Army Freeks Get Active Duty
At least 10 Michigan Army reservists are suddenly facing the prospect of active duty, victims of an apparent crackdown by some reserve commanders on soldiers whose hair is too long.
The reservists were among some 150 who were sent home from their weekend drills last month to get haircuts. The men were given unexcused absences for the lost time, and for the 10 the action put them over the annual limit for unexcused time off.
Army regulations forbid hair over the ears or back collar and forbid sideburns below the bottom of the ear canal, but the regulations apparently had not been enforced too strictly in some reserve units.