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U.S. Army's New Hair Requirements Called 'Racially Biased'

Army's New Hair Regulations Called 'Racially Biased'
The United States Army has banned certain hair styles, including corn rows. Some are calling the move racially biased against black women.

WRAL reports that "The new grooming rules went into effect Monday. They say soldiers cannot wear natural twists and braids can be no longer than a quarter inch."

Meanwhile, critics launched a White House petition March 20, which already has more than 6,500 signatures. Part of the petition reads, "These new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent." WAGA says "Petitioners hope that the president will order the Army to reconsider those regulations."

WAWS spoke with a man who retired after 16 years in the Air Force and currently has a daughter serving in the Army. He says she pins her hair back up in her hat.

"When you get into trying to regulate culture, you cross a fine line. Generally, the people making the rules are people not affected by the rules." "Right now, more than 30 percent of women in the armed forces are minorities."

But according to The Huffington Post, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon said the hair grooming standards were "necessary to maintain uniformity within a military population."

The spokesman also noted many hairstyles are acceptable, and that headgear is expected to fit snug without bulgings.

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dennislee431 April 02 2014 at 12:23 PM

OUR MILITARY IS VOLUNTARY, THE PEOPLE THAT JOIN DO SO FOR THE BENEFITS SERVICE PROVIDES, AND THERE ARE MANY. WHY CAN PEOPLE JUST NOT FOLLOW THE RULES PERIOD?IN MY OPINION THEY SHOULD ALL GET A CREW CUT MAN OR WOMAN NO EXCEPTIONS THEN EVERYTHING WOULD BE VERY EQUAL ALL THE WAY AROUND.

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akiva321 April 02 2014 at 12:41 PM

You can't have a mohawk in the Army as well. Or unnatural color. Or anything extreme.

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Bebe April 02 2014 at 9:52 PM

It's the military for heaven's sake! It's not a venue for self-expression! If you can't conform or meet military expectations, then find another career!

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MARTHA & PERRY April 02 2014 at 9:51 PM

put them in an administrative role shuffling paper. when I was in the military they had WAFs, WACs and WAVs. perhaps its time to bring those back.

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gmgpjandon MARTHA & PERRY April 02 2014 at 10:06 PM

Please excuse my French. Perhaps it's time to reinstate the words, *****, slut and cun* back into the English language as an adjective, not as an upscale type American conversation.

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MARTHA & PERRY gmgpjandon April 02 2014 at 10:34 PM

??

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bobsadmassistco gmgpjandon April 02 2014 at 11:55 PM

Why do you refer to these vulgar terms as "French" - they are vulgar words in English - and you're not excused. But I digress, what the hell is your point and are you capable of expressing yourself without retorting to vulgarity? This is a 'rethorical' (look it up) question.

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kmhjbh April 02 2014 at 12:47 PM

It is so funny to me that they are griping about hair regulations saying that they are racist but no one cares when Marines are targeted for praying amongst themselves! Freedom of Religion is part of our Constitution but freedom to wear your hair how ever you want is not! Maybe every member of the military male or female, should have to wear their hair exactly the same...in a buzz cut!

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donahuepapad123 April 02 2014 at 12:49 PM

SHAVE THIER HEADS LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE , NO EXCEPTIONS , SHAVE IT , ITS SAFFER ...

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kvave April 02 2014 at 12:49 PM

What the Military NEEDS to go back to : In the Words of the MythicalGunny Hartmann "We are not here to Promote Racial Harmony . I hate Waps , N**** , Kik** , Jews , SpI** , White Trash etc EQUALLY. We are NOT Statesmen We are here to Serve this Nation and KILL the Enemy"

Individuality and Racial/Political Agendas have NO PLACE in the Service

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drtop April 02 2014 at 9:48 PM

When you make a contract with the military you take an oath to follow orders of those appointed over you. The skin coloe does not enter into the equation. You eat what you are served, sleep where you are assigned, tolit where you are to go ans shower in eh same area. There are unifrom statement about Hair length and style as well as body piercings and tattoos. The militrary has its own set of laws (UCMJ) and they are a culture distince from the greater culture. They are there as volunteers not draftees and they live in a benevolent dictatorship while there. They are not there to die for any one group of people in the US as some bigots would like to believe. They are there to follow the orders of the Commander in Chief and officers in command of them and do their duty. My head was shaved when I entered Boot Camp and I had to keep within the groming standards. Get with the program or get out and try finding a civilian job that will give you the benefits of military service. It is the military not the scouts or military auxilliary.

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gmgpjandon drtop April 02 2014 at 10:17 PM

An oath? What is that in todays America. Actually.

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bobsadmassistco gmgpjandon April 02 2014 at 11:58 PM

Sadly, absolutely nothing - from President on down to Private (in the military). And, it means nothing in the civlian, or politcial, life either - except if you lie under oath in a court - if you're not rich and are not part of the 'Law Enforcement' community.

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msb57 April 02 2014 at 12:51 PM

Really? Is that all they people in the army have to worry about? //if they all had short hair cuts they wouldn't have to worry about dirt and sand and bugs getting into it. Plus short hair is cooler than cornrows or braids. Hair does not make the person. What they do in life does.

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ejh2727 April 02 2014 at 9:43 PM

It’s the military. Conformity has been required of men for years. Race makes no difference. No ethnic hair. Basically very little hair at all.
If you don't like the regs get out and you can have your froo back.

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polkfresno ejh2727 April 02 2014 at 9:56 PM

Wow! Guess we know which side your on. Why does it have to be a fro? What about long hair in general.? Way to go Mr. Right Wing! Oh yea only one O in fro.

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mikemkh polkfresno April 02 2014 at 10:09 PM

it's the Army for Christ Sakes. They make the rules and they expect for them to be followed. Why is everything always racist.. You don't like it get out. You went to them for a job not the other way around.

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kele7777777 polkfresno April 02 2014 at 10:33 PM

What some don't grasp is that putting an Afro in cornrows, box braids, or locs is a protective way to prepare it before pinning it up. It is comparable to putting straight hair that is shoulder length into a bun. A shoulder length Afro, by the way, is easily waist length when stretched and straightened, so we are talking about a lot of hair! If they want to ban ALL textures of long hair from coily-curly, spiral-curly, wavy, to straight, that's fine. They should just be consistent in applying the rules across the board.

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