The US military is coming out with a new Navy uniform policy. Some requirements now allow specific hairstyles for sailors. Also, it adds some alterations to the rules surrounding the uniforms themselves.
The Navy said that the new Navy uniform policy is effective immediately. In an administrative message issued Tuesday, male sailors can have flat-tops, high and tight, faded and bald hairstyles. Although sailors can now have sideburns, those who are bald, cannot.
Male sailors can now wear earrings only while out of uniform on leave or liberty. Women can wear heels up to 3 inches in height in uniform. There are no longer rules on color of eyeglasses and sunglasses.
“There are just so many options available today for glasses, and we needed to get some standardization of appearance in uniform,” said Rob Carroll.
Changes for Women
The policy states that female sailors can have “very short length hairstyles that show the scalp” including one shaved side of the head. Women cannot have “bald hairstyles” except if there is a medical reason.
The Navy said in a statement that many of the changes came from the feedback sailors gave during uniform and grooming standards focus groups.
The modifications to women’s hairstyles now give “women more options for greater ease on hair care, especially while on deployment when longer styles can be tougher to maintain,” said Rob Carroll. He is in charge of uniform matters on the staff of the chief of naval personnel.
Sailors “whose legal names contain accents can now have them reflected in name tags, name patches, or name tapes on Navy uniforms.”
The new change also lets sailors carry smartwatches and fitness trackers as watches. Still, the message notes that they “are subject to applicable security regulations,” many contain GPS and cellular technology.
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