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Marines sleeves up: New uniform rules for camouflage Marines, non-combat areas

Marines can now wear their sleeves up
Marines can now wear their sleeves up

A Marines sleeves up order is one new uniform rule allowing our servicemen and women to ease up a bit on their formal garb. As cited in an official statement this week, U.S. Marine Corps authorities have revealed new fashion guidelines that will permit Marines wearing desert camouflage uniforms to actually roll up their sleeves when stationed in non-combat locations. UPI News describes the details on this seemingly small outfit alteration that is likely very appreciated by a number of our country's brave soldiers.

As announced in a recent Facebook message, the Marines sleeves up command was made by Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Michael Barrett and Commandant Gen. James Amos. Although the more casual rolled-up appearance for U.S. Marines was initially revoked by Amos back in late Oct. of 2011, the latest uniform rule change is allowing the uniform sans long sleeves to return.

The source site notes that Marines will be making their yearly seasonal change to the beige desert camouflage garb this March 9, and those servicemen and women stationed in non-combat areas will now be permitted to wear their shirts with sleeves rolled up.

According to the official Facebook post on the clothing-related subject, it was the repeated questioning from active military members that finally prompted the Marines sleeves up allowance, admits the Commandant.

"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 said. "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."

So while this uniform modification may not appear like a major change to our U.S. soldiers’ outfits right away, it is nonetheless one that sets our country’s Marines apart and something they are no doubt very grateful for this 2014.

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