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U.S. Air Force to allow turbans, hijabs, beards in new dress code

Christian Fernsby |
The United States Air Force updated its official dress code policy this month, in observance of religious practices, to allow military personnel to wear turbans or hijabs as a part of the uniform.

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Topics: U.S.    AIR FORCE   

The Air Force released an update to the “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel” code on Feb. 7, now permitting airmen to request a waiver to wear religious apparel while in uniform as long as they are “neat and conservative.”

The material used for headwear must resemble the color of the assigned uniform. This includes camouflage, and must be worn in a fashion that presents a “professional and well groomed appearance.”

In addition to religious apparel, members also can request permission to have unshorn beards and unshorn hair. If the length of the beard exceeds 2 inches, it must be “rolled an or tied” to meet the new standards.

The code has been updated to include hijabs, beards, turban or under turban/patka, unshorn beards, unshorn hair, and indoor outdoor head coverings.


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