Posted on Mar 21, 2014
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Regulating off duty civilian attire? Clean shaved appearance on leave? Do you believe the grooming standards are focusing on a specific ethnic group/groups? What are your thoughts on the direction the Army is heading towards
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SGM Matthew Quick
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Civilian attire, shaving, grooming standards focusing on specific ethnic groups? No.

Civilian attire, shaving, grooming standards focusing on professionalism? YES!
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MAJ Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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Well said MSG.
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SSG Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Operations Specialist
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Whatever the Army Regs are, we need to enforce them because we are NCOs and unfortunately we cannot pick and choose. I do not agree with all the regs, but this is bigger than me.
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Well said SSG Lam. We cannot pick and chose which policies and regs to enforce, as NCOs we set the standard. If we allow for slack; we set a new and lower standard.
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But the bigger question would be HOW will these new rules of grooming be enforced? Especially for National Guard. Will NCOs have to stalk their lower enlisted facebook profiles? So once you see that 5 o'clock shadow you better be writing up a counseling statement or verbally tell them to shave? Even though I don't agree with the new regs I will enforce to the best of my ability, but I just find these regs to be a little hardcore and shooting to become asinine like the Marine Corps standards.
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SGT Human Intelligence Collector
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National guard, we are civilians and once a month we are title 32 soldiers not title ten. We aren't considered off duty unless on orders and are off duty.
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The way I see it related to the National Guard I don't see the shaving standard being enforced. I can see coming from the active duty side, giving more power to the senior enlisted to keep their soldiers looking professional.
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SFC William Swartz Jr
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I think that the majority of the changes are not really new, they are just going to be enforced more than they have over the last 10-12 years or so. I do like that some things have been better defined, such as the hair styles for female Soldiers, but I do think that maybe they went a little overboard with some of the tattoo restrictions as far as possible enlisted to officer moves.
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I agree. I understand maintaining a Soldierly appearance, but why would we target a certain populace of Soldiers and prevent them from furthering their careers. Those that are going to be excluded by this would be those who have experience and who have demonstrated their talent for leadership. We just found an arbitrary reason to prevent them from continuing their career at a different level.
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