WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 31, 2014) -- The number, size and placement of tattoos have been dialed back under revised Army Regulation 670-1, which governs the Army's grooming standards and proper wear of the uniform.
The revised regulation was published yesterday, along with Department of the Army Pamplet 670-1, outlining the new standards. Effective dates for the various changes can also be found in All Army Activity message, or ALARACT 082-2014.
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III addressed why the changes were made.
"The Army is a profession, and one of the ways our leaders and the American public measure our professionalism is by our appearance," he said. "Wearing of the uniform, as well as our overall military appearance, should be a matter of personal pride for all Soldiers.
"Every Soldier has the responsibility to understand and follow these standards," he continued. "Leaders at all levels also have a responsibility to interpret and enforce these standards, which begins by setting the example."
Some of the changes include:
Tattoos cannot be located anywhere on the neck or head above the lines of a T-shirt. They also cannot be located anywhere below the wrist bone.
Visible band tattoos cannot be longer than two inches wide. There can be no more than one visible band tattoo. Sleeve tattoos on arms or legs are not allowed.
Each visible tattoo below the elbow or knee must be smaller than the size of the wearer's extended hand. There cannot be more than four total tattoos below the elbows or knees.
Soldiers who currently violate these revisions can be grandfathered in as long as commanders validate their current tattoos. Also, each year, commanders much check each Soldier for new tattoos that might be prohibited. The checks will be done when Soldiers are in their physical fitness uniform and do not include tattoos that might be hidden by the shorts or T-shirts.
Prohibited tattoos include those just mentioned, as well as ones that could be deemed extremist, indecent, sexist or racist.
Soldiers on official travel and traveling by commercial carrier are no longer allowed to wear the Army Combat Uniform, or ACU. Instead, they must either wear civilian attire or the service uniform.
The only ACU exceptions are when Soldiers are deploying, on rest and recuperation leave to and from theater and when authorized to do so by commanders for emergency leave or casualty assistance duties.
Identification tags must be worn at all times while on duty in uniform unless otherwise directed.
Soldiers can carry plain, black umbrellas only during inclement weather when in service, dress and mess uniforms. However, umbrellas are not allowed in formations or when wearing field or utility uniforms.
Revisions also cover the wearing of badges and tabs, the carrying of bags, sewing on of nametapes, U.S. Army tape and grade insignia; wearing of insignia representing regimental affiliation, windbreakers, all-weather coats and other garments.
Fancy-style haircuts, including the "tear drop," "landing strip" or "Mohawk," and "horseshoe" are no longer authorized.
Sideburns cannot extend below the bottom of the ear opening and cannot be flared or tapered to a point, and the length of the sideburn hair cannot exceed one-eighth of an inch.
A mustache cannot extend past the corners of the mouth and no portion can cover the upper lip line or go higher than the lowest portion of the nose.
Fingernails cannot extend past the tip of the finger and nail polish cannot be worn.
Hair must be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned. Bangs are now authorized, as long as they don't fall below the eyebrows. "Bulk of hair," measured from the scalp up, as opposed to the length of hair, will not exceed two inches, except for a bun, which can protrude three inches from the scalp. The bun cannot be wider than the width of the head.
Also hair needs to be properly secured, cannot be unbalanced or lopsided and parting of hair must be in a straight line.
Hair extensions and wigs are now authorized as long as they have the same general appearance as the natural hair and conform to all other hair regulations.
During physical training, women can now wear the full length of their hair in one pony tail that's centered on the back of the head.
Fingernails cannot exceed 1/4 inch from the tip of the finger and only clear nail polish is authorized with all uniforms.
Soldiers cannot mutilate their bodies in any manner, such as tongue bifurcation.
Tooth caps or veneers of any unnatural color, design, shape or texture cannot be worn.
Jewelry or objects cannot be attached to, through or under the skin or other body part. This applies to all Soldiers on or off duty. The only exception is that female Soldiers can wear authorized earrings.
Commanders can authorize the wearing of sunglasses in formations or field environments. Glasses of any type cannot be worn on top of the head.
