Skip to comments.ARMY GROOMING REGULATIONS: 'RACIALLY BIASED'?
Posted on 04/02/2014 3:02:52 AM PDT by markomalley
Approximately 6,000 people have signed a petition claiming the U.S. Army's new grooming regulations are "racially biased" against "women with ethnically diverse hair."
According TIME, "soldiers and civilians signed a White House petition" asking the Army to "reconsider" the new regulations, which bar "twists, both flat twists as well as two strand twists; as well as dreadlocks, which are defined as 'any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair.'"
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there were those with “sensitive skin” asking for waivers so they wouldn’t be required to shave in the 80s
Ain’t no bias - 1/8-inch clipper guard, take it to everyone.
I wonder why they want to get rid of dreads. If they are done nicely, they look professional. I don’t think they would get in the way of emergency gear. Kinda silly to get rid of a policy that worked for a long time.
Everything wrong or amiss in America can be directly attributed (imo) to the satanic effort to enslave and kill a free people.
ANYthing muzzie is satanic, so there's about half the problems there.
We tend to water down or completely forget the impact of Jesus and holiness in our formative years.
Air Force 35-10 regs barred Mohawk style haircuts in the late 70s.
Yup! That was the haircut, the ONLY haircut, we were offered!
biggest stink in the barracks in the 60’s ... smelled like a women’s salon burning hair.
“RACISIM, RACISIM, RACISIM”........Anyone tired of hearing that cried about every thing on earth? I know I am.
I’m racist against white tennis shoes
I’m racist against Black coffee
I’m racist against Irish green T-shirts
I’m racist against racists
I’m sick of hearing about racists
Need I go on?
The armed services will now be cutting back on maneuvers, firearms training, and instruction in the use of explosives to arrange for extra time to be spent on fashion sense, grooming, counseling in personal appearance and racial sensitivity, and instruction in homosexual techniques.
It’s an Obama kinda thing.
And the very next thread of FR started out titled, (you guessed it), “Racisim At The Root of Detroit’s Problems”
Our president is a joke. Congress is a joke. Public schools are a joke. Now our military is becoming a joke.
I don’t recognize America any more.
To my knowledge, dreadlocks were not allowed by the old regs.
Mostly, the new regs define hairstyles more narrowly and specifically than the old regs. Before, the female regs stated that hair must be above the bottom of the collar, or be put up—there may have been more to it, but I don’t recall since I haven’t read it in a while. The new regs state what is acceptable in a hair style—no changes in length more than 1” (so none of the really short in the back, long in the front), parts must be straight, short hair cannot be shorter than a certain minimum, long hair cannot be put up in a lopsided fashion, etc. The new regs also state that females can only wear clear nail polish, where before, we could wear “conservative” colored polish.
I’m not sure why anyone would want to wear dreadlocks in the first place. It’s hard enough to keep hair clean, why would anyone want to make it even more dirt and germ catching?
The whole point of dreads is that they are never supposed to be washed. It's an Aboriginal/Rastafarian thing.
That has to be one of the silliest uses of the PC phrase “ethnically diverse” I have ever seen.
How precisely does one have “ethnically diverse hair”? Hair characteristic of three or four different ethnic groups on different parts of the head? Blonde hair that naturally forms an afro if grown out?
I see what she did there. It's actually pretty clever.
My brother is in now and he has a special disposition where he doesn’t have to shave with a trimmer, he uses an edger which gets really close but his hair, like mine, can’t be allowed to get under the skin. He’s already had surgery to remove keloids once. I also don’t see the problem with short twists for women which can be under an inch long. A black womans hair does take a lot of upkeep but there are several styles they’re banning that are short and neat.
I thought the same thing when I read it.
It’s a tupid use of the phrase, even by PC standards.
Of course, it was written by a “journalist”.
Edit: meant razor, not trimmer. Got I hate those things.
The military is not a jobs program. If you want to do things your way go work at Burger King.
I can understand about hair growing inside the skin. I’ve had that problem once or twice in my life in a couple of places where the hair really grew and I had to pull it out from under the skin with a needle.
I can imagine that naturally curly facial hair would be more of a problem, and there were undoubtedly some black soldiers who really had that problem. In my case during my enlistment though, I saw way too many and a lot of them were letting their beard growth push the boundaries IMO.
No neatness at all when it comes to dreadlocks. Go ahead - call me racist!
What’s next? Perhaps allowing recruits to wear fatigues “gangsta style” with their underwear showing. It will be hard to run in those though ...
I requested a lighter buzz cut upon completion of basic in 68 as getting married - I know. The DI made it a point to have all evidence of hair and some skin removed. Hurt to the point of tears. No favors...mow em all.
I know the smell well, have worked with guitarists who wear dreads. I used to want to spray ‘em with Old Spice.
How will that work out for NBC gear, firefighting gear aboard ships etc.
The really stupid thing on display here is that nobody in charge seems to know history or reality well enough to remember or figure out that the whole reason for the requirement of short hair, which has been in known since the time of the Romans... was that long hair is a serious vulnerability that your opponent can grab and hold in a hand to hand situation. Dreads would be even easier to hold on to then loose hair!
But the truth is, now that they put women in harms way, everyone already knows that if she gets into the situation where long hair could be a vulnerability....she is already screwed.
So I would argue this is a reason she doesn’t belong in the military but I’m old fashioned. But the same reason could be used to say it doesn’t matter what they do with their hair.
Ask Absalom... long hair didn’t work out so well for him in a military situation.
The whole point is to knock down all the standards.
Crying “racism” has been very effective in this agenda.
I hear ya...but the way things are headed, it’ll be “racist” just for a person of color to see a white person.
What a bunch of LIB race-baiting twaddle. Cut your hair short...STFU.
“So I would argue this is a reason she doesnt belong in the military but Im old fashioned. “
Certainly many jobs should be restricted to males. We lost a sailor this week because a female watchstander had her weapon taken away from her and PO2 Mark Mayo saved her life by giving his.
Same in the 1960s when blacks would on purpose scrape their skin with single blade razors (Gillette blue blades or the new Wilkinson stainless single blades) to get allowances for growing a beard.
Those who failed to get the shaving waver would grow a small tuft of whiskers just below the bottom lip.
I was in from 76-84, and I don't recall one instance of a Black officer with folliculitis.
1968 through 1976, here. I was enlisted and didn’t get to hang around officers much. I saw enough of these cases for it to have stuck with me all these years.
You didn't miss a thing...lol.
My ADA battalion was spread out among 3 air bases. All of the officers in my battery my first year were single, so we hung out a lot after hours. The succeeding BC was married, and an excellent staff officer, so I gravitated towards the senior NCOs. Zoomies had no problems with officers having a few beers at the NCO club. By that time, I had moved off base, so my socializing mostly occurred in the town I lived in.
As my tour in Germany progressed (kicked up to Battalion HQ about 50 miles from my first unit), I was pretty much a loner. Living on the Mosel River, there was plenty for a bachelor to do.