One of the biggest questions people have when they are about to join the Marines is whether or not they will have to shave their head, and any facial hair that they have worked so hard on over the past few months or years. You should know that there are set and definite rules as to what is allowed and what is not. Here are the rules for personal grooming in the Marines.
First of all, your hair has to be neat and trimmed and will be faded so the side and back of your head is finely clipped, and will grow up towards the top of the your head never exceeding 3 inches in length. You can however shave even shorter, and even shave your whole head. This is an option many Marines seek out because it is simpler than having to go through the trouble with the fade. Also, it can be done by yourself with a good electric shaver. However every male Marine will have to have the bald look when undergoing recruit training, or when prescribed by the medical staff. Outside of recruit training though, hair can be grown to meet the standards. Any hair that is visible or interferes when wearing proper head gear is not allowed and will shaved if it is in an unsightly manner.
Facial hair is allowed, but must be kept under certain guidelines. A mustache for example has to be contained within the upper margin of the lip. If there were vertical lines protruding from the corners of your mouth, they would mark how far your mustache can grow out to. The hair itself can not exceed over ½ inch and must be neatly trimmed. The only other way to have other facial hair, like a beard, is if a medical officer deems shaving as being “harmful to your health”. Otherwise, other mustache, eyebrows, and eyelashes are allowed as being facial hair.
Chest hair is a big question that is commonly brought up too. No, you do not have to shave your chest unless it is causing an unsightly manner, like protruding from the collar of a shirt. If this is the case, then you will be required to shave your body with a body groomer. If you are one who has to groom your body quite frequently then I would recommend getting a good body groomer that you can use at all times.
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