Soldiers cannot walk in such a way as to interfere with saluting, giving salutations or in a manner that detracts from a professional image. Examples include walking while eating, using electronic devices and smoking. All restrictions that apply to cigarettes also apply to tobacco-free cigarettes.
Personnel in civilian clothing, whether on-duty or off-duty, on or off post, must dress in a way that does not detract from the profession.
The wearing of wireless and non-wireless devices such as earpieces while in uniform is prohibited. However, hands-free devices used in a vehicle or bicycle are allowed as long as they are not prohibited by policy or civilian law.
AR 670-1 Changes Leader Policy Information has been published by the Army
WASHINGTON (AFNS) --
The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen.
During the past year, Welsh prompted Airmen to make their voice heard through the Every Dollar Counts campaign, held last spring, and suggestions made directly to him during base visits or comments to the uniform survey board itself.
“The policy changes revolve around three areas,” said Col. Patrick Doherty, Director of Air Force Services who has oversight of the uniforms and awards and recognition branch. “The first area of policy changes is focused on heritage, team building, esprit de corps and unit pride.
The second is recognizing and valuing Airmen’s experiences, qualifications and job performance, allowing Airmen to wear what they have earned. The last area is a group of common sense approach inputs from Airmen in the field that senior leaders thought were great ideas.”
There are dozens of updates to the AFI, including the following:
Morale T-shirts/patches representing individual squadrons that were worn in the past to increase unit pride are now authorized to wear on Fridays. Squadron color T-shirts may be worn with the ABU or flight suit when in-garrison or on-station during unit temporary duty assignments and contingency deployments. Shirts must be one color throughout the squadron, and may have only a small squadron patch over the left chest. Wing Commanders can authorize personnel from different units to wear the same color T-shirts to facilitate esprit de corps and team building.
For example, maintainers, life support personnel and flight doctors are allowed to wear the color T-shirt of the flying squadron they support. Also, authorized is the in-garrison Friday wear of morale patches and nametags that have tasteful nicknames or call signs on flight suits. Unit commanders have approval authority for morale patches and nametag naming conventions.
Earned Air Force and other services’ badges are authorized to wear, but only the command insignia pin is mandatory. This reverses a previous decision to prohibit wear of qualification badges and various patches on ABUs, to eliminate the need to remove and replace badges for deployment or permanent change of duty station moves.
In recent years, Airmen deployed to Afghanistan wore the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern. The OCP is flame retardant, treated with insect repellant and also used by the Army. Following this evolution, the ABU has become primarily an in-garrison uniform, according to Air Force senior leaders.
“The increased wear of the ABU in-garrison, , coupled with Airmen’s long-term desires to wear the qualification badges and the command insignia they have earned, makes authorized wear on the ABU a logical step,” said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services.
A list and examples of all newly approved badges authorized for wear on the ABU is located in attachment five of AFI 36-2903.
The Air Force physical training uniform no longer has color restrictions for athletic shoes. Airmen are now also authorized to wear black socks with their athletic shoes.
Cell phones no longer have to be black, as long as they’re not worn on the uniform or attached to a purse.
Changes came directly from the field and major commands, said Cox.
“The changes are the result of months of the Chief of Staff listening to what Airmen had to say about ABUs and other uniform wear policies,” Cox said.
Airmen can expect to find the optional badges on the AAFES website by mid-July to early August. The commander’s insignia pin will be mandatory once the cloth pins go on sale at AAFES.
Navy News | Jan 16, 2014 | by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays, USS Bataan Public Affairs The new coveralls are expected to maintain performance properties, durability and appearance for typical deployments of six to nine months, with an optimal wear life of 18-24 months. Like other organizational clothing, the FRV coveralls will be replaced by each ship over time, based on normal wear and tear. FRV coveralls will not be worn in place of organizational clothing mandated for specific operational environments such as flight decks or while performing work on electrical systems requiring arc-flash protection.
NORFOLK -- Sailors aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) received their Flame Resistant Variant (FRV) coveralls Jan. 15, while also preparing for their upcoming deployment.
