By Staff Reports, ANAD Public AffairsMarch 21, 2019
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- On Feb. 6, Anniston Army Depot instituted a new dress code for its entire workforce to ensure a professional appearance throughout all work areas.
"Our commitment to the war fighter, our country and each other must be reflected not only in the quality of the products we provide but also in our dress and appearance," stated the new policy, Commander's Policy Statement #32. "Our choice of clothing must reflect credit upon ourselves and the Army at all times and must not project an image of anything other than that found in a world class organization."
According to the policy, the following clothing is forbidden:
• Any attire with printing, insignia or pictures that are sexually offensive, obscene or suggestive in nature; promote illegal activities; or depict derogatory political, religious, racial or ethnic messages.
• Any attire that is excessively worn or has manufactured/worn fraying, holes, rips, or tears. This includes cut-off sleeves on coveralls.
• Clothing such as tank tops, sleeveless T-shirts, athletic attire, shorts or spandex, including leggings, tights or yoga-style pants without suitable outer garments.
• Revealing shirts or blouses. These include low-cut, belly shirts, half shirts or bare-midriff tops.
• Flip-flops, comprised of rubber, foam or plastic soles with a thong between the big and second toes, or sliders, which are defined as a single strap or a sequence of straps across the toes and the lower half of the foot to hold the shoe on the foot.
"From a safety perspective, certain clothing items need to stay out of the workplace, because they present an additional hazard. This dress code policy outlines some of those items, such as flip flops and sleeveless clothing," said ANAD Commander Col. Joel Warhurst.
The policy also declares that professional attire for office settings will be determined by the supervisor.
This attire should be business casual at a minimum and must not include the use of any overalls or coveralls.
Administrative or office areas may implement "dress-down Fridays" at the supervisor's discretion.
Anyone who has been issued clothing by the depot must maintain it in a serviceable condition. According to the policy, this means it must not be modified or altered, such as cutting the sleeves off coveralls.
Exceptions to the policy are as follows:
• Open-toe sandals, which are defined as a hard sole shoe held firmly on the foot by straps or thongs which pass over the instep and are secured at the ankles, are authorized in administrative and office areas outside of production areas.
• Capris are authorized in administrative and office areas outside of production areas.
• Jeans are authorized in production areas.
• T-shirts without fraying, holes, rips, tears or cutoff sleeves are authorized in production areas.
• Coveralls without fraying, holes, rips, tears or cutoff sleeves are authorized in production areas.
• Sweat pants without fraying, holes, rips, tears or cutoff sleeves are authorized in production areas.
• Tank tops, sleeveless T-shirts, athletic attire, shorts and spandex, such as leggings, tights or yoga-style pants are authorized while conducting physical training or sporting activities and in recreational areas.
"Anniston Army Depot has a reputation of setting high standards in workmanship. Having similar high standards in our clothing, presenting ourselves in a professional manner, is a way of showcasing our values for our coworkers and visitors," said Warhurst.