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Army Officially Approves Force-Wide Rolled Sleeves

June 28, 2016

After being banned for years, Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley is Army allowing sleeve-rolling as long as the camo is facing out. The official memo was signed Tuesday.

It is up the Commander’s discretion as to whether to allow sleeve rolling. Milley noted that:

“This is an indication of the fact that we listen to soldiers.”


The change was approved after a 10-day pilot at Ford Hood, Texas.

Soldiers will also be able to cuff their sleeves in a field environment as well.

“You can cuff your sleeves in temperate environments at the discretion of the commander and if there are no safety issues,” Dailey said.

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Via Army Times, according to the Army memo:

  • Commanders may authorize rolled sleeves effective immediately.
  • The memo applies to the Army Combat Uniform in the Universal Camouflage Pattern, Operational Camouflage Pattern or Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern.
  • Sleeves will be rolled with the camo facing out.
  • Sleeves will be rolled neatly above the elbow but no more than 3 inches above the elbow.
  • Sleeves may be down and cuffed upon commander approval and only during field training exercises.

Milley on June 16 announced the trial at Fort Hood after a soldier asked during a re-enlistment ceremony for permission to roll his sleeves.

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