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The Army’s new grooming standards include ponytails, earrings, and common sense

February 2, 2021

From the Task and Purpose website

The Army announced a slew of updates to its uniform and grooming standards on Tuesday, allowing earrings for women in combat uniforms, long ponytails during training and to help headgear fit better, and “professional” lipstick and nail polish. 

“I’m really excited about some of the changes that we have,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston told reporters on Tuesday. “But anytime you have change, change takes some time, and some people don’t like change. But that’s just how the world is, it changes over time, and we need to change with it.” 

The announcement of the “long overdue” updates was teased by Grinston for weeks on Twitter, who said in December that hair was “absolutely something” being studied by the Project Inclusion team that is leading Army efforts to improve diversity and inclusion within the force.

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