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The U.S. military's hair accessories requirements

by:XinXing     2020-09-01

It is a woman's nature to love beauty, even if she is in the army, she can still dress up. But how do Americans deal with balancing this conflict between individuals and systems?

For soldiers to have military capacity, there are standards for military capacity, and they must be quantifiable and executable standards. In a modern army, military capacity is also a sign of combat effectiveness and a sign of discipline. Therefore, all armed forces who are good at fighting all use internal affairs and military capacity as the starting point for governing the army, without exception.

Male soldiers are easy to say, but there are also many women in the modern army. The beauty of female nature, so how to make female soldiers show their self-confidence while maintaining their military appearance is also the main improvement of the US military's military appearance regulations in recent years.


Let's take a look at how the five major branches of the US military regulate the appearance standards of female soldiers. It should be noted that the military capacity of the U.S. military is under the control of the U.S. Military Law (UCMJ), and offenders will be punished in accordance with the military law and even be discharged from active service.




【United States Army】
Army Regulation 670–1 Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia

With reference to the 'U.S. Army Regulation AR670-1: Personal Wear Image Regulations for Army Uniforms' updated in May 2017, the 'Chapter 3 Paragraph 2: Personal Image Standards for Hairstyles and Nails' listed in the United States Army Women The hair style image requirements of soldiers are as follows:



The hair yield of female army soldiers is divided into short, medium and long hair. Short hair has a natural hairline and no minimum length requirement; when medium hair is naturally drooping, it should not exceed the bottom of the neckline; long hair should be neatly set in a bun and width No more than 3.5 inches.



Ensure that the front bangs should not touch or cover the eyebrows. 'Dirty braids' style hairstyles are allowed, but the braids are smaller than 1/2 inch wide and the braids are evenly spaced.



Exaggerated and fashionable hairstyles are forbidden, unless special permission, the behavior of sticking to the scalp and cutting out patterns is strictly prohibited. The hairpin headwear is as close as possible to the individual's hair color, and the hairpin is forbidden to appear redundant ornaments. In addition, depending on personal comfort, the adjusted hairstyle should not impress the wearing of head guards and daily operations.



【United States Air Force】
AF 36-2903 DRESS AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF AIR FORCE PERSONNEL

Refer to the 'U.S. Air Force Regulations 36-2903 (AF 36-2903): Air Force Officers and Soldiers' Clothing and Personal Image Regulations' which was updated and revised in early February 2020. The third chapter of 'Personal Image and Appearance Standards' contains 3 subsections. The hair style image requirements for female soldiers in the US Air Force are outlined below.



There is no minimum hair length limit for female officers and soldiers of the United States Air Force (that is, you can cut the male head), but the bangs should not touch or cover the eyebrows before the daily hairstyle image, and the hair should not touch when it is naturally drooping Edge of collar.



Female officers and soldiers are allowed to have long hair, but female soldiers with longer hair need to be allowed to naturally wind up their hair during their daily work. The hair bun needs to be neat and concise, but not to make the ends of the hair show a 'cock tail' fluffy feel. The 'hair bun is natural' means that it should not be upright, of course it is also clearly pointed out here-must! Must be a single bun.



Of course, some women's hair accessories must be used in their daily life, such as hairpin hairpins, the width should be kept within one inch as much as possible, and the color should be as close to their natural hair color as possible. And it is not allowed to wear hair accessories with flashy colors or jewels.


But even so, the U.S. Air Force does allow female officers and soldiers to appropriately match the braided hair, such as the 'dirty braids' commonly known in our country, or French braids, twist braids, and Dutch braids, but they should not be excessively exaggerated to satisfy us. Several basic points mentioned above.

In addition, for officers and soldiers who need to dye their hair, use hair dyes that are as close to their natural hair color as possible.



Female TACP personnel assigned to the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, visible hair cannot interfere with helmet wearing

It should be noted that the US Air Force prohibits female officers and soldiers from using mohawk hairstyles (commonly known as 'mohi dry' in China), mullet hair styles, or cutting patterns on the scalp when they are cut short.



【United States Navy】
UNITED STATES NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS

Refer to the relevant regulations of the U.S. Navy regarding female hairstyles in 'Chapter 2, Paragraph 2201: Personal Appearance' in the 'U.S. Navy Clothing Regulations' updated in 2019.


The U.S. Navy requires female officers and soldiers to follow the basic principle of avoiding unnecessary effects when they wear head guards and face shields during daily duties, in addition to excessive exaggeration, especially asymmetrical hairstyles. The front bangs should not go over the eyebrows. When female soldiers' hair is allowed to sag naturally, they should touch the collar, but they should not exceed 1.5 inches.



