Black Female Troops Disapprove Of Army’s AR 670-1 Regulations For Hairstyles

By: Val Powell - April 2, 2014

The U.S. Army is being criticized for new regulations released on Monday. Army Regulation 670-1 consists of new rules on uniforms, grooming, hairstyles, and tattoos.

Thousands of soldiers are questioning the new hairstyle rules, which are only applicable to women. Some soldiers are also saying that the new rules are racially biased, target black women’s hair, and has a “lack of regard for ethnic hair.”

The regulations prohibit hairstyles with braids or cornrows that are wider than quarter of an inch. Dreadlocks and twists have also been banned. Women in the Army who are sporting these hairstyles must now find a way to cover them up with extensions or wigs, or get rid of them completely.

Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs from the Georgia National Guard has launched a White House petition that requests the President to reconsider the new regulations and “allow professional ethnic hairstyles” in the Army. The petition has already reached 100,000 signatures, which is enough to garner a reply from the White House.

Jacobs also mentioned in an Army Times interview that twists are one of the most popular hairstyles for black female soldiers, since it is low maintenance and easy to manage in the field. Jacob also wears her hair in twists and said that it has never been an obstruction to her headgear.

Pentagon’s Army representative Lt. Col. S. Justin Platt said that the new regulations are necessary in order to preserve uniformity among the soldiers. In addition, he also said that plenty of hairstyles can be worn, as long as they are conservative and neat.

Paul Prince, an Army spokesperson, said that dreadlocks and twists have been prohibited since 2005. The new regulations just provide more details on what exactly is not allowed.

Jacobs said that before the regulations, women had more options, but they were still able to keep a professional appearance.

An Army veteran, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that most black soldiers choose to wear their hair naturally and they do not have the means to straighten their hair, especially when they are deployed. “When you’re in Iraq, these hairstyles serve the purpose to protect you,” she said.

AR 670-1: The Rules

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  • Tiberius Kirk

    As usual, rules don’t apply to the GD blacks. I’m sure brushing your teeth is racial, since teeth are white. If you don’t like the rules, DON’T JOIN THE MILITARY. So sick of this damaged race!

    • bruhmane

      man u need to hush yo mouth n mind yo business if you don’t like someones thoughts or opinions then you need to CLOSE YOUR EYES…you sound racist yo da#n self… the rule is stupid.. we are black and black women should be able to wear natural hair and should not have to put crap in their hair to straightin it and or damage it point bland period…I understand rules that govern unnatural apperence but no we were born this way!!! no I don’t think they are trying to be racist but they are not being fair to our race this is apart of our culture…

    • Stephanie L. Taylor

      I am so ashamed that this comment above has likes, and the entire article is disregarded because of close minded people who completely brush off the issues of other people.

      I’m sorry you are sick of black people. But since we live here and are dealing with the aftermath of a great tragedy that was slavery and post slavery racism, there is really nothing you can or should do about us bringing attention to things that aren’t fair to us.

      From being in the military, I know that the hair rules make less sense for black females than for anyone else. We are already making our hair fall inline by adding the braids and twists, so by taking these away we would essentially have to wear our hair out. Well, we can’t wear our hair out because it is not the same as yours. This is also the case with mixed women and women of other colors with big, curly hair. It is an issue that should be addressed because the standards are mostly unattainable, not because it is a racial issue.

      I know it must be hard for some to grasp that there are different kinds of people in the world, people that have different views and cultures, people that have come from places they’ve not seen. I know it must also be hard for you to understand why they’d all want to come together for a general cause, such as the Military or even for relationships. Maybe it is becausenthey know how to talk to people and get to know them for their personality. Maybe its because they can see the beauty in all. Maybe they can see there is a bigger picture than a petty argument over customs and skin tone.

      • Tiberius Kirk

        I must say, THAT is a good, well thought out answer. We should all be AMERICANS.

      • WonderWoman098

        Sweetie, You are not your hair. You’re beautiful even if your head is shaved or at least I know I am.
        It’s the Army. It’s an all volunteer force, my sister. If you don’t like it, ETS.

    • Stoney

      Damaged Race? Really! By your racist Comment I’m guessing your GD white! The day Blacks stand up for equality, it’s always the race card. Why can White sue for everything but the kitchen sink, but As soon as a African -American stand up for something-anything, oh it’s the race card.

