Long hair allowed for female sailors: US Navy

Female Marine recruits during boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, on February 27, 2013Female recruits to the US Navy will not have to endure short hair cuts when they start boot camp under an experiment launched by the military’s top brass. Officers said Thursday the rule requiring a female recruit’s hair be trimmed above the collar is being suspended for a trial period of three months, partly to aid recruiting and partly in response to complaints that new sailors needed to learn how to groom longer hair styles before they go to sea. Female recruits have to have their hair chopped short during their first two to three months in the navy, but the other branches of the US military do not make the same requirement of their female recruits, said Commander Chris Servello, spokesman for the navy’s chief of personnel. The pilot program, which will run through March 2015, “comes after receiving fleet feedback that junior sailors and officers are not taught proper grooming standards with longer hair,” the navy said in a statement.

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