Soldiers are now allowed to use headphones in uniform
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Soldiers are now allowed to use headphones in uniform
Army Directive 2016-20 dated 6 May 2016, Effective immediately, unless the unit or
installation commander prohibits otherwise, Soldiers may use headphones, including
wireless or non-wireless devices and earpieces, in uniform only while performing
individual physical training in indoor gyms or fitness centers.

Soldiers may not wear headphones beyond the permitted area in any manner, including
around the neck or attached to the uniform. Headphones will be conservative and
discreet. Ear pads will not exceed 1-1/2 inches in diameter at the widest point. Soldiers
may wear electronic devices, such as music players or cell phones, as prescribed in AR
670-1, paragraph 3-6a(2)(b). They may also wear a solid black armband for electronic
devices in the gym or fitness center. Soldiers may not wear the armband beyond the
permitted area.

These provisions are punitive with regard to Soldiers. Violation by Soldiers may result
in adverse administrative action and/or charges under the provisions of the Uniform
Code of Military Justice.

This directive applies to the Active Army, Army National Guard/Army National Guard of
the United States, and U.S. Army Reserve.

The Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 is the proponent for this policy and will ensure its
incorporation into AR 670-1 as soon as practicable.

This directive is rescinded upon publication of the updated AR 670-1.

Download Army Directive 2016-20 for more information ----------------------
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