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  1. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Black lawmakers appeal to Pentagon over hairstyle ban

    Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  2. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Army: Female focus group helped determine new hair rules

    The Army's new hair rules, which ban a number of styles popular among black women, were approved only after surveying hundreds of senior enlisted female soldiers as part of a focus group led by a female sergeant major, an official said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  3. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Black female soldiers say new grooming reg is 'racially biased'

    Thousands of soldiers and others have signed a White House petition calling for the president to order the Army to reconsider just-released appearance and grooming regulations they contend are 'racially biased' against black women.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  4. The Army's new appearance regs tighten up rules for tattoos. The regulation, AR-670-1 took effect Monday. Tony Karumba / Getty Images

    It's official: Army's new appearance reg takes effect

    The long-awaited Army Regulation 670-1, with new rules on tattoos, hairstyles, grooming and uniform wear, went into effect Monday.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  5. New regulations say that soldiers may have no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or the knee; tattoos must be smaller than the size of the wearer's hand. David Goldman/The Associated Press

    New Army grooming, appearance regs leaked online

    Details of the Army's highly anticipated revisions to grooming and uniform regulations leaked online Thursday, just days before the document was set to go into effect.

    • Mar. 20, 2014
  6. MultiCam maker: Camo talks broke down over cost

    Disagreements over fees for MultiCam, a top-performing contender to be the Army's main camouflage pattern, have emerged as the main reason the Army has gone in search of a new pattern.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
  7. Guneet Lamba pins a new corporal insignia on the camoflage turban of her husband, Cpl. Simranpeet Lamba. Lamba is one of only three Sikhs serving in the military, and the only enlisted Sikh soldier. Scott Hansen / Joint Base Lewis McChord

    U.S. lawmakers urge inclusion of Sikhs in military

    A bipartisan group of 105 lawmakers urged the Defense Department on Monday to make it easier for practicing Sikh Americans who wear beards and turbans to serve in the military.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  8. The Army is finalizing a pamphlet that will educate soldiers on the new rules. David Goldman/AP

    Army secretary approves new grooming, uniform regs

    Army Secretary John McHugh on Thursday approved a long-awaited revision to grooming and uniform regulations, according to an Army statement.

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  9. An Army source says the service is looking to wear-test a digital pattern that incorporates the colors found in MultiCam camouflage, shown here. 1st Lt. Cory Titus/Army

    Source: Army to wear-test digital MultiCam pattern

    The Army will soon wear-test a digital camouflage pattern inspired by MultiCam, a source tells Army Times.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  10. An Air Force rabbi leads an evening service. The Pentagon announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies Lance Cheung / Air Force

    Religious exemptions for troops easier to request under new rules

    The Pentagon on Wednesday announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies.

    • Jan. 22, 2014
  11. The 2014 defense authorization bill directs the Defense Department 'to adopt and field a common combat and camouflage utility uniform, or family of uniforms, for specific combat environments, to be used by all members of the armed forces.' Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone/Marine Corps

    Congress wants common camouflage uniform

    Congress will try one more time to get the Pentagon to cease its uniform madness and adopt a common camouflage pattern for all four services.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  12. The Navy is flatly denying claims that SEALs are no longer allowed to wear the First Navy Jack patch on their uniforms. In fact, the Navy recently expanded the wear rules for the iconic 'Don't Tread on Me Patch.' Navy

    UPDATE: 'Navy Jack' flag rumor started in the chiefs' mess, official says

    A misunderstanding in the chief's mess is to blame for the widespread (and false) rumor that SEALs can no longer wear the Navy Jack patch, a Navy official tells Navy Times.

    • Nov. 4, 2013
  13. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler speaks to soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., in January. Chandler said a new camouflage pattern will soon be unveiled. The Army is also about to ban tattoos below the elbows and knees or above the neckline, according to a report. Bob Harrison / Army

    New tattoo rules, camouflage on the way, SMA says

    Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler told a gathering of troops in Afghanistan that the Army's new camouflage pattern will soon be unveiled and likely phased in next year.

    • Sep. 23, 2013
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