Space Force Guardians are allowed to have more tattoos and longer mustaches and will be able to use more types of makeup while in uniform, per the service’s new grooming and dress policies.
The new policy, unveiled on Tuesday, relaxes mustache restrictions at the outer corners of the mouth; increases color options for nails and lipstick to allow variations for women’s skin tones; allows men to wear discreet concealer or foundation to conceal scars and blemishes; and grants new tattoo locations.
It also reveals new rank insignia, badges, hat badges, and buttons that Guardians can wear, as well as optional formal mess dress for all officers until a Space Force version of the uniform is created.
Read more : The head of the Space Force presents the latest prototype service uniform. Yes, they tweaked the pants.
Tattoos are allowed on the chest and back, arms, legs and feet. But chest and back tattoos cannot be seen through any uniform coveralls or while wearing an open-necked uniform, per policy.
Only one non-offensive tattoo is now allowed on the neck or behind the ear, but it cannot exceed one inch in any direction. Additionally, “ring tattoos are limited to a single strip, no more than 3/8 inch in width, below the knuckle and above the knuckle on one or both hands, a maximum of one ring tattoo per hand,” the policy reads. .
Tattoos on any other part of the hand are not permitted.
There’s a small update to the whiskers allowing for an “additional 1/4 inch beyond a vertical line drawn from the corner of the mouth,” according to the policy.
Women are allowed to wear nail polish and lipstick in one color “which takes nothing away from the uniform” and which is not an embarrassing shade like gold, blue, black and bright or neon colors.
Men are not permitted to wear lipstick or nail polish, but “male guardians are permitted to wear foundation and concealer only to cover scars or blemishes,” the policy states.
Although the service uniform has not yet been finalized, the Guardians got a glimpse of what it could look like when Chief of Space Operations General John Raymond presented the latest prototype during an audience. in the Senate earlier this month.
Notable changes to the uniform that Raymond sported include “adding stripes to the pants, changing the pocket style, adding pockets to the lower half of the jacket, and decreasing the number of buttons on the inner enclosure of the jacket”, Maj. Vicky Porto, a Department of the Air Force spokeswoman, told Military.com.
But as Guardians await their own service uniform, tips have been revealed for new lapel badges, badges, arm patches, hat badges and more.
“These items will further identify members as Guardians as they continue to wear the interim service uniform until the new Space Force service uniform is available,” said a Department press release. of the Air Force.
The pandemic has caused delays for the textile industry, pushing back the date when the service uniform will be available in the ranks. Once the uniform has been tested and finally approved, it likely won’t be available to all Guardians until 2025.
All updated Space Force policies can be viewed here.
Since its inception in 2019, when former President Donald Trump approved the creation of the new branch of service, Space Force Guardians has patiently awaited guidance on basic guidelines such as grooming, rank, and dress.
They even created their own motto to describe when they might receive updates: “Semper Soon”.
“The Guardians have been waiting a long time for this policy to drop, and I couldn’t be happier to get it out there and start putting this stuff on the shelves,” Space Force Chief Master Sergeant Roger A. Towberman said. in a statement. “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.”
— Thomas Novelly can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TomNovelly.
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