U.S. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and International Security Assistance Force U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Capel depart from Combat Outpost Bari Alai on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 3, 2012. Chandler presented combat infantryman and action badges to soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, for their successful suppression of an insurgent attack on their outpost. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Harper


The Army’s new hair restrictions called “racially biased” against professional ethnic styles

Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the Georgia National Guard is one of thousands of Army personnel who believe this clampdown on hairstyles is racially biased. She has since started a petition to encourage the government to reconsider these rules and allow professional ethnic hairstyles, saying, “These new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent." 

The Army’s most senior enlisted member, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, also posted about the rule change on his Facebook page, prompting hundreds of comments from men and women concerned about the new rules. Many of the commenters noted that the guidelines singled out women with less-than-straight hair.

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