The Navy said earlier in July it would change policy to let women sailors sport ponytails and other longer hairstyles. (Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP, File)
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Now that women in the Navy can wear ponytails, men want beards. The Navy said last week that servicewomen could sport ponytails, lock hairstyles, or ropelike strands, and wider hair buns, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down.Servicemen immediately chimed in on social media, asking the Navy if they could grow beards. Travis Rader, a 29-year-old naval physical security officer, said allowing beards would boost morale for men, just like allowing ponytails and locks has for women.There are two things that would make many Navy men happy: beards and better boots, he added. Rader had a 6-inch-long beard when he joined the Navy after high school.
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