  • KINKY CURLY

    I bet you ARE A DAMN WHITE PERSON

    • FLATTOP

      YOUR DAM RIGHT!!! DID YOU SERVE IN THE MILITARY? I DID –3YRS IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY!! AND DIDN’T TRY TO CHANGE THE RULES BECAUSE OF MY R-A-C-E!!

    • Paul

      And I bet you are a racist.

    • SuperWoman089

      I’m Black and Not all Whites are raciists, but not all complaints are legitimate. I served 6 years Army and I did try to change the rules because of my race either. My hair, not weave, tracks, twists, or wigs, my hair was FLY everyday. Learn better grooming sweetie. I’m natural too, and I think this is all some bull. It’s the Army. It’s all about uniformity. There are plenty of other jobs. Perhaps soldiering is not for you.

      • kinky Curly

        Ms SuperWoman089 AKA FLY every day, please see my other comments. Not one time did I use the word racist. I bet your hair is not natural. All I am talking about is Texture. You are ONE against many. I am a retired MSG and is not in the military. and is not SOLDERING at the time. We really did not have all the problems of the today’s army.

  • LTC anon

    This is not a racial issue at all. The Army has always been about uniformity. Anyone in the military knows this to be true.

  • anonymous

    I hate watching people post when they have no idea what the regulation actually states. The is no racial or ethnic bias here it is to keep everyone uniform, not participating in faddish styles just to look cute. Short hair styles took a big hit with not allowing more than one inch difference all the way around the hair excluding bangs. This was a big fad that female soldiers were doing and now they cannot. Get inline with the regulation or get out. The military is not a democracy. Follow the rules, regulations, and orders given or walk away from the military. Do not forget that oath that was taken. This is not an unlawful regulation so you swore to follow it.
    Additional hairstyle guidelines. Faddish and exaggerated styles, to include shaved
    portions of the scalp other than the neckline, designs cut in the hair, unsecured ponytails (except during physical training), and unbalanced or lopsided hairstyles are prohibited. Hair will be styled so as not to interfere with the proper wear of
    all uniform headgear. All headgear will fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without bulging or distortion from the intended shape of the
    headgear and without excessive gaps. When headgear is worn, hair should not
    protrude at distinct angles from under the edges. Hairstyles that do not allow the headgear to be worn in this manner are prohibited. Examples of
    hairstyles considered to be faddish or exaggerated and thus not authorized for
    wear while in uniform, or in civilian clothes on duty, include, but are not limited to, locks and twists (not including French rolls/twists or corn rows); hair sculpting (eccentric directional flow, twists, texture, or spiking); buns or braids with loose hair extending at the end; multiple braids not braided in a straight line; hair styles with severe angles; and loose unsecured hair (not to include bangs) when medium
    and long hair are worn up.

    (e) Devices. Hair holding devices are authorized only for the purpose of securing the hair. Soldiers will not place hair holding devices in the hair for decorative purposes. All hair holding devices must be plain and of a color as close to the Soldier’s hair as is possible or clear. Authorized devices include, but are not limited to, small plain scrunchies (elastic hair bands covered with
    material), barrettes, combs, pins, clips, rubber bands, and hair/head bands. Such devices should conform to the natural shape of the head. Devices that are conspicuous, excessive, or decorative are prohibited. Some examples of
    prohibited devices include, but are not limited to: large, lacy scrunchies;
    beads, bows, or claw or alligator clips; clips, pins, or barrettes with butterflies, flowers, sparkles, gems, or scalloped edges; and bows made from hairpieces. Soldiers may not wear hairnets unless they are required for health or safety reasons, or in the performance of duties (such as those in a dining facility). No other type of hair covering is authorized in lieu of the hairnet. The commander will provide the hairnet to the Soldier at no cost to the Soldier.

    (f) Braids. Medium and long hair may be braided. Multiple braiding (defined as more than two braids) is authorized. When worn, multiple braids will
    be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (approximately 1⁄4 inch), show no
    more than 1/8 of an inch of scalp between the braids and must be tightly interwoven to present a neat, professional, wellgroomed appearance. Foreign material (for example, beads and decorative items) will not be braided into the hair.
    Braids must continue to the end of the hair in one direction, in a straight line, and can be worn loose per medium hair length guidelines or secured to the head in the same manner as described for medium or long length hair styles. Ends will be secured only with inconspicuous rubber bands. If multiple braids are worn, they must encompass the whole head. When braids are not worn loosely and braided
    close to the scalp, the braids must start at the front of the head.

    (g) Twists. Twists are defined as twisting two distinct strands of hair around one another to create a twisted ropelike appearance. Although some twists may be temporary, and can be easily untwisted, they are unauthorized (except for French twists). This includes twists formed against the scalp or worn in a free-hanging style.

    (h) Dreadlocks. Dreadlocks are defined as any matted, twisted, or locked coils or ropes of hair (or extensions). Any style of dreadlock (against the
    scalp or free-hanging) is not authorized. Braids or cornrows that are unkempt
    or matted are considered dreadlocks and are not authorized.

    (i) Cornrows:. Cornrows are defined as hair rolled (not twisted using two strands) or braided closely to the scalp producing a continuous, raised row of hair. When worn, cornrows must be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (approximately 1⁄4 inch), show no more than 1/8 inch of scalp between the cornrows and must be tightly rolled or braided to present a neat, professional, well-groomed appearance. Cornrows must start at the front of the head and continue in one direction in a
    straight line and end at a consistent location of the head. Only one cornrow
    style (braided or rolled) may be worn at one time.

    (j) Hair extensions. Hair extensions are authorized. Extensions must have the same general appearance as the individual’s natural hair and otherwise conform to this regulation.

    (k) Wigs. Wigs,if worn in uniform, must look natural and conform to this regulation.

  • Facebook User

    May not be racial but it is an issue. Afro natural hair is not straight like that of many non – afro descendants. The Army has basically tried to make it more difficult to style your natural hair unless you add a weave or wear a wig. On the other hand, those with straight hair can wear their pony tail during PT or they can wear it down as long as it does not touch the back of the collar but I cannot wear mine “down” because it naturally extends more than two inches from my scalp. Twists are convenient and professional for Soldiers choosing not to wear extensions. It allows me to properly wear my headgear and keep my hair off of my collar and out of my face. The Army also defines dreads as matted unkempt hair. Yet, I have seen many dreads that do not take on the Bob Marley appearance. The regulation also states that we can wear weaves or wigs as long as it is similar in texture to my natural hair. However, I doubt the Army intends for me to wear afro like extensions. This makes me wonder if the Army researched our hair type and maybe why we style it the way that we do. In addition, many Soldiers do not have the funds or time to continually have their hair braided. But if they do, the Army has even made that more difficult by stating the braid must be 1/4″ separated by 1/8″ part. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Army and in the end I will conform but it would be nice to have people consider differences without claiming someone is playing the “race card”. My hair is afro textured and can be very, very difficult to manage. Would it kill someone to just consider the differences and find out why we style the way that we do?

    • retired Master Sergeant

      Oh dearie me, I spent 21 years on active duty and never once saw or had an issue with any person of color having multiple braids (which appear to be now allowed, which were not back then), cornrows (which are now allowed with some specifics), dreadlocks (disgusting hair style) or any other faddish style of hair. The hair was either worn in a “natural style (afro) or it was straightened and/or curled to complete a stylish look that was consistent with military bearing and the wearing of the appropriate head gear. I find all this rather concerning that military members are now dictating the standards instead of complying with the standards. Being in the United States Military Services is a privilege, no one now serving was drafted, all military members serve in a truly volunteer manner. You signed on the line stating that you will uphold the orders and comply with the rules (whether you like them or not). All military service regulations ARE orders. Quite frankly, my personal opinion is get with the program or get out. It appears that the hair styles were applied to races equally, the very straight hair was also subjected to some pretty stringent requirements also, so this was not a racial issue. It is an issue of sanitary, conformity and the needs of military service. Love it or Leave it.

      • bruhmane

        im sorry we ant old….. stop living in the past because that’s exactly wat it is…a thing of the past….and the hairstyles are NOT EQUAL even for men….I wear one of the oldest army cutes ever and still get messed with… I wear a ol school box fade or high and tight if u will…it is not possible for it to be equal because our hair is not the same…not even close to being the same…they need to make the reg based on race and hair types…and lets not criticize dread locks that is highly offensive to my culture…

        • Paul

          and slavery is a thing of the past. Get over it.

