|German girls are allowed to fight since 2001|
Hair even was an issue with the boys in 1970 in the newly formed German army. The long-haired citizens in uniform considered the old practice of putting the steel helmet on with a barber cutting off the protruding hair as incompatible with their habeas corpus. Our then Defense Minister Helmut Schmidt issued the now famous hair net decree (Haarnetz-Erlass) in February 1971 demanding that hair and beard be neat and that the former had to be controlled should its length hamper the tasks of the soldier by wearing a hair net. At that time our Federal Army (Bundeswehr) acquired 740,000 hair nets. Soon the length of the hair of the drafted men was no longer an issue so I wonder what the Bundeswehr did with all those unused hair nets.
How will the US Armed Forces deal with the hair of their female soldiers? On the photo admire a ponytail hairstyle looking out from under a NATO steel helmet. How does the American Army helmet compare?
*Drawn by the hair is the translation of the German idiom an den Haaren herbeigezogen meaning far-fetched, but using this correct English title for the blog lockt keinen Hund hinter dem warmen Ofen hervor (does not attract a dog reposing behind a warm stove).