The crackdown on off-duty dress

A crackdown on off-duty attire at several posts has provoked a surprising call for stricter dress codes across the Army. It also caused some to say the Army is going too far.

The catalyst is a ban on saggy pants, do-rags, sexy clothes and vulgar T-shirts at Fort Irwin, Calif., which inspired calls from beyond the post for installation dress codes Armywide.

Apart from well-established regulations that govern a soldier’s personal appearance on and off duty, dress codes at Fort Irwin and some other posts ban revealing, offensive and unkempt attire at on-post facilities, including gyms and shops.

Folks wearing clothing violating dress-code will be turned away from Fort Irwin facilities.

Find out the response from spouses, soldiers and Army leadership in the Aug. 19 issue of Army Times, on sale now.

Senior NCOs face quality screening

Senior noncommissioned officers will face a quality screening at their next promotion boards. The reinstated Qualitative Management Program will look at some senior NCO’s who have derogatory information in their official personnel file to decide if they should be forced out of the service before retirement.

Dates of 2014 QMP screenings and who is affected are in this week’s Army Times.

Purge the generals: Lieutenant colonel cites lack of accountability

An Army officer who called on the military a year ago to come clean about the “absence of success on virtually every level” in Afghanistan, is now calling for a sweeping overhaul of top Army leadership.

In a new essay titled “Purge the generals: What it will take to fix the Army,” Lt. Col. Daniel Davis writes, “The U.S. Army’s generals, as a group, have lost the ability to effectively function at the high level required of those upon whom we place the responsibility for safeguarding our nation. Over the past 20 years, our senior leaders have amassed a record of failure in major organizational, acquisition and strategic efforts.”

Details on how Davis thinks firing generals will fix the Army in the latest Army Times.

Outside the wire

Has the hacktivist group Anonymous infiltrated the Army? One captain claims it has, and he is part of the infiltration. Read details at

Courtesy of Army Times

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