  • Jeff

    I am white a white male I have to cut my hair and keep it cut. I can not fix my hair. I have to shave everyday even if my neck is bleeding due the fact I can’t have a shaving profile like other male soldiers because I am white and not black. I get paid the same as the females of the same rank but yet I have to do more on my PT test to keep it. I can’t be a an officer if I have tattoos past my elbows. Are all the standards fair? NO! I have chose to be a soldier and VFW. so suck it up and drive on or get out.

    • Hank

      I agree with you mostly why should i do more to stay satisfactory? what do my tattoos have to do with my leadership qualities, but being white doesn’t disqualify you for a shaving profile.

      SAYS THE WHITE GUY WITH A SHAVING PROFILE

    • Paul

      I couldn’t agree more. Secondly as a Marine vet in the sixties early seventies we had something called a chain of command. You would never ever consider going around your superiors to air your grievances especially writing the President. The lack of respect and discipline today astonishes me. If you can’t conform and abide by the rules and customs you have no business being in the military..

      • bruhmane

        what is a chain on command going to do about this issue other then say suck it hard..I mean honestly….one thing our older vets have to understand is that those days are over and the army did this to themselves… you cant allow people to do this for so long and then all of a sudden change up for no apparent reason… although I don’t think it is racist the new reg effects afro americans more then anyone and that’s a fact..

      • Charles Jackson

        Guess what old school we still do have a chain of command but we also have the right to go past them if we feel that they are not doing what they are suppose to do to dissolve the situation. Now I’m not saying that the chain of command should’ve written the petition but i guarantee that they didn’t do anything to ease the situation if possible for the soldier which by the way is part of their job. And lastly I’m tired of all this crap about if you don’t like it you shouldn’t of joined well guess what obviously it wasn’t like that when they joined. You can’t ask someone to conform to your rules and then when they do change it again and expect it to just go over smoothly with everyone that is called screwing people over because in the end what this all is really about is downsizing the military and they are finding the simplest of ways to do that by now making stupid changes and saying either conform or get kicked out because we all know unless you have 6 months or less left in your contract that is what they are gonna do.

    • BLACKbeauty

      Im sorry jeff but yes you do have to do more.. its proven that males are stronger in certain things besides sit ups. Yes black males are allowed to have that profile because their hair grows differently (proven fact) same for us Black women are hair is not made to be Straight or stringy (looks like dog hair) like white people. When they allowed other ethnic groups to sign for their country that doesn’t mean we signed to conform to be white look alike. They are trying to target us and for that reason when most of our contracts are up they will loose plenty of strength. Soon to be a weak nation because of it. Racism is the death of some!

  • Nina99

    Good Soldiers, regardless of race….will figure out a way to get within standard. Soldiers who will not conform….will find out, “If you want fries, with that”. BOOM, Soldiered!

    • RaeRae

      I don’t get it????

  • Julie
    • Retired Master Sergeant

      Dear Julie, I will sign the petition against tattoos, especially any that show outside the Uniform. It is tacky and very unbecoming of a military service member. I know the old Navy allowed the sailors of days gone by to have anchors and “mom” tattooed however, the times have changed. Gang and Jail tats are obnoxious and totally not within the appropriate guidelines of Military Bearing and Behavior. Seeing a tear off the eye, or the neck tats, or garbage that is tatted on arms, fingers and other places that show when in uniform is disrespectful to the Uniform of these United States. I really don’t want to see any military member standing in military formation with a full color snake showing coming out of their sleeve or up their neck. Sorry, can’t help you here. Once again, either Love it or Leave it.

    • b

      It took three years for the current regs to go into effect. It didn’t happen overnight.

  • mot

    and yet some people are allowed to have their beards or wear that towel around their heads, yes folks, the army is no longer a combat ready organization, its all about political correctness and fashion, take the guns away and give them their hair styles and gender correct outfits cause its all about fashion now, right??? we are in so much trouble if we really have to defend this nation against an enemy ,Gods blessing on us has officially been removed…..so sad..

