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Dress to impress: US Space Force releases new grooming and uniform guidelines

The US Space Force aims to ensure its valiant Guardians are dressed in style with impeccable grooming standards to match their impressive official attire and insignia.

The Space Force has implemented a revamped Grooming and Uniform Policy that will ensure that America’s Sixth Military Branch has a distinct style, identity, and culture.

As announced in a press release (opens in a new tab) last week, the Space Force now requires all Guardians on active duty to represent a unifying theme in their appearance. The new updates were crafted with help from Guardians across the chain of command, Space Force officials said.

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The US Space Force recently updated its uniform requirements for Guardians. (Image credit: US Space Force)

“The Guardians have been waiting a long time for this policy to drop, and I couldn’t be happier to release it and start putting this stuff on the shelves,” the Space Force Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman said in the press release.

“I appreciate their connection, which brought us these ideas, and the character they showed in patiently waiting for us to work through the political process,” Towberman said. “Time to space it out!”

The policy outlines new decorative items that Guardians can choose to display on their interim duty uniforms, temporary outfits that will be used until the new Space Force uniforms arrive.

New uniform choices and accessories include: enlisted rank insignia;
a hexagonal name tag; a hexagonal American lapel badge for enlisted Guardians; distinctive service hat badges for officers and enlisted personnel; and the Space Force “Delta, Globe, and Orbit” buttons.

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Insignia used by the US Space Force. (Image credit: US Space Force)

According to the press release, the new grooming guidelines include:

  • Fit the mustache restrictions at the outer corners of the mouth in a horizontal, rather than vertical, line and no more than ¼ inch [0.6 centimeters] from the end of the corner of the horizontal plane.”
  • Increase color options for nail polish and lipstick colors to “allow maximum variations for all female skin tones.”
  • Allowing men “to wear discreet concealer/foundation to cover scars/blemishes”.
  • Expand tattoo policy to match those of sister Space Force services. Neck and hand tattoos are explicitly allowed.

The new grooming and uniform updates are the result of negotiations and suggestions presented at the first-ever Space Force Uniform Council, held last year. They are intended to embellish temporary formal attire and to foster immediate identification with space-centric agency as Guardians.

With these new updated dress and grooming codes, Space Force is obviously well aware of appearances and intends its Guardians to stand out in a military crowd on Earth and beyond. Semper Supra!

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