Previously we have looked at a pair of white reflective traffic control armlets here. This was not the only pattern of reflective armwear used by the British Army however and today we are looking at a pair of ‘sleevelets’ in fluorescent orange with reflective strips around them:
The exact use of these sleevelets is unclear, however they would be well suited to things such as outside markers when troops are marching along public roads, range staff or anyone else where it is essential that they be highly visible for the purposes of safety. The sleevelets are a simple tube of cloth, shaped to follow the contours of the arm and with an elasticated cuff at both ends:
Each sleevelet has a white stores label sewn into the interior:
Unfortunately I can find virtually no information about these items, so I can’t really expand on them beyond the obvious. As always if you know more, comment below.
My unit held these along with ‘hi viz’ vests for wear by riders of
its Harley Davidson MT350 motorcycles. Their use was considered necessary (backed up by Unit Standing Orders) to provide additional visibility of riders to other road users when the rider was ‘non-tactical’ but could still be wearing camouflage or olive green uniform items and helmet, possibly together with dark coloured foul weather or NBC clothing, whilst riding an olive green motorcycle.
I suppose they could equally be employed to provide improved clarity in any activity where the arms are used to convey signals to others, such as when conducting traffic control duty, marshalling vehicle (and aircraft?) movement, operating cranes and mechanical handling machinery, or tasks such as vehicle recovery, excavation/construction work, range safety supervision,etc.
I think they might make marshalling A/C a little more difficult, we generally used wands if there was a need for better visibility. There were specific signals for wands but making the whole arm reflective would make it more difficult to sort the movements out and I don’t remember ever seeing anything like them on the flight line which was generally well lit to begin with. Perhaps in a forward location for helicopters in the field but the rotor noise tended to give your position away anyway 😉
Our MP’s used a very similar style for traffic control though or more often, white leather gauntlets with reflective stripes.
I do recall seeing something similar in use for ‘road guards’ when marching troops, but that was long after I marched anywhere in a group, we had buses and trucks 😉