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New Army rules racially biased against black hair

New army hair rules racially biased against black female soldiers

New army hair rules racially biased against black female soldiers

The U.S. Army has issued new regulations on hairstyles. Unfortunately for female black soldiers, these rules directly pertain to their hair.  What civilians see as common among black women; small braids, cornrows, and mini dreads are now deemed “non-regulation.” Army Regulation 670-1 now states braids and twists cannot be more than a quarter inch in diameter, no dreadlocks of any kind and cornrows must be even and no bigger than a quarter inch.

Many black female soldiers were upset, because the new regulation does not take into account black hair. Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, of the Georgia National Guard is quoted as saying “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.” Jacobs’ hair is naturally curly and thick so she cannot pull it into as bun. For many soldiers, braiding their hair makes it easier to maintain while deployed in the battlefield.  Jacobs has gone so far as to start a White House petition against the new regulation.  Her petition states in part, “Females with natural hair take strides to style their natural hair in a professional manner when necessary; however, changes to AR 670-1 offer little to no options for females with natural hair … The changes are “racially biased, and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent.”

For now, Jacobs and other black female soldiers with similar hair must wear wigs or get their hair chemically relaxed in order to comply with regulations.


  1. Gregory Carter on April 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    huh No weave Either the Military has always had the highest standards as far a appearance i need to get this under control before Atlanta, Ga Bronner Brother have a Hair Show for Military Member it will be jets and helicopters on their heads

  2. nastinupe on April 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Just make everyone get a buzz cut. Females included.

  3. Xgaray on April 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    This is sad in many ways. They could have at least included us in the conversation so they can actually hear from those it will affect. You don’t understand our hair unless you have it.

  4. 7734real on April 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    AGAIN, (I say), welcome to AMERIKKKA dummies!

  5. La'shaun Saint Claire on April 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Well, that’s the way it is when you fight for other’s before you fight for yourself. Just go with the program and shave your hair bald until you get out of the service.

  6. Monroe on April 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    This is a joke right?

  7. soisaid on April 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    wondering if they could wear a part in the middle with two french braids down the side. or hair pulled back with a closed headband on top to hold it back.

  8. Iris R. on April 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Like really! Once again the government is wasting time on insignificance.