The newly updated Army Command Policy regulation, most recently published on Oct. 22, 2014, says that Army personnel can use the word “Negro” when referring to “Black or African American” personnel. The Army confirmed to CNN in a report Wednesday that the language was contained inside the document, also known as regulation AAR 600-20.
A recently-updated US Army handbook has been found to include “Negro” as an approved term to use when describing black people.
The unclassified document outlines the military’s “Army Command Policy”, known as regulation AR 600-20, and features a set of racial “definitions” in a chapter on equal opportunities.
Sandwiched between descriptions of what “prejudice” and “racism” mean in the context of the armed forces, a paragraph on “black or African American” reads: “A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as ‘Haitian’ or ‘Negro’ can be used in addition to ‘Black’ or ‘African American’.