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Wednesday, Apr. 09, 2014

Around the Army: SMA talks about AR 670-1 changes, professionalism

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FORT GORDON, Ga. — Not even a full day after the official publication of Army Regulation 670-1, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III took the stage at Fort Gordon to elaborate on expected changes across the Army and to address Soldiers’ questions during a tour of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence Tuesday and Wednesday.

“How we wear our uniform and how we present ourselves, not only to each other but to the American people we serve, is important,” said Chandler. “We’ve taken a hard look for almost three years to determine what’s feasible, affordable and reasonable to support our profession and to ensure the trust of the American people.”

Chandler addressed specific concerns about portions of the publications that have been reported in the media.

“There was a lot of research leading to the actual publication of AR 670-1,” said Chandler said.

In response to a question about tattoos, Chandler said he and his board of directors, comprised of senior NCOs from across the Army, collected data and discussed proposed changes over the past three years. They also listened to the opinions of Soldiers and leaders across the Army while they deliberated on their collective policy recommendations to the Secretary of the Army.

“I think what’s important about Army Regulation 670-1 is that it is a part of an overall strategy called the Army profession, and it is focused on persons of character, commitment and competence,” said Chandler. “First, understand your professional responsibility. As a professional your appearance is a part of that responsibility.”

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