I expect to catch a lot of "High & Tight" shaped heat rounds for this but I'm ready so fire away. My question is simple. I look back at the men and woman that served our country in the conflicts of the past, from the Revolutionary War all the way to Vietnam, and what do you see? Brave men and woman who have the appearance of the modern professional of their time. Do you know what I don't see? That's right, High & Tights, shaved heads, and crew cuts. When/why did the Army move away from maintaining a professional appearance that would fit in with any conservative Fortune 500 company of it's time to this idea that skin is the standard? (Side note, the misinterpretation by leaders of AR 670-1 astounds me. There is no 3 inch rule for hair length. Check it out.)
Posted >1 y ago
We can take it one step further as well when applied to female Soldiers. Take a look at photos from WWII of WAVES, WACS, WASPS, etc. These women look professional, groomed, and like women. Today women are encouraged to look less like women and more like men. We pull our hair back in severe buns (giving the same general appearance from the front of the head as our male counterparts), we wear often times ill-fitting uniforms because they were designed for men, we are limited on wear of makeup and nail polish, and are discouraged from acting "like a girl" all for the sake of "professionalism". Now, I am not saying that there are not women in today's Army that would take an inch of freedom and run a mile with it, but is there really something so very wrong with being a women and looking like a woman?
You are right. While I was in I wore a small amount of make up in neutral colors and kept my fingernails polished and groomed. I did all of this within the limits of AR 670-1 because I am a woman and should look like a woman. Since I am no longer in the service the proposed changes to AR 670-1 do not affect me, however, I feel that the proposal of no makeup and no nail polish is counter productive and as a whole the Army has much bigger issues to tackle. As for what your DS said, I never experienced that particular sentiment. While deployed though as half of a dual-military couple rumors were widespread through the unit that my Husband and I were going through a divorce simply because we kept it professional in the office. Because co-workers did not see us "acting like a married couple" we must not be getting along. I have heard from other female Soldiers that the general stereotype of single females is that of "barracks s***t" even if it is furthest from the truth.
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