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  1. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Black lawmakers appeal to Pentagon over hairstyle ban

    Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  2. Army tests jungle boots for Pacific deployments

    As the Army makes its Pacific pivot, it could be on the heel of a new jungle boot.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  3. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. A White House petition opposing the rules has garnered more than 11,000 signatures. Army

    Editorial: Army should review controversial hair rules

    Army leaders probably anticipated blowback from soldiers when they tightened tattoo rules. But a more serious complaint has been leveled against service leaders for their revision to AR 670-1: They are showing racial bias.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  4. The Army's new tattoo policy has confused some soldiers. According to officials, if you have a half-sleeve above your knee or elbow you do not violate AR 670-1. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

    Army: Your half-sleeve tattoos could be OK

    If you have a half-sleeve tattoo that ends above your elbow or your knee, you're good to go under the Army's new grooming and appearance reg.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
  5. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Army: Female focus group helped determine new hair rules

    The Army's new hair rules, which ban a number of styles popular among black women, were approved only after surveying hundreds of senior enlisted female soldiers as part of a focus group led by a female sergeant major, an official said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  6. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Black female soldiers say new grooming reg is 'racially biased'

    Thousands of soldiers and others have signed a White House petition calling for the president to order the Army to reconsider just-released appearance and grooming regulations they contend are 'racially biased' against black women.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  7. The Army's new appearance regs tighten up rules for tattoos. The regulation, AR-670-1 took effect Monday. Tony Karumba / Getty Images

    It's official: Army's new appearance reg takes effect

    The long-awaited Army Regulation 670-1, with new rules on tattoos, hairstyles, grooming and uniform wear, went into effect Monday.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  8. The Army is tightening up tattoo rules in AR 670-1, the appearance reg that soon will be officially published. David Goldman/The Associated Press

    Army releases new instructions for grooming standards rollout

    The Army has set deadlines for soldiers to get in compliance with its new grooming and appearance regulation once it becomes official.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  9. Soldiers and Marines train together near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The Army is considering adopting Marine Corps camo patterns. Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Air Force

    Army expects 'family' of camo patterns

    The Army envisions fielding a 'family' of three camouflage patterns, but unless they're headed into combat, soldiers will probably only wear a 'standard stateside pattern,' according to a top Army equipment official.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  10. New regulations say that soldiers may have no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or the knee; tattoos must be smaller than the size of the wearer's hand. David Goldman/The Associated Press

    New Army grooming, appearance regs leaked online

    Details of the Army's highly anticipated revisions to grooming and uniform regulations leaked online Thursday, just days before the document was set to go into effect.

    • Mar. 20, 2014
  11. MultiCam maker: Camo talks broke down over cost

    Disagreements over fees for MultiCam, a top-performing contender to be the Army's main camouflage pattern, have emerged as the main reason the Army has gone in search of a new pattern.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
  12. Guneet Lamba pins a new corporal insignia on the camoflage turban of her husband, Cpl. Simranpeet Lamba. Lamba is one of only three Sikhs serving in the military, and the only enlisted Sikh soldier. Scott Hansen / Joint Base Lewis McChord

    U.S. lawmakers urge inclusion of Sikhs in military

    A bipartisan group of 105 lawmakers urged the Defense Department on Monday to make it easier for practicing Sikh Americans who wear beards and turbans to serve in the military.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  13. The Army is finalizing a pamphlet that will educate soldiers on the new rules. David Goldman/AP

    Army secretary approves new grooming, uniform regs

    Army Secretary John McHugh on Thursday approved a long-awaited revision to grooming and uniform regulations, according to an Army statement.

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  14. An Army source says the service is looking to wear-test a digital pattern that incorporates the colors found in MultiCam camouflage, shown here. 1st Lt. Cory Titus/Army

    Source: Army to wear-test digital MultiCam pattern

    The Army will soon wear-test a digital camouflage pattern inspired by MultiCam, a source tells Army Times.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  15. U.S. shoe manufacturers and members of Congress are lobbying for a standard-issue shoe for recruits that is 'Made in the U.S.A.' Army

    The push for official Army sneakers

    The Defense Department has issued a formal notice asking American manufacturers who want to make an athletic shoe for service members to come forward and be counted.

    • Feb. 16, 2014
  16. An Air Force rabbi leads an evening service. The Pentagon announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies Lance Cheung / Air Force

    Religious exemptions for troops easier to request under new rules

    The Pentagon on Wednesday announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies.

    • Jan. 22, 2014
  17. A new badge may help elevate the stature of Noncomissioned Officer Education System instructors, who teach the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course. Army

    NCO instructors will soon earn badges

    Soldiers who serve as instructors in the NCO Education System will be recognized with badges and professional development skill identifiers as a result of the Army's continued efforts to battle sexual assault.

    • Jan. 22, 2014
  18. The Air Force no longer requires safety reflective belts be worn during PT. Should the Army follow suit? Army

    PT belt axed in Air Force — should Army follow?

    Soldiers have long bemoaned the rules that govern reflective safety belts, ranking them somewhere between laughable and absurd.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  19. The 2014 defense authorization bill directs the Defense Department 'to adopt and field a common combat and camouflage utility uniform, or family of uniforms, for specific combat environments, to be used by all members of the armed forces.' Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone/Marine Corps

    Congress wants common camouflage uniform

    Congress will try one more time to get the Pentagon to cease its uniform madness and adopt a common camouflage pattern for all four services.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  20. Recruiting leaders said they are moving forward with an expectation that tattoo rules will be tightened. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Long-awaited appearance reg in 'final review'

    When might you see new grooming regulations? It may be this week. Or it may be this month. Then again, maybe not.

    • Dec. 8, 2013
  21. The MulitCam pattern is seen. A three-year, estimated $10 million effort to find a new Army camouflage pattern has yet to bear fruit. Army

    Three-year camo search stalls — for now

    To identify a new camouflage pattern the Army has invested three years, an estimated $10 million and a detailed evaluation by nearly a thousand soldiers rating camo performance in dozens of terrains.

    • Nov. 6, 2013
  22. Pentagon: No limits on combat camo patterns

    Since taking over as secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel has shaken up the status quo on several fronts, such as warning the Army about potential massive force cuts or telling the Navy it may need to mothball a few aircraft carriers.

    • Nov. 5, 2013
  23. Soldiers work out in a gym in Afghanistan. One has a tattoo sleeve on his lower arm. Army leaders are moving to restrict new tattoos below the elbow and knee. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

    New limits on ink: Brass moves to restrict tattoos below elbow, knee

    New tattoo rules headed your way are expected to ban ink below the elbow and knee, and if you have ink in the wrong places, the Army will make a record of it.

    • Sep. 30, 2013
  24. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler speaks to soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., in January. Chandler said a new camouflage pattern will soon be unveiled. The Army is also about to ban tattoos below the elbows and knees or above the neckline, according to a report. Bob Harrison / Army

    New tattoo rules, camouflage on the way, SMA says

    Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler told a gathering of troops in Afghanistan that the Army's new camouflage pattern will soon be unveiled and likely phased in next year.

    • Sep. 23, 2013

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