  • nope

    As usual a black “so called journalist” fanning the flames. Poor Poor black people. If you don’t like it go back to Africa…

    • Lt

      Wow but race isn’t a issue smh this world sucks due to trash such as yourself please may God shed light on your troubled soul and send you back to Europe lol cuz FYI you weren’t originators of this control your people stole it if you’re white just in case you missed that history class. :-)

    • Lt

      Wow but race isn’t a issue smh this world sucks due to trash such as yourself please. May God shed light on your troubled soul and send you to Europe lol cuz FYI if you’re white you weren’t originally from here your people stole it History lesson for you just in case you missed that tidbit of education. :-)

      • bruhmane

        lol I like this guy (LT)

    • love all races

      fuck u bitch say that to a lack person

    • RaeRae

      Too late! Its your ancestors fault, you shouldn’t have ever brought us here! lol

  • FLATTOP

    HERE WE GO AGAIN—–BLACK AGAINST THE WORLD; WELL IF YA’LL LIKE YOUR HAIR—THEN WHY DID YA’LL SAY “I WILL FOLLOW ALL COMANDS IN THE SERVICE” WHEN YA’LL TOOK THE OATH?????? WHY DOS IT ALL HAVE TO DO WITH BEING “BLACK” AND BEING SIGNALED OUT??

  • kinky curly

    hey FLATTOP, I should have not said dam white person, however, I was upset at the time. What I meant to ask was “Are you a Caucasian American?” We as African Americans do not have the same texture of hair as you. We try and keep our hair as best as possible. Your texture of hair is less manageable. All you have to do is cut it or tie it up. African American males have less maintenance problems than African American Males. We have to have so much maintenance for our hair to look right. If we did not get perms, our hair will be just plain “nappy” as how you see it in the pictures. The black female picture with her hair exceeding 2 inches or more from the scalp, is “certainly not in regulation” She would have to braid her hair to get it in regulation, or get a short hairstyle. If I sat on the panel in Washington D.C. and made decisions about hair regulations, I would have a mixture of races,(without discriminating) to find out about different hair textures, before I made the rules. I would love to sit on that board. I am a retired US military MSG that had soldiers that I inspected daily. My hair is nappy, and I refused to get a perm just to make my hair look straight, so I wore two braids, one on each side of my head, with a part down the middle. This was perfectly in regulation for the whole 20 years I was in, from 1978-1999. In so many words, FLATTOP, what I am trying to say, is that it is definitely not about race, it is about different textures of hair. Don’t think that every time an African American person voice their opinion that it will be race oriented.

    • Kinky curly

      hey FLATTOP, I should have not said dam white person, however, I was
      upset at the time. What I meant to ask was “Are you a Caucasian
      American?” We as African Americans do not have the same texture of hair
      as you. We try and keep our hair as best as possible. Your texture of
      hair is less manageable. All you have to do is cut it or tie it up.
      African American males have less maintenance problems than African
      American Women. We have to have so much maintenance for our hair to
      look right. If we did not get perms, our hair will be just plain
      “nappy” as how you see it in the pictures. The black female picture with
      her hair exceeding 2 inches or more from the scalp, is “certainly not
      in regulation” She would have to braid her hair to get it in
      regulation, or get a short hairstyle. If I sat on the panel in
      Washington D.C. and made decisions about hair regulations, I would have a
      mixture of races,(without discriminating) to find out about different
      hair textures, before I made the rules. I would love to sit on that
      board. I am a retired US military MSG that had soldiers that I
      inspected daily. My hair is nappy, and I refused to get a perm just to
      make my hair look straight, so I wore two braids, one on each side of my
      head, with a part down the middle. This was perfectly in regulation
      for the whole 20 years I was in, from 1978-1999. In so many words,
      FLATTOP, what I am trying to say, is that it is definitely not about
      race, it is about different textures of hair. Don’t think that every
      time an African American person voice their opinion that it will be race
      oriented.

    • bruhmane31

      Absolutely great comment!!

  • RaeRae

    Our military needs to be all men anyway (straight men!) and this wouldn’t even be an issue. Women don’t need to be fighting in wars or serving with men. Just my opinion anyway, let men be men and women stay home and take care of the family. Can you tell I’m old fashioned? LOL, even at 32 yrs old, and yes I am Black.

