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.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

(2) comments

Eliza

@ •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. [smile]

Someone was telling me---The smart business men in the area at this time are the tattoo 'artist' .

JIML
JIML

Since when do Soldiers have to "engage" their leaders for training or leadership?

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.