Recently read an article about grooming restrictions for soldiers serving in the Army, and while I realize this is one job where uniformity is essential and expediency rules, I think some of might be a little rigid. Ponytails and French manicures are about as simple as things get, in my opinion. I know on the bases where my husband works the females with hair longer than a short Afro are required to wear their hair in a tight, neat bun, and this makes practical sense in cases where some form of work needs to be performed that any extraneous object–including hair–could pose a danger. But the French manicure thing is perplexing me. I mean, is it all nail polish in general that is causing concern (mainly due to the chemicals that comprise it rather than the adornment itself)? To my recollection, the basic French manicure is simply a painted version of the natural nail. I do realize that there are fancier versions of this that may even include rhinestones or other appliques. and that many French manicures are executed on artificial tips. If this is their focus and rationale for the ban, it is certainly understandable. Safety is, and should be, more of a concern than vanity–which I imagine the questions about earrings stem from as well. Good luck trying to regulate those tattoos, though….
What’s your take?