In his letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, Hagel directed every service to review their hairstyle policies "as they pertain to African American women to ensure standards are fair and respectful of our diverse force."
Hagel also wrote:
"I want to assure you that, while none of the Army's revised grooming and appearance policies were designed or intended to discriminate or disparage against any service members, I take your concerns very seriously."
Hagel said he would make "appropriate adjustments to DoD policy" after reviewing the Service recommendations.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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