90% Support Marine Decision to Roll Sleeves

Rolled SleeveNine out of ten Kit Up! readers agreed with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos’ decision to allow Marines to again start rolling their sleeves when wearing desert camouflage utilities in non-combat areas.

More than two years ago, Amos ordered sleeves down when wearing the desert camouflage uniform in warm weather. Marines will still wear sleeves down in colder weather and wearing the woodland camouflage uniform. The change will take place on March 9 when Marines make the seasonal switch.

The results of this informal poll are not much of a surprise. Many Marines expressed their frustration when Amos made the initial decision for Marines to lower their sleeves.

Amos admitted on Facebook that he was asked repeatedly by Marines when they could roll their sleeves up again.

“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.”


15 Comments on "90% Support Marine Decision to Roll Sleeves"

  1. Is this damage control by the Commandant? 2.5 yrs has passed since he rolled sleeves down. Besides 2.5 yrs of questions his reputation has taken a beating most recently for suppressing (and denying he did it) Marine Corps Times for covering his role in persecuting the urination video Marines and shutting up whistle blowers…

    Sleeves up is good news for Marines but is it that easy to distract them?

  2. A slow news day at kit up, when the most exciting thing they can find to write about it that the Marines can once again roll their sleeves up in hot weather.

  3. I was a recruiter and know the simple minds that exist in the Corps. The dumbest stuff gets the most attention while the serious issues are dismissed.

    Semper Go TEAM !

  4. Herbert Levinson | March 5, 2014 at 8:52 am |

    I can see why rolled up sleeves would relieve some body heat and provide troops with greater comfort during desert warfare. Why not camaflage the skin, sand color with food dye to disguise the hard contrast lines from enemy eyes. If that's that's the roll up problem. Rather than have grunts suffer from body over heating?

  5. Pete Sheppard | March 5, 2014 at 9:02 am |

    'Sleeves up' is for admin/garrison. In the field, sleeves go down for protection and camo. Presumably, the 'field cuff' where sleeves are taken up a roll or two between wrist and elbow for ventilation is permitted.

  6. Robert Everhart | March 5, 2014 at 9:18 am |

    The general has way to much time on his hands.

  7. Wow it’s it not enough that these soldiers are fighting for us????? I understand to serve and protect, especially protect them but really from what a sunburn… at least let these men and woman be comfortable while not in combat!!!!

  8. wtpworrier | March 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm |

    It's a policy change, either you do it, or you don't. You don't need a committee to make that change.

  9. Who cares, more important issues to work than sleeves!


  10. Virgil Hilts | March 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm |

    This is important, too. Perilous times folks. ""The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men."

    -Samuel Adams
    BTW…Glad Marines get to roll their sleeves again. Marine 'culture'! OOHRAH

  11. In WWII it took us 3 1/2 years to defeat the Axis Powers, which included retaking Europe and parts of Africa, and controlling 1/3 of the Earth's surface in the Pacific. Now it takes us 2 1/2 years to decide to roll our sleeves up. I think we need to put together a study group to find out why it takes so long to make decisions. I think a few hundred analysts and a couple hundred million dollars should have us an answer in two or three years.

  12. Wow! The world is going to hell in a handbasket and the Marines are yakking about rolled up sleeves. Just leave the damn sleeves off the shirt in the first place, that would make them cheaper to produce. It's a win win !

  13. I'll try this again with more PC – sorry.
    In RVN '67 and non-op (rear) I just made short sleeves on the jungle jacket with my KBar. Never got called on it. (Damaging gov't property?)
    Yes, there are more important things.
    Bring back the summer trops w/p-cutter. The blue trou looks sissy to me.

  14. Sleeves up or down. I never cared

  15. Laughing here, with all the stench going around DC, it's a wonder he ordered the sleeves down!! All ones has to do is watch CSpan on congress, I'm sure they all smell like "goats" getting out of there. I still say, you didn't need a committee to decide this issue, just ask the PFC what he thought about it, you would get a true answer. It was a stupid issue in the first place!

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