Marines Regain Right to Bare Arms


A few seasons back, Net-a-Porter was hooked on “insouciant”: insouciant hair, insouciant untucked shirts, insouciant sneakers, and, most of all, insouciant pushed-up sleeves.

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but consciously scrunching or origami-ing your sweater-arms is pretty much the opposite of insouciant — kind of like only being allowed to fold your sleeves after the commandant of the Marine Corps says you can.

Earlier this week, Gen. James Amos announced the return to sleeves up, reversing a 2011 order that banned the practice entirely, reports the Wall Street Journal. The decision came after tradition-mindful troops “peppered superiors with questions,” complained about not being able to show off their tattoos, and even launched petition drives.

This production may sound sort of excessive, but appearance is an important aspect of the Marines’ identity. According to the WSJ, “unlike other branches, Marines [roll] their combat sleeves the same as dress-shirt sleeves” to highlight the white underside of their patented camouflage pattern.

So when it comes down to it, the Marines and Natalie Massenet’s flunkies are really just two sides of the same image-obsessed coin — separated by a sliver of pretense, of course. And a body art fixation.

[The Wall Street Journal]

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