Female soldier shares criticism of US Army grooming standards after she is required to remove French manicure


A feminine soldier within the National Guard has shared her grievances over the US Army’s uniform protocol whereas revealing that she had to remove her French manicure to adhere to tips.

On Thursday, Major General Johanna Clyborne, a lawyer who focuses on authorized points specific to the United States Armed Forces, and who is at present assigned the assistant adjutant common within the Minnesota National Guard, addressed the strict uniform guidelines on Twitter.

“Why the Army thinks a French manicure is an ‘obnoxious’ colour compared to the civilian world, which views it as an understated yet professional look is beyond me,” Clyborne tweeted alongside a photograph of her eradicating the nail polish. “But I have to be in uniform tomorrow, so here we are. It looked nice while it lasted.”

Earlier this 12 months, the Army introduced new grooming standards, which included a more-relaxed stance on hairstyles, earrings and nail polish.

Under the up to date steerage, the Army authorised the use of further lipstick and nail polish colors, in addition to “the wear of clear nail polish by male soldiers,” in accordance to the Army News Service.

The steerage additionally famous that “females have the option to wear an American manicure,” which is described as “a two-tone nail style that maintains a natural appearance,” whereas “unauthorised pigments” embody colors equivalent to purple, blue, pink, inexperienced, orange, vibrant purple, and fluorescent or neon.

According to StayGlam, an American manicure is a extra refined model of a French manicure, with the model utilizing extra pure colors somewhat than the white that is typical of a French design.

The uniform protocol additionally prohibits some shapes, equivalent to coffin, ballerina or stiletto nails, for troopers “while in uniform or on duty in civilian clothes”.

In a follow-up tweet in response to somebody who admitted that they didn’t know concerning the rule, Clyborne reiterated {that a} French manicure is thought-about an “unnatural colour” beneath the grooming tips outlined in “AR 670-1”.

“AR 670-1 considers it an unnatural colour. You can however wear an American manicure but it’s a weird pink that doesn’t look as nice,” she wrote.

Clyborne then acknowledged that it may be troublesome “balancing a civilian professional look” with the grooming standards required when she is in uniform, as she typically has to change on and off.

“Balancing a civilian professional look with the ease of [switching] in and out of uniform as often as I do and still [being] compliant can be a challenge,” she wrote.

The tweet prompted a variety of responses, with many crucial of the soldier for publicly sharing her concern with the navy grooming standards.

“This is embarrassing,” one particular person responded, whereas one other stated: “Can we have serious people in positions of power?”

Someone else advised that Clyborne delete her tweet, claiming that it is “extremely unprofessional for a general grade officer to question uniform standards in front of the troops” and that it “undermines discipline and erodes the authority needed by NCOs [non-commissioned officers] to maintain standards”.

However, others defended Clyborne on the idea that, regardless of being a member of the armed forces, she is nonetheless a “person”.

“She never said her nails were a priority, she simply posted something relatable, because she is a person… these comments though… unbelievable. These same people want relatable, approachable leaders… how dare a female soldier get her nails done. Wtf?” they wrote.

When saying the up to date grooming Army standards, which went into impact in February, Sgt Maj Brian Sanders, senior enlisted chief of Army G-1’s uniform coverage department, stated that the revisions had been made in an effort to recognise troopers as human beings.

“This is one of the many facets of putting our people first and recognizing who they are as human beings,” he stated. “Their identity and diverse backgrounds are what makes the Army an ultimate fighting force.”

The Independent has contacted the Minnesota National Guard and Clyborne for remark.

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