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Marines to Allow Women to Wear Ponytails

The Marine Corps this week announced that female Marines are now allowed to wear their hair in a ponytail or braids while in regular uniform, Military.com reports.

The Marines released an administrative message on Wednesday relaying the change allowing female Marines with medium-length hair, which “is defined as hair that does not extend beyond 2 inches below the base of the collar’s lower edge,” are allowed to wear “one unsecured half ponytail or up to two unsecured half braids … that provides a neat and professional military appearance” while in a utility uniform, flight suit, or exercise clothing.

The message adds that “no portion of the hair should be left to fall naturally/unsecured or with exposed ends,” and “there is no requirement to have tightly pulled back or slicked back hair at any length.”

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