The Dec. 3 update erases some of the minutia that defines military life: dictating where an airman’s hands should be when they walk, whether their workout clothes should be tucked in, and even whether they are allowed to talk on the phone while walking. Officials argue that doing away with requirements that don’t affect airmen’s ability to do their jobs will help the force focus on the work that matters.
Airmen on social media rejoiced at regaining a sliver of control over their own choices.
“Last year we had hands in pockets, ball caps and morale patches on our page’s Christmas list,” said a post on the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page Wednesday. “Now what the heck [are] we supposed to wish for?”
The updated regulation comes two months later than leaders promised when they announced the pending changes in August. Here’s what’s included in the list: