Army rolls out new policy allowing soldiers to roll up sleeves

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The U.S. Army announced commanders may authorize soldiers to roll up the sleeves on Army combat uniforms. Lt. Gen. James C, McConville signed the memorandum on Tuesday.

The new policy pertains to the universal camouflage pattern, operational camouflage pattern and Operation Enduring Freedom camouflage pattern ACUs.

“We’re going sleeves up, camo out,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey.

Army officials say sleeves will be rolled above the elbow, right-side out with the camouflage pattern showing. They should be rolled no more than three inches above the elbow, according to the memo, and this method will be used primarily in garrison. In addition, during field training exercises or operations, upon approval of the commander, sleeves may be opened and cuffed inward above the wrist on the forearm. The style is often referred to as a Delta roll or SF roll.

Sgt. Maj. Dailey emphasized rolling sleeves is a second method of saying cool.  A press release from the Army says soldiers have to remember that these authorizations are only good when not precluded by safety. “Like when you’re in a combat vehicle, the sleeves have to go down,” said Dailey.

There will be no time restrictions on the new policy. As an example, Dailey said company commanders in Hawaii can make the decision to go sleeves up any time of year.  The ultimate decision to roll sleeves any time rests with unit commanders.

The Army-wide policy has changed due to input from Soldiers.

“The overwhelming support from Soldiers around the Army was a big factor in coming to this decision,” Dailey said.

Soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, were given permission earlier this month to begin rolling up their sleeves for a 10-day period. The sleeve-rolling was considered an experiment for a possible Army-wide policy, according to a G-1 spokesman.

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