For most women, a luxurious head of hair is synonymous with beauty and vitality and is all part of being a woman, and with very few exceptions baldness
is not a look that they deliberately embrace.
But in order to comply with regulations, 19 females attending a new, integrated assessment at the US Army’s two-month Ranger School agreed to visit the military barber and join the men with a standard Army-style cut.
Less hair if you want to fit in
Since its inception in 1942, the United States Army Rangers has been a men-only outfit, but like much of the modern military the unit is changing with the times and trying to work out how to include women within its ranks.
Writing in the Army Times, reporter Michelle Tan explains that just like their male counterparts, female soldiers are expected to sport short hair cuts. For men, the standard is the traditional buzz-cut, though women are allowed hair up to one inch long. Story continues below.
Second Lt. Kelly Derienzo had her long hair cut short, surrounded by Field Artillery Basic Officer Leaders Course colleagues, before going on Fort Benning's Pre-Ranger Course in Oklahoma
The Rangers’ integrated assessment is a one-off trial, part of a bigger programme aimed at trying to figure out how to make more military job options available to women. It is said to be a first for the traditionally men-only Ranger School.
Military chiefs say that short hair for all attendees, regardless of sex, is necessary for hygiene
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