The military is officially changing its hairstyle policy after a petition was launched against the racially biased rules that were formerly in place.

In April, the Army received flack after issuing new appearance standards that banned most twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows–styles used predominantly by African-American women with natural hairstyles.

Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Monday that the Pentagon ‘reviewed its definition of authorized and prohibited styles, and eliminated offensive language, including the terms “matted and unkempt,” from both the Army and Air Force grooming regulations,’ according to Styleite.

Under the new rules, acceptable styles for members of the armed forces–of which a third are black women–have now been extended to include cornrows, twists and larger braids.

‘These reviews were informed by a panel of military personnel of mixed demographics reflective of our diverse force,’ Hagel wrote in a letter addressed to Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. Marcia Fudge.

Hagel called for the review in late April after 16 female members of the Congressional Black Caucus wrote to him, complaining about the updated guidelines.

Additionally, more than 11,000 people signed a White House petition asking President Barack Obama, the commander in chief, to have the military review the regulations to allow for ‘neat and maintained natural hairstyles.’

In their original letter, the Congressional Black Caucus wrote: ‘Though we understand the intent of the updated regulation is to ensure uniformity in our military, it is seen as discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color with little regard to what is needed to maintain their natural hair.’

They also said that the guidelines calling hairstyles worn mostly by black women ‘unkempt’ and ‘matted’ show a lack of ‘cultural sensitivity’.

‘I think that it primarily targets black women, and I’m not in agreement with it,’ Patricia Jackson-Kelley from the National Association of Black Military Women added to the AP. ‘I don’t see how a woman wearing three braids in her hair, how that affects her ability to perform her duty in the military.’

In a response letter, obtained by the Military Times, Hagel wrote: ‘I want to assure you that, while none of the Army’s revised grooming and appearance policies were designed or intended to discriminate or disparage against any service members, I take your concerns very seriously.’

Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel would have the deputy secretary of defense ‘work with the service secretaries and military chiefs to review their respective policies’ over the following three months.

Each service was asked to review its policy ‘as they pertain to African American women to ensure standards are fair and respectful of our diverse force, while also meeting our military services’ requirements’, he wrote.

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  • DaveMed

    I can no longer manage to do anything but laugh at this country.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      It’s a pathetic country.

      • bilderbuster

        But it’s not funny.

  • MekongDelta69

    Good

    Let all their dreads and rows and the rest of that insanity get caught in the charging handles or eject ports of a full auto m.g. I hope one of them gets all their ‘stenstions’ ripped off their head and then they sue for ‘racism.’ THEN we’ll see what Hagel the Bagel does.

    Can’t wait…

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

      I doubt they would ever be in combat. First off, they’re black women, meaning they’re women, meaning they can’t be in combat. Second, they would be doing some sort of service job.

      • bilderbuster

        One can only hope for lice.

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        Right.
        And it’s kind of hard to get your hair caught in a shovel.

      • RHG

        Yep, rear echlon welfare queens

    • propagandaoftruth

      The new Army…

      “Army strong”…I used to think that was intended to be a descriptive phrase with the word “Army” being used as an adverb to modify the adjective, “strong”. Like, how strong? Army strong!

      But now considering the new ideal recruit, I think it’s just targeted recruiting that leaves out verbs and appeals to our greatest strength, pictured below…

      He has nice cornrows, by the way.

      • Augustus3709

        That helmet is racist. …And the clock for that matter. Cultural Appropriation and Microaggression.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    While we’re at it, let’s not discriminate against gang signs, insignias or tattoos, either.

    • bilderbuster

      They don’t unless it’s a swastika.

  • Luca

    I hope their gas masks now don’t fit properly during an important moment.

  • IstvanIN

    members of the armed forces–of which a third are black women OK China, time to invade.

    • bilderbuster

      Wanna bet on the percentage of Latinos in “our” military?

    • Nancy

      A third of our military consists of black women?!?!

      Excuse me while I go see what I did with that citizenship application for New Zealand…

      • ElGringo

        They’re not “our” military forces. They belong to the oligarchs which is why they want so many that are not like us in them. It’s much easier to get them to kill whitey when the time comes and come it will.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    In April, the Army received flack after issuing new appearance standards that banned most twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows–styles used predominantly by African-American women with natural hairstyles.

