Turkey’s army lifted a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf.

The move, ordered by the defence ministry, applies to female officers working in the general staff and command headquarters and branches, the Anadolu news agency reported.

Women may wear the headscarf underneath their cap or beret so long as it is the same colour as their uniform and does not cover their faces.

The reform will come into force once it is published in the official gazette. It was not immediately clear if it applied to women on combat missions. It will also apply to female cadets.