Even though people who are in the military risk their own lives for the safety and the freedom of the people that live in their country and everyone else, it’s often the case that they don’t necessarily receive a fair share of freedom themselves. So, when the military comes out with new rules that bring more equality and freedom for the people in service, we welcome it with great joy and pride.
The US Air Force has recently made such change, and it’s about their dress code regulations: They’ve made it easier for people in service to wear hijabs, turbans, and beards during active duty.
The new rules state that soldiers can apply for religious accommodations, such as hijabs, turbans, bears, and unshorn hair – granted they don’t interfere with their military tasks. The applications will be reviewed and approved within 30 days if they meet the criteria, and the soldier will be allowed to wear any of the items mentioned above for the rest of their military career (if approved).
Even though this is not the first time in US military history for religious items to be allowed, it’s the first time the Air Force is making changes to the dress code.
People in service were allowed to wear turbans and other religious items even before the 1980s, but these rights were revoked later, and it wasn’t until 2009 that matters of soldiers serving with religious apparel and a beard were started again.
The Armed Forces made changes to allow such items back in 2017, and there have been cases of Sikh and Muslim soldiers receiving exemptions to the rule since then.
Sgt. Maj. Anthony J. Moore, the uniform policy branch sergeant major inside the Army’s G-1, said that the uniform change was made mainly as a way of increasing diversity and offering more opportunities for people to serve in the military. This is what people had to say about the change: