The Big Guns

Illustration for article titled The Big Guns

[New York, November 2. Image via Getty]

NEW YORK - NOVEMEBER 2: An armed military personnel guards during an arrival ceremony of the amphibious transport dock ship the soon to be commissioned USS New York on November 2, 2009 in New York City. The New York was built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Avondale, Louisiana, using 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center site in her bow will be commissioned during a ceremony on November 7. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

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The sight of the ponytail/bun in this photo got me thinking: What's the story with female soldiers being allowed to have long hair? (Or, conversely, what's the deal with male soldiers being forced to have short hair?) I understand that women are held to different physical standards, but it seems like the crew cut could be mandatory regardless of gender. I wonder why it's not? #ussnewyork