Hey Marines! Roll ‘Em Up!


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One of the very first things our first aviator Commandant did was to change what had been a century-long tradition of rolling sleeves up on the Marine utility uniform.  Summer, winter, Desert or Woodland MARPAT, sleeves would be worn down, IAW the “YEAR ROUND WEAR OF THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM” guidance.  The regulation eliminated what had been a distinguishing feature of Marines when wearing utilities, the rolled sleeve.  Supposedly, it was to show “solidarity” with deployed Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.  If you are waiting at Camp Pendleton or 29 Palms for your next turn over, I doubt rolling your sleeves down is quite the act of “solidarity”.

The measure was met with universal disapproval,  and was the first in a long series of missteps and poor decisions on the part of General Amos.  But, it seems, that decision was undone a couple weeks ago.  Behold, MARADMIN 078/14

R 260149Z FEB 14
UNCLASSIFIED/
MARADMIN 078/14
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM POLICY CHANGE//
REF/A/MARADMIN/181719ZOCT11//
REF/B/MSGID:DOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCUB/31MAR2003//
AMPN/REF A ANNOUNCED YEAR ROUND WEAR OF THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM (MCCUU) WITH SLEEVES DOWN.  REF B IS MCO P1020.34G, MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS//
POC/M. BOYT/CIV/UNIT:MCUB/-/TEL:(703) 432-3333/TEL:DSN 378-3333/EMAIL:MARY.BOYT(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  THIS MARADMIN ANNOUNCES THE COMMANDANT’S DECISION TO CANCEL REF A AND REVERT TO PREVIOUS POLICY FOR WEAR OF THE MCCUU.
2.  EFFECTIVE 09 MARCH 2014, THE DESERT MCCUU WILL BE WORN DURING THE SUMMER UNIFORM PERIOD WITH THE SLEEVES ROLLED UP.  AT LOCAL COMMANDERS’ DIRECTION (BN/SQDN), SLEEVES WILL CONTINUE TO BE ROLLED DOWN IN COMBAT AND FIELD ENVIRONMENTS.  DURING THE WINTER UNIFORM PERIOD, THE WOODLAND MCCUU WILL CONTINUE TO BE WORN WITH SLEEVES DOWN.
3.  REF B WILL BE UPDATED TO REFLECT THIS CHANGE.
4.  RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY MAJGEN M. R. REGNER, STAFF DIRECTOR, HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS.//

So, Marines, get thee to the gym or the pull-up bar and get those biceps and triceps HUGE!  Everybody knows that peace is gained and maintained by upper body strength!

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You have a chance to look bad-ass once again.  Make the most of it!

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8 responses to “Hey Marines! Roll ‘Em Up!

  1. Reblogged this on THE CLINGERS : BLOGGING BAD ~ DICK.G: AMERICAN ! and commented:
    GYG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Krag

    Despite the hassle, I never really minded rolling and ironing my cammies’ sleeves because is WAS so distinctive. Its small, insignificant, but still it mattered. I am glad the Marines of today can again roll their sleeves.

  3. diogenesofnj

    In 2001 Shinseki changed all Army covers to black berets (formerly reserved for Special Forces. Amos may follow this example and change Marine covers to propeller beanies in keeping with an aviation bent.

  4. Esli

    I doubt that I could roll the sleeves up on my ACUs even if I wanted to, and probably not in the old camouflage pattern-outwards manner of the Army’s BDUs. If I remember, I will try it out this afternoon when I get home. Not now, as I am waiting to conduct “night court” and that would be awkward…. I vaguely miss it, but probably not to the degree that Marines apparently miss rolling up their sleeves. In addition to Army sleeves up, I recall seeing USAF NCOs with sleeves cut off and sewn back on as if rolled up neatly, so I am not sure where the idea that sleeves up was a distinctive trait of the Marines came from, but I see it on all the blogs, so it must be so… Maybe it is the arms they reveal, not the sleeves themselves.

    • ultimaratioregis

      We roll our sleeves with the camouflage pattern inboard. No other service does that. Hadn’t for a very long time.

      And yes, there are the biceps… :)

    • The Army used to do it in Vietnam when they wore cammo. The Army did it their way, the USMC their way. Never the twain shall meet ’cause the USMC doesn’t want to be confused with the Army.

    • ultimaratioregis

      Damned right! We’re confused enough already! :)