Ponytails and braids: Signs of a more inclusive US military

Posted on AllSides May 18th, 2021
From The Center
US military, diversity

What may seem like a superficial change in grooming standards signals a sea change in attitudes about military strength.

On a Pentagon stage earlier this year, three senior noncommissioned officers – all men – discussed the merits of changing the Army’s appearance regulations for women. 

The town hall, broadcast online, turned to whether women should be allowed to wear stud earrings. “I’m just going to be honest: If you’d asked me before, I would’ve said, ‘No, why do we need earrings?’” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston. 


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