Male soldiers are authorized to wear clear nail polish while in service uniforms. But don’t worry, nails cannot exceed 1/4 inches from the tip of the finger, however. (Insert eye roll here.)

This is the latest and greatest, according to the newest All Army activities message (ALARACT), an Army-wide electronic message distributed by HQDA (Headquarters for the Department of the Army) for issuing instructions or information having worldwide Army use. ALARACT messages are not DA authenticated and cannot be used to establish, issue, or change policy.

These changes coincide with the announcement made on 26 January 2021 by the Sergeant Major of the Army and the Army G1. The ALARACT serves as the standard until the next AR 670-1 and DA Pam 670-1.

Before I share my thoughts, let’s review the changes.