Ever since the days of the dashing cavilier officers have always tried to get away with a little more than the other ranks when it comes to length of their hair. I mean, skinheads and other not quite so severe crops don't go down too well in polite society. The RSMs have however always kept it within a reasonable margin of the regulation requirements, so everyone was more or less happy. Today, things are not so simple. We can't all look the same any more, but the people who say what's what as well as the ladies of our officer class should know the rules. Off the collar or tied up. Simple really. So why is it that almost every female officer I see has hair well over her collar if not well over the shoulder with a beret perched patheticly atop the proud hair do? Are the rules only for the ORs? Does tied up hair get in the way of their vigorous office life? And lets get this straight. We're not talking female officers on the ranges or on exercise here. HQ office staff posts with all the requirement to wear a helmet during their normal working day as any other office worker outside Bagdad. I think it's a case of one rule for them and another for the ORs, and one that is blindingly obvious as it can't be hidden under the hat!