Bataan Sailors will be the first in the fleet to wear the FRV coveralls, which are provided by the Navy at no cost to the Sailors. They will replace Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I and other polyester and poly blend uniforms while ships are underway. The NWUs will no longer be authorized for wear while underway, except for special events such as manning the rails, change of commands, or receptions held at anchor.
"I'm excited about being the first to receive the new coveralls," said Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Collin Peskett, of Long Island, N.Y. "Tests on these new uniforms have been performed for our safety and safety is paramount, especially since we are deploying soon."
The FRV coverall is made from 100% cotton fabric treated with a flame retardant chemically bonded into the fibers of the fabric. FRVs passed all flame and flash-fire testing requirements and the flame resistant properties did not degrade with wear or laundering for the serviceable life of the coverall. They use the same design pattern as the existing utility coveralls Sailors have in their uniform sea bag.
"The new coveralls are a big step for us," said Command Master Chief Kevin Goodrich, the ship's senior enlisted crew member. "All Sailors are fire fighters first, and now with everyone wearing these uniforms, our response time will be even faster in the event of an onboard emergency."
Name tags and rank on the FRV coverall will consist of a Velcro-backed name tag and metal collar devices already used on other uniforms. Command ball caps are also authorized for wear with the FRV.
"With the shipboard environment that contains certain inherent risks, this is a step in the right direction towards the safety of our Sailors," said Capt. George J. Vassilakis, commanding officer aboard USS Bataan. "Sailors are our number one asset and we are always looking for ways to improve their safety. I'm excited this comes at no cost to our Sailors."
The new coveralls are expected to maintain performance properties, durability and appearance for typical deployments of six to nine months, with an optimal wear life of 18-24 months. Like other organizational clothing, the FRV coveralls will be replaced by each ship over time, based on normal wear and tear.
FRV coveralls will not be worn in place of organizational clothing mandated for specific operational environments such as flight decks or while performing work on electrical systems requiring arc-flash protection.
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The Defense Authorization Bill in Congress would require common Combat Camouflage uniforms for all U.S. Military services. The legislation would prevent any service from procuring a new camouflage uniform unless it is adopted by all other services. The legislation is an attempt to save millions of dollars and affects 23 U.S. manufacturers . Obviously it impacts all branches of the Military. There are currently 10 different camouflage patterns in use. A GAO report found that the services spent approximately $300 million in procurement of different cammo patterns and uniforms. Congress believes this is a way to “to eliminate the waste and duplication,” according to Representative Bill Enyart, an Illinois Democrat.
The bill allows the Secretary of Defense to waive the new camouflage uniform restrictions under certain circumstances like Special Operations Uniforms. It doesn't apply to head gear, boots and body armor. The GAO believes the Army by itself would save approximately $82 million if it worked with another service to develop a new camouflage pattern.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines - Is this a good idea? Sound Off and let us know.
The legislation is an attempt to save millions of dollars and affects 23 U.S. manufacturers . Obviously it impacts all branches of the Military. There are currently 10 different camouflage patterns in use. A GAO report found that the services spent approximately $300 million in procurement of different cammo patterns and uniforms.
Congress believes this is a way to “to eliminate the waste and duplication,” according to Representative Bill Enyart, an Illinois Democrat.
The Marine Corps back tracked on a controversial uniform survey for gender neutral dress and service covers for all Male and Female Marines.
The problem started when the Marine Corps Uniform Board released a uniform survey for all Marines to comment on concerning changing the traditional USMC cover for all Marine or all female Marines. The survey provided Marines 2 options to change the service Dress and Dress Blue covers. Several media outlets picked up on the story and slammed the Marine Corps for providing the option for all male Marines to wear the female Marine cover.
There was no option for the uniform to remain the same for male and female Marines, which clearly the Marine Corps and Navy agenda is to change the male cover, but to change the female Marine uniform to the male dress cover. While the news media picked accused leadership of attempting to emasculate the Marine Corps, the message is really that it is trying to de-feminize female Marines by putting them in a male USMC cover.
Does the Commandant want Male Marines in female covers or female Marines in male covers?
Marines what do you think?