The US military recently announced that women who enlist in the United States Air Force and Space Force will be finally able to sport long hair, up to two braids, a single ponytail, or bangs that could touch the eyebrows.
The changes were made after senior Air Force brass heard the feedback from women who had enlisted to be a part of the US Air Force. According to the women, the tight hair buns they were forced to wear often resulted in migraine headaches, hair loss, or breakage.
The previous policy required women to have no loose ends in their hair if it was longer than their collar.
Men, however, are still not allowed to sport beards – with exceptions made for men who wear beards due to religious requirements or other medical reasons.
JoAnne Bass, the chief master sergeant of the Air Force said:
‘Teammates – it’s long overdue. Not all women have the same type of hair, and these standards need to reflect the diverse force that we are. ‘I’m happy we were able to accelerate this change for our Airmen, and proud to say that we are only just getting started.’
The new rules state that female members of the US Air Force can wear up to two braids or a single ponytail with the bulk not exceeding the width of the head and not exceeding a horizontal line marked by each sleeve inseam.
Women are also allowed to wear bangs, but they cannot cover their eyes.
The policy will go into effect starting from February, but the Space Force will adopt the policy only until it develops its own uniform code.
Source: Daily Mail