Skip to comments.US Army's new grooming standards called racially biased
Posted on 03/29/2014 8:31:21 AM PDT by Mandingo Conservative
The U.S. Army is coming under fire for changes to its appearance and grooming standards, which some say discriminates against black women who wear their hair natural...Within and outside of the Army, women of color have been calling the guidelines racially biased. A White House petition has amassed more than 3,000 signatures to date requesting that the Army reconsider...Unauthorized hairstyles now include twists, dreadlocks, Afros and braids that are more than a quarter-inch thick styles commonly worn by many African-American women...Army veteran "Tonya" [name has been changed to protect identity], who has dreadlocks...
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The jokes just write themselves here!
It’s only right to look 3rd world isn’t it?
What no GI haircut?
—I know it is silly to suggest that same standards for all sexes should be the same—( about 1/4” max , say )-—
Muslims are allowed beards but Christians are not allowed.
when you sign up you agree to the rules. plain and simple. if you don’t like the rules, don’t sign up. plain and simple.
God forbid that anybody be required to look professional these days.
When you call a plumber and some idiot wearing his cap sideways with clothes 2 sizes too big falls out of a van in your driveway, you see the current state of affairs of professionalism. They tell you immediately by this that they aren’t to be taken seriously and the quality of their work will soon prove that.
Are we getting to the point where a thief will be able to sue a bank for discrimination because they won’t hire him and let him count the money in the vault? Or pedophiles can demand that they be allowed to manage children’s camps?
Likely. We’re just seeing the coming attractions now.
I have stopped being surprised by the manner of dress and behavior of job applicants that come to interview at my company. I must have missed the memo that said that suits and shoes are optional, tattoos can be exposed and multiple piercings everywhere but the ears is acceptable. Oh, not to mention the lack of communication skills these days.
Obama has succeeded in destroying the greatest military in the world. We are so screwed.
Military grooming standards have nothing to do with race.
They are for the express purpose of keeping the troops alive.
When WW1 came along and they deployed poison gas and other nasty things, gas masks would not seal on a face with a beard, nor would they fit properly with long shaggy hair.
We had uniform, and personal appearance guidelines we had to follow in my job. We were told by the powers-that-be, that those rules were part of the paycheck.
The Army just reflects society. Americans are becoming more fragmented, less united. No one celebrates what makes us a nation, rather they celebrate more and more what divides us.
Oddly, the Russian Army appears to be having no such problems...
The problem that I have with these regs is that it does the opposite. A black woman who doesn’t want to use relaxers or nasty weaves is left with few options here. This is impractical for women in combat or the field.
She can’t have multiple braids, so cornrows are out. She can’t shave the sides short and leave a bit on the top (a high and tight) because she has to leave it with some length.
I get that there need to be regs, but they just took away most of the healthy options.
so obama’s son wont be allowed entry in the Army when he reaches 18?...
Do they skip at the Pentagon for exercise yet?
“Women of Color” have had no problems with military grooming standards for generations.
But it’s Obama’s Army now.
We’re past that point. Eric Holder decided (or someone did) we cannot do criminal background checks, as they are potentially discriminatory, or something. I am not kidding.
Call it Balkanization, devolution or entropy. If not checked early, it is fatal.
Does that come in a gi helmet style?
I am sure the reason they did this is people were getting out of hand, but the idiot Obama voters will think it is the evil military just trying to keep blacks down.
Wasn’t it easier when everybody just got a 1/4 inch shave? And why can’t they do that? Certainly the women don’t believe in the stereotype the women have to have longer hair to be attractive, right? They are “equal” now.
Complain, complain, complain.
Don’t they ever get tired of complaining?
They’re just tiresome.
obama's what now?
Oh, my mistake. She can have cornrows. But they must be about 1/4 inch across and she can’t have more than 1/8 of a inch of scalp showing between the braids. So it’s out for women with thinner hair. (And have fun maintaining a hundred braids in the field.)
Seriously, what she *can* she do that doesn’t involve chemical treatment or weave glue? Mini-afro?
How about just shaving everybody bald and leaving it at that?
And during the Civil War era, long hair and beards attracted lice. And so after campaigns and long marches, both Union and Confederate soldiers often shaved themselves to deal with the “lousy” pests.
“what she *can* she do that doesnt involve chemical treatment or weave glue? Mini-afro?”
Military service isn’t a pop culture contest. Shave your head and act like a soldier.
obamas son as seen here..
Did you read the regs? She’s not even allowed to shave her head! (I know that enough women are about fed up enough to do that.) Hair must be at least 1/4 inch long.
Now that is seriously funny. RofLoL.
She can shave the sides and have a high and tight. A female soldier received the MOH for her uncle the other day and she had one.
You are SO old-fashioned. These days, the main reason lots of people sign up for any org is to utterly destroy it.
I know...silly me being that way.
Sikhs are the ones who have been fighting to drop the American military standards and were fighting for beards and Turbins.
Sikhs were a long time problem, but the Reagan administration ended their nonsense in 1984, but Obama caved to them again in 2010.
I know, I'm getting old and out of touch...
I work in an industry (firearms related) where criminal checks are required for employement BY FEDERAL LAW. How does that square with Holder?
Because when deployed during war, maintaining hair that requires attention to keep from becoming unhygenic is a priority.
The military is a jobs program for leftwingers.
I get your point and I do agree that female soldiers might be allowed cornrow-style braids regardless of their race, but my branch of the military had zero concern for allowance of a stylish civilian hairstyle that met grooming regulations for males or females. We had whatever haircut the battalion commander had, and he wore a horseshoe high and tight. I walked around with a little rowboat of hair in top of my head.
I’ve got a recommendation for black female soldiers on what sort of electric clippers are good quality, if that helps.
Good luck with,sweetie!
When I enlisted in 1971 like many young white fellows of the time I had very long hair. It was how we wore it. The US Military did not care. Within minutes of arrival my head was shaved. After basic and schooling you could allow it to grow out a little. Nowhere near what was being worn by civilians. But then I was not a civilian. Afros were the style for blacks during that time period. Did not see any on uniformed soldiers..........
Sad to have to say this to someone in the military but GROW UP!
If you only knew!.........
I used to think it was really stupid when the white girls would come to work with their hair in corn rows.