In this RBI I am going to be discussing the regulations as specified in AR 670-1 paragraph 1-8, which is the Army regulation that governs the soldier’s hair and grooming practices and/or accommodations because of religious practices. The requirement for hair grooming standard is important to maintain uniformity within a soldier population. Many hair styles are acceptable as long as they are very neat and conservative. Soldiers were given exceptions based on religious practices in accordance with Army Regulation 600-20 on and before to 1 January 1986 which still remain in effect as long as the soldiers remain otherwise qualified for retention. It is impossible to address every acceptable or unacceptable haircut, or what is or is not eccentric or conservative grooming of the hair. The leaders at all levels are responsible for exercising good judgment of the Army policies and regulations. Judgment of certain haircuts and or hairstyles is supposed to be determined while the soldier’s headgear is worn.
The male hair standard must be to certain standards. The hair on the top of the soldier’s head must be neatly groomed not excessive, or present a ragged, unkempt or extreme appearance. The hair must present a tapered appearance which is where the outline of the soldier’s hair conforms to the soldier’s head, curving inward to the natural termination point at the base of the soldier’s neck, soldier’s ear’s, eyebrows, or touch the collar except for the short hair on the back of the neck. In no cases will the bulk or the length soldier’s hair interfere with protective masks, equipment, or the normal wear of the soldier’s hair. Cornrows, braids, or dreadlocks are not authorized for males either in uniform or in civilian clothes while on duty. Closely clipped hair or shaved head are authorized. Sideburn are authorized however, they must be kept neatly trimmed, they must not flare out, the base of them must be cleanly shaved with a horizontal line. The lowest part of the...
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