Another thread inspired this. It asked should girls bring hair dryers to BCT?. You won't see parents of males asking that. Hair for females has consistently been allowed to be longer over the past 15 years. This thread is just food for thought, not meant to inflame. Recently a push has been made to have all covers be alike, promoting unity. Is that a good thing? Many females sport long hair that often is out of place, noticeable in parades especially. Cheerleaders often have hair way down their backs. I've heard the argument that longer hair is allowed to make applying attractive to potential female applicants. Everyone likes to see that, but is it counterproductive to the mission of the academies? Of course females should not be required to sport the buzz cut given to all boys, but do you think it should be shorter than currently allowed? Granted, it will be shortest during BCT, Plebe Summer, etc. But would it be better to have it more uniform, like the boys? I'm not a misogynist, just wondering why our academies have continued to go softer over the years, and whether it is best for our military. Boy's hair has been allowed to be slightly longer too, and every class will tell you that life at the academies has become more lax since they graduated. I believe that is largely true. Steel is forged under fire, diamonds are formed by pressure. Have our academies become too lax and permissive? Looking forward to your thoughts.