Being Natural In The Military

Joining the military in 2011 was one of the craziest, yet greatest, things I’ve done thus far. As you can imagine there are a lot of rules and regulations, as with any organization. But one regulation in particular just drives me up a wall!

Hair standards!

Now I completely understand these standards are in place to keep a certain appearance while in uniform, but it is very hard to manipulate my natural hair to stay tucked inside of this box “they” created.


If I wear a bun, my bun can not be bigger than 2″.

Trust me, they pull out rulers and check, lol!

This makes it hard to get braids as a protective style, as my hair is thick so my bun gets pretty big. Braids are typically my go-to style while in uniform. We do a lot of running, sweating, and training and braids make it easier to maintain the health of my hair.


Wearing my own hair in a bun is a option I sometimes choose, but the amount of gel I have to slap on my hair to slick it down is ridiculous. Now imagine having to slap gel in your hair at least 3-4 times a week!

Anything not flat against your head ( or that isn’t really close to the scalp) is a no-go.


No dying hair any “unnatural color,” no highlights, and nothing falling over the eyebrows or below the collar.

Nothing! Just a flat, against you head, boring hairstyle!


Rant Over!



14 thoughts on “Being Natural In The Military

  1. Rochelle | Adventuresfromelle says:

    This leads me to wonder what are the military hair standards in my country, Jamaica. I’ve done summer work at our largest military base before and from the few female soldiers I remember seeing, it was mostly short relaxed hairstyles or cornrows. 🤔 Pretty restrictive rules but keep pushing on!

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