Marines sleeves up! This was the message heard by thousands of Marines on Tuesday after a two-year-old “sleeves down” policy was given the boot. The Marines sleeves up announcement came via Facebook late Tuesday night, according to a Feb. 26 report from the Marine Corps Times.
Lt. Col. David Nevers issued a statement regarding the new Marines sleeves up policy via an email and it read:
“The Commandant has been leaning into it for awhile now, as he has taken to heart the many conversations he’s had with thousands of his noncommissioned officers in recent months. After speaking to a theater full of corporals and sergeants yesterday at Quantico, he decided it was time to announce the change.”
Commandant Gen. James Amos and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett gave the official announcement that the Marine Corps were 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 statement, which was posted on Facebook, 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.”
In the past, Marines were permitted to wear their sleeves rolled up when wearing desert camouflage and in non-combat areas. However, in Oct. 2011, Gen. Amos changed course and mandated that sleeves be rolled down the entire year. The decision was met with stiff criticism from many, especially from Marines assigned to mostly high temperature areas.
The Marines sleeves up policy will be effective March 9 and it affects Marines wearing their desert camouflage utilities in noncombat areas.
The new Marines sleeves up policy received a tremendous social media response and Gen. Amos' Facebook post garnered over 30,000 likes in just a few hours. "The roar of approval from across the Corps has been deafening," Lt. Col. David Nevers, a Marines spokesman, expressed. "In the four years since we began using social media we haven't seen any post generate such an overwhelmingly positive reaction."