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  •  They go through appropriate clothes for different (7+ / 0-)

    business settings - they don't always wear uniforms. And though I don't remember them asking my husband to shower they do cover things like hairstyles (especially for civilians), etc. Most military already know how to get their haircut and they all know how to iron their uniform, men and women so I don't think those topics are as big a deal.

    It's not just for working at DIA - these men and women work with a lot of foreign governments. There are worldwide expectations to be met. Did the women's briefing mentioned above go too far - yes. However, the equivalent one that I attended for women did not address make-up or nail polish. It did address flats but in a positive way and we spoke of how classy Mrs. Clinton looks in her pant suits. We did talk about respecting other cultures and doing what is appropriate to the situation. The only thing they really said we shouldn't do is wear blue jeans, especially faded, torn, tight blue jeans. Dark blue, dressy jeans might be acceptable.

    The briefing was helpful to a lot of those who have worn only a uniform for 10-20 years and they're looking at a job where they now need to wear a business suit many days a week. It helps with the transition. The above briefing sounds like it was aimed at a different audience though I can't tell for sure.

    •  I totally understand briefings (1+ / 0-)
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      On appropriate attire. And that does change a lot, depending on where you go. It's especially important if you need to be taken seriously (not a tourist), or are representing a company or govt.

      It's doesn't sound like that type of briefing though.

    •  No problem with any of this. (3+ / 0-)
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      Neat, clean, wearing classy clothes....for both men and women.

      "Dressing for success" being equated with looking like Mata Hari....you've got to be kidding.

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      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 05:43:01 PM PST

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      •  That was the comment from the Washington Times (0+ / 0-)

        not the DIA. And I agree with you, over the top.

        Sounds like the briefer they had in for this event was over the top as well. But I also wanted to make sure that people understood why such a briefing might be necessary in the first place. It isn't really to 'pretty' people up - it's to make them the most effective in their job and unfortunately how we present ourselves does have a massive impact on the job we can get done.

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