USMC Approves KIA Bracelets for Wear in Uniform
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Marine Gen. James F. Amos, has approved the wearing of memorial bracelets effective immediately. Memorial bracelets memorializing prisoners of war, missing in action, killed in action, and those who died of wounds or injuries sustained in a combat theater are authorized.
Last week, the Commandant of the Marine Corps met with his senior leaders at a Marine Corps General Officer Symposium, a group of general officers who make recommendations to the Commandant. The issue of the bracelets was discussed and the decision was made to allow their wear.
"We are acknowledging the close personal nature of our ten years at war and the strong bonds of fidelity that Marines have for one another, especially for those fellow Marines who we have lost," said Amos.
Further guidance that details standardization and uniformity will be distributed across the Marine Corps through official correspondence by the end of the week.
Story by Maj. Stewart Upton, Dvids.