Military grooming standards made news this summer when African American women in the Army and Navy complained about revisions in the regulations governing hair. At least one sailor was discharged for a hairstyle that was unauthorized when the Navy said she couldn’t wear a gas mask properly.
The instance is the latest in a long line of revisions and controversies over military grooming standards in the U.S. Navy going back more than a century.
Ben Bradlee. Photo via BBC
Ben Bradlee, the former executive editor of The Washington Post, died on Tuesday. He was 93. Bradley was best known for leading the Post during the paper’s investigation into the break in at the Watergate Hotel by members of the Nixon administration and the subsequent political fallout. Bradlee also served as a naval officer in the Pacific during World War II and detailed his experience in his 1995 memoir, A Good Life.
The following is an interview Bradlee conducted with Naval History magazine in the December 1995 issue originally titled, “That’s What Editors Do.” Read More
Troops train during the Cobra Gold 2013 bilateral Thai-U.S. exercise on Feb. 14, 2014. US Navy Photo
The head of Thailand’s military is denying the U.S. is scaling back its participation in the more than 30-year-old multi-national Cobra Gold 2015 military exercise in Thailand, despite the military ouster of a civilian-led government in May. Read More
A Japanese F-15J allegedly buzzing a Chinese Tu-154 in June.
Japan intercepted a record number of Russian and Chinese aircraft close to its territorial waters over the past six months. Read More
U.S. Central Command Commander General Lloyd J. Austin III on Oct. 17, 2014. Defense Department Photo
The U.S. Central Command has seen no evidence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group is operating its own warplanes. Read More
Naval ROTC incoming midshipmen freshmen perform a facing movement during NROTC freshman orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo
The head of the U.S. Navy said that service might take a second look at the mix of scholarships it offers to Naval ROTC midshipmen in the next few years. Read More
USS Benfold (DD 65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo
Two guided missile destroyers with the U.S. Navy’s latest ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems will be added to the service’s forward deployed forces in Japan by 2017, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced late Thursday. Read More
USS Peleliu (LHA-5) on Sept. 10, 2014. US Navy Photo
The U.S. Pacific Command has allowed four U.S. ships — held as part of a Subic Bay murder investigation — to leave the Philippines on Thursday. Read More
Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo
Despite strong language from the French President François Hollande, Russia has not received formal notification from France suspending or cancelling the $1.53 billion deal for two Mistral-class amphibious warship deal, Russian officials said on Tuesday. Read More
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is moored at Subic Bay, Philippines, for Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo
Five U.S. Navy ships are being held in the Philippines — following the alleged murder of a Philippine national in Subic Bay —on orders from U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Samuel Locklear. Read More