Every since wearing earbuds at the gym became the norm well over a decade ago, many soldiers have been perplexed as to why it was against regulation to wear them in an Army PT uniform when a soldier in civilian clothes in that very same gym could wear them.
Well now that appears to be changing. Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey, who proposed the change to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, has long been critical of this regulation (670-1) and calling it “hypocritical.”
However according to Paul Prince, an Army Spokesperson:
“Until the new policy is published, as an Army directive or as an update to AR 670-1, soldiers are to adhere to the current policy. We are working diligently to implement the change as soon as possible while making sure we have properly vetted the proposed guidance through the Army Publishing Process,”
There is no timeline as to when this will get implemented but troops around the world are no doubt excited to see such an antiquated rule done away with.
As for wearing earbuds during outside outside PT or sporting over the ear headphones, those will remain against regulation.
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