PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Now that women in the Navy can abrasion ponytails, men appetite beards.
The Navy said aftermost anniversary that servicewomen could action ponytails, lock hairstyles, or ropelike strands, and added bristles buns, abandoning a action that continued forbade females from absolution their bristles down.
Servicemen anon chimed in on amusing media, allurement the Navy if they could abound beards. A sailor’s Facebook column with a #WeWantBeards hashtag was aggregate bags of times.
Beards were banned in 1984. The Navy capital professional-looking sailors who could abrasion firefighting masks and breath apparatuses afterwards interference.
The Navy says that’s still the case. Still, some achievement the change in changeable admonishment standards opens the door.
Travis Rader, a 29-year-old argosy concrete aegis officer, said acceptance beards would addition assurance for men, aloof like acceptance ponytails and locks has for women. There are two things that would accomplish abounding Navy men happy: beards and bigger boots, he added.
Rader had a 6-inch-long bristles back he abutting the Navy afterwards aerial school.
“You booty article abroad from somebody, and they appetite it more,” said Rader, a master-at-arms assigned to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
The Navy appear it was abacus admonishment options for women during a Facebook Live event. Abounding atramentous women had asked the Navy to be added across-the-board of altered bristles textures. The Navy had the standards in abode because of assurance apropos and to ensure anybody maintained a uniform, able look.
Rader was one of several sailors who wrote in the comments area of the Facebook Live accident to columnist for beards. Bill Williams, a 20-year-old argosy advice systems technician, commented too, allurement why sailors can’t accept beards if barbate noncombatant firefighters abrasion masks.