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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown will ultimately have the final say on any changes to dress and appearance regs.
An Army directive authorizing beards for soldiers based on their religion applies to all religions — as evidenced from this recent memo from a brigade commander.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, says beards would detract from a professional military image.