Essay on Shaving in the Army

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Kaleb Mosley
1/504 HHC 82nd AB
Bco. 1st PLT Medic

Shaving in the Army

It is important to maintain discipline in the army, because essentially your life depends on it. If you forget to bring the battery to your radio, get lazy and don’t keep a low profile,or just say screw it and do what you want. You can get yourself or someone else killed or maimed for life. And apparently shaving is part of that discipline. Here is what the army has to say about male grooming standards.

Male haircuts will conform to the following standards:

The hair on top of the head must be neatly groomed. The length and bulk of the hair may not be excessive or present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. The hair must present a
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Handlebar mustaches, goatees, and beards are not authorized. If appropriate medical authority prescribes beard growth, the length required for medical treatment must be specified. For example, “The length of the beard will not exceed 1/4 inch.” Soldiers will keep the growth trimmed to the level specified by appropriate medical authority, but they are not authorized to shape the growth into goatees, or “Fu Manchu” or handlebar mustaches.

Males are prohibited from wearing wigs or hairpieces while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty, except to cover natural baldness or physical disfiguration caused by accident or medical procedure. When worn, wigs or hair pieces will conform to the standard haircut criteria as stated above.

Males are prohibited from wearing cosmetics, to include nail polish.

All personnel will keep fingernails clean and neatly trimmed. Males will keep nails trimmed so as not to extend beyond the fingertip.

One of the army’s reasonings behind the facial grooming standard is uniform appearance. We all know that the army is full of tradition and ceremony. It is important for unity and cohesion in they army for all soldiers to feel a sense of belonging and brother hood. To achieve this, uniformity is key. Shaving is part of conforming to this unity. Along with short hair cuts, trimmed nails, no body piercing, showing tattoos or any other
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