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Old 05-05-2009, 06:32 AM
 
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It is my understanding that once a man enters the military, he enters the boot camp and all his hair is shaved off. Though once they finish boot camp they can have hair up to three inches long and it can be medium length as long as it does not cover the ears. Then why do almost all military men have crew cuts, flat tops or a general buzzed haircut, even though it is not required?

Help me understand the appeal of buzzed haircuts and military men.
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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It is my understanding that once a man enters the military, he enters the boot camp and all his hair is shaved off. Though once they finish boot camp they can have hair up to three inches long and it can be medium length as long as it does not cover the ears. Then why do almost all military men have crew cuts, flat tops or a general buzzed haircut, even though it is not required?

Help me understand the appeal of buzzed haircuts and military men.

Three inches is the limit but the sides have to be shaved (at least in the Marine Corps), it's not like you can just have a 3" mop on your head. I forgot what the exact terms in the grooming regulations are to describe this, but I'm sure it can be looked up easily.

Second, there's a catch-all for "commander's discretion- if your chain of command does not feel your hair presents an appropriate military appearance, they're the law. I had a platoon commander who tried to forbid me from shaving my head because he believed I was a white supremacist, although other people in my platoon had shaved heads that he didn't see a problem with.

Finally, many servicemembers take pride in their clean-cut military appearance. A good high and tight looks and feels professional.
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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I work for a military installation and it's my understanding that they have to have their hair cut very specifically and it has to be short. Not only that, but all of the men I know who keep their hair this way (and it's every one of them) like it short and they have pride in their appearance. They can't have any kind of length at all and to be honest, the ones who do don't look uniform and clean cut.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:04 AM
 
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Son shaved head when deployed to Iraq due to bugs plus limited access to showers/shampoo and sweating with helmet.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I wore my hair long enough to act as a bandage and short enough to be difficult to grab in a fight.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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It is called "pride" or "esprit de corps."
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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It is my understanding that once a man enters the military, he enters the boot camp and all his hair is shaved off. Though once they finish boot camp they can have hair up to three inches long and it can be medium length as long as it does not cover the ears. Then why do almost all military men have crew cuts, flat tops or a general buzzed haircut, even though it is not required?

Help me understand the appeal of buzzed haircuts and military men.
Less muss, less fuss. We don't have to spend time combing hair if it doesn't get long, and there are still SOME standards that must be adhered to. The more it is kept short, the more we can be certain it falls within those standards.
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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My husband got out of the Marines YEARS ago and still wears it high and tight.

I work with a lot of former Military and the same goes.
Like Tkramer says....less muss less fuss.
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Old 05-05-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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It's easier to maintain when there is less of it to manage. When I deploy it gets cut short, while stateside I let it grow out a little more.
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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