In response to "Makeup? You’re kidding, right?" (letter, Nov. 24), let’s first consult Army Regulation 670-1 Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignias. It states, "Females are authorized to wear cosmetics with all uniforms, provided they are applied conservatively and in good taste and complement the uniform." Evidently our elected officials are more familiar with the rules the letter writer lives by. Thanks, Nancy Pelosi!

According to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary, makeup is defined as: "Cosmetics used to color and beautify the face." I have never heard of the use of makeup on one’s face being defined as an invitation for sex. The letter writer clearly insinuated just that when she wrote, "They stress the ‘no sexual intercourse’ policy in a deployed area. What kind of message does it send when young ladies are prancing around wearing makeup to enhance their appeal?" In fact, I think this statement is downright asinine … along with including makeup as a sensitive item such as an M-16, and other battle-essential items for fighting the enemy.

Women in the military can be taken seriously, earning the respect of their male counterparts. However, we don’t need to look like men in order to do so. The way soldiers (regardless of gender) conduct themselves, treat others and perform their jobs are what earn respect. Clinique, Mary Kay and Cover Girl have absolutely nothing to do with it.

We are women. Women wear makeup. If female servicemembers choose to don mascara, blush and lipstick along with their Advanced Combat Helmet and Improved Outer Tactical Vest, so be it.

I commend the United Service Organizations for creating more female-friendly care packages.

Its consideration of female servicemembers’ needs is greatly appreciated and long overdue.

Sgt. Hope DaCostaCamp Arifjan, Kuwait

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