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Beauty on Duty: Female Soldiers Standing Guard for Their Homeland

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Military service used to be regarded as a traditional test of manhood and a rite of passage. While female conscription is in place in a limited number of countries women can still serve on a contract basis.

While women in the US have been serving in the military since the Revolutionary War, they surely experienced a moment to rejoice last week after the Pentagon loosened some restrictions when it comes to female appearance.

Starting February, new grooming standards will allow women to wear their hair longer than before, wear their hair in up to two braids, or a single ponytail with a bun.

Besides that, women will be allowed to paint their nails and wear earrings.

Check out Sputnik's photo gallery to see female soldiers standing guard for their countries.

© Photo : Public domain / Bradshaw Crandell / Heritage AuctionsA poster aimed at recruiting girls to the US Army Women's Corps, 1943.
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A poster aimed at recruiting girls to the US Army Women's Corps, 1943.
© Sputnik / Aleksandr Galperin / Go to the photo bankFemale cadets during drills at the Peter the Great Naval Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Female cadets during drills at the Peter the Great Naval Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.
© Photo : Public domain / U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Clayton LenhardtUS Army Brig Gen Giselle Wilz, NATO Headquarters Sarajevo commander, speaks with female officers of the Turkish Land Forces during a mentoring session at Camp Butmir, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 April 2016.
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US Army Brig Gen Giselle Wilz, NATO Headquarters Sarajevo commander, speaks with female officers of the Turkish Land Forces during a mentoring session at Camp Butmir, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 April 2016.
© AFP 2021 / Noah SeelamAn Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) member gives the final touch up to her colleagues makeup prior to performing in a cultural programme during the 66th NCC day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on 22 November 2014.
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An Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) member gives the final touch up to her colleagues makeup prior to performing in a cultural programme during the 66th NCC day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on 22 November 2014.
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Ernests Dinkamob/Saeima / Svinīgā Nacionālo bruņoto spēku parādēA female soldier during a parade of the Latvian National Armed Forces, 18 November 2012.
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A female soldier during a parade of the Latvian National Armed Forces, 18 November 2012.
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Rikujojieitai Boueisho / Female soldiers during a parade of the Japanese Self-Defence forces.
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Female soldiers during a parade of the Japanese Self-Defence forces.
CC BY 2.5 / Italian Army / A female soldier from a mortar team of the Italian Army's mechanised brigade Aosta.
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A female soldier from a mortar team of the Italian Army's mechanised brigade Aosta.
© AFP 2021 / Jung Yeon-JeA South Korean woman reacts during a training camp for civilians at a Special Warfare Command military base in Seoul on 4 August 2011.
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A South Korean woman reacts during a training camp for civilians at a Special Warfare Command military base in Seoul on 4 August 2011.
© AP Photo / Vadim GhirdaA Romanian female soldier, left, and a US Marines female counterpart share a joke after switching weapons to get usedto each other's equipment during training at the Capu Midia surface-to-air firing range, on the Black Sea coast in Romania, 20 March 2017.
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A Romanian female soldier, left, and a US Marines female counterpart share a joke after switching weapons to get usedto each other's equipment during training at the Capu Midia surface-to-air firing range, on the Black Sea coast in Romania, 20 March 2017.
CC BY 2.0 / She Paused 4 Thought / A female soldier in Santiago, Chile.
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A female soldier in Santiago, Chile.
© AFP 2021 / Hoang Dinh NamWomen dressed as female Vietcong soldiers during the Vietnam War parade during official celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Vietnam's Dien Bien Phu victory over France at a stadium in the northwestern town of Dien Bien Phu on 7 May 2014.
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Women dressed as female Vietcong soldiers during the Vietnam War parade during official celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Vietnam's Dien Bien Phu victory over France at a stadium in the northwestern town of Dien Bien Phu on 7 May 2014.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesTour guide and Korean People's Army (KPA) captain Choe Un-Jong (26) poses for a portrait at the War Museum, or "Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum", in Pyongyang, 28 July 2017.
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Tour guide and Korean People's Army (KPA) captain Choe Un-Jong (26) poses for a portrait at the War Museum, or "Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum", in Pyongyang, 28 July 2017.
CC BY 2.0 / U.S. Army / Gertrud Zach / A Swedish soldier with the Wartofta Tank Company, Skaraborg Regiment carries a round during the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, June 5, 2018A Swedish soldier with the Wartofta Tank Company, Skaraborg Regiment carries a round during the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, 5 June 2018.
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A Swedish soldier with the Wartofta Tank Company, Skaraborg Regiment carries a round during the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, 5 June 2018.
© AP Photo / Ng Han GuanA female soldier acting as a guide gets ready for the opening of an exhibition to mark China's military achievements in Beijing Monday, 16 July 2007.
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A female soldier acting as a guide gets ready for the opening of an exhibition to mark China's military achievements in Beijing Monday, 16 July 2007.
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