Sun's out, guns out: Army approves uniform change

Sun's out, guns out: Army approves uniform change
© Greg Nash

Marines won't be the only ones strutting around this summer with their sleeves rolled up.  


The Army has just approved a sweeping new uniform change: Soldiers wearing their camouflage uniforms can now roll their sleeves up. 

However, there is one big difference. Whereas Marines roll their sleeves inwards, soldiers will roll their sleeves with the camouflage facing out. 

The decision was announced on Twitter late Tuesday by Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Command. 

"Well, you heard it here first...sleeves up effective today. I'm here with #15thSMA and he confirmed. OBTW...camo out," he tweeted. "One of the quickest decisions made....ever."  

Army leaders had debated allowing soldiers to roll their sleeves inward, with the camouflage pattern facing in on the sleeves — something that sparked huge debate on social media. 

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley on June 21 solicited soldiers' opinion in a tweet. 

"#15thSMA wants to know which one you like. Cammo in or cammo out?" he tweeted, referring to Army Sergeant Major Dan Dailey.   

The decision, first reported by Army Times, came after a 10-day pilot at Fort Hood, Texas. Sleeve-rolling will be at the commander's discretion, according to the paper.