Army leaders on Tuesday announced the easing of some rules next month concerning the grooming and hairstyles of female soldiers, following longstanding complaints, namely from women, The Associated Press reports.
While female soldiers will now be permitted to wear their hair in long ponytails or braids and tuck it in their shirts, or wear non-”extreme” nail polish colors, male soldiers can only wear clear polish and are still required to shave.
“These aren’t about male and female,” Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, the Army’s top enlisted leader, said Tuesday during a Facebook Live presentation on the reforms. “This is about an Army standard and how we move forward with the Army, and being a more diverse, inclusive team.”
As part of the looser rules, which will take effect late next month, there will be greater flexibility for the wearing of