  • SFC Anonymous

    I personally know the soldier that started this petition. For starters her hair has never been within the regulations by choice. Next where was it said you have to just pull your hair into a bun, which by the way I have seen women in the military of ALL ETHNIC DESCENTS use this without issue. I also pose the question, if you are in the group that has medium or long hair it cannot touch your collar so once it is twisted how are you keeping it up? That’s right A BUN!!!!! This is merely a way to incite disrepect and divergence in the ranks of the military. Kick her out of the service with a dishonorable discharge.

    Now for the real issue here…She should undergo court martial!!!! Soldiers are not allowed to start nor sign a petition. You must also gain consent to publish through the press or appear on tv like she did. Soldiers were given a venue and a way to submit proposed changes to the new regulation. How about this…USE IT!

    These are action unbecoming a NonCommissioned Officer. She has directly violated the Chain of Command. You DO NOT skip past everyone else and go directly to the head. You work your way up.

    Plain and simple: Get on board with the regulations in place and use proper venues to express your concern OR GET OUT!!!! The rest of us are capable of complying with the regulations and you are not special.

    • POISED SOLDIER

      I am just returning from a deployment a few months ago. I am an African American woman. As much as I would love to completely annihilate the racist comments I have read with my own weapon of logical and clever rhetoric, I feel it would go over the heads of the people I would like to address…obvious by the INSANE amount of misspellings and lack of subject verb agreement- you know, basic English. So, let me say this. The structure of African American hair, for the majority, is a very tight, coarse curl. It is hard to manage. Because of that structure, it is naturally thick. For some, they choose really strong chemicals to actually alter the cellular dynamic of the curl (permanently). I do that. I have a relaxer. A relaxer requires maintenance, in the way of application approximately every 6 weeks. I have never been out of regulation with regards to my appearance. My leadership, and other superior officers categorize me as “exceptionally poised and professional.” However, If these standards were in effect while I was deployed, their descriptions might not have been the same. Why? Because while I was deployed, my hair had to grow in naturally. The chemicals to straighten my hair were not available AND the water in country plus the active ingredient in the relaxer would have destroyed my hair. I had to cornrow my hair. When I attempted to put it in the infamous, go-to hairstyle-the sock bun-It exceeded the 2 inches bulk now not allowed. And this bulk was created with only with very little “natural” hair that had grown in while I was deployed. Some women prefer not to use the chemicals at all because they do weaken the hair and damage it. I know for you all who never have to deal with hair issues of this nature…couldn’t care less about the complexities of it. But understand that just because someone has an issue with the new policy does not mean they are a bad soldier, doesn’t mean they are trying to get around the system and it doesn’t mean they are looking for the easy way out. I agree with you on a couple points. You’re right, no one is special, but we are all different. Hair is one way…that’s really genetic…I had nothing to do with the DNA composition of my hair. You’re right…I will find a way to maintain my awesomeness despite the lopsided regulation. Yes…it is lopsided. I just would rather not have to lose my hair on account of it. I sympathize with female soldiers who are completely natural, that have always maintained a professional appearance, but now may have to deal with less healthy, damaged hair on account of the regulation.

      • POISED SOLDIER

        Just to clarify…I mean the racist comments throughout this entire feed. Not your particular comment, SFC Anonymous.

    • Paul

      Outstanding. Being a former Marine Sgt (68-71)I couldn’t have stated it any clearer. You are absolutely riight. You never circumvent the chain of command. This was one of the first rules that was pounded into us in Boot Camp..

      • Kinky Curl

        I GUESS YOU ALL JUST DO NOT GET IT. Just put yourself in the boots of an African American woman – civilian or military, do a 360 degree turn and switch hair textures. I guarantee that you probably will be the first person voicing your opinion about the regulation. But since you are not in our boots or civilian shoes, you don’t give a heck about the opinion of American American women, or Caucasian women. You just consider us whiners and complainers.

      • TopR

        ‘NEVER,’ really?? is military service that sacred? WoW!

    • Jday

      What tf ever no one gives a fuck im gonna still wear two braids b/c the reg says more than two braids need to be 1/4 inch so I honestly don’t give no fucks ohh fucking well! There’s ways around it! I honestly don’t see the difference in box braids and twist it technically the same shit, braids just take longer! These white people would be complaining too if it took them 3 to 5 hours to get a weave or some braids to stay in regs nobody has time or money for that! SO FUCK EVERYBODY IDC WE SHOULD ALL JUST STFU b/c some people will always be ignorant and just won’t take the time to understand or give a fuck :)

    • Charles jackson

      I have something to say to this idiot who obviously did not read the regulation guess what they aren’t allowed to twist their hair anymore so they can’t put their hair in, oh that’s right A BUN. And the fact that you are a SFC makes you look even more like an idiot.

