I'm deployed and saw this CPL with a ponytail down to the middle of her back. When I approached the Warrant Officer in charge of group he said it's because she's about to fly. I can't find anything in AR 670-1 that states their grooming standards are relaxed. Am I wrong for correcting the Soldier? PFC (Join to see) SFC (Join to see) SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4" LTC Stephen F. CPL Dave Hoover SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth SGT (Join to see) Capt Dwayne Conyers CPT Jack Durish SFC (Join to see) SGT (Join to see)
Posted 9 mo ago
I am not familiar with the current Army regulations... but I do know that just about anytime we had a female helo pilot on deck in the Navy...you'd see the ponytail hanging down under the helmet (funny story about me asking one out over the radio once... but I'll save that for another time). My guess, having been in aviation for a little while and worn a helmet... is that it's probably a less than ideal fit with the hair "up". That might be "official policy", or not... but as with most things, it's probably best to let their chain of command worry about it.
If she is in a flight uniform, about to fly... I dont see the issue. There is no proximity from aircraft nor time till flight requirement. If the senior leader in the crew aallows it... I would support their decision and rock on. Side note... pony tails should be allowed, its about time to change the standard. Every other country I am currently deployed with wears them, and I allow them in my Role III.
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