Air Force changes dress code to allow Sikh and Muslim garb

The U.S. Air Force has updated its dress code to accommodate the religious garb of Sikhs and Muslims.

Officials finalized the new approval process last week for soldiers to have turbans, beards, uncut hair, and hijabs, according to CNN. Soldiers who are granted exceptions must keep their appearance “neat and conservative” in almost all cases.

Sikh and Muslim soldiers could apply for exceptions to wear religious garb before the new process was created, but the applications were judged on a case-by-case basis that could take significant time to resolve. Under the new guidelines, applications must be processed within 30 days for personnel in the United States and within
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