February 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Sleeves up! Why CMC reversed unpopular uniform policy

Marines will again roll their sleeves up like these Marines of 1st Marine Division standing in formation during a change of command ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz / Marine Corps)

The Marine Corps’ two-year-old “sleeves down” policy ended with an announcement late Tuesday night on the Marines’ official social media platforms. But a spokesman for the commandant, Gen. Jim Amos, said the change has been under consideration for some time.

The change takes effect March 9 and affects Marines wearing their desert camouflage utilities in noncombat areas. A Marine administrative message, No. 078/14, was published Wednesday formalizing the move. It’s signed by Maj. Gen. Mike Regner, the staff director at Marine Corps headquarters.

One of the biggest early policy changes of Amos’s tenure as commandant, the decision to eliminate rolled-up sleeves on the Marines’ summer camouflage utility uniform was hotly contested from the start.

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— Hope Hodge Seck, Marine Corps Times

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