Army grooming rule changes: African American female troops claim racial bias

(Examiner.com) The United States Army, as with all other branches of the military, has always upheld specific regulations regardinggrooming for their male and female service personnel. Every so often those rules are revisited as styles and personal choices of appearance change over time.

USA Today on April 1 released a news story whereAfrican American female troops are claiming racial bias to the new grooming regulations. Their claims and voice are causing an outcry within the local ranks as well as worldwide. They are asking, through a petition to the White House, that the hairstyles undergo some reconsideration to allow more ethnic styles that are still considered professional and popular among the African American military personnel.

The Army Times reports that the new grooming regulations aren’t specific to just allowable hairstyles. The new rules also establish tougher rules regarding makeup, fingernail length, tattoos, as well as how uniforms should be worn. The rules that are being implemented for tattoos, is the section with the strictest guidelines.

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