Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – Marines are now allowed wear bracelets that honor fallen comrades after a public outcry prompted a change in policy.
The metal or rubber bracelets can honor “prisoners of war, those missing in action, killed in action, and those who died of wounds or injuries sustained in a combat theater,” the Marine Corps said in a statement released Tuesday.
The issue was brought to light after troops told the Marine Corps Times they were angry at a crackdown on wearing the bracelets. The items had been prohibited by Corps grooming standards, which do not allow most forms of jewelry.
The bracelets are very common; even President Obama wears one. They are especially popular among soldiers and Marines who often have several names inscribed on them.
In addition to those lost in combat, many troops and veterans wear them in honor of those lost after returning home.