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Military Reverses Ban on African-American Hairstyles

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Defense Department head Chuck Hagel has decided to reverse a ban on African-American army hairhairstyles after receiving months of negative criticism from the black community.

Earlier this year, the military banned most African-American hairstyles, but it has now amended that decision.

In a letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, Hagel explained the changes.

“Each Service reviewed its hairstyle policies to ensure standards are fair and respectful while also meeting out military requirements,” Hagel wrote in a letter to CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge. “As a result of these reviews, the Army, Navy, and Air Force determined changes were necessary to their Service grooming regulations to include additional authorized hairstyles.”

Secretary Hagel explained  in the letter that service members will now be allowed to wear two strand twists and larger braids if they like. In addition, the military has decided to remove the phrasing “matted and unkempt” from the grooming documentation.

Fudge responded by thanking Hagel for resolving the issue.

“These changes recognize that traditional hairstyles worn by women of color are often necessary to meet our unique needs, and acknowledges that these hairstyles do not result in or reflect less professionalism or commitment to the high standards required to serve within our Armed Forces,” Fudge wrote.

Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs mounted a challenge to the standards after they were released and discussed her position in the Army Times.

“I’ve been in the military six years, I’ve had my hair natural four years, and it’s never been out of regulation. It’s never interfered with my head gear,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs also started a White House petition that garnered thousands of signatures.

12 Comments

  1. Amazing Grace

    August 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Glad to hear but banding the weave would’ve been fine because it’sno good sister’s hair to begin with.

  2. Meghann

    August 17, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I am applaud this decision, and I am tired of it always being about hair of women of color. This is “US” and how God made us and with this hair…deal with it.

  3. shirl

    August 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Women of color ??? we are Afican Americans or Black. Women of color
    are we now ashame to be called Black or African Americans. Everyone
    has color. White/ black/ red /yellow so keep it real !!! not the first time i
    i seen that in print or TV etc.

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