Armed Forces News

An Air Force Master Sgt. shaves at Townsend Range in Brunswick, Ga., Aug. 16, 2011, before a land navigation patrol with his students during a three-day field exercise. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock)

Airmen and guardians now can abide by looser rules about mustache grooming. Under a change announced May 26, mustaches can extend to the lip line of the upper lip. They also cannot extend beyond a horizontal line across the corners of the mouth. Nor can they reach more than a quarter-inch beyond a vertical line extending from the corner of the mouth.

The same memorandum addressed dress and appearance – specifically outlining the appropriate wear of patches earned while detailed, attached or in support of sister-service units and joint organizations. Airmen and guardians can now wear these patches. Additionally, the patches will not be converted to the spice-brown color common to Air Force and Space Force uniforms.

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