Appearance Is a Very Important and Highly Regarded Concept in the Military.

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Appearance is a very important and highly regarded concept in the military. It is the staple of first impressions, the visual hand shake. A sergeant looks at his soldiers and judges their readiness for the day with how they appear. Why? Because it is a representation of honor, integrity, and duty. A soldier who takes the time out his day to make sure he looks excellent and looks like he is a soldier shows that he is a dedicated worker and that his Non-commissioned officers do not have to waste their time with correcting his deficiencies. Aspects of appearance in the military include: looking physically healthy, If a soldier doesn’t look healthy than he looks like he may not be able to perform soldiering task and the basic duties given to …show more content…
After the war ended, men who had served in the Pacific and Europe came home and entered the civilian workforce. They kept their habits in military hair grooming and, instead of wearing army fatigues; they wore the civilian uniform like a nice suit. During the 1950s, men didn't have much latitude in their dress or hairstyles. The clean cut style that was inspired by the military standard was the style of choice for men who conformed to society's expectations and wanted to look professional. There a variety of reasons for the United states military to impose such a strict hair standard. One practical reason for the military-style haircut is to prevent the spread of lice among the troops, who often live in close quarters, as stated before. Lice are small insects that live on the scalp or body and can be spread through close contact. By ensuring hair is kept short and clean, the military can prevent outbreaks that would be disruptive to both training exercises and missions and overall military effectiveness. Another very important reason is for safety while in garrison and in the field. Hair must be kept short and groomed while serving in the military so headgear, including helmets, communication equipment and protective masks, can be worn properly. If hair is too thick or long,…