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 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,” Lt. Col. David Nevers said in an email. “After speaking to a theater full of corporals and sergeants yesterday at Quantico, he decided it was time to announce the change.”
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.
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