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During a recent conversation with a friend, who spent several years wearing all sorts of hairstyles while serving on military active duty,  a discussion was sparked regarding a series of online articles and one in particular,  Changes to Natural Hair Policies in the Military.  posted by Patricia Gaines .  You can read the entire article here.


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Our conversation entailed all the relevant controversy as a result of a petition started by Jasmine Jacobs which sparked controversy online and thousands of comments on social media. The female members of the Congressional Black Caucus were prompted to write a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in reference to  Army Regulation 670-1, published March 31.  The regulation banned most twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows — styles predominantly worn by African-American women. Though, the policy was intended to help make soldiers’ appearances consistent, some black military women criticized the update as being racially biased (

Jacobs and other black female soldiers, some of whom wrote to Army Times, said they believe the new hairstyle regulation is unfair and that it effectively outlaws natural hair (

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Changes to Natural Hair Policies in the Military
Hagel changes hair policy after controversy
Hagel directs all services to review hairstyle policy
Hagel directs all services to review hairstyle policy
Black female soldiers say new grooming reg is ‘racially biased’

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