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Pentagon reconsidering hair regulations for military women

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Military grooming guidelines that banned braids, twists and other natural hairstyles popular with African American women may be getting a make-over.

The Pentagon is taking a second look at the rule after a White House petition was filed with 16,000 signatures.

Sixteen female members of the Congressional Black Caucus also wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, calling the changes discriminatory.

"Within the next 30 days, each service will review the definitions of authorized and prohibited hairstyles contained in each of their respective policies and revise any offensive language," said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

Last month's release of the guidelines invoked criticism among the ranks, accusing the military of being culturally insensitive.

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