      • anonymous

        The twist comment was to show that even if twists were still allowed she would still be required to secure it up off of her collar. How would this be accomplished…a bun. And trust me black women can put their hair in a bun perfectly fine.
        As for idiot, dear sir, I believe I actually know who you are and that would be friend of her and her father. To this you know good and well that it is her choice to not be within the regulation.
        It is rather comical that you chose that one comment out of everything to critique and avoiding the actual point of the comment, when you yourself are consistently going around your chain of command. The regulation actually gave an avenue for soldiers to express concerns and propose changes. She chose not to follow this guidance. She chose to WAY over step all venues and the chain of command. She also created and signed petitions that we as soldiers are NOT allowed to do.
        These were her choices to publicly and openly defy her chain of command and seek her 15 minutes of fame. She should now be used as an example and removed from the Armed Services.

    • TopR

      TopR:
      Your interpretation of the rules/regulation probably require female Soldiers to exercise the Chain of Command in Sexual Assault and Rape cases as well. Just follow the established rules and all will be fine. Thank God for people willing to stand up to rules that are not fair to all citzenry; Eating, Sleeping, Educating, Training, and etc….is just an example of established rules/laws that were challenged and changed!!

      • anonymous

        Sexual Assault and Rape cases have prescribed guidelines as well. If you do not follow what is stated you end up in an unrestricted reporting status (i.e. going to a person that is required to report rather than simply advise). There are rules and regulations there for a reason. How about just informing yourself and follow them. The Army is not a democracy.

  • WonderWoman098

    I’m an Black female veteran from a military family. The women in my family have been serving since Vietnam. I understand the need for uniformity. I remember when the changes began with women and their hair in uniform and I was horrified. I feel the traditional AR670-1 should be reinstated. I managed to maintain my hair in uniform for years and I was not a problem. I always prided myself in always being a perfect example of how the uniform should be worn. My hair was perfect, immaculate when in uniform. Conversely, I did what I wanted with my hair on my time. Regardless of its length or texture whether it was relaxed or natural. I tamed that bush and handled my business. I suggest you do the same
    When you leave the Army, do what you choose, but while in the Army wear things the Army way. The Army is not the place for sensitivities such as this. You women are soldiers, stop whining and act like soldiers. Get over yourselves.
    It’s not a Black thing; It’s a Green thing.
    And for the record, I’m herterosexual, feminine, snatched and beat and didn’t break a single fingenail in basic training.

  • Charles Jackson

    I find it interesting that most of people who are commenting negatively USED to be in the army and with that fact people saying stuff like ” My hair, not weave, tracks, twists, or wigs, my hair was fly everyday” is plain ignorant within itself because I bet if you join now and wear those same so called fly hairstyles half of them would no longer be in regulation. And to the rest of the blind people no two people’s hair is exactly the same that goes for texture and length so while a certain ethnic hairstyle may work for you that doesn’t mean it will work for someone else especially if their hair isn’t the same length as yours. Any real black person knows that especially with natural hair the more you have the more you can do, the less you have the less you can do

  • Charles Jackson

    I also meant to add to the woman who said her hair is short and she is beautiful with it, good for you but not everyone looks good with short hair and besides that the frowns on women who cut their hair too short so think about it this way all those women who already have dreads they are screwed either way because they are out of regulations for having dreads but if they cut it they will be frowned upon for having hair that is too short

  • RebeccaD

    AR 670-1 is being changed. I’m sure that makes most of you upset. Army policies have and will continuously be changed to be more equal and fair. African Americans are allowed to serve. Women are allowed to serve. Homosexuals are allowed to serve. Everyone is allowed to practice their religion. All of this is due to Military policy changes. (These changes were despite hateful and intolerant responses such as the ones posted on this site) I’m in the Army and I ever heard any Soldier say the comments mentioned on this post, I’d file an EO complaint. This is the new Army. The Army is only going to make more changes that you won’t agree with from this point forward. Therefore, if you don’t like it than you can ETS.