Soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, have been allowed to roll up their uniform sleeves for a 10-day trial that ends on Sunday.
The decision came after a re-enlistment ceremony during which Army Spc. Cortne K. Mitchell asked Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley whether soldiers could roll up their sleeves to cool off in the Texas heat, the Army said in a statement.
The uniform exemption was only for the Operational Camouflage Pattern or Army Combat Uniform, while in garrison and with commander approval.
Lt. Col. Jerry Pionk, a spokesman with the Army personnel policy division, said the service would review feedback from the Fort Hood trial before deciding whether to change the policy.
“Feedback from soldiers resulted in us wanting to do a trial over the next 10 days to see the feasibility of updating Army Regulation 670-1 and incorporating in the future for the force to give commanders flexibility in wear based upon their unit’s mission,” Pionk said in a statement.
Opinion on the uniform change was mixed among 1st Cavalry Division soldiers interviewed by Stars and Stripes.
Younger members embraced the opportunity to show off their arms.
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