When you join the military, you have to follow a whole new set of rules. Most people know that moving and being sent on missions are part of being in the military, but other things can be surprising.
For example, did you know that there are strict rules about how many rings a soldier can wear? Military members must follow four other laws and how many rings they can wear.
There are a few things you should know about wedding bands that are approved by the military. A military member can wear up to two rings (a wedding set counts as one ring), but they all have to be simple and tasteful.
Because of this, many people in the military choose to wear military rings made of silicone. Such calls are safe, easy, and don’t stand out.
When it comes to rings, there aren’t many options for people in the military. Fingers are delicate, but pretty much everything else is out of bounds.
In some situations, women can wear particular earrings, but men can’t.
What about piercings? They are almost always out of bounds. This rule applies even to piercings inside the body, like the tongue. You should use this rule even when you aren’t on duty.
Soldiers can’t put items, jewelry, or decorations on or through their skin while in uniform, in civilian clothes on duty, or civilian clothes off duty when they are on an Army installation or other area controlled by the Army (this includes earrings for male soldiers).
The only exception is for female soldiers.
The word skin doesn’t just mean the outside of the body; it also includes the tongue, lips, inside of the mouth, and other body parts that aren’t easily seen.
Women can wear certain earring styles with their service, dress, and mess uniforms or while on duty while wearing civilian clothes.
Earrings can be screwed, clipped, or put on with a post. They can be gold, silver, white pearl, or diamond. The earring’s diameter can’t be more than 6 mm or 14 inches and must be smooth and round.
The earrings should fit snugly against the ear when they are worn. Women can only wear earrings in pairs, with only one in each ear.
With any Class C (utility) uniform, women cannot wear earrings (BDU, hospital duty, food service, physical fitness, and field or organizational).
When women are not on duty, there are no rules about whether or not they can wear earrings.
Nothing is worse than being out in the sun and not having sunglasses. But most soldiers can’t wear sunglasses unless their field commander says it’s okay.
If the commander says it’s okay, they can wear sunglasses, but they must be simple and not from a specific brand.
They must also only have black, brown, or dark green lenses, not any other color.
Eyeglasses with prescriptions can be worn anytime, but trendy styles or ones with initials, designs, or other decorative touches are never allowed.
Soldiers can wear glasses that a civilian doctor with any uniform prescribes. In a garrison, they can wear conservative prescription or non-prescription sunglasses, except in formation or inside.
People who a doctor tells them that they need to wear sunglasses for medical reasons other than refractive error can do so unless it would be bad for their health or safety to do so.
Soldiers can’t wear sunglasses in the field unless their commander tells them to for safety reasons in places with a lot of glare.
Trendy glasses, sunglasses, or ones with initials, designs, or other decorations on the lenses or frames are not allowed.
Soldiers aren’t allowed to wear lenses with bright or trendy colors like red, yellow, blue, purple, bright green, or orange.
Traditional lens colors are gray, brown, or dark green. Soldiers won’t wear glasses with lenses or too big or small frames, making the uniform look bad.
They also won’t put necklaces, bracelets, or ribbons on their glasses. Eyeglass restraints are only allowed when they are needed for safety.
Soldiers can’t hang their glasses or cases on their uniforms, and they can’t let their glasses hang down the front of their uniforms from their eyeglass restraints.
In the same way the military limits the types of glasses they can wear, they also set limits on contact lenses for people who need them.
The only universally approved lenses are transparent, untinted, standard prescription lenses. Opaque lenses can be used in the event of doctor’s orders, but tinted, colored, or lenses with iris-changing designs are outlawed while in uniform.
When you think about necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and all types of chain jewelry, you should only believe about off-duty times.
With few exceptions, soldiers can only wear these accessories when off duty and wearing civilian clothes.
These are some of the things you should know about the accessories that the military can wear when on and off duty. If you are in the Army or considering joining, you should always play by the rules to avoid being on the wrong side.