A member of the Georgia National Guard is petitioning the White House to have the U.S. Army reconsider “racially biased” changes to regulations on grooming and uniforms.
Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs‘ petition charges that Army Regulation 670-1, which was released Monday, offers “little to no options” for minority female soldiers.
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The petition, which has 7,000 signatures, states: “More than 30 percent of females serving in the military are of a race other than white. […] In the proposed changes [to Army Regulation 670-1], unauthorized hairstyles include 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.’ These new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent. This policy needs to be reviewed prior to publishing to allow for neat and maintained natural hairstyles.”
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