    How come white female soldiers haven’t had to do their hair in twists, dreadlocks or large cornrows–styles? Is it that the greasy, matted and unkempt hair of black women is just uncontrollable otherwise?

    Plus, consider how time-consuming it is to get one’s hair done in elaborate cornrows, and how much time must be spent maintaining it? How is this going to be done under military action?

    I think the ultimate goal is making our Army a laughingstock.

  • Who Me?

    Never mind all the blather about hairstyles. What really infuriates me is THIS line–“the armed forces–of which a third are black women”. WHY? HOW? WHEN did THIS crap happen? What is being done to correct it, and WHO is doing the correcting? If it’s NOT being addressed, WHY?
    Does ANYBODY seriously think the United States can be protected by an army of female bantu?

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      To be honest, I just skimmed over that line because I figured it couldn’t possibly be true. Tell me it’s a misprint, or is at least worded in a way that is horribly misleading?

    • Long Live Dixie

      Does ANYBODY seriously think the United States can be protected by an army of female bantu?

      That’s what makes it a good policy. The US military will never be used as a force for good. It’s best that it become an inept fighting force.

      • Tim_in_Indiana

        I think it must mean that one third of all women in the armed forces are black, and even that is a gross example of affirmative action.

        • bilderbuster

          If it’s only one third Black women then that means we need to work that much harder at diversifying the military.

        • LHathaway

          lol, I took it to mean 1/3 of the military were black women. You’re probably right.

          Young men might be more inclined to join the military if it were closer to 50% female?

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          I went through Chemical Corps AIT in Fort McClellan, Alabama which, at the time, was also the “home” of the Women’s Army Corps and where the WAC Basic Training was done. Not that we had much contact with them, but I remember that it appeared that the majority of WACs were black AND ugly as sin.

          • LHathaway

            You must be really old. Ancient.

          • PvtCharlieSlate

            Yes, I am.
            In ’61 I lied about my age (14) and enlisted in D Co., 12th Conn. Vols.
            Re-enlisted in ’64 as a Veteran Volunteer and lied about my age again.
            But I’m not as old as you are drunk.

          • LHathaway

            lol. I’m high on life.

    • bilderbuster

      Bush/Cheney/Obama made it this way and not to protect us.
      Quite the contrary.

    • LHathaway

      Black women have more testosterone than most white men?

  • dd121

    Whenever I see a negro with cornrows/dreadlocks I feel they’re deliberately poking their finger in our eye.

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    An army of fat, waddling, fashion obsessed low IQ Aunt Jemimas who could never meet traditional standards of physical or mental fitness. Putin has got to be lovin’ it. All he has to do is sit back and wait. Since traditional America is never coming back, I’m lovin’ it too. The sooner this clusterfreak collapses the sooner we can get on with building White America 2.0.

    • bilderbuster

      All an enemy has to do is hack into and shut down the EBTs at the first of the month and it will be the Cornrow Army enforcing Obama style martial law on American soil.

  • http://oddhammer.com/tutorials/debt_clock/US_debt_clock_dynamic.swf John Barleycorn

    i DON’T CARE WHAT THEY WANT, LET THEM PUT BONES IN THEIR FLAT BLACK NOSES FOR ALL i CARE.

  • 4321realist

    Carter, Clinton and now, especially, Obama, have purged the military leadership of most everybody but the politically correct brass so he doesn’t have to worry about being deposed in a coup. Real leaders are a thing of the past for the most part.

    And the rank and file has been converted into some kind of freakish side show involving homosexuals, women in combat, unqualified blacks in the officer corps, and white weenies who are proud to hate themselves. It is nothing more than a politically correct organization that is weakening fast and the laughing stock of the world.

    So if they come up with another bizarre policy change it’s only more of the same.

    I’m sorry, but I’m not concerned if this freakish bunch gets hammered by some tough Russians, Chinese, Koreans, or Iranians troops.

    This country and its military seem to be following the same destructive path that Rome took before its multicultural factions turned on authority and sacked the city from end to end.

    • bilderbuster

      Racist Russian troops might even be greeted as liberators by some.

  • De’Marquise Elkins

    So we’ll be having more military personnel who look like aspiring rappers.

