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Air Force Solidifies Approval Process For Religious Beards, Turbans, Hijabs

The Air Force’s updated policy sets new grooming and uniform standards for members who wear turbans, hijabs and beards f...

The U.S. Air Force issued new guidelines on Friday giving members who wear religious apparel a way to serve the country without compromising their faith.
"Sikh Americans just won a major victory in the fight to serve in the U.S. army with their articles of faith" 

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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 requested and received 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. 
"My turban is part of the fabric of this nation."
~Kamal Kalsi, USAR

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