The Marines can have their bracelets, after all.

(Carol Guzy — The Washington Post)

The policy change takes effect immediately, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Marines. A formal directive was expected to be disseminated throughout the Corps later this week.

“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,” Amos said in the statement.

Marine Corps Uniform Regulations specifically prohibit the wearing of most jewelry. Enforcement of that policy has been spotty when it comes to the memorial bracelets, but the Marine Corps Times, which is not affiliated with the service, found rule-conscious officers less willing to look the other way.

That, in turn, produced this story — and a good deal of controversy.