Lifestyles
Female Soldier wearing U.S. Army uniform and demonstrating proper grooming requirements.

HAIRCUTS & HAIRSTYLES

Permitted for Women

  • Completely shaved or closely-shaved hair (may be tapered in appearance and if hair doesn’t part naturally, a straight part may be cut in)
  • Short or medium length hair (not extending beyond the lower edge of the collar)
  • Medium length hair may be worn in a ponytail if you’re unable to form a bun due to hair length or texture (must not interfere with the ability to wear authorized headgear)
  • Long hair worn neatly pinned above the lower edge of the collar
  • Long hair worn in a ponytail centered on the back of your head during physical training or tactical operations (except when considered a safety hazard)
  • Plain hair accessories used to secure your hair that aren’t distracting or decorative
  • Hair extensions that have the same general appearance as your natural hair
  • Hair highlights with natural colors that blend together in a subtle and natural way
  • Hair dyes, tints, or bleaches that match your natural hair color
  • Wigs that look natural (may not be used to cover unauthorized hairstyles)
  • Hair worn in multiple styles, such as braided twists or locs with a side twist to secure hair, as long as style is neat in appearance and doesn’t impact proper wear of headgear

Not Permitted for Women

  • Bulky hairstyles or extremely long hair that interferes with the ability to wear headgear or protective equipment
  • Dyes, tints, or bleaches that do not match your natural hair color
  • Steel hair picks
  • Trendy and exaggerated hairstyles, including shaved portions of the scalp or designs cut into your hair
  • Loose hair (while in uniform)
  • Extreme or dramatic updo styles (while in uniform)

Permitted for Men

  • Completely shaved or closely-trimmed hair (if hair does not part naturally, you may cut a straight part into the hair or style the hair with one part)
  • Sideburns that don’t extend below the bottom opening of the ear
  • Hair highlights with natural colors that blend together in a subtle and natural way
  • Wigs or hairpieces used to cover natural baldness or disfiguration

Not Permitted for Men

  • Braids, cornrows, twists, or locs (while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty)
  • Shaved designs cut into hair or scalp
  • Styled sideburns that taper, flair, or come to a point

FACIAL HAIR

  • Men must keep their face clean-shaven (when in uniform, or in civilian clothes on duty)
  • Mustaches must be neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy
  • Beards may be worn for religious reasons but must be worn in a neat and conservative manner

RELIGIOUS GARMENTS (HIJABS, TURBANS, KIPPOT)

  • Religious headgear may be worn in solid, subdued colors that closely resemble assigned uniforms (generally black, brown, green, tan, or navy blue)
  • Soldiers wearing a combat uniform may wear a hijab, turban, or under-turban in a matching camouflage pattern
  • Hair worn under the turban is not subject to general standards, but may not fall over the ears or eyebrows or touch the collar while in uniform

EYEGLASSES, SUNGLASSES, & CONTACT LENSES

Permitted

  • Conservative prescription eyeglasses
  • Prescription contact lenses (except when health or safety considerations apply)
  • Conservative prescription and non-prescription sunglasses while working in a garrison (non-field) environment, except while indoors
  • Sunglasses worn for medical reasons, other than refractive error (except when health or safety considerations apply)
  • Eyeglass restraints (including bands) when required for safety purposes
  • Ballistic spectacle eye protection issued by the Army

Not Permitted

  • Eyeglasses or sunglasses with distracting initials, designs, or other adornments
  • Sunglasses with lenses in distracting colors such as red, yellow, blue, purple, or orange
  • Sunglasses that are so large or so small that they detract from the uniform
  • Chains or ribbons attached to eyeglasses
  • Eyeglasses or sunglasses worn on top of the head at any time
  • Tinted or colored contact lenses (while in uniform), unless prescribed for eye injuries
  • Clear contact lenses that have designs on them that change the contour of the iris (while in uniform)

JEWELRY

Permitted

  • Religious apparel, articles, or jewelry may be worn with the uniform, including the physical fitness uniform
  • One item on each wrist (like a watch, activity tracker, pedometer or heart rate monitor, medical or religious bracelet)
  • Rings (no more than two)
  • Conservative stud earrings worn by women with the service, dress, mess, and evening mess uniforms

Not Permitted

  • Earrings worn by men (while on duty)
  • Attaching or displaying objects, jewelry, or ornamentation under the skin, tongue, or any other body part

TATTOOS

Permitted

  • Tattoos that are not visible above the collar or below the cuff

Not Permitted

  • Tattoos on the head, face, neck, or below the wrist bone
  • Tattoos that are extremist, racist, sexist, or indecent are prohibited anywhere on the body, without exception

NAILS

  • Women must keep nails no longer than ¼ inch as measured from the tip of the finger
  • Women may wear nude and natural nail polish shades, such as light pink
  • Women may have square or rounded nails but pointed or exaggerated nail shapes such as ballerina, stiletto, arrow, and coffin are not permitted
  • Men must keep nails trimmed (not exceeding beyond the fingertip)
  • Men may wear clear nail polish

LIPSTICK

  • Women may wear natural shades of solid lipstick or tinted lip gloss
  • Women may wear lip liner but only with a matching shade of lipstick