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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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mithril220 April 02 2014 at 12:20 PM

Correcto mundo-don't enlist stupid.

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lfm1346 April 02 2014 at 12:33 PM

These are the rules. This is our military and certain standards must be upheld and they are beyond and not related to ethnicity or style. My own daughter is a USNA graduate and is white and has had multiple restrictions ever since she had started in the Academy. Let's get real here. Somewhere there has to be discipline in our troubled world.

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Christine April 02 2014 at 9:53 PM

Back when my dad was in the Army (and it could still be true today) the ONLY men allowed to have facial hair were African Americans (because some of them had hairs that would become ingrown and infected after shaving). If people are worried about "racism" wouldn't that be the perfect opportunity to pick on someone? Why must everything be about race? And you mean to tell me those same women who had their hair in cornrows cannot pin their hair back into a neat bun?

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dgcajun101 Christine April 02 2014 at 10:35 PM

they have a powder they use for them now. look for it on the shelf at your local wally. came out years ago. blacks in my training unit had to shave just like the rest of us or face demerits just like we would if we had stubble from skipping a day and believe me we were checked every morning!!!! so where ever you heard that one I have no idea unless it was in the navy but can tell you airforce we shaved daily--ALL of us.

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Christine dgcajun101 April 02 2014 at 10:53 PM

My dad was in the Army for 25 years. He retired in 1983. That's the way it was back then. Sorry.

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kele7777777 Christine April 02 2014 at 11:52 PM

...so you are saying the military valued the service and sacrifices of a specific ethnic group enough to make an accommodation to resolve a particular issue unique to them. Hmm. I think you undermined your point. Also, cornrows are a neat, healthy, protective, and traditional way to arrange curly hair which then can be pinned up, if necessary. Indeed, why must one "racial" group be singled out? Let's give them ALL crew cuts.

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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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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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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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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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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


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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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