From Carl Prine’s Line of Departure:
Radical reforms to the way soldiers dress, greet superior officers and wear tattoos are coming your way if Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III has his way.
That seems to be what’s indicated by a series of 33 PowerPoint slides called the “AR 670–1 Update Brief” and that bear Chandler’s name, rank and title. They were sent to Line of Departure earlier this week and highlight SMA’s attempts to spiff up an Army after more than a decade of war.
Prine offered this summary of the changes, which seemed more conjecture at this stage than actual proposals. Here are some that caught my attention as I read through:
- Strict standards for sideburns and mustaches.
- Return to the more “conservative” and “professional” haircuts for women.
- Revival of standards for cosmetics and nail coloring.
- Tattoos… um… well… maybe you can have one.
- No starch for the ACUs. (Translation – the pajama look is IN!)
- Soldiers cannot walk and at the same time engage in activities preventing exchange of salutes.
- Bags must be black or camo pattern matching uniform, but can be worn with one strap over the shoulder (not crossing over the body)
- Soldiers will salute and give the greeting of the day, even when in civilian attire.
- Civilian clothing worn off duty must not be revealing.
- For all intents, no body piercings… save earrings for women.
Appears to me a return to the pre-1992 regulations. Please correct me if I’m wrong, as I haven’t been concerned with AR 670-1 for a while now.
Now that is a slap at tradition if you ask me.