  • JJCULLEN

    A negro security guard at work was a four year USAR and didn’t know her MOS

  • Howard W. Campbell

    This, among a million other reasons, is why I do not want my kids anywhere near the military when they turn 18. I have a set of twins, one boy, one girl. We would have liked to have other kids, but issues during childbirth brought this prospect to a screeching halt.

    As anyone who has served will tell you, when there is a certain concentration of minorities within a unit, it becomes the military version of working at the DMV or the welfare office. If you can dig up an article by David Hackworth called ‘Dealing with the Flakes’, it is pretty spot on. However, every once in a while, karma will rear up with a vengeance. A buddy of mine was stationed at a Navy reserve center in Florida. During a visit by Admiral Boorda, one of the female groids who also ‘worked’ there had the stupidity to shoot off her mouth by asking the Admiral “I wants to know why I can’t go to sea?” This dingbat was a single mother with three kids. One of Boorda’s flunkies took her name and social security number and she had orders within a week. I’m guessing that this totally screwed up her cushy position at a shore station. Who knows where she parked the kids while out at sea.

  • LHathaway

    Let me guess, the smashing of these, ‘racially biased rules’ and removing this ‘offensive language’, allowing soldier to wear cornrows and the like, this sad vestige of a legacy of discrimination in our military, will only apply to female soldiers?

  • MadmanMarz

    Can this country get any lower?

    • propagandaoftruth

      It can always get worse…

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

        Oh I get it. You have a time machine and went 20 years into the future to get some pictures of Ferguson, Missouri.

  • none of your business

    I was in a La Jolla Ca hotel last year when a group of marines from Pendleton checked in. It was a group of men and women. They were all hispanic and the tallest was about 5’6.
    The other guys were my height, 5’4.

    • http://www.ambrosekane.com/ bluffcreek1967

      Were they called the ‘midget marines’?

      • Robert Haschberg

        They are food and space effective. By using smaller marines, the USMC saves 20% on every foxhole and 25% on every MRE.

    • Neuday

      Halls of Montezuma’s Revenge

  • none of your business

    More jobs for useless woman soldiers coordinating, consulting, mediating analyzing and designing hairstyle dialogues and seminars.

  • Augustus3709

    ✓ Congressional Black Caucus
    ✓ National Association of Black Military Women
    ✓ National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

    Alright White people, these are the type of organizations that exist.

    Got some catch up to do.

  • RHG

    And this is why the US military can longer win wars, it can’t even stand up to the race hustlers

  • Paleoconn

    This military has not been one to be proud of for many years now. The diversity is just icing on a stale, rotten cake.

  • none of your business

    Ever been to Frankfurt Germany? There are thousands of those black American army gals all over town. I don’t remember extensions and cornrows, just short, neat and reasonably attractive hairstyles. Of course that was 30 years ago.

    • LHathaway

      Black women seemed to hate being stationed in Germany. Black men seemed to like it. Just anecdotal evidence on my part. That’s how I remember it and that close to 30 years ago also.

  • Augustus3709

    White people already have the money, and the talent, and the intelligence, but lack the structural organization. The enemy is revealed whenever they come out to stop Whites from organizing politically. Don’t back down.

  • scutum

    A third of the armed forces are now black women? Good God, I am a Vietnam veteran and I can’t believe what has happened to the armed forces. I’ve been watching some of the news on TV about the conflict in the Ukraine and in the Crimea. The Russian troops appear to be well disciplined and in good physical condition. I am aware that our special operations troops are first rate, but in a real shooting war it will be the average grunt that will do the fighting and I don’t think they would fare to well against the Russians. The only edge we would have would be in our air forces.

  • scutum

    I agree with the post by Howard Campbell. I also would never let my kids join the military. I used to love this country but now it’s on the way to becoming just another third world shithole and outpost of the New World Order. Let me ask you, would you wants one of your loved ones to lay down their life for what’s left of this country? Or for the assholes in Washington DC or the corrupt bureaucrats in the UN?

  • none of your business

    bilderbuster Tim_in_Indiana • 3 days ago
    “They don’t unless it’s a swastika.”

    Or an X because it might bring to mind the micro aggression of the confederate battle flag.
    There was a kertuffle about the UK flag looking like the Confederate battle flag because of the 3 Xs and the red and blue color scheme. Blacks had their feelings hurt.