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Army uniform sleeves can now be rolled up

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Posted at 11:13 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 23:13:29-04

Two soldiers with weapons during a military operationCommanders may now authorize Soldiers to roll up the sleeves on combat uniforms, according to a memorandum signed by Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, deputy chief of staff, G-1.

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

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

Sleeves can be rolled no more than three inches above the elbow, right-side out, with the pattern showing.

Another method is also permitted during field training exercises or operations, or upon arrival of the commander. This method allows for sleeves to be opened and cuffed inward above the wrist on the forearm.

The new allowances are aimed to help Soldiers stay cool but they are only authorized when not precluded by safety, like when in a combat vehicle.

There will be no time restrictions with the new policy, but the ultimate decision to allow rolling sleeves rests with the unit commanders.