US Army approves new grooming policy

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A Georgia soldier believes the rules leave black women soldiers with few hairstyle options.

The petition currently has about 6,000 signatures, and needs at least 100,000 in about two weeks to be considered by President Barack Obama.

JACKSONVILLE, FL (WJXT) - The U.S. Army has brought out new grooming guidelines for soldiers, and those regulations aren't sitting well with one soldier from Georgia.

Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, a member of the Georgia National Guard, said the regulation is racially biased toward women of color, and she's hoping the president can do something about it.

The Regulation 670-1 Grooming Policy is an updated version that bans dreads and twists, and multiple braids can be no more than a quarter of an inch in size.

It's an issue that Capt. Tasha Dyer, a recruiter for the U.S. Army, said is not new.

In an online petition on WhiteHouse.gov, Jacobs is asking for people's support to get the policy changed. Jacobs believes the regulations leave black women soldiers with very few options to style their hair.

But Dyer disagrees. She said the rules have been put in place to provide clear guidelines for all women to follow.

The petition currently has about 6,000 signatures. It needs at least 100,000 in about two weeks to be considered by President Barack Obama.

The guidelines also include tattoos, and regulations on men's facial hair and hairstyles.

Penalties for violating the regulations could range from getting written up to counseling, or in severe offenses, to a soldier being court marshaled.


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