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The Pentagon said Tuesday that the military would review controversial grooming policies that led some to accuse the Army of racial bias. Grooming guidelines released in late March, known as Army Regulation 670-1, included rules on hair grooming. Among the “unauthorized styles” were natural hairstyles popular among African American women, including twists. A White House petition, asking the Army to reconsider the ban, gathered more than 10,000 signatures.
Last month’s release of the guidelines sparked criticism among some African American women for being culturally insensitive and failing to acknowledge different hairstyle textures and preferences. The women members of the Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking that the regulations be reconsidered.
The Pentagon will review its policies on hairstyles following backlash from African-American soldiers, who said the Army's revised rules are racially and culturally biased. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has notified Congress that he has directed his deputy to "work with the service secretaries and the military chiefs to review their respective policies, to address the issues raised by members of Congress about grooming standards, particularly for African-American females," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said this week. Over the next month, the military will take a close look at the "the definitions of authorized and prohibited hairstyles contained in each of their respective policies and revise any offensive language," Kirby said. "During the next three months, each service will review their hairstyle policies as they pertain to African-American women to ensure standards are fair and respectful of our diverse force, while also meeting our military service's requirements," he said.
originally posted by: Deny Arrogance
Why is the twist hairstyle considered natural when customers pay and stylists charge so much to do it? In my mind natural means the hair would somehow grow out in the twisted style by itself.
originally posted by: Wrabbit2000
I have a question.....
When they are all done turning the United States Military into an equal opportunity social club, with all the niceties and polite customs of the best in public gatherings.....?
Can someone make us a military that is actually there to kill people and break things? The other 190 some nations, for the most part, have militaries dedicated to just those two things. When we're all warm and fuzzy...the Kill people and Break things guys will have a field day squashing our modern Americans like bugs on concrete.
The world isn't kind to weakness...and a military more about social statements than killing the enemy is weakness given physical form. I don't know how else to think of that, when the world just isn't interested in even humoring our tangents here. They're too busy fighting or gearing up for the next one somewhere.
With Afghan. now winding down, the military is getting back to the "garrison mentality". Where worrying about such important matters as hair twists, tattoo's, clothing policy at the commissary/PX, etc, are the hot plate issues.
You can't lecture a person's hair texture into being what it is not, and you certainly can''t look into the protest of such bigoted guidelines as disobedience without appearing to be hypocritical.
This is what institutionalized racism is.
Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson knows a thing or two about leadership and diversity in the Army. And so she should, as the most senior-ranking black woman — a badge she has worn since 2011, when she became the first black, female two-star general.
“I decided to personally involve myself in this particular issue," she said. She went to a senior personnel officer with her own story, recommending that the Army consult hair-and-scalp specialists.
"He took that to heart, a group was convened, they met with a hair-and-scalp specialist who explained some things, and there were some changes in the works — as a consequence of all of this_to update the regulations to reflect a more inclusive approach to grooming while still making sure that soldiers presented the American people [with] a very professional appearance," Anderson added.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
They are in the military, they can tell them to do what ever they want with their hair.
No individualism in the military, they tell you that when you sign up.