News Briefs, January 1, 2015

Congress restores commissary funding

House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving initiative targeting military compensation and endorsed by the Joint Chiefs as a way to dampen personnel costs so more dollars can be spent on training, weapon buys and other readiness accounts being victimized by arbitrary “sequestration” cuts.

Software training for veterans

The nonprofit program NS2 Serves teaches veterans how to use the data management software from the SAP Corporation. SAP’s software is used in banking, factory operations, and military intelligence. A certificate from the program gives veterans a credential they can use in looking for jobs. For more information on NS2’s SAP Program, visit the SAP NS2 website at or phone 877-9-SAPNS2 (877-972-7672) or

Navy launches wellness website

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) recently announced the launch of its redesigned and enhanced Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII) website. The website targets health information disseminators as well as WII servicemembers, their families, caregivers, and others who support and assist servicemembers during the recovery and transition process. To learn how NMCPHC HPW programs can facilitate recovery and strengthen resilience, visit

New female hair regs for Navy

Highlights of the changes and guidelines include:
• Hairstyles must allow for the proper fit of headgear and not interfere with the proper wear of protective masks or equipment.
• When in uniform, hair may touch, but not fall below a horizontal line level with the lower edge of the back of the collar. With service dress jumper uniforms, hair may extend a maximum of 1-1/2 inches below the top of the jumper collar.
• Layered hairstyles are authorized, provided that the layers present a smooth graduated appearance. No portion of the bulk of the hair (except the bun) as measured from the scalp will exceed 2 inches.
• The bulk of the bun shall not exceed 3 inches from scalp. The diameter of the bun will not exceed 4 inches. Loose ends must be tucked-in and secured. Buns must not protrude through the opening in the back of a ball cap.
• Angled hairstyles may not exceed 1 1/2 inches difference in length from front to back.
• All hairstyles must minimize scalp exposure.
• Two strand braids (a type of twist) are authorized. Braided hairstyles shall be conservative and conform to the grooming standard guidelines.



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