- Nov 17, 2006
About 3 years or so ago I would meet the returning soldiers assigned to Central Command at MacDill on the flight line from The Middle East, the men had full scraggly beards and mops of hair, some actually had mullets, the females had matted hair fixed all kinds of ways, fairly clean but maybe matted from flying in planes with no AC. I seriously doubt they'd be called to task in combat. At least not by a commander worth his salt looking to take and save not yelling for his troops to sh*t, shower and shave.
Nevertheless, there's a big difference in combat duty versus stateside regulations. Moreover, restrictions remain, rightly or wrongly:
"Females will ensure that hairstyles do not interfere with proper wear of military headgear, protective masks, or equipment at any time; when headgear is worn, the hair will not extend below the bottom edge of the front of the headgear or below the bottom edge of the collar."