US Army loosens restrictions for female soldiers

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Female soldiers can let their hair down, and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by US Army. But male soldiers will still have to shave.


Army leaders announced Tuesday that they are loosening restrictions on various grooming and hairstyle rules, as service leaders try to address longstanding complaints, particularly from women. 

The changes, which also expand allowances for earrings and hair highlights and dyes, are particularly responsive to women of various ethnicities, and will allow greater flexibility for braids, twists, cornrows and other styles more natural for their hair.

The new regulations take effect in late February and come after months of study, in the wake of a directive by former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who ordered a new review of military hairstyle and grooming policies last July.

The review was part of a broader order to expand diversity within the military and reduce prejudice, in the wake of widespread protests about racial inequality last summer.

“These aren’t about male and female,” said Sergeant Major Michael Grinston, the Army's top enlisted leader during a Facebook Live presentation on Tuesday about the latest changes. 

“This is about an Army standard and how we move forward with the Army, and being a more diverse, inclusive team.”

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US Army loosens restrictions for female soldiers

2021/01/1611725786.jpg
Read: 408     13:03     27 January 2021    

Female soldiers can let their hair down, and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by US Army. But male soldiers will still have to shave.


Army leaders announced Tuesday that they are loosening restrictions on various grooming and hairstyle rules, as service leaders try to address longstanding complaints, particularly from women. 

The changes, which also expand allowances for earrings and hair highlights and dyes, are particularly responsive to women of various ethnicities, and will allow greater flexibility for braids, twists, cornrows and other styles more natural for their hair.

The new regulations take effect in late February and come after months of study, in the wake of a directive by former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who ordered a new review of military hairstyle and grooming policies last July.

The review was part of a broader order to expand diversity within the military and reduce prejudice, in the wake of widespread protests about racial inequality last summer.

“These aren’t about male and female,” said Sergeant Major Michael Grinston, the Army's top enlisted leader during a Facebook Live presentation on Tuesday about the latest changes. 

“This is about an Army standard and how we move forward with the Army, and being a more diverse, inclusive team.”

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