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US Air Force to allow uniformed members to wear turbans, hijabs, beards for religious purposes in new dress code law

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The United States Airforce has announced a new set of rules to it’s military clothing policy, allowing military personnel to wear turbans or hijabs as a part of the military uniform.

According to the new revised dress code policy, the “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel” code, now permits airmen to request a waiver to wear religious apparel while in uniform as long as they are “neat and conservative.”

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According to the policy, the material used for headwear must resemble the color of the assigned uniform and includes camouflage. It must be worn in a fashion that presents a “professional and well-groomed appearance.”

In addition, members also can request permission to have unshorn beards and unshorn hair.
But if the length of the beard exceeds 2 inches, it must be “rolled an or tied” .

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This isn’t the first time, a special requests to observe religious practices have been approved by the US Military as Airman 1st Class Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa became the first active-duty Sikh to be permitted to wear a turban, beard and long hair in 2019.