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Black Sailor Discharged From The Navy After Refusing To Cut Her Locs

A Black female sailor of more than 10 years has been discharged from the Navy for “violating” hairstyle policy because she refused to cut her natural hair reports The Grio:

Jessica Sims, and ex-Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class and sailor of over ten years was discharged from the Navy when she refused to cut her hair or wear a wig.

She had worn her hair the natural way, in the same style for almost a decade when she began to receive calls that her hairstyle violated set military standards. They claimed that her hair interfered with her ability to wear a gas mask in an emergency as well as safety helmets. She says this is false.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had ordered a revision of the hair restrictions earlier this month after much backlash to the “racially biased” grooming regulations that were announced back in April. Unfortunately for Sims, none of that has made a difference in her treatment.

“I don’t think I should be told that I have to straighten my hair in order to be within what they think the regulations are, and I don’t think I should have to cover it up with a wig.”

“I still stand by it. I would do it again if I had to.”

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