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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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badco64 April 02 2014 at 11:59 AM

Like someone already said, men get their hair shaved off no matter what race they are and women should also have the same style haircut, there is nothing wrong with that. I don't understand why everything always has to be about race. In the Military everyone in each branch has a dress code so why isn't the hair of a woman affected by it like it is with men? Men have to have their hair a certain length and when it gets too long it has to get trimmed. Women should have the same rule, no matter what the color of their skin is.

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Barb April 02 2014 at 12:22 PM

Quit making EVERYTHING about race

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phil727 April 02 2014 at 12:22 PM

The military has the right to dictate grooming standards. I wasn't thrilled with my buzz cut either . If you don't like the rules, don't go in.

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jbdavidson April 02 2014 at 12:22 PM

Hey women.....MAN UP!!!! You get to do lots of things men are not allowed to do. WAAYYYYYY.....WAAAAYYYYYY.
Grow up.

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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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st4of6 April 02 2014 at 12:23 PM

Its a uniform not a set of work clothes. A hat should fit snug to the head and not just be placed on the head unseated due to a "style". It's the military for goodness sake. The hairstyles mentioned are not a cultural requirement they are a choice of convenience. There are several cultures which serve all with a variety of religious , social, and personal demands and All have taken oaths to serve the military. If the demands of their cultural or social predilections prevent them from fulfilling their duty, then they should resign.

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rockyroller April 02 2014 at 8:07 PM

O No another Mooooslum shot 15 American Solders

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Danielle April 02 2014 at 12:25 PM

Why does everything have to be made out to be racially biased? If you don't like the rules, don't join the military. When you sign on to serve in the military, you shouldn't be doing it to make a fashion statement. Hair grooming standards have been around as long as the military has been in existence. Get over it.

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mcetchason April 02 2014 at 12:26 PM

If you don't conform to the rules, then choose another place to get a paycheck. I thought this was the new "professional" Army with professional soldiers. What a bunch of pissing and moaning jerks.
A professional soldier is proud of his "high and tight", white side wall cut. I'm ashamed of this whole
F-k--g mess.

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Myron E Holley J April 02 2014 at 12:26 PM

DAMN. SHAVE ITALL OFF AND BE DONE WITH IT. Men and women.

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