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Army releases new instructions for grooming standards rollout

Mar. 27, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
David Helton
The Army is tightening up tattoo rules in AR 670-1, the appearance reg that soon will be officially published. (David Goldman/The Associated Press)
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The Army has set deadlines for soldiers to get in compliance with its new grooming and appearance regulation once it becomes official.

The revised Army Regulation 670-1 has not been published, but Army Times this month obtained details of the new rules from a PowerPoint presentation created to educate and prepare leaders for the big unveiling.

Army officials have said the regulation will be published “any day now.”

The policy establishes tougher tattoo rules and clarifies fingernail, hair and makeup rules. It also outlines how and when uniforms should be worn.

On Tuesday, the Army trickled out a number of new details via an All-Activities message. The ALARACT focuses on the timelines and effective dates that begin counting down once the new reg is released.

What you need to know:

■ Soldiers have seven days from the release of the regulation to adhere to the new grooming standards.

■ Soldiers must initiate removal of unauthorized dental ornamentation no later than 60 days from the release of AR 670-1.

■ Soldiers must adhere to all other jewelry standards immediately upon release of the new regulation.

■ Currently serving soldiers are prohibited from getting new tattoos that don’t meet the criteria outlined in the new regulation.

■ Applicants contracted for service in any Army component or enrolled in any accession program within 30 days of the release of the new AR 670-1 are grandfathered in to the previously published tattoo policy.

■ Enlisted soldiers selected before July 1 for officer accession programs are grandfathered in to the previously published tattoo policy.

■ Active-duty commanders must complete tattoo validation memos for all assigned soldiers within 30 days of the regulation’s release. Those records must be uploaded for filing into soldiers’ human resource record within 60 days.

This is in line with the new policy that requires commanders to inspect, record and track soldiers’ tattoos. Those records are updated annually, and soldiers who are in violation of the Army’s policy could be separated from the service.

■ Commander of reserve component units have 120 days to complete the memos. Those records must be uploaded for filing into soldiers’ records within 150 days.

■ Soldiers who have their skill badges sewn onto their combat uniforms have seven days from the release of the regulation to make sure their name tape, Army tape and grade insignia also are sewn on.

■ Noncommissioned officers must wear shoulder marks (grade insignia) on the shoulder loops of the black all-weather coat and windbreaker. They have 30 days to comply.

In addition to this guidance, the ALARACT also calls on leaders to active educate their soldiers on the new rules and enforce the standards outlined in the regulation.

“Every leader should take a common sense approach to the new policies and ensure soldiers understand and adhere to the policies in a timely manner,” the ALARACT states.

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