Army guns: Soldiers demand right to ‘bare arms’

Army guns: Soldiers demand right to ‘bare arms’

Spc. Milt Perkins and dozens of other Army soldiers are reportedly ready to roll — their sleeves, that is.

Perkins, a 26-year-old operating room specialist for a combat support hospital, wants Army brass to allow him to roll up the sleeves of his Army Combat Uniform (ACU) to catch a hint of much-needed breeze at Louisiana’s Fort Polk. But Army soldiers have been denied that pleasure for roughly a decade, since the ACU replaced the Battle Dress Uniform. Troops in the other U.S. services, meanwhile, are allowed to roll their sleeves, most notably leading to the Marines’ “suns out, guns out” mantra.

“I sweat every day when I walk to work,” Perkins told Army Times. “You get sticky.”

Army officials told the newspaper that the ACU top was designed to protect soldiers’ forearms from sun exposure, insects and other elements. It’s not intended to be cuffed or rolled at the sleeve and the issue is currently not on the table, although leadership is “always looking to make our clothing and equipment better,” according to Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Maddi, senior enlisted adviser to PEO Soldier, the office that procures and provides soldier equipment.

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Perkins was one of dozens of soldiers who told Army Times that they’d like to see the ban scrapped, particularly during summer months in warm climates.

“When it’s hot in Louisiana, we should be able to roll up our sleeves,” Perkins said.

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