Can’t Win Wars, Troop Suicides Up, But National Guard General Tweets Complaint About Ban on French Manicures

Minnesota National Guard Major General Johanna Clyborne tweeted a complaint Thursday night about the Army’s ban on French manicures. Clyborne illustrated her complaint with a photo in an office showing her left hand with her nails covered after a manicure to change from the French one and that showed her feet with nail polish propped on her desk. Clyborne’s complaint about manicures was posted the day after it was revealed troop suicides have increased by 46 percent this year..

“Why the Army thinks a French Manicure is an “obnoxious” color compared to the civilian world which views it as an understated yet professional look is beyond me. But I have to be in uniform tomorrow, so here we are. It looked nice while it lasted.”

“AR 670-1 considers it an unnatural color. You can however wear an American manicure but it’s a weird pink that doesn’t look as nice. Balancing a civilian professional look with the easy of switch in and out of uniform as often as I do and still be compliant can be a challenge.”

“I’ll be sure to remove the tin foil before getting into uniform. Good idea on the study. The revised AR670-1 heads in the right direction to help balance the two. Honestly b/c my duties require far more then a drill a mo I normally don’t wear nail polish but I had a special event”

Clyborne’s National Guard bio reads in part:


University of Mary Hardin-Baylor – BA – Business Administration
University of St. Thomas School of Law – JD – Law

The Fletcher School-Tufts University, School of Law and Diplomacy, Senior Service College
Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME)
Joint Domestic Qualification Course
Army Senior Leader Development Program-Basic (ASLDP-B)


2LT 13 Jun 92
1LT 12 Jun 95
CPT 26 May 99
MAJ 21 Nov 03
LTC 16 Dec 08
COL 5 Mar 13
BG 1 Apr 16
MG 27 Jun 19

Jun 19 Present Assistant Adjutant General, St. Paul, Minnesota; dual-hatted, Jan 21 – Present, Deputy Commanding General (DCG), ARNG for United States Army Cyber Center of Excellence (CCoE), Fort Gordon, Georgia
Sep 17 May 19 Director, Joint Staff – (MN) Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ), St. Paul, MN
Mar 16 Sep 17 Assistant Adjutant General, St. Paul, Minnesota
Sep 15 Mar 16 Chief of the Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Sep 13 Sep 15 Commander, 347th Regional Support Group, Roseville, Minnesota
Jun 13 Sep 13 J2, Joint Force Headquarters, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Jul 12 Jun 13 Army War College Fellow, (Resident), The Fletcher School-Tufts University School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, Massachusetts
Apr 11 Jul 12 Assistant Chief of Staff, G1, 34th Infantry Division, Rosemount, Minnesota
Jun 10 Mar 11 Liaison Officer, 34th Infantry Division, Rosemount, Minnesota
Dec 08 Jun 10 Deputy G2, 34th Infantry Division, Rosemount, Minnesota and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Basra, Iraq
Jun 08 Dec 08 Liaison Officer, 34th Infantry Division, Rosemount, Minnesota
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