Ya know what bothers me? Its not the fact that this administration is cutting pay raises among the troops and raising the cost of medical care when they retire. It’s not that good combat experienced soldiers are being considered for elimination from the service – and that they’re not likely to get the medical treatment they earned when they do get tossed. It doesn’t bother me that our military is getting slashed to the bone while the world is becoming more dangerous every minute. Nope, what bothers me is the fact that the troops can’t roll up their sleeves when it’s hot.
Long-sleeves are not only hotter, but also dirtier, said Pfc. Ian Strutt-Kist, a 19-year-old who works at the Tustin, California, Army Reserve. It was a problem in California’s 80- and 90-degree summers, but also when he was digging foxholes in Basic Combat Training.
“When working with dirt, if dirt gets on your forearms under your jacket and you’re sweaty, it basically becomes mud up your sleeve and it is very uncomfortable,” Strutt-Kist said.
Most soldiers told Army Times the heat was the primary reason they want the OK to roll sleeves, adopting the “suns out, guns out” mentality of their Marine brethren.
Other soldiers chimed in to say rolled sleeves could actually improve a soldier’s appearance.
I’m guessing that now that the Army Times has properly focused us on this issue, soon Big Army will hear our pleas and correct this problem like the Marines did recently to prove how much leadership listens to the rank and file to mollify your concerns.
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