The U.S. Air Force giving members who wear religious apparel a way to serve the country without compromising their faith.
The Air Force’s updated dress and personal appearance policy clarifies the grooming and uniform standards for members who wear turbans, hijabs and beards for religious reasons. It also outlines the process to request these exemptions, sets timelines for management to respond, and ensures that the approvals will follow someone throughout his or her career in the Air Force.
Muslim, Sikh and pagan members of the Air Force have individually waivers for religious apparel and beards in recent years, but this is the first time the guidelines and the accompanying approval process are being standardized.
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