Long-awaited new grooming standards for soldiers were released Friday.
Earlier this month, the secretary of the Army signed off on the regulations dictating standards on everything from tattoos and fingernail polish to uniform wear.
“Soldiers should engage their chain of command for training and briefings on changes to AR 670-1 (the Army regulation that covers a soldier’s appearance),” said Lt. Col. Justin Platt, Army spokesman at the Pentagon.
Released training slides show diagrams of the new regulations. Some of the changes include:
- Female soldiers can wear their hair in a ponytail during physical training.
- Sideburns cannot exceed the ear opening.
- Tattoos are not allowed on the head, neck or face.
- Soldiers may have no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or knee, and they can be no larger than the soldier’s hand.
- The new regulations also outlaw certain male hairstyles, such as mohawks or “landing strips,” and the “tear drop,” where the head is shaved all the way around one patch of hair above the forehead.
For more on these regulations, read Wednesday’s Fort Hood Herald.