US Air Force updates dress code, approves hijabs, turbans

The dress code policy of the US Air Force has been updated.

The update according to CNN “outlines a clear approval process for Sikhs and Muslims who want to serve while wearing their articles of faith.”

Released February 7, the dress code update permits Muslim women to wear hijabs and Sikh airmen to wear turbans.

It also permits them to “request for waivers” to keep beards as long as it is “neat and conservative, and presents a professional appearance.”

Airforce Magazine explained that a commander under the new policy has up to 30 days to approve the request for a waiver, stating that “the accommodation will generally follow the airman through his or her career.”

If the request of the waiver “furthers a compelling government interest,” such a request is allowed to…

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