Exceptions to the “Clean-Cut” Standard

May 09, 2015



Disclaimer: This list is NOT all inclusive. US Special Operations have dozens of firearms at their disposal. This list is just a sampling and is arranged in NO particular order.

     FN SCAR

The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for "light", is chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for "heavy", fires 7.62×51mm NATO. Both are available in Long Barrel and Close Quarters Combat variants.

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

Pictured Above: FN MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR)
Cartridge
  • 5.56×45mm NATO(SCAR-L)
  • 7.62×51mm NATO(SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity
  • SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) (M855)
  • SCAR-L: 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) (Mk 262)
  • SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) (M80)
Effective firing range
  • SCAR-L: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 500 m (550 yd) (Standard), 600 m (660 yd) (Long)
  • SCAR-H: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 600 m (660 yd) (Standard), 800 m (870 yd) (Long)
Feed system
  • SCAR-L: STANAG box magazine
  • SCAR-H/SSR: 20-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights or various optics

FULL FN SCAR SPECS HERE

 

  Words by Neil Cox

The military has decided to allow leniency in regards to new appearance in dress code standards for the US troops.  Previously banned allowances such as facial hair, tattoos and piercings as well as certain types of apparel are now being permitted under specific regulations.  Articles of clothing including head gear like turbans, scarves and yarmulkes as well as beards and religious based tattoos will be considered for exception.  These changes are being made to allow for soldiers expression of religion and spiritual faith.  It is done in hopes to reduce the perception of discrimination in the expressions of religion that are unfamiliar to other soldiers and leaders.

Exceptions to the “Clean-Cut” Standard

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These policy exceptions have been made to better accommodate those of the Muslim, Jewish and Sikh religion that often incorporate facial hair and particular articles of clothing as part of their religious expression, as well as other less familiar religions. 

The exceptions to the standards will be permitted under the conditions that they do not have detrimental effects on mission accomplishment, military readiness, and unit cohesion.  These individual expressions also must not interfere with the functionality of special and protective clothing or equipment.  Each request to permit exception to these rules will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Exceptions to the “Clean-Cut” Standard

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