New Army Grooming Regulations: Increasing Professionalism, or Just More Rules to Follow?

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler has put forth several new regulations covering aspects of dress, grooming, tattoos, and hair set to be put into action later this month. The changes are part of Chandler's effort to project a more uniform and professional Army.

Some of the proposed changes:

  • Soldiers must be clean shaven on and off duty, including on leave.
  • Tattoos will not be visible above the neck line when the physical fitness uniform is worn. Tattoos will not extend below the wrist line and not be visible on the hands. Sleeve tattoos will be prohibited. (This rule may be grandfathered.)
  • Soldiers will not eat, drink, smoke, or talk on cellphones while walking.
  • Army Combat Uniforms will not be commercially pressed; only hand ironing will be authorized.
  • No visible body piercings will be allowed on or off duty. Males will not be allowed to wear earrings at any time. Ear gauging will be unauthorized.
  • For more of the proposed regulations you can read the article at

While many soldiers have balked at some of these changes, Chandler insists that these new regulations are not part of an attempt to increase attrition, but a way to unify the appearance of Army soldiers across the world. Said Chandler; "You chose to join the Army, the Army didn't choose to join you."

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I think thats a great start of New Army Regulations. For some some reason, Being a Reconnaissance Scout and having to work with other military branches.The Army Uniform Code always needed and extra stand to! Now if I could just keep these name plates from clinging to my velcrow shoulder pocket.

Class B Uniform Blue Trouser and Whit Shirt

The white shirt must go as the class B uniform. When wearing the uniform as a class B uniform it would look much better with a tan shirt long or short sleeve with the old chervons on the sleeves.

1SG (Ret) Calvin Grant

new grooming policy

I agree mostly with the new policy except the clean shaven on leave part. Going on leave is one of the few priveledges soldiers have to go and relax and get away from the daily grind of being america's best.I'm not going to look down on a soldier that is on leave just because of a beard or a goatee and i don't think anyone else will either. As a former soldier I know how the army likes to micro manage their people and that is just another example.