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Army updates grooming standards to promote inclusion and diversity

The Army, so to speak, has a little hair down on Tuesday, announcing some changes to grooming requirements to promote rank inclusion and diversity.

The updated regulations will come into effect at the end of February. The new guidelines allow women to wear short ponytails if the hair does not have the texture or length of bread. The Army also removes the minimum hair length of female soldiers, allowing them to wear two hairstyles at the same time, for example “rock” (twisted braids) and buns.

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The Army removes the minimum hair length of female soldiers, allowing them to wear two hairstyles, a “lock” (twisted braid) and a bun at the same time.

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“We know that comprehensive grooming standards can help develop and maintain the best talent,” said Lieutenant Gary Brito, Deputy Director of the Army.

Grooming rules were significantly updated in 2017 when the Army lifted the ban on women’s locks. The last update especially affected black women with Afro textured hair. The new update has been enhanced based on the 2017 changes.

The new guidelines were created as a result of the July 2020 directive by then Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to investigate whether some of the Army’s care regulations were offensive.

A review panel of 15 women and 2 men reviewed the proposed recommendations, incorporating the views of professional dermatologists, psychologists and equal opportunity advisors.

In a briefing with reporters, Sergeant Brian Sanders of the G-1 Uniform Policy Branch, panel dermatologists regularly see black women affected by traction alopecia, or hair loss associated with restricted hair. He said he emphasized that the tight pan-like style requested by the Army. They explained that multiple hairstyles like tablets and buns, and a short ponytail policy can alleviate this problem.

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New Army guidelines allow women to wear short ponytails if their hair does not have the texture or length of bread.

Photo provided by the US Army


Female soldiers can also wear long ponytails on their utility uniforms when doing physical training or wearing tactical equipment. Combat uniform earrings are allowed for the first time — limited to gold, silver, or diamond earrings. Pearl earrings are allowed for formal occasions.

Many of the changes are aimed at women, as the panel composition was primarily female. However, the panel also suggested some gender-neutral updates.

If the color is not extreme and the color looks natural, it is advisable to allow both female and male soldiers to highlight the hair. Regulations also allow non-extreme nail polish for women and transparent nail polish for men, especially those who are constantly exposed to harsh chemicals.

Tuesday’s change also requires the words “Fu Manchu” and “Mohawk” to be removed from regulation. Styles are not yet allowed, but regulations do not use phrases with racist implications.

Army updates grooming standards to promote inclusion and diversity

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