Since I'm in law school and wear civilian clothes to class, the new release of AR 670-1: Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia won't affect me quite as much, but, because I'm a nerd, I still read all the changes. The change I'm most excited about? Ponytails, y'all!
That's right, I am unusually excited about being allowed to wear a single ponytail centered in the back of the head while in the physical fitness uniform. Still no bows or ribbons, but still exciting (this is clearly a joke). Do I think this will undermine my potential authority while women are trying to integrate into more combat arms units? Probably not, and if anyone claims it does, those people are probably pretty petty.
The point of this? Not to let females "be more feminine," I think, but to let them perform physical fitness without having to worry they are breaking regulations if their hair falls out of a perfect bun. Let's be real, running is very impactful and ultimately can cause hair to fall out of a bun, unless one literally sews it to one's head. As my hair has gone from short to long to shortish (medium by regulation), it's taken a lot of trial and error to find practical hairstyles that didn't pull on my head, stayed in, and permitted me to comply with situp regulations (fingers intertwined behind the head). Sometimes it's simply easier to have a ponytail (granted, sometimes a bun is easier; I recently did use a braided bun when I ran a marathon because I knew a braid slapping against my back would get annoying after 26 miles).
To most people, though, the much-stricter regulations regarding tattoos will get more attention. I don't have any tattoos, so I don't really care. If you are considering joining though, best hold off on those sexy ankle butterflies!