10 day trial at Fort Hood could change the way soldiers dress

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, left, and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, right, have allowed Spc. Cortne K. Mitchell, A Company, 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and all the other Soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, to roll up their sleeves, for a 10-day trial period beginning June 16, 2016, to evaluate the practicality of sleeve-rolling across the Army. (Photo Credit: SFC Charles E. Burden)

FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) – A recent request by a Fort Hood soldier could end up making a small, but major change to the way members of the armed forces are dressed.

That soldier, Spc. Cortne K. Mitchell, while attending a re-enlistment ceremony, had the gumption to ask the Army’s Chief of Staff and Sergeant Major if he and his fellow soldiers could roll up their sleeves to combat the heat.

Who among us, in the Texas heat, chooses to wear a long sleeve shirt? Our brave men and women should have the option to break protocol when the sun gets its hottest; at least Spc. Mitchell believes so. To probably everyone’s surprise, his request was granted.

From June 16th until the 26th, all soldiers on Fort Hood are allowed to roll up the sleeves on their Operational Camouflage Patterns or Army Combat Uniforms, a brief exemption to Army policy AR 670-1.

The move is being watched by the agency responsible for uniform policy. They plan to review feedback and consider updating the rules. A board will need to approve any changes they suggest.

If sleeve-rolling eventually rolls out across the Army, it’ll most likely include a stipulation that commanders will make the ultimate determination about when and where it’s appropriate.

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