The United States Airforce has announced a new dress code policy that permits airmen to request a waiver to wear religious apparel while in uniform as long as they are “neat and conservative.”
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.
The clothing policy, allowing military personnel to wear turbans or hijabs as a part of the military uniform especially the Muslim and Sikh people.
Members can now 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” .
Despit the new policy,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.”
According to Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in a written statement, The new guidelines will serve as a step toward religious accommodation and inclusion for military personnel of all faiths,” .
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, also praised the new guidelines.