Army Grants Christian Sergeant a Religious Exemption to Grow Beard and Long Hair

A U.S. Army sergeant became one of the first known Christian service members to receive the green light on letting his hair and beard grow out for religious purposes.

“In observance with your Christian faith, you may wear uncut hair in accordance with Army uniform and grooming standards provided in Army Regulation (AR) 670-1,” a memo to Sgt. Jacob DiPietro from Lt. Gen. Gary M. Brito, the head of Army personnel, stated on July 25.

“You may grow your hair in accordance with the standards for long hair set forth in AR 670-1.”

DiPietro, a cargo specialist with the Florida Army Reserve’s 489th Transportation Company, first applied for the religious exemption in November 2019, according to Task & Purpose. He explained that​​ the Bible says that while someone is observing the Nazarite vow, “no razor may be used on their head.”

The request came after policy changes in 2017 that allow a soldier’s brigade-level commander to approve a request to receive religious exemptions to grow out their hair.

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Source: Fox News