Marines frustrated by ban on bracelets

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 8:37am EDT

Marines are frustrated by a ban on killed-in-action, or KIA, bracelets.

The bracelets commemorate friends who were killed in action and vary in design; some are rubber, some are metal. But they're considered unauthorized jewelry, and the Marine Corps has banned them.

The Marine Corps Times reports that some Marines are prepared to wear the bracelets anyway, and face the consequences. Others say they'll follow regulations, but are appealing to senior leaders to lift the ban.

Marines are allowed to wear POW/MIA bracelets, which were authorized by the Secretary of the Navy in 1972.

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