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Jan. 21, 2021

Air Force to allow longer braids, ponytails, bangs for women

As an outcome of the 101st Air Force uniform board, Air Force women will be able to wear their hair in up to two braids or a single ponytail with bulk not exceeding the width of the head and length not extending below a horizontal line running between the top of each sleeve inseam at the under arm through the shoulder blades. In addition, women’s bangs may now touch their eyebrows, but not cover their eyes.

Jan. 20, 2021

Roth to serve as acting Secretary of the Air Force

John P. Roth will serve as the Acting Secretary of the Air Force as of Jan. 20, 2021 until the President nominates and the Senate confirms a permanent replacement.

Jan. 19, 2021

Department of the Air Force offers limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers; expanded PALACE CHASE

These programs provide provisions for both enlisted and officer members who meet specified criteria. The application window runs Jan. 20 – April 2.

Jan. 6, 2021

Department of the Air Force now tracking more administrative discipline data, including demographics

A memorandum was published Dec. 21, directing Department of the Air Force commanders to track data from lesser disciplinary actions to assist in determining whether all discipline is being carried out in a fair and impartial manner.

Jan. 6, 2021

Department of the Air Force increases commander accountability for climate survey results

The Department of the Air Force released a memorandum Dec. 21, highlighting improvements made to address concerns identified in Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey reports, a tool for leaders to assess command climate.

Jan. 5, 2021

Department of the Air Force directs commanders to review unit emblems, mottos, nicknames, other official symbology

The Department of the Air Force directed commanders to conduct a comprehensive review of official and unofficial unit emblems, morale patches, mottos, nicknames, coins and other forms of unit recognition and identity to ensure an inclusive and professional environment within 60 days from Dec. 23, 2020.

Dec. 7, 2020

Department of the Air Force moves Physical Fitness Assessments to April 2021, removes waist measurement from composite score permanently

To ensure social distancing practices remain in place during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to give Airmen and Space Professionals time to prepare, testing was delayed from October to January and is now further delayed to April.

Nov. 19, 2020

Squadron Officer School new curriculum challenges students to ‘know themselves’ first

The new “LEAD to Prevail” curriculum begins with Leadership Experiences and Attribute Development. As the first of three phases, it uses students’ introspective discovery of who they are as individuals and as leaders as the foundation for the rest of the course.

Oct. 1, 2020

Department of the Air Force makes additional updates to dress and appearance regulations

Following the Department of the Air Force’s initial review, a diverse panel of Total Force Airmen completed a second review of Air Force grooming and appearance guidance in order to enhance inclusiveness while maintaining Department of the Air Force professional standards.

Aug. 31, 2020

CSAF outlines strategic approach for Air Force success

The directive is a mixture of Brown’s expectations for what is required to ensure air superiority and for the Air Force to fulfill its mission to defend the United States and its interests. Though only 8-pages, the document spans a range of critical topics that touch on doctrine, Air Force culture, and the changing threats and adversaries the nation confronts.