UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES - The United States military is loosening hairstyle requirements to allow for styles that are popular with women of color.
This comes amid criticism that some service members and lawmakers who say African-American recruits were treated unfairly by new restrictions.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says all of military branches, except the Marine Corps, would expand their definitions of acceptable hairstyles. Those styles include cornrows, braids and other hairstyles popular with the African-American community.
Hagel also said that military regulations in all branches would eliminate “offensive language, including the terms ‘matted and unkempt,’ from both the army and air force grooming regulations.