s what Sgt. Major of the Army Raymond Chandler III told Military.com recently.

“We’re not rolling our sleeves up,” he said. “We don’t do that right now, and I’m not sure that we would do that in the future because there’s a reason why we keep our sleeves down and the Marine Corps has a different thought process on why they expect them to be rolled up.”

The Marine Corps recently reversed a three-year ban on the practice.

Marines had rolled the sleeves of their desert camouflage utilities in non-combat areas up until October 2011 when Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos ordered sleeves down year-round.The change went into effect March 9.

Chandler also told Military.com that Congress’s recent crackdown on service-specific camouflage is directly responsible for the Army delaying its effort to replace the Universal Camouflage Pattern. You can read more on that here.

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