MIL i've been wondering about this for awhile...

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  1. clever_username

    clever_username Active Member

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    every time i see pics of guys in the sandbox, they always have their sleeves rolled down. is there some directive that says you can't have 'em up? seems like it would make sense, since it gets hot as fuck over there.


    what's the deal yo?
     
  2. smokie700

    smokie700 right near da beach, Boiiiii

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    it is cooler for the body to have your sleeves down because they capture the sweat and cool your body off. Also sleeves up in a combat zone is a no-no. Actually Army policy right now is that ACU's cannot be rolled up.
     
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    wow. why down in a combat zone (for marines anyways)? do they really offer more protection? sure, they're somewhat flame retardant, but they will burn eventually.

    and that sucks for the army.
     
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    cossack Resident thread killer

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    arms getting minor scratches and shit that can turn in to a major problem if they get infected. and they will get infected
     
  5. brackac

    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    Let me add to the list of correct answers already. It's non-tactical to have your sleeves rolled up, and would cause you to stand out and be an easy target. Either because your skin is white/pale or shiney due to sweat/body oils.
     
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    Sleeves down is by far cooler - promotes air flow and protects against the sun.
     
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    i'll have to try that then. i usually run around here with my sleeves up.
     
  8. aftershock-

    aftershock- rawr -.-

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    You know I never noticed it until I just read that, but come to think of it I haven't seen any army guys around here with their sleeves up. We have some NG guys here working with the boarder patrol.
     
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    smokie700 right near da beach, Boiiiii

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    well the Army has the policy so that troops in the rear will look somewhat like troops in the box. So ACU or BDU, sleeves must be down at all times.
     
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    Well that is the most retarted thing that I have heard of.
     
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    smokie700 right near da beach, Boiiiii

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    Not really because soldiers in the box have it worse so at least the soldiers at home can relate to a small portion of the hardships their brothers and sisters deal with, that and the ACU is not designed to be rolled up.
     
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    having BDU's rolled up feels like it cutting off blood to my arm, it looks better, but does not feel better.

    also if you are ever in a situation where you need to get on the ground and low crawl, well having sleeves down is hella better then up.
     
  13. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    Marine regs says sleeves down when out in the field. We roll up our sleeves if we come back from the field to base.

    Any particular reason? Not that I know of, I don't really care. It's not for protection but rather for utility sake. I wouldn't want to be fumbling with my sleeves in the middle of a firefight.
     
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    I love when its time to roll our sleeves down in garrison though. Rolling sleeves is such a pain in the ass. It's so easy to just take them out of the wash and slap some chevrons on them :)
     
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    smokie700 right near da beach, Boiiiii

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    are you AF?
     
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    Lol first thought that came to mind with sleeve rolling

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    Sometimes mine are so tight I can't get them off. :wtc:
     
  18. NPH

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    when in the field, sleeves are always down (war, training, etc.)
     
  19. Insdav3

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    wtf...

    sleeves down because of various reasons.... one being sunburn, the other because when you set up your elbows get fucked up, hot shells, fire burns, etc. However, I don't see why the fuck big bases can't go sleeves up during the winter. It must be an officer over-safety rule, and being in 'theatre' thing. Did you know I've seen bikes on bases and the rule was you had to wear a helmet? IN IRAQ! :rofl:


    edit: oh yeah, and it would just look goofy rolling flight suit sleeves :hsugh:
     
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    who the hell convinced everyone that its cooler to have sleeves down?
    sunburn and all the other stuff makes sense but i really dont see how they talked you into thinking its cooler ...

    EDIT: and by cooler i mean temperature
     
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    sunburn my ass. i'm outside all day with my sleeves up and all i get is a nice tan. and belive me, i can burn if i'm not wearing a shirt. my arms just don't get burned.
     
  22. Insdav3

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    people are different

    I heard getting a "sunburn" is destroying government property. There's more 'field' or 'combat' related things though that make more sense having sleeves down.
     
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    The sunburn thing is true for us. Self-inflicted injury is what they hit you for. I understand sleeves down in the field, but that "have them down so you know what the troops over there are going through" thing is fucking retarded. :hsugh:
     
  24. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    I'm sleeves up in the fall, winter, spring, and summer.
     
  25. brackac

    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    I'm sleeves down year round.
     

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