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  •  So What?? (0+ / 0-)

    How is this going to be enforced?  Looks like it has always been, more or less self policing.  

    •  They can be discharged for (8+ / 0-)

      failure to abide by the regulations. That is no self policing.

    •  It's easy - I'll would tell them to fix it (1+ / 0-)
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      If they don't, the first time, they will be spending quality time on extra duty.  If that doesn't work, I'd make their paycheck lighter.

      •  I think you're missing the point a bit.... (5+ / 0-)

        Black women are upset precisely because it can and will be enforced.

        When I first heard about this story a few weeks ago, I read through the actual regulation because I truly did not understand how they made distinctions between yeah or nay. Even after reading, I still don't understand. They allow wigs fergodssake so what's the issue with some of the other styles. The most asinine one I thought was that (some) braids were allowed but not two-stranded twists.

        They claim that Black women were consulted but I really find that hard to believe.

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        by CaliSista on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 11:14:34 AM PDT

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        •  No, I'm not missing a thing - we go through (0+ / 0-)

          this about every 5 years or so.

          It is about being able to put on headgear.  Headgear can't hover 1 to 3 inches above the head.  (Yes, I have seen that.)

          More importantly, it is about being able to put on a protective mask.  The hairstyles that are being talked about interfere with being able to seal a protective mask.

          The black women they consulted were probably Senior Non-commissioned Officers.  They have been to the gas chamber and have first hand results of what happens when your hairstyle prevents you from sealing your protective mask.  It isn't pleasant.

           

          •  I have provided (0+ / 0-)

            this link for you because you obviously haven't seen it. This document is primarily concerned with GROOMING standards and presenting a neat and uniform appearance.

            I'm sorry but repeating over and over (and over and over......) in this thread that these restrictions are due to head gear and possibly ill fitting gas masks does not make it any more true. If so, then what is the reason men cannot have long hair? Why can't women be bald? What does the style of umbrella have to do with gas masks?

            The entire document is about conformity. Although some of the things I read seem quite ridiculous, that's the nature of the military that these people voluntarily joined. Where I do have a problem is with arbitrarily outlawing certain hairstyles worn by Black women because the people in charge are ignorant of anything other than the White experience.

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            by CaliSista on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 06:54:22 PM PDT

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            •  Seen it? Hell, I've taught it (0+ / 0-)

              This is an annual requirement.

              If I was willing to take the time, I could pull out earlier versions of this briefing out of a box in my other bedroom. There isn't much new in it.

              The only thing "new" i.e. added in the last 10 years is standardizing the tattoo policies.  These new policies are based on the fact that we have way too many gang-bangers and rw militia wannabes joining the military for the sole purpose of gaining combat training that they can take back to their buddies.

              You keep saying that what I am telling you (and everyone else) on this thread that what I am saying isn't true.  Just what do you base that on?  These standards didn't come out of a vacuum.

              My conclusions are based on a quarter century in the military with special emphasis from when I was a unit NBC NCO.  That is the practical end of it.

              The military ain't Burger King - you don't get it your way.  How a soldier wears their hair off-duty is their business - on duty, you will do it just like we tell you.  

              •  We base it on the obvious fact that (1+ / 0-)
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                some of the prohibited styles do not interfere with headgear or protective masks.

              •  Ahhhh......so it's NOT just the head gear (0+ / 0-)
                These new policies are based on the fact that we have way too many gang-bangers and rw militia wannabes joining the military for the sole purpose of gaining combat training that they can take back to their buddies.

                "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

                by CaliSista on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 09:49:26 PM PDT

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