US Navy Gives Women Permission to Let their Hair Down
The United States Navy is giving female service members more choices with the shape and look of their hair.
The Navy has approved changes to let servicewomen wear a ponytail or have other hairstyles. The new rules – announced during a Facebook Live event – went into effect on Wednesday.
The Navy has long barred females from letting their hair down, including tying long hair in a ponytail.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said the changes aim to make the Navy a more "inclusive team."
The new rules came about after several servicewomen suggested changes to the hairstyle policy.
A group of Navy women was asked to consider different proposals, some of which were eventually approved by military officials.
Captain Thurraya Kent was a member of this working group. She said they supported an expansion of approved hairstyles to make it easier for women to carry out their duties. It would also prevent the need for women to keep processing their hair with chemicals.
Female service members will also now be permitted to wear what the Navy describes as lock hairstyles -- pieces of hair that are tightly pulled into rope-like strands.
Kent has served in the Navy for nearly 26 years. She noted that her hair has been an issue throughout her military service. Kent told the Associated Press that she spent a lot of time deciding how to wear it when deployed. She said it could also be a problem trying to make sure she did not violate policies after doing an exercise or other non-work-related activities.
Kent said she was pleased that Navy leaders listened to the suggestions and tried to understand the needs of female sailors.
At the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island, some women said they looked forward to moving away from a bun hairstyle, which is sometimes too large for a helmet.
Legalman First Class Tamatha Schulmerich told the Associated Press she has been forced to keep her hair in a bun because it goes down to her lower back. She said it was especially difficult when she had to wear a flight helmet.
Lieutenant Commander Jess Cameron said that while the hairstyle changes might seem like a small thing, she thinks they send a larger message.
"I think it's a step forward," she told the AP. "They're getting more female feedback in the service, and updating what I think are somewhat antiquated guidelines that maybe no longer serve their purpose in today's society, today's military," she said.
Navy officials say hairstyle rules are important for safety reasons and to make sure all service members present the same look. Even though the new rules permit a ponytail most of the time, the hairstyle will still be banned when women are working around heavy machinery.
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肯特(Thurraya Kent)上尉是该工作组的成员之一。她说，她们支持放宽发型的规定，这样便于女性履职 。它还可以避免让女性使用化学品打理头发 。
肯特在海军服役了近26年。她指出，在整个服役期间，打理头发对她而言一直是个问题 。肯特告诉美联社，她在部署时需要花很长时间决定如何梳理头发 。她说，在锻炼或其它与工作无关的活动后，时刻确保自己没有违反政策也是个问题 。
一级法务舒曼里奇(Tamatha Schulmerich)告诉美联社，因为长发及腰，她不得不将头发盘成发髻。她说，当必须戴上飞行头盔时会异常困难 。
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