Earlier this year, Black female soldiers were upset after the military rolled out new regulations many said were discriminating against women with natural hair. The Army outlawed two-strand twists, locs, braids that are thicker than a quarter of an inch in diameter, and other styles black women love to wear.
Army spokesman Paul Prince said, ” “Many hairstyles are acceptable, as long as they are neat and conservative. In addition, headgear is expected to fit snugly and comfortably, without bulging or distortion from the intended shape of the headgear and without excessive gaps. Unfortunately, some hairstyles do not meet this standard or others listed in AR 670-1.”
But apparently the Army is now having a change of heart.
On Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote a letter to Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, one of the laws biggest challengers, to say that the Army and the Air Force would allow cornrows, braids and other hairstyles. Hagel also stated that the regulation material would remove wording like “‘matted and unkempt” to describe hair.
Falling in line with the Army, the Marine Corps will also look into changing their own rules.