Army veteran shares thoughts on new hair regulations - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Army veteran shares thoughts on new hair regulations

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A change in U.S. Army regulation announced March 31, 2014 is causing uproar among some soldiers.

Army Regulation 670-1 went into effect Monday with new rules on tattoos, grooming and uniform wear and hairstyles. It now states Army soldiers cannot wear their hair in certain styles. Many people, especially female soldiers, are shocked by this change.

Nakia Robinson, a U.S. Army veteran who served for seven years, said she is concerned about this new rule.

"In my opinion, this new update could be very difficult for female soldiers," Robinson explained. "It can be hard for African American female soldiers in particular to now maintain a natural hairstyle and still look professional."

Robinson said she's worried about how female soldiers would have to wear their hair when they are in uniform.

"I read that females are no longer able to wear the double strand twist and more," Robinson added. "From my point of view, these hairstyles are actually comfortable. Braids allow me to keep my hair healthy and I can still wear my head gear just fine."

Twists and dreadlocks have already been prohibited since 2005. However, the new regulation now said no twists or multiple braids that are bigger than a quarter of an inch are allowed.

According to an Army spokesperson at the pentagon, this rule was enforced in hopes to help soldiers wear their uniform and gears comfortably. The Army also wanted to stress the importance of looking professional at all times.

Robinson said she respects the new regulation. However, she said this might limit hairstyle options female soldiers try anymore.

"There are two or three hairstyles that women in uniform, especially women with natural hair can do," Robinson said. "So now that's limiting many female soldiers to one or two hairstyles."

Robinson said she had straightened her hair when she was serving on active duty and said putting chemicals and relaxing her hair damaged it. Robinson had to cut her hair and try growing it out again, which took her a lot of time and effort.

"Braids actually protect our hair from sand, debris and anything else that might get into my hair," Robinson said. "I can't remember my headgear not fitting or feeling uncomfortable when I had my hair braided."

About 7,000 soldiers and others are now signing a White House petition to ask the President to reconsider the regulation on appearance and grooming. It needs a total of 100,000 signatures by April 19, 2014 to be considered.

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two injured Omega Protein plant workers speak out

    Two injured Omega Protein plant workers speak out

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:54:16 GMT
    Two of the men injured in the Omega Protein explosion on Monday are speaking out about the deadly blast. In an exclusive interview with WLOX, the men describe what happened, and how they survived.More >>
    Two of the men injured in the Omega Protein explosion on Monday are speaking out about the deadly blast. In an exclusive interview with WLOX News, the men describe what happened that day, and how they survived.More >>
  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
  • Fire destroys the Old Cuevas Bistro

    Fire destroys the Old Cuevas Bistro

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:30:03 GMT
    "Destroyed," is how Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan described the aftermath of the fire at the Old Cuevas Bistro on Menge Avenue.
    More >>
    The owner of the Old Cuevas Bistro near Pass Christian says she does have insurance, and she hopes to rebuild. Rebuilding became necessary after a late night fire ripped through her restaurant. "Destroyed," is how Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan described the aftermath of the fire at the Old Cuevas Bistro on Menge Avenue.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.