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.

Dress grooming Policy

This new policy reminds me of the Dirty Dozen movie, "pretty Col, but can they fight"? With all the problems in world and our Army is concerned about the way a soldier looks, on and off duty? Your looks didn't matter when the Army needed bodies, but now the down sizing so let's be stupid and tick a bunch of them off so they leave. Don't worry, the next batch of leaders are coming and you will again jump through hoops when the past comes back to life and is again ok to have a life on the weekend or while on leave. I have heard of family members making corrections to soldiers, when one of them are in the fox hole next to me, I'll consider what they say, in addition, until they can get their kid dressed neat, leave those of us who serve alone. Take a look at the dress policy in Hawaii where it appears that a clerk at the PX could deny service if he/she felt one wasn't dressed proper. This is what has gone on with our Army forever. I worked for a Col who came back from another meeting and when I asked how it went the replied, "Man stumbles over mole hills, not mountains, and we are pole vaulting over mouse turds". I think that is about the appropriate response to the senior leadership that wants to control your lives on and off duty.