Browsing: Military appearance

Marines are up in arms over — well — the right to bare arms. And we aren’t talking about the rifles they carry into combat. We’re talking about the pair of standard issue guns permanently attached at the shoulders. As of today Marines will wear their sleeves down all year, according to a recent order, approved last week by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Leaders say the change promotes uniformity of appearance. Marines deploy with sleeves down so they should wear them that way at home too. Also, sleeves protect Marines from the sun and insects even in a…

This week, Marine Corps Times’ staff writer James K. Sanborn uncovers efforts across the Marine Corps to crack down on troops in uniform who wear bracelets bearing the names of friends killed in combat. Commands in North Carolina, California and Japan have ordered Marines to remove their KIA bracelets, as they’re not permitted under existing uniform regulations — and there’s nothing to stop others from following suit. To date, there has been no formal call to amend the rules, Marine officials tell us. It should come as no surprise that many Marines are livid. A call for opinions posted in late…

This week’s Marine Corps Times cover story focuses on a part of life that keeps some Marines up at night: Facing “the tape.” Diving into a new study conducted by Marine officers, the story focuses on the extreme measures that some Marines go to meet the service’s tough body composition and military appearance standards — up to and including liposuction. Yes, we have someone on the record sharing his experience with the procedure, and others who say they’ve considered it. The story also hits on some on how dangerous some of the methods used by Marines to stay trim are, such as…

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