The front bangs should not cover the forehead when wearing the cap, and the bun should be pulled down naturally, and the width should not exceed 4 inches, and the maximum should not exceed 3 inches. At the same time, it is also clearly stated that it is not allowed to extend the bun from the opening in the back of the baseball cap.



Allow female officers and soldiers to use wigs, hair extensions, and dye hair, and specify that their colors should not be too bright, and the color tones are close to natural hair colors, such as gold, black, dark brown, and red hair (similar to Celtic), Dark gray. Perm curls are allowed, but follow the above-mentioned daily basic principles, and even if the hair is fluffy, it should not exceed 2 inches of the top scalp as much as possible. It is strictly forbidden to cut patterns on the scalp.


On the premise of not violating the basic principles, different 'dirty braids' styles are allowed. Each braid should not exceed 1/4 inch, and the distance between braids should not exceed 1/8 inch. The hairpin hairpin used should be low-key and close to the original hair color. In addition, depending on personal comfort, it is not recommended to wear hard hairpins when wearing head guards in dangerous working environments to avoid unnecessary injuries.

In addition, the 'U.S. Navy Clothing Regulations' also advocates and recommends that female soldiers are allowed to naturally drop their hair over the collar when they are wearing evening dresses for banquet celebrations or for more relaxed activities.


It should be noted that: Navy personnel assigned to Marine Corps units and wearing Marine Corps clothing, hair accessories standards comply with the Marine Corps. The navy personnel who were attached but did not wear the Marine Corps uniform continued to comply with the naval uniforms.


【United States Marine Corps】
MARINE CORPS ORDER 1020.34H MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS

With reference to the 'U.S. Marine Corps General Order (MCO) P1020.34H: Dress Code for U.S. Marines' updated in May 2018, the U.S. Marine Corps' haircut requirements for female marines may be all armed forces Among the corresponding regulations, the actual length is the most, and the details are more stringent. As the U.S. Marine Corps, which particularly emphasizes the collective concept, it is always reflected in the lines, reminding female marines to maintain the collective spirit of the U.S. Marine Corps. face.



The hairstyles of female marines follow the principles of being conservative, not trendy, and not exaggerated, showing a good mental outlook, and the hairstyles are divided into three levels: short hair, medium hair, and long hair:

·Short hair: There is no minimum hair length limit, the bangs should not exceed the temple position, and the neck hairline is tidy.

· Medium hair: The bangs should not cover the forehead and eyebrows, and should not exceed the bottom of the neckline when they are drooping naturally.

·Long hair: The bangs should not cover the forehead and eyebrows, and the bun should be neatly set up and not more than 3 inches wide.


Short, medium and long

It is forbidden to have loose hairstyles, asymmetrical hairstyles, or cut patterns on the scalp. In terms of personal comfort, adjust the bun and bangs as appropriate for daily work or wearing head protection to avoid trouble. It is recommended that female marines use hairspray or mousse daily to maintain a neat and spiritual image of their daily hairstyle.



Wigs and hair extensions are allowed, but the head styles follow the above principles. When dressing daily, always pay attention to the fact that there should be no foreign matter attached to the hair. 'Dirty braids' style hairstyles are allowed. However, the width of the braids is smaller than 3/8 inches, and the spacing between the braids is less than 3/8 inches. Try to be as neat as possible to show the land war The professional outlook of the team members. Hair dyeing should adopt the color of its own original hair color, and prevent the occurrence of behaviors that affect the professional appearance due to excessive dyeing of hair or the use of exaggerated colors.



When necessary, the headgear used by female marines should adopt humble hairpin styles, and the color should match the actual hair color, even rubber bands. During daily training, you should not use alligator clip hairpins (referring to harder hairpins) or hair loops to fix your hair. For female marines with heavy body hair, it is not mandatory to remove them, unless they are wearing regular dress skirts, which affect their appearance.




【United States Coast Guard】
COMDTINST M1020.6J THE UNIFORM REGULATIONS

According to the 'U.S. Coast Guard Commander-in-Chief Instructions M1020.6J: Personal Dress Code' updated in December 2018, the Coast Guard is actually the fifth largest U.S. armed force under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The degree of strictness will indeed be relaxed to a certain extent. The general overview is as follows:



The U.S. Coast Guard requires that the individual hairstyles of female soldiers should be as conservative as possible and strong in spirit, and avoid exaggerated, extreme, and sluggish hairstyles. According to the discretion of grassroots commanders, they can appropriately follow the above image basic points and relax the rules appropriately.



The makeup during training is still in accordance with the regulations

The regulations clearly state that hair dyeing is allowed but it is not advisable to use natural hair colors that are not commonly known, such as pink, purple, and green, and it is strictly prohibited to use scalp scissors to cut patterns. When wearing combat uniforms and caps, long hair should be tied in a bun and be as wide as possible not to exceed three inches. The bangs should not cover the forehead or even the eyebrows. Female Coast Guard soldiers should not touch their eyebrows to affect their vision when performing daily operations. When the hair of female soldiers is allowed to sag naturally, it should touch the collar part, but the length should not exceed the bottom of the collar.


Common styles of 'dirty braids' are allowed, but it is clearly pointed out that hairstyles that cannot be used by female Coast Guard soldiers include exaggeratedly spaced 'dirty braids' styles, asymmetrical hairstyles (we commonly call 'yin and yang heads'), and the crown of the head. Pigtails tied up. Women in the Coast Guard are allowed to use dark brown, black, navy blue, and hair ties and hairpins that are close to their own hair color without fashionable decorations. The hairpin must be no more than 3 inches in length and 1 inch in width. In addition, depending on personal comfort, it is not recommended to wear hard hairpins when wearing head guards in dangerous working environments to avoid unnecessary injuries.



Other regulations
In addition to hairstyles, the U.S. military’s regulations also specify the nails, beauty makeup, tattoos, jewelry, heel height, and personal electronic devices when wearing uniforms. The basic principle is the same as other military appearance requirements. It must be clean and tidy to reflect the image of a professional soldier.

The US military generally stipulates that the length of male nails shall not exceed the fingertips, and the length of female nails shall not exceed a quarter of an inch of the fingertips. Women can manicure, but they must be conservative in monochrome and must not have ornaments, and they must not be too bright and exaggerated (and still not more than a quarter of an inch from the fingertips).



Beauty makeup is a special case for female soldiers, and men are not allowed to wear makeup or nail art. Women can make up and permanent makeup, but they must conform to natural skin tone and lip color, must be conservative and conform to professional characteristics, and can be fashionable and not exaggerated.


U.S. Navy Professional Makeup Standards

Tattoos and branding and piercing belong to the same terms. The Air Force’s tattoo requirement is that the tattoo cannot be seen under long sleeves (except for the wedding ring tattoo on the finger), and the tattoo area cannot exceed one-fourth of the body. There must be no visible punctures (including tongue studs and ear studs).



As for jewelry, for example, the U.S. Navy stipulates that you can wear a watch, a bracelet, a necklace, and a pair of earrings. Among them, the watch must not be decorated with jewelry, must not be too exaggerated (including cartoon images), the width of the strap must not exceed one inch, and only one thing can be worn on one hand.



As for religious articles, individuals can carry them, but they cannot be exaggerated and cannot be decorated with jewelry.

The heel height is also restricted by women. For example, the United States Navy stipulates that the minimum heel height for women is eight-fifths of an inch, the highest can't exceed two and eight-fifths of an inch, and the root tip width can't exceed one and three-quarters of an inch.

As for personal electronic devices. The U.S. Air Force regulations are as follows:

Mobile phones and mobile phone cases must not be brightly colored, but should be simple and plain. You can wear Bluetooth headsets for work (or sports). Do not use mobile phones while walking, unless there is an emergency or work notification.

In addition to the above regulations, the US military also allows the wearing of wigs and sunglasses, but only for rigid needs-such as health needs, older officers to save their appearance, or disfigurement.



At last
The military profile of the U.S. military is the responsibility of the chief officer. The chief officer of each unit can appropriately relax or tighten military capacity constraints based on comprehensive judgments based on different job responsibilities and on-site conditions. But the maintenance of military capacity is unshakable.



If your sergeant major is a bastard, then it is possible that the field conditions require you to shave and clean up your house every day.

There has never been a unified standard among the various services of the US military. Having said that, but in fact they are similar, and the same is true in military appearance. In general, the US military has been loosening its control over hair accessories over time. For example, female soldiers have been allowed to have more hair accessories choices, and even the Navy’s hair style policy for female recruits has been relaxed, while male soldiers have been relaxed. No such treatment.But the whole thing remains the same: the shaved lid of the shaved lid, the trimmed ears. Even if it is a free country that emphasizes democracy and human rights, disciplined forces are still disciplined forces. There is no such thing as freedom and looseness.



And even if the new training emphasizes killing power, there is no way to shave the head of the female soldier, even if there is no punishment.
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