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Marines ordered to keep uniform sleeves down, not rolled up

October 24, 2011 |  9:15 am


Starting Monday morning, Marines at Camp Pendleton, Twentynine Palms and elsewhere can no longer roll up the sleeves on their workaday uniforms.

Commandant Gen. James Amos has ruled that sleeves should be down -- no variations. Just why is unclear. Amos provided no rationale in his order issued last week.

Best guess is that Amos wanted to standardize the uniform regulations.

In Afghanistan, Marines keep their sleeves down, not as a fashion statement but for safety. Also, some stateside commanders were apparently allowing rolled up sleeves, some not.


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Photo: Commandant Gen. James Amos, center, with sleeves rolled up as he greets Marines at Twentynine Palms last week. Starting Monday morning, all sleeves must be down on utility uniforms, even for generals. Credit: Marine Corps