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Army Lifts Ban on Dreadlocks, and Black Servicewomen Rejoice
Critics said the change ended what were years of scrutiny and confusing enforcement of rules about the soldiers’ appearance.
By Christopher Mele

“Black women serving in the United States Army are cheering revised regulations that permit hair locks, ending what critics said were years of scrutiny and confusing enforcement of rules about their appearance.

The change surfaced last month in an Army directive that focused largely on grooming policy changes related to religious accommodations. Buried in the directive was text allowing female soldiers to wear “dreadlocks/locks,” which were previously banned.

The change was made in the Army’s regulations about grooming, which are detailed in a larger collection of rules about appearance and uniforms, known as Army Regulation 670-1.

Sgt. Maj. Anthony J. Moore of the Army’s office of the deputy chief of staff for personnel said the new rules offered female soldiers another hairstyle option.

“We understood there was no need to differentiate between locks, cornrows or twists as long as they all met the same dimension,” he said, according to The Northwest Guardian, a publication of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. “Females have been asking for a while, especially females of African-American descent, to be able to wear dreadlocks and locks because it’s easier to maintain that hairstyle.”

September 1, 1916 - Bulgaria Declares War on Romania

Pictured - A Bulgarian propaganda poster.  Bulgaria smoldered with resentment for its neighbors after its humiliating loss in the Second Balkan War in 1913, and the war provided it with an opportunity for vengeance.

Bulgaria declared war on its Balkan neighbor on September 1, eager to settle scores from the Second Balkan War three years earlier, which had pitted it against the rest of the peninsula.  Romania’s advance into Transylvania proved short-lived, whereas its troops could have been a massive aid to the Russian soldiers in the Carpathians.  Former German Chief of the Army Staff Erich von Falkenhayn arrived on the Eastern Front to take command of the German Ninth Army, which would attack Romania from the north with help from the Austrians, while the Bulgarians would attack from the south.  Romania was geographically vulnerable to a two-pronged attack.


Milley Visits the Institute

Feb. 8, 2017 – Chief of staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley visits VMI.  Milley spoke to the Corps in Cameron Hall this morning and toured barracks afterwards.  – VMI Photos by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.


The Eisenhower Jacket

General Dwight D. Eisenhower considered the Army’s World War II military uniform to be restricting and poorly suited for combat. Instead he had a standard issue wool field jacket tailored to be “very short, very comfortable, and very natty looking.” The resulting “Eisenhower jacket” or “Ike jacket,” as it came to be known, was standard issue to American troops after November 1944.

This “Ike jacket” was worn by Eisenhower, seen here in this photograph.

Ike urged theater-wide adoption of the shorter jacket in a May 5, 1943, letter to General George C. Marshall, the Army Chief of Staff.

Franz Joseph I of Austria.

When the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand occurred in Sarajevo, this man was on vacation (along with his entire court). In a somewhat myopic move, he did not interrupt his vacation to address this matter of state.  

Seeing as he and his immediate advisors were on vacation, most of the disastrous negotiations during the “July Crisis” following the assassination were handled by Count Leopold Berchtold, the Austrian foreign minister and Count Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, the chief of staff for the Austrian army.

Within days the Austro-Hungarian Empire had declared war on Serbia, setting off the complex system of alliances between powerful countries in Europe and leading to the tragic events of WWI…

But hey, Franz Joseph I got in one last vacation!

Here is the Commanding General of US Army Forces Command. He is the man who decided today to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion. He did this knowing his career will probably be over because of his decision. I imagine that President Obama is tonight plotting to ruin his reputation for upsetting his attempt to whitewash what Bergdahl did so he had an excuse to free the 6 al qaeda prisoners from Gitmo. Please share his picture with all the Patriots you know. Show General Abrams how much you support his courage. He reminds me of General Creighton Abrams former Army Chief of Staff and another American Hero.


On September 2, 1945, in a formal ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan, representatives of the Japanese government signed this Instrument of Surrender, officially ending World War II.

The original first page of this document will be on display from August 27 through September 3 at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

This is not the first time the document was displayed here. After the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was presented to President Truman at the White House on September 7, 1945, it was put on exhibit at the National Archives (and later formally accessioned into its holdings).

Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of the Army General Staff, signed for Japan.

General Douglas MacArthur, Commander in the Southwest Pacific, signed for the United States and accepted the surrender in his capacity as the Supreme  Commander for the Allied Powers. Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz also signed for the United States.

Then representatives from eight other Allied nations signed, including the Republic of China, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union. The ceremony took less than 30 minutes.

It was very dangerous drawing Sabo.  Tears and electronics don’t mix, you know?  xD  I am so happy that Sabo is finally introduced in the One Piece anime, and I TOTALLY DIDN’T CRY HEARING HIS VOICE FOR THE FIRST TIME.  NOPE.  When I heard that Tooru Furuya was coming down for KK15, I couldn’t NOT paint him.  

As I was painting it and looking at the reference pictures and watching the episodes again, I suddenly thought “oh no.  He’s really handsome.  This is bad.”  xD  Sabo is very quickly becoming a part of my heart its terrible, haha!  I had a hard time with the background though…but hey, orange is a complementary color of blue, right? right? 8D  Its too bright, but one day I’ll figure out backgrounds.
Don’t make women register for the draft. Just end draft registration for everyone.
Our military is all-volunteer for a reason. Time to end the pretense that we still need Selective Service.

Top military brass made headlines this week when they called for expanding the Selective Service System — as close as we come, these days, to a draft registry — to include women. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff,  and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, both framed the issue as a matter of fairness: All eligible U.S. citizens should be included, Neller said, “Now that the restrictions that exempted women from [combat jobs] don’t exist.” But a better idea than requiring women to register is to do away with Selective Service altogether, for women and men.

When it comes to the draft, or any lingering vestige of it, it’s time for Congress to end it, not mend it.

The entire draft architecture is anachronistic and unnecessary. We’ve operated with an all-volunteer force for decades; no one, regardless of gender, expects that they’ll be drafted; and the wars that we fight don’t depend upon conscription. Future wars aren’t likely to, either. …