This week, the Army announced some long-awaited changes to its grooming and uniform standards in an effort to be more inclusive.
Changes include allowing women to wear long ponytails or braids during training or while wearing tactical equipment (as long as it’s tucked into the back of their shirts); removing the minimum hair length for women; allowing women to wear “professional” lipstick and nail polish; and allowing them to wear earrings in their combat uniforms (but not when in a training or combat environment).
The update is also removing racist or offensive language from AR 670-1 and updates the images included in the regulation with “specific examples” of the new standards.
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Featured photo: A female Soldier poses for an example photo with long hair while wearing tactical headgear to illustrate an upcoming change in Army grooming and appearance standards. (U.S. Army)