Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge’s Statement on DOD Secretary Hagel’s Response to Concerns Regarding AR 670-1

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement on Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s response to women Members of the Congressional Black Caucus regarding updated Army Regulation 670-1 that currently lists natural hairstyles traditionally worn by minority women as unauthorized. Secretary Hagel’s response can be downloaded here:

“I want to thank Secretary Hagel for his thoughtful response to the concerns of Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and to many women of color currently serving in our Armed Forces. Secretary Hagel has committed to careful review of each Service’s language and grooming policies to ensure both are clear of offensive language and are respectful of the diversity within our Armed Forces. Secretary Hagel also assured us that the Army’s intent with AR 670-1 was not to offend or discriminate against women of color.

“Members of the CBC appreciate Secretary Hagel for his prompt response to our letter and for seriously considering our concerns. The Secretary’s response affirms his commitment to ensuring all individuals are welcomed and can continue to be proud of serving within our Armed Forces.”