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Army expecting tamer year after bold moves in grooming, personnel standards

Soldiers waiting for guidance that allows beards will have to keep waiting.

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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo, U.S Army troops training to serve as instructors participate in the new Army combat fitness test at the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade compound at Fort Bragg, N.C. Army leaders are kicking out the requirement that soldiers do at least one leg tuck as part of the new physical fitness test, after finding many troops — particularly women — were unable to do the exercise that requires them to raise their knees while hanging from a bar.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Army revamps fitness exam, kicks out leg tuck requirement

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(Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Ryan DeBooy)U.S. Army Pfc. Tess Sandoval assigned to 2nd Squadron, 6th Calvary Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade is one of two female attack helicopter repairers in the squadron located on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Aug. 25, 2019. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Ryan DeBooy)

Makeup, nail polish and highlights are now all parts of the modern soldier

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(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)FILE -  In this Sept. 18, 2009, file, photo, A soldier from the U.S. Army's 118th Military Police Co., based at Fort Bragg, N.C., respond to shots fired at a combat outpost in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak Province.  Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years. Now both superpowers are linked again over Afghanistan, with intelligence reports indicating Russia secretly offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops there. But analysts suggest that the two adversaries actually have more in common, especially when it comes to what they want to see in a postwar Afghanistan: a stable country that does not serve as a base for extremists to export terrorism. Both countries also are aligned in their opposition to militants from the Islamic State group.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Some enlisted soldiers can now promote before getting mandated training

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(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Geelen)Command Sgt. Maj. Johnny Bryant, battalion sergeant major and president of the board, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division listens to a Soldier’s response during 4STB’s virtual promotion board 29 April at the brigade headquarters building on Fort Carson, Colorado. The board members communicated with the Soldiers and their sponsors through video teleconference. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Geelen, 4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division)

Army diversity policy gets high marks, but more insidious issues of racism still lurk

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AP/Alik Kepliczenlisted promotion

Army isn’t only green anymore as leaders address race

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