WASHINGTON – The U.S. Naval Academy female midshipmen wear ponytails and other longer hairstyles.
The policy was announced during a Board of Visitors meeting Monday.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced for the first time the Navy changes in July, saying: they make the Navy more inclusive. The academy has its own assessment before accepting the changes.
The regulation allows for braids and ponytails in service, work, and physical training uniforms. The width or the diameter of its sandwiches may not extend beyond the width of the back of the head. The academy is to provide that the extension cannot be seen from the front.
Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the inspector, says the incoming class is one of the academy is the most diverse. He says that the class of 2022 is approximately 28 percent female.