Posted on Mar 31, 2020
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1SG Mark Flowers
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DoD employees are expected to present a clean and professional appearance, but there is no specific policy about hair styles for them. The exception would be for employees who wear a standard uniform, like DoD police, fire, those who have to wear protective equipment in hazardous conditions, etc. Their grooming guidelines would be standardized by their service branch, but for 99%, they're fine with their hair how they want.
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Thank you, First Sergeant. As I stated before, I'm just worried that being a man with dreadlocks would deter anyone from hiring me. Maybe I'm overthinking and creating a nonexistent problem but I can't play completely naive to assumptions or generalizations. When I get an interview, I'll just go in with confidence in myself and my skills that I present. I appreciate your feedback.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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SGT (Join to see) - for DA Police, it is in a 190 series reg. I had a fireman with a pink Mohawk (he lost a bet) and there wasn't anything regulatory we could do. AR 190-56 Para 6-4

If there are special terms (personal reliability, EEC etc) of employment they would be in the job announcement. As a GC I had a few employees with dreads.
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SGT (Join to see) - As a DA CIV in my other profile. This is not a problem I would expect you to have.
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SFC Quinn Chastant
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Dreadlocks are a personal choice, in the DoD civilian community there are few occupational restrictions on hair. Food service workers would need to cover facial and head hair. In the Fire Service, overall fit and safety of PPE is a primary consideration, following closely are any specific hazards which should be avoided. Hair extensions would generally fall into that category as they aren't tested for fire retardance and combustibility. Some grooming products also should be avoided due to the potential risks they extend in some working environments.

That said, look at the DoD Civilian career field(s) specific for which you would apply and if opportunity presents inquire directly of individuals in those positions for information. I can only provide generalities as this point, having been retired from Civil Service 12 years now as a GS 0081 Firefighter.
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I'm looking to work in the Visual Information or Public Affairs field. I suppose I need to start there. I appreciate the input.
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MSG Author / Poet
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No. They are only required to be clean and professional.
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Thank you. That isn't hard to do. I appreciate your feedback.
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