According to a decision reached by the Israel Defense Forces in recent days, soldiers will be permitted to wear scarves outside their bases for the first time in the army’s history.
Until now soldiers were permitted to wear scarves during the winter months only within the confines of IDF bases and with the commanding officer’s authorization.
Soldiers who violated these terms were slapped with a citation from Military Police officers.
The recent decision stated a number of limitations, which are meant to prevent soldiers from wearing scarves as a fashion item and restrict their use for warming purposes only.
“We determined that soldiers will be allowed to wear scarves during the winter months; we will not accept a situation whereby soldiers wear short-sleeved shirts and scarves as if they are participating in a fashion show,” an IDF official told Ynet.
It was also determine that soldiers will wear only black-colored scarves; embroideries